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Advent Snowman

advent_snowmanDo you have a hard time waiting for Christmas to finally arrive? Here is a fun way of counting the days till Christmas. It does not require much material or time to make. A quick but fun advent feature to help Christmas come quicker. It’s a snowman advent count down. You can choose if you want to count down 24 to 1 or up to Christmas from 1 to 24, that is entirely up to what you prefer.

snowman_itemsneeded items:

  • 1 round canvas
  • acrylic paint and paintbrushes
  • 1 piece of black and orange card paper
  • printer
  • scissors, pencil, glue
  • 1 envelope clasp (or also called brads)


Step 1:
Print out the snowman’s hat and carrot nose template and outline these on your black and orange card paper. Then cut them out.

Step 2:
Using your pencil carefully write the numbers 1 through 24 around your canvas. Bare in mind, that at the top you need some empty space to stick the snowman’s hat.

Step 3:
Time for painting. When you are satisfied with the positioning of your numbers you can paint them. Then add a fun snowman face in the middle. You can also use black and white paper as eyes, that’s up to you if you prefer to paint or stick them on.
Write in big letters on your snowman’s hat “Days ‘Till Christmas” and you are almost done.

snowman_carrot_noseStep 4:
The last step is a bit tricky. You need to make a small hole in the middle of the canvas for your envelope clasp. Then fold your carrot paper flaps back and stick the envelope clasp through them into the canvas. Your carrot nose should now be able to turn all the way around without the clasp being visible.

I hope you enjoy the project and you find yourself getting into the Christmas spirit.

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Welcome … but to what?

My dear friends and readers,

Yes, I am entering the world of blogging. Quite ironic I know, since anyone who knows me well would never expect me to voluntarily spend time on a computer. So why am I doing it?

I am following a dream I’ve had for a long time. I am actually going to try and publish my very own book! And if it all works out, a book series!

I wrote this story using characters, that I could see myself illustrating. I based the story in a forest, since I love drawing trees and anything else you might find in a forest.

I am very proud and excited to announce that the story is written and basically finished. At the moment I am handing it around for proofreading.

book-2My awesome husband has shown me how to use a computer program that makes it easier to finish and detail the illustrations better.

My evenings are spent with playing around on the computer creating the pictures for the book. I often realize I am missing something small or would like to add something else into the picture. Then I move to my desk and draw up a new item.

Stay tuned for some more posts on how I am creating the illustrations.

I hope I can encourage some of you to do the same as I am doing – tackle your dream to make it happen!

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