Monday, November 18, 2013

Basket of Love!

Hi everyone! This is the year! The year that I finally make an advent calendar- something I have been wanting to do for a long time but always put off.  Of course, when I decide to make an advent calendar, I go all out and it took me a lot longer than I expected. But it was oh so worth it! Now my kids are grown and so they won't experience the firsthand joy of this advent calendar (I can hear them groaning "but never did this for us...") but they will get to enjoy all of it's adorable-ness through pictures like you!

I knew that I wanted to do a big basket of goodies for my calendar and I picked this basket up at Hobby Lobby and gave it a few extra touches. Even with the bright confetti borders and big paper bow, it still looks a little forlorn empty....

So, I started with Crate Papers 'Bundled Up' collection and let me tell you, it was hard to pick a Christmas paper this year. They were all so beautiful! I also used the coordinating 'Bundled Up' die cuts and adhesive badges along with a bit of Echo Park's 'Tis the Season' paper. Below is the sweet basket full of Christmas goodies!

To make it a bit easier on the eyes, I photographed the goodies together in groups of eight.  I could have shown individual pictures of each but oh my gosh, this post would have gone on forever! These are days 1-8.

Here are the sweet packages for days 9-16!

And finally, the days of 17-24!

Of course, I had to show individual pictures of some of my favorites! It was so hard picking out just a few. Please enjoy the show!




 Finally, a letter from the jolly man himself straight from the North Pole letting these lucky kids know they have made it on the 'Nice' list!

That's it!  Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look! I know it was a long post, but wasn't it fun? I will be giving this advent calendar  to a special little family that I know will have so much fun with each and every day. This truly was a labor of love.

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used: (A LOT!)

Supplies not pictured:
Caramelos White ribbon, red/white ribbon, tiny wreath, gold tinsel, gold rick rack. Red/white clothespin, gold doily, sequins
Martha Stewart: border punches, doily.
Stampin Up: border punches, label and tag punches, Real Red ink.
Doodlebug Design Twine, Little B washi tape, Canvas Corp mini bags, Theresa Collins enamel dots, DCWV itsy bitsy pockets, Tattered Angels 'Star Fish' glimmer Mist, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, Vivid 'Green' ink, The Paper Studio jingle bell brads and mini craft sacks


  1. I'm laughing because I totally have that same basket!! Great minds....!! This Bundled up set is the best, it's so fun and vintage!! I may have to do something like this with my basket!! Your projects are so fantastic!!!

  2. Oh my god mom this is beautiful! I love how special each package is and together it looks so cohesive and cute! If you want to make me one, there's still a little bit of time :) love you!

  3. WOW! This is stunning!! I adore everything.. so perfect together! I am out and about checking out blogs.. thanks for letting me peek at yours, and for trying out for the TAWS DT. :) I will be in touch soon.. HUGS -Ali

  4. What beautiful projects Tara! So much work went into these...and a lot of heart too :)

  5. Well, gosh, I'm gobsmacked! This is a big bunch of awesomeness!! The work that went into this is incredible! You're a goddess for sure, I would love to do something like this, but would never finish it. I made one last year and was lucky to get it done! Love love love what you've created here :)

  6. This is amazing!
    I plan on featuring it on the Paper Issues blog tomorrow :)

  7. Oh my goodness! This about the cutest Christmas creation I've seen all year! Love it. I adore that paper as well and have been having some fun creating with it. I just love all your little boxes and bags of paper goodies, so sweet!

  8. I just love every bit of Basket! Had to come to your blog from Paper Issues and see more! tfs!


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