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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Over embellished. Yes, it is possible.

Although the subject matter is a month late (or perhaps just eleven months EARLY) I thought you might get a kick out of a recent crafting session I experienced.
I bought this advent calender during the after Christmas sales. It was my intention to give it a bit more "pizazz".


Out came the scrapbooking paper, embellishments and glue. I spent HOURS on the layout. (When it is actually Christmas time I will write a post going into more detail.)
Sweet boy was off on Monday for the MLK holiday and he loves to craft. So we spent some time gluing everything on. We had a good time and he felt proud of our creation.




Mr. Decor, you know the guy who has a degree in aeronautics and actually works with rocket scientists, took one look at it, smiled and said "You and your glitter." (It's true, it's a sickness.)
Then he asked, "Do the doors actually open?"
As I was fixing dinner, I half mindedly said, "Yes, of course they open."
Mr. Decor then proceeds to open and close every single door. Almost...




Houston we have a problem with doors 2, 20 and 21. They are so over embellished that they can't fully open.
Sweet boy came to my deflated rescue. "Mom, we're not changing it. I'll just have to be extra careful when I open those doors."
I love this boy. His wife will too some day.





Oh and yes, I have no number 13. Anyone out in blog land have a lucky 13 something or other about the size of a quarter they want to send me? :)

28 comments :

Mildred said...

Oh, how funny Laura. oops!

The White Bench said...

WOW WOW WOW! It sounds t'rrific! Can't wait to see it finished (but how on earth can we wait till next Christmas?? ) :(((
Happy crafting,
Monica.
P.S. Thanks again, Laura!

LvPoohBr2 said...

You did a great job! I love it. You are so creative!

Bobbi Jo said...

That is so pretty! Love it!
Hugs, Bobbi jo

jewelstreet said...

lol! That's funny and cute! At least it looks pretty and he had a good time.

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Laura! First of all we are human and we err. Secondly, you and Sweet Boy did a marvelous job, the calendar is beautiful and S.B.'s comment about being careful with the doors was a heartstring tugger. :-)
For door #13, why not have Sweet Boy pencil in the number with a permanent marker as a special rememberance of your day together?
Beautiful & funny post. :-)

xoxo
Janie

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Who cares if the doors open? It looks good and that is all that matters. It is awesome!!! You will cherish this piece forever, since your son helped with it. Just think of the memories. He will make some lucky girl a wonderful husband some day. You are raising a very special young man! Love & blessings!

Terri and Bob said...

Why do I have this feeling you will be collecting "13s" from now on??

I think it is beautiful! Your son is adorable.

Barb said...

wow, how nice...I am sure it will make your Christmas a little more magical.

Jess said...

Oh, that's funny! And very cute!!

ScrappinAway said...

Ok so I am such a ditz...you will get a kick out this one. I was looking at the before pic (not realizing that is what it was) and thinking before I scrolled down and read...it is not over embellished, I think it could use a little more. Well duh, I scrolled down and yep I take it all back...it doesn't need anything else, LOL! I love it that you made the project together, so very special and what a little sweetie he is!

Tanya said...

This is super cute.

Elizabeth said...

I think you and your son did a great job! Each door is a little piece of artwork. If you look at them separately, it doesn't seem overdone.
You know what would help, a frame of black glitter around each door to make them more distinct! ROFL!!!

Kristen said...

How cute. You guys did a great job. Too funny about some of the doors not working and for Mr Decor of all people to point these out.
You guys are great!

Shimmy Mom said...

I'm sorry to hear that some of the doors don't open properly because it looks amazing! I'll be on the lookout of a 13.
*hugs*

Maija said...

That is fabulous!!
Mu hubby is also in the aerospace industry!

Annette said...

I like it! And its a good memory of a fun time spent with your son and the memories will add on each Christmas. That's what its all about. Wish I had a thirteen to share. I'll keep my eyes open.

ceekay said...

That is adorable! I love it!

Donna said...

What a fabulous job you did! I love it.

Donna

sandra/tx said...

That's a great project, and I loved the story about it. I wish you well in your search for the perfect item for lucky 13.

Neabear said...

What a fun project for the two of you!! I once worked in a skilled nursing facility that had no room 13. Yep it jumped from 12 to 14. I thought that was interesting. The one I currently work at has a room 13. Our first apartment after we were married was #13. But I don't have any little 13's to send to you.

Shana said...

How beautiful - you and your little guy did a great job with the advent calendar. I'm sure he's counting down the days until the next Holiday season.

Tracy said...

What a fun project! I have a little nine-drawer chest I've been thinking about treating in a similar fashion but keep talking myself out of it because it would be "too silly". Thanks for showing my how wrong I was!
PS: You'll have to give this calendar to your son and his super-lucky wife for their first Christmas :)

The Muse said...

i love it!!!!

Liz said...

That is the cutest Advent Calendar! You and Sweet Boy did a great job!:)
My Hubs is very much the same as yours. He would have done the same thing! LOL! I know how you feel!

~Liz

Jill said...

This is why I love the wonderful world of blogs. I have two of these for my kids in maroon and we have not used them in the past two years - they are way to big and cool (sad for me) After reading your post I am going to paint them white, beat them up, embellish the heck out of them and use them for all my little scrapbooking do-dads! Thanks for the great ideas.

Anonymous said...

Love, love, LOVE this!! I am not crafty like this...I may have to figure something out! :)

Wendy

Michela said...

Oh my goodness... heart palpitations. I love this! It's so shabby-chic. Just beautiful.

Merry Christmas!