Wednesday, November 25, 2009
WIP Wednesday: Preparing for Advent
The girls advent wreath (still in progress)
With the first Sunday of Advent only 4 days away the girls and I have been as busy as elves preparing. We will do a traditional wreath with four candles at our dinner table but I thought it would be nice to do something special for the girls' table as well. Inspired by a picture in 'Winter' by Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann I decided to make a hanging advent wreath to place over their table. With rascally cats and little hands I knew having real candles in the wreath would not be a good idea. I had to think of some other way to have candles that look like they were lit for them. Wool to the rescue!
A rascal caught
The lovely Fiona Duthie of Living Crafts shared how she made some wool felted candles with those of us who were in the LC Ornament Exchange a few months ago and I had saved her instructions (they are also in the latest issue of Living Crafts, as I just discovered when my issue arrived the other day). I made my candles a lot fatter and taller than the instructions said to so that they would fit in the big candle holders in our wreath.
Helper C gets the ribbon for hanging ready
They were really simple to make and the girls love them. I still need to trim the flames some more but they are almost done. Now I am just trying to decide if I should take them out and put one in each Sunday to represent the candle being lit or if I should just have all four of them in from the get go.
Roving first rolled up
K and I plan on making more of the candles, but a lot smaller, to fit our candle holders on our Christmas tree, too.
After just a couple rolls with hot water and soap
We have a few other Advent crafts in the works, as well, but those are for December 1st.
Fully felted, ready for trimming
Also in the works:
Window stars. I am finding it much easier to make them this year with this quilting set. Now they are finally cut straight!
What are you crafting/planning for Advent this year?
Don't forget to check out my interview with Marie and enter to win one of her sweet walnut babies. I am truly enjoying your comments about your children's relationship with dolls and/or your own childhood memories.
*Detailed instructions for making the wool felted candles can be found in the 2009/2010 Winter issue of Living Crafts*