Advent Calendar DIY Round-Up!

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6:00 AM
 Today I am sharing something special with you.  This amazing felt Advent Calendar was made by my mom.  I remember when I was really little, she would host craft nights with her sisters at our house.  Everyone would come and craft projects together.  I remember just being as tall as the table they were working at and just watching.  I stood there and watched as carefully and QUIETLY as possible, because I didn't want my mom to send me to bed.  Haha--it worked too!  I learned so much by just watching them work.
If you didn't read my post about Breast Cancer last month, I'll tell you my mom was a fighter but lost the battle almost 21 years ago.  I love that I have these fond memories of watching my creative mama crafting.
 I remember watching her cut, stitch and hand craft this amazing advent calendar.  It hung on a rod in our hallway so we could make the (unpictured) Joseph and Mary riding a donkey move from Nazareth to Bethlehem each day of December.  It was so fun.
 Look at the amazing detail!  Shepherds, lambs, bunnies, a little family of quail, the 3 kings, raccoons and that little blue bird was one of my favorite parts!
 I photographed this advent calendar last Winter so my sweet aunt could finish up hers by looking at a sample.  The thing is, this is at least 30 years old and it's in amazing shape!!!  No pieces are falling off or anything!  My mom was an amazing crafter and took the time to make things well...while I sort of cut corners to make things fast.  I am impressed!
 Absolute adorableness, right!?
Well, I'm not even going to try to make an advent calendar like this...but I have 6 fun ideas to share.  They are easy to make and still look great.  Check them out and find one or 2 you love--you've got a little over 3 weeks to make them and start your countdown to Christmas in December! 
Which do you like best?

Silver Ornament 12 Day Advent Calendar

TP Roll Advent Calendar

Service Advent Calendar

Matchbox Advent Calendar

Felt Advent Tree

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