Tuesday, November 21, 2006

advent sparkle!

My mum surprised me with this advent tree today. It really looks effective but is difficult to photograph well. She made one for all the girls (me, my sis and my brother's much better half - sorry, but she is!)

I am not sure where she originally came across the idea but she has re-created it in various forms over many years for all kinds of occassions.

I don't think you can tell in the photo but she starts with interesting sticks and twigs (I have also seen her use log like pieces too) and she paints them white, in this case, but whatever colour takes her fancy. She then heavily sprays over that with glitter (that is probably what you can't see from the photo - it is really sparkly! - one of my mum's trademarks!)

From there she arranges all the twigs in plaster of paris inside a terrcotta pot and sets them. She covers the outside of the pot with gorgeous paper and wraps it...ribbons, bows and much more sparkle.

For this tree she obviously wrapped the gifts (gold sparkly paper) and numbered them (with sparkly numbers) up till the 24th (one to open each day). We all get the same 24 but they are all muddled so we each get different ones on each day - I will need to ring my sis or "meena" (what the girl calls the better half) to get a spoiler.

For birthday trees she has wrapped gifts for as many years the birthday is and I have also seen one just full of wrapped lollies as well that looked gorgeous.

I think it is that simple!...

...thanks mum!

(I must remember it for the girl in the future as she has not stopped fussing over it all night!)

8 comments:

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

What a cool idea!!! You have a great mom!

meg said...

that is a brilliant idea! i love it!

kirsten said...

that is completely brilliant! what a cool/crafty mom you have! that would be a fun thing to make for the kids. i'm skimping on the advent this year - next year i'll come up with something cool.

nichola said...

What a great idea!

denice said...

Oh, wow, this would be fun to do...

Jhoanna said...

That's such a gorgeous tree and your mum is so creative and so loving to do that for so many special ocassions! I also wanted to let you know that I received your pumpkin art print and I love it - thanks so much! And here's hoping the little bub flips into the right position - my bub didn't flip into position until I was about 37 weeks!

myra said...

What an awesome idea!

Kirsty said...

Wow my kids would flip over that, I love your mum!!!