children crafts, embroidery, holiday season, Japanese culture

advent calendar 2015 - day 21 and day 22

So close to the end of the calendar now, it makes me a little sad. But the boys have already requested next year's calendar, so you understand how swollen my heart is right now !!!

Yesterday's activity was embroidery. I kept it pretty simple, I must say. (sorry for the poor light, it was taken yesterday evening, at night)

little hands at work ...

little hands at work ...

trying to embroider a tree, with crosses on gingham cotton

trying to embroider a tree, with crosses on gingham cotton

done !

done !

I had to modify today's activity, it was originally "baking an yoghurt/apple cake", based on my mother-in-law's recipe, but she baked one this past weekend & gave it to us, so I didn't want to bake it again right away, you see ? So I went for "making mendiants" (this year again), discs of chocolate with (chopped) nuts. You can adapt it with anything you can sprinkle it with, nuts, candied flowers or berries, but we kept it very simple, once again, with pine nuts & chopped walnuts.

Christmas furoshiki * wrapping
If you've known me for a while, you might remember that we don't use paper wrapping for birthdays/Mother's Day/Father's Day & Christmas anymore, at least with hubby, the boys, my mom & my inlaws. I only wrap gifts for our young niece & nephew with paper, for Christmas. (until the day they will understand that the gifts come from us) We had been using the same for all celebrations, for years now, and I really wanted to have a little change. So I recently bought fabric meant for men shirts making (that's woven cotton, no good side or wrong side of the fabric). I originally wanted to hem them but I went with the flow, cut & tore them apart, and I'm very happy with the raw edges. I cut several squares of various sizes, that's all.

If only people knew how much paper (and most particularly WASTE !) they could save by using & reusing (over & over again) fabric ... It's been so easy to use these fabrics during all those years ... my boys & family agreed & accepted right away !

* furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, used for transporting clothes, gifts or any other goods.

Doesn't it look pretty & festive ? I love them so !

Doesn't it look pretty & festive ? I love them so !

For today's Christmas music, I went for Jo Stafford again, with  "Sleigh Ride". I guess a bunch of you should have had snow by now, but still don't ...

I hope you're having a lovely day & week ! Thank you for visiting & reading !

ox

Sonia