Now the good news… I ordered an Advent kit from one of my favorite artists, Ms. Janet Hopkins of Texas. She taught a class and had a few extra kits and I was one of the lucky few who snagged one. That isn't the good news….well it sort of is I guess. No, the good news, The GREAT news is… I flippin' love the way it turned out.
|Close Up of Janet's |
The kit was complete and included the shadow box, chipboard and linen, all the parts and pieces to make the baubles. This isn't a functional Advent Calendar but rather and ADULT advent…it's just for pretty. The bauble pieces were a mix of vintage pieces and non-vintage. When I got the pieces out and started to figure out what I wanted, I realized I had pieces from my Gilded Girl Stash Society Boxes that would be perfect for this. I tip-toed to the basement and started grabbing things. I literally giggled as I picked items I thought might work. I also had collected cheap vintage jewelry- broaches and earrings- from antique stores. I go go for $5-10 pieces and I don't care if they are missing a stone or two. Since I use them to bling-up the center of silk flowers and bows, I don't need or want expensive pieces. In the end, I used all vintage or handmade pieces and kept the nonvintage pieces from Janet's kit for another project.
Pieces that came in the kit including the awesome ledger paper.
|Some vintage pins and earrings|
from my stash.
|Some other things from my stash|
|The shadowbox after I painted it.|
|All laid out the first time...|
Once I had a pretty good idea that I had enough to go with only vintage (or handmade by me) I had to made sure everything would fit. Janet had plotted out the pieces to fit perfectly inside the shadowbox and I'm smart enough to know that was a time consuming job so I kept my pieces in the same basic size and shape as she did.
In the end, I changed things up until the very last second. Number 2 became number 24 and vice versa literally as I was gluing it together. I did use hot glue to glue the pieces into the shadowbox and I inked every piece of paper in the thing.
2: Vintage dairy advertisement, silver vintage millinery flowers, seam binding. "2" is paper die cut with paint and glitter embellishments.
3: Tag with rubber stamps and inked edges, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pen Nib and brass square which are both new but look vintage, 7 Gypsies tissue paper, tinsel ribbon. "3" is paper die cut.
5: Vintage ticket, twine, bell (new). "5" is a sticker.
6: Bottle brush tree (new) with Martha white glitter. "6" on Jewelers tag.
7: Glass ornament (new) filled with vintage white glass glitter. Top wrapped in vintage tinsel. "7" is Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Parts:Ransom painted with Silver Dabber Paint.
8: Charm made by me with vintage image and works; soldered close. "8" sticker from Basic Grey.
10: Vintage earring with vintage silk red bow. "10" paper, die cut covered with Glossy Accents.
11: Tag cut from paper (Lost and Found), 7 Gypsies Tissue ruffle, bottle cap charm filled with Glossy Accents. "11" cut from vintage ledger paper.
12: Vintage broach, tinsel ribbon. "12" stamped on small jewelers tag.
13: Rosette made from vintage paper using Tim Holtz Alternations "Rosette" die, silver glass glitter, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Tape. "13" cut from vintage ledger paper using circle punch.
14: Vintage ballerina cake decoration (I cut the plastic stand portion off) covered with White Gold Martha Stewart Glitter. "14" stamped onto vintage sheet music cut with circle punch.
15: Beads threaded on to a vintage double ended bead wire. I clipped one end off and threaded 2 silver (new) beads, a vintage glass bead, and 2 red Swarovski crystals. "15" stamped onto jewelers tag.
A large tag was cut into a skinny long tag and used for "16" and "21"
16: Seam binding bow, vintage paper covered with silver glass glitter. "16" Alpha Parts painted with Silver Dabber Paint (Ranger).
17: Vintage pin, vintage ledger paper cut with circle punch, the number "ribbons" are cut from vintage ticket. "1"& "7" stamped individually on two small jewelers tags.
18: Vintage ticket covered with another vintage paper, vintage millinery flower blossom. "18" stamped onto face of paper.
19: Vintage optical lens with vintage map. "19" silver rub ons.
20: Pine cone, silver plastic leaf clipped from branch, vintage silk ribbon, vintage tinsel. "20" stamped on another tiny jewelers tag.
21: The continuation of "16". Vintage sheet music and glitter paper cut with circle punch. Vintage glass button. "21" stamped on another tiny jewelers tag.
22: Bezel filled embellished with vintage paper and filled with Glossy Accents. I had a bubble at the top (to the left) after it dried so I covered it with a green rhinestone- looks purposeful and covers the mess. Small bell attached. "22" silver rub on.
23: Another bezel- small square- with vintage sheet music and vintage millinery flower. "23" cut from ledger paper.
24: Die cut circle: paper and cardboard. Piece of ticket, vintage plastic beads. "24" cut from ledger paper attached to jewelers tag.
25: Vintage sequin flower. "25" vintage BINGO token.
So pretty….Certainly can't attach any little tiny gift to it but it is adult and pretty…..