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DH and I decided there was no need to buy for each other for Christmas again this year. But, if we hadn't, I might suggest this course by Misty Mawn for myself. Her work is very inspiring and so is her book, Unfurling. Perhaps there is an artist on your list? Perhaps you should add yourself to your list? :)
If you want to make an advent/holiday countdown calendar, there are a couple posts out there I found interesting:
Maya*Made has one here. And here. She also has an adorable house version that could be made into an ornament as well. Threaded Basil wrote about her Maya*Made advent calendar here. Her idea of cleaning up the playroom before diving into the treat is excellent!
Amy Karol, a.k.a. Angry Chicken has a post on one she made here.
If you want to make this, but are fretting because we are already 5 days into December, might I suggest being an "anti-perfectionist" and doing it anyway? You could start tomorrow or even 5 days from now and it would still be exciting and fun. A 20 or 15 day countdown is still a long countdown, don't you think? A has been asking if it is Christmas (our tree is up), so maybe we will add this to our project list. It would be a great lesson in DIY, re-using, counting forward and backwards, creative expression and valuing time together. I adore Maya's idea of using "time tickets" in the pockets ... things like "hot cocoa date with Mommy" or "ice skating date with Daddy".
In other news, if you have also been experiencing miscommunications, wrong thinking, past issues resurfacing, and faulty information (via people or with phones, computers, cars, trains, etc.) it is due to Mercury being in retrograde. A LOT of people I am in contact with have been complaining about just these things and with good reason. This one's a doozy! Why do I know? I looked it up for my own sake. Woah. Glad I re-ordered my Hyland's Nerve tonic before now. Looks like things should settle down on January 1st.
Maybe A and I will get on that countdown calendar today. Making stuff is always good for the soul. :)