Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Altered Advent Calendar


I'm so excited to show this to you! I've been working on it periodically for a few weeks now & I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. Over on UKS there's been a real buzz about these little calendars, so much so they're quite difficult to get hold of now. For anyone who's interested, these calendars are (were?!) available in Tescos at a fiver. They are ready-painted in bright primary colours, so to achieve the same look as mine overpainting will be required. I didn't bother sanding it down first though, a few coats of emulsion was all that it took.

The papers I used are MME but virtually everything I used for this project is available in the form of a kit from Crafts 4 Eternity & there's still loads left over for other projects too!!

I could have put loads of twiddly bits on the drawers & such but I think this project is in for a little rough handling! Already my nearly-four year old can't keep his hands off it, he really enjoys playing with the drawers & counting out the numbers & there's not even any chocolate in it yet!!

A closer look...


And a back view...


I do hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed making & I really look forward to reading your comments, leave me a link if you've made one too, I would love to see how other people have interpreted this item!!

Submitted to this month's Lets Get Shabby Challenge.

23 comments:

  1. This is lovely and you shouldn't be nervous at all .... I love it. I am working on a very simple advent house but I am not sure it will be finished in time for this year.

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  2. Oh wow this is stunning!
    How amazing does it look!
    Such a wonderful creation!
    hugs
    kim x

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  3. I've got 4 to do! :D Definitely wont get them all done for this year but as long as I get the oldest twos done my toddler doesn't really mind yet and mine can be done at my leisure throughout the year.

    Yours is just beautiful. I love the Night Before Christmas quote.

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  4. Oh Nik its lovely. I'm sooo jealous that I didn't get to Tesco in time to buy my own :( What a fantastic job you make of it.

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  5. I want one too!!! not fair lol!! it's stunning nikki! you've done a beautiful job well done hugs mxxxx

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  6. Gorgeous - bet mine doesn't get touched this year!!

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  7. Wonderful!!! I LOVE it!! Specially love the little piece of blue on it!
    Thanks so much for playing with us at Shabby!

    XXXJenneke

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  8. This is gorgeous Nikki. Thanks for playing along with us at Shabby.

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  9. Fantastic work Nikki! Beautiful the colours, the papers and the details! The snowman is very cute!

    Thanks for playing with us at Shabby!

    Hugs, Tímea

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  10. Oooo I love it. It's absolutely beautiful. I managed to pick one up the other day and I was eyeing these papers up at work lol

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  11. This is beautiful. I had such fun altering mine as i had never altered anything before, looks like you had fun too as its fantastic!

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  12. Wow! What a stunning advent calendar. Absolutely adorable.

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  13. Wauwww great work girl love it.
    bye bye,Lean.

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  14. This is totally wonderful - such a beautiful piece of altered art! Tescos you say......
    Jo x

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  15. This is totally Christmas!! Love the papers and colours! It would be a big hit in your house!! Thats for playing along with us at Shabby!

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  16. OH WOW this is just stunning Nikki, love all the detail. Hugs Michele x

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  17. Nikki this is just super cute!!! Luv the papers you used on this!!! Thanks much for playing with us!!!!!

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  18. Lovely job you have done with the calendar, I have just done one myself and it took me ages. The good thing is as you said, it's worth it! x

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  19. What a gorgeous calendar you've made - I can just imagine this coming out every year and you getting excited each time you see it - very well done.

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  20. This is so gorgeous!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Shabby!!
    xxxx
    Chimene

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  21. This is gorgeous. Love your mix of papers and colours. Beautiful.

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  22. That looks lovely Nikki, I love your paper choice love the roof detail...

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