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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – The Final Touches

This project has been a fun (sleigh) ride.  From the warm cozy colors to the Vintage art paper, but there’s nothing that stamps this piece as being uniquely hand made by yours truly – yet. I had early on decided that I wanted a fire burning in that extra large hearth and while I worked… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – The Final Touches

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

Today is going to see the front of this piece transformed into a Vintage Christmas Keepsake. I’ve chosen a collage sheet that features all the numbers I need for the drawers pre-printed on lovey Christmas theme patterns (see the top sheet of paper in the lead photo).  The size of these little numbered scenes are… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

I’ve made lots of progress on this custom order Christmas Advent Calendar.  The brick colored paint was a perfect pick for the paper that I’m about to start applying.  As usual, I got so caught up in the crafting I neglected to take pictures, but I’ll attempt to fill in the blanks here as best… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

The next step for my custom order Christmas Advent Calendar is building the base unit (Kaisercraft SB2270).  But before glue meets wood – I paint. Mini paint rollers and paint samples are time and money savers that I highly recommend. This model has a fireplace so I assembled it first (with no glue) to get… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – Continued

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – We Begin!

I just had a custom order come into my Etsy shop, Old Raven, for a Christmas Advent Calendar.  Advent Calendars have been around since the mid 1800s and they’ve been handmade as well as massed produced in a huge variety of styles from the very simple to incredibly intricate.  Some Advent’s are flat and made… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – We Begin!

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Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 3

So in Part 2 I left off with ‘decorating the dungeon’, sounds kind of Martha Stewart, doesn’t it? The final areas are the ‘book shelves’ and the ‘counter tops’.  We’ll take it from the top down.   Remember my box (or two) of Halloween goodies, well, I just started digging through until I came across… Continue reading Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 3

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Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 2

Progress is being made – I’ve got the “bat” paper all the way around now.  I’m glad I decided to do the back on this piece, which I don’t normally do, but this paper is just too wonderful.  I love the color of it, just looking at it makes me feel like I’m outside in… Continue reading Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 2