Can you believe it’s almost December already? I mean it’s just 9 days away.
I know I’m repeating myself but seriously, WHERE HAS THIS YEAR GONE???
It feels like only yesterday I was enjoying our little summer oasis and sprucing up the front of OneandSeventy and yet here we are again. Winding it up a notch and readying ourselves for the silly season.
If you’ve been visiting my world for a while, you may have gathered I’m not a fan of the C-word. But since I started writing a seasonal crafts and home styling blog, I’ve found myself actually looking forward to Christmas.
Yep! You heard it here first!
With fun stuff in the diary and quality time off planned with Beloved, I’m already feeling the lure of the Glühwein.
The Birmingham Christmas Market does that to a girl.
Decorated. The. House.
I shit you not.
Clearly, there is a VERY good reason for this madness and it’s called being a blogger. Well, I can’t possibly hope to inspire you to make stuff and decorate your homes for the season if I don’t get it done early enough to write about, can I?
That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Among the makes I’ve dragged out for another year is this black and white Advent Calendar that I made a couple of years ago. I liked it before but I have to say, it looks SO much better now the hallway has been decorated.
When I bought the plain wooden advent calendar online, I had visions of using it for miniature whiskies. It was such a cool idea, but it wasn’t to be, as you can see.
I think I may have over-estimated the size of the drawers! No matter. They’re plenty big enough for some nice choccies.
Last year, I used Fererro Rocher. This year, I’ve gone for a selection of Lindt Lindor Balls from the pick and mix at Selfridges Food Hall.
Oh I do love Birmingham!
A black and white Advent Calendar may not be what you might call traditional, but then neither am I. Monochrome is timeless and suits my hallway décor, but you can use any colour combination you like. Here are just a few ideas:
If you want traditional, why not try Nordic red and white, or the red, gold and green of Victorian Christmas past? Try decorating with stags, holly, berries and small pine cones.
Want something a bit more modern? How about baby pink and blue for a Frozen-inspired colour palette?
Snow-loving minimalists will love the simplicity of an all-white palette, with silver numbers and fairy lights. You could even top it with some white trees and houses.
There are tons of ideas out there. Plug “Wooden Advent Calendar” into Pinterest and see what gets your juices flowing.
Or, you know, you could follow in Suzy’s footsteps and go black and white!
As always, I hope you like this project. Perhaps you feel inspired to make an Advent Calendar of your own? Let me know, by dropping a comment below or come on over to Facebook and join in the chat.
A hui hou,
This project first appeared on The World of Suzy Homemaker on 1 December 2014