For the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of freelancing regularly for both HGTV and DIY Network, creating crafts, sharing chicken and bee wisdom and gardening galore. This week, my daughter and I were given the task of putting a new twist on the traditional advent calendar. I had considered creating a new calendar. It dawned on me that it would be fun to create a Christmas paper village advent calendar. It could light up as each new evening arrived. As a little girl, some of my fondest memories were of my Mother’s Christmas village.
Christmas is always at our house. The holiday is one of my all time favorites. We have a ham and all the side dishes. Family and friends are always welcome, especially for those who have no place to go. A few days before Christmas when the kids are off from school, we sit down together and craft the place settings for our guests. This year, I went with a woodland theme. With only a few crafting items, I was able to make these darling birch table place settings. They came together in minutes and they turned out to be a special gift for each guest.