Monday, December 5, 2011

The Days of December Daily


I’m having such fun with my December Daily and have surprised myself with just how much I am enjoying this process. It makes me smile to mark down a little something each day. Life with a toddler seems to pass by in a blur and it’s really refreshing to pause and reflect on the day.

Day 1 is the only entry that isn’t a two-page spread. Here I wrote a little note to welcome December and to say how much I’ve always enjoyed the holiday season. I added this little pic through our window from the outside looking in to literally give a peek at our life.

Day 2 tells the story of being just a little over-ambitious with the Advent calendar. My son, who’s 2, love blocks and puzzles and I thought the Lego City advent calendar would be right up his alley. Sure, the box said it was for ages 5 - 12 but I thought, how hard can a Lego project be? Um, turns out, pretty hard! Definitely not suitable for a 2 year old. I could foresee a meltdown every day: his and mine! So, we boxed that baby right back up and went to plan B. (See Day 4 for more on the story).

On Day 3, we went to the annual Christmas luncheon at church. I used the program as my page insert. It was a little too narrow, so I added a bit of pp down the side. On the right, I wrote down who sat at our table and journaled about the program. I added a couple photos I took with my iphone, including one of Cory outside on the swing set afterwards.


By Day 4, I had found a good alternative to the Lego advent calendar. Now, a small stuffed mouse and some candy canes are marking the passing days. This calendar is from 1987, I believe, and is one my Mom used when my youngest siblings were tots. I looked online to see if I could find more information about this specific calendar, sold by Avon, and was astonished to see several sellers on ebay asking more than $100 for this “vintage” item.


If you have a December Daily, feel free to link yours in the comments. I'd love to see it!

Supply list:
Echo Park: Holly Jolly - 6x6 pad, 12x12 collection kit, chipboard, stamps; Metro Dots and Stripes - 6x6 pad, 12x12 collection kit; Season’s Greetings 12x12 collection kit, chipboard, brads; Everybody Loves Christmas 12x12 collection kit.
American Crafts: Album
Ali Edwards: calendar overlays
Hambly: Transparencies
Bo Bunny: ribbon
Fancy Pants: ribbon
Cosmo Cricket: tiny type
Jenni Bowlin: letter stickers
Martha Stewart: kraft tags
The Twinery: twine
Making Memories: Buttons
My Mind’s Eye: Stamps
Ranger Industries: Ink
Sewing Machine: Bernina
Kit club: Studio Calico

12 comments:

  1. The Lego advent calendar is definitely too hard for a 2 year old- we did a simple candy one for Trevor until this year. He probably could have handled it at 4.5, but now that he's 5.5 it's not frustrating for any of us. :)

    Loving your Dec Daily! So impressed with the stitched pages.

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  2. Love your DD! I don't have the time to do it this year, but hopefully next year.

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  3. sooo adorable, Izzy!
    Sylviy xx

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  4. It looks great Izzy! LOVE the photo on day 1. Your son is so darn cute!

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  5. Love the book and your take on it!

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  6. It is looking so cute!!! great work!!!

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  7. I love the bright color choices and your straight forward journaling! Thanks for stopping by my blog today - Kate

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  8. Love how you laid out the pictures with the journaling...wonderful!

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  9. Love the program as a page insert what a wonderful idea and beautiful album

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  10. I am loving going back and looking at your DD, such bright, fun colors ... so glad I found your blog (or actually, you found mine ... so, thank you!).

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