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Monday, November 14, 2016

Twenty-Four Little Stockings ~ An Advent Calendar ...

Hello my dear friends,

at last ... today I am finally sharing my newest creations!
It has taken a  long time with this one and here is the little story that goes with it ...

... I have wanted to make an Advent calendar since a long time but I just wasn't sure of how I wanted it to look like really. Sitting in my craft room one day working on a different project, I saw a piece of wool felt that I had 'felted' and that is when I knew what I wanted to do and so I put some thought into the design and started to work on it.

I hand sewed little stockings ...

... all 24 for of them ...

... and crochet ...

... many soft snowflakes and then ... nothing for a long time. 

Would you believe me if I told you that the creation I am sharing with you today took me almost 2 years from start to finish?! I was having 'Advent calendar block' as I like to call it. No matter how hard I tried, over and over again, I just couldn't make it work for myself so I set it aside and just put if out of my mind or at least tried to. Every so often I would look at the bowl that was filled with the little white felted socks and then 'forget' about it for several months again.

 But two years later it is finally finished!

 I still had to overcome a few small issues that I had with the way it was going to look still but after a little back and forth I came to what was the perfect solution in my eyes. At first I wanted to go all out with buttons and pearls, soft yarn and ribbon and maybe even more but in the end, I changed my mind and went with the 'less is more' approach once again. I also kept this creation very subtle with the colors that I used. I focused more on different fabrics, textures and a only a few embellishments instead. But I made sure it was a 'merry' mess too. It just makes it a little more fun when trying to find the right little white sock for the day with that little treasure that is hiding in it.

I am sure you will all believe me when I tell you that I am so very happy it is now done and that I am also very happy with the way it has turned out.

And this is my newest Christmas creation, my Advent calendar ...

... "Twenty-Four Little Stockings"


Not only is this my newest creation but it is also my newest tutorial that is now for sale in my Etsy shop! I know it is a little late since we are already half way through November but I was determent to share this today after working on it for such a long time. And talking about time, there is still enough time, to make this calendar ready for December 1st. With my tutorial you will get the complete 'how to' make this Christmas creation. You can either make it the same way I did or you can do it your way, with your colors and all the bits and pieces you would like to use.  It is entirely up to you and what you like and just in case you don't like stockings, I have even added a template for a mitten.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today here at Todolwen. I always love it when you stop by and see what I have been up too.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. I have to say, hand on heart, this is the nicest and sweetest Advent calendar I have ever seen, it may have taken the two years to come together but it was this and only this creation that wanted to be brought to life so maybe that's why. I just love it and you are a very special lady. Mary

  2. I think it is just beautiful. It was worth the wait! I don't know how you can part with it..lol. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ... I love a "merry mess" more than anybody else in the whole wide world! So glad this project took you so long to create. It took that long to conjure the perfection.

    Just beautiful!

  4. spectacular! I love it when something I see strikes home so fast! this is so charming - can't wait to make it for next year.... it was good timing - too late for this year but gives me my "after christmas" fix - I always try and have something ready to start on during the after holiday let down! Thanks! just bought it!

  5. This is so lovely! It might have taken a while to get it done, but it was so worth it.

  6. Drat! I SO wish I had seen this before I started on the pre-printed panel one I just made for our grandson. Yours is 100x nicer than the one I've made. I guess it's not right to make him two....
    Hmmm....I wonder if Santa would fill it if I made one for myself?!

  7. What a lovely and charming NEW idea for an advent calendar. It's just precious.

  8. Charming and elegant! I love the white on white.

  9. Oh it is a wonderful calendar for the best time of the year!
    So glade you finished it!

    Hugs Ines♥

  10. Oohh it quite takes my breath away, it is so beautiful and a wonderful idea.