December 12, 2010

An Advent Calendar

I’m very sorry if you couldn’t see the pictures of my last post. I don’t know what happened to them. First they were there, then there were gone and could only be seen if you had clicked into the picture’s frame. When I first tried to fix it by deleting and downloading the pictures again, it didn’t work. Today, after downloading and using another  internet browser to solve a problem I had with my blogger dashboard, I gave  it another try and this time it worked, YIPEE! So if you missed the pictures of my wonderful swap with TINA, please check out my last post again. Thank you :-)!

♥ – ♥ – ♥


My dear friend MARIE of Lost Bird Studio and I had arranged to swap an advent calendar. After discussing a couple of times what kind of calendar we would like, we finally decided to send each other a decorated box, filled with differently shaped and designed packages, using paper, fabric, laces, images etc. While it was a lot of fun, it had been quite some work and we both were kind of drained after creating 24 wrappings. It was worth the effort though and now we both enjoy not only looking at a lot of beautiful packages but also have the joy to unwrap one each day until Christmas.

These are the packages I received from Marie. Aren’t they just pure eye-candy and almost too pretty to open?

Marie's packages1

Marie's packages2

 That’s the inside of the lovely box Marie had made for me.

Marie's packages3

Here are some of the gifts I already had the pleasure to unwrap.

advent calendar gifts

A couple of packages were made to hang and so they found a place in the Christmas tree, like number 4.


Thank you so much, dear MARIE! I’m having so much fun with all the pretty packages and gifts!

Now this is the box I decorated for Marie

box for marie

and here are the gifts.

calendar for marie1

gifts for marie

I have closed this vintage pudding mold with a round shape, cut from an old book page. So there is a gift hiding inside number 15 too.


I’m sure you can imagine how much fun we both are having each morning and we still have 12 packages to open :-). You might wonder why we swapped 24 instead of 25 packages. The reason is that in Germany the Christmas gifts are getting exchanged in the afternoon or evening of the 24th.

For the last week or so I hadn’t been much on the computer and missed quite some of your posts. So I’m off to do some blog hopping now and hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

HUGS to you,



Rostrose said...

Was für ein unfassbar-unglaublicher, wunderschöner, verzauberter und verzaubernder Adventkalender!!! Und das ist jetzt schon mein dritter Anlauf, in dem ich dir das mitteilen will, denn vorhin ließ sich das Kommentarfenster nicht öffnen, keine Ahnung, ob das an meiner, deiner oder der generellen Verbindung lag. Was dein voriges Posting betrifft, dachte ich auch, das läge an meiner lahmen Leitung oder so. Aber manchmal muss man einfach dranbleiben! Und jetzt kann ich dir also gleich sagen, dass ich auch deine "Santa-Lieferung" wunderschön finde. In deinem Haus müssen die wahnwitzig-entzückendsten Schätze lagern, stimmt's!?!?! Oh, und vermutlich duftet es auch wunderbar verführerisch, nach allem, was du mir so in Zusammenhang mit Plätzchen geschildert hast... Danke für deinen Trost in Sachen Cookbook - ja, naja, das wird schon. Inzwischen hab ich's verarbeitet... :o) Herzlichste Grußküsse an dich und dem Cecil weiße Engelsflügelstüber! Auf bald, trau.mau

Alexandra said...

So ein Adventskalender hat echt was. Eure sind wunderschön geworden alle beide.
Schönen Sonntag Julia.
Deine Bilder im letzten Post konnte man überigens sehen wenn man sie angeklickt hat.
liebe Grüße Alexandra

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, my, what a wonderful swap and each day you get to open a new treasure!!


Sonya Badgley said...

Everything looks just beautiful! How exciting that you get to open something everyday!
Merry Christmas,

Corien said...

Wauw trhis looks so great Julia, I can imagine you unwrapping one each morning

Gail said...

What a fantastic swap....all the creations are just stunning. How fun....hope you're having a wonderful season....:)

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi Julia. Little wonder you were exhausted, the love, work and hours put into the Advent Calendars is incredible but well worth it. Beautiful photographs. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday. Wishes. Lynne

June said...

Hello my sweet Julia! What a delight to be able to see your latest swap with Marie. So many beautiful treasures! I loved those tiny little silver bells that Marie sent to you. You are both such amazing artists, so I went over every picture many times just to see it all, and not miss a thing. Your box of lovelies for Marie must have thrilled her to pieces.
I did have to click on every picture when I came by to see your swap with Tina, but of course I didn't mind, because I knew it would be worth it...and it was!
Have an amazing week Julia.
hugs to you...

Tina said...

That´s a wonderful swap dear Julia. Everything package you and Marie have out together is so pretty . I just can imagine how much work this have been. Such a great idea.
Wishing you a wonderful evening sweet friend.
xoxo Tina

Lululiz said...

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I really don't know what else to say, I am pretty much lost for words.

Decofloral said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful idea...
GGLG Astrid

Debby said...

HI Julia, I think this is just the most amazing swap ever. I just love looking at all the beautiful little gifts the two of you have made for each other. Thanks so much for sharing.

Dorthe said...

Hallo liebste Julia,
ohhh so schöne sachen , hast du bekommen- sieht alles ganz fantastisch aus-die kleine alte klocken sind wunderbares-als ist die -pudding form-du hast geschickt, LIEBE.Nur zu gucken,ohne auspacken ,ist eine ganz wunderschönes geschenk.
Und dass geht von deine geschickte schönheiten, auch.Ihr sind beide so fantastische artisten, süsse.
Viele liebe und wärme gedanke, Julia, hoffe dass du wärm bist und die kälte draussen halten kann:)
Allerliebste kys,kys, og knus, von deine Dorthe

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Dear Julia,
I can't tell you how special I feel each day when I get to open one of your beautiful packages and find a treasure!It is like beeing a little kid again.Thank you my friend! Have a lovely evening.

Jan Hennings said...

Love your beautiful vintage blog :)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

What a fabulous Advent gift swap with Marie, you have had.
It must be so exciting and you would feel like an excited child opening a gift each day. Love everything!
I hope that you are having a fun filled week.


My Creative House said...

Oh Julia what a wonderful calendar, must be a pleasure to unwrap a great gift/treasure every day, and a pleasure to make and receive these lovingly-made packages, enjoy your gifts and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Hugs Anni

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Julie, It's always such a treat to visit your blog! Love all of the eye candy!

Les Cotrions said...

Ohh I can see you had a lot of fun!!!
Everything looks simply faboulous and charming and all the little packages are very pretty! Nice idea decorating the pudding mold!
A nice evening to you Julia!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I'm at a loss for words for all of these beautiful gifts!
Hugs, Diane

Hearts Turned said...

What a stunning swap, Julia--each package so lovingly wrapped and so thoughtful!

Thank-you so much for your visit last night and for your very sweet words...I really appreciated it!

I hope your day is just beautiful...


Anonymous said...

Julia! yes!
your photos are wonderful..and so very worth the time to make sure they loaded properly! yes! I, once again am drooling...and giddy with delight at all of your gorgeous laces and vintage papers...everything is so very very pretty! I want to come over and hover over all of it..and stare for hours! does that sound alright with you!?


thanks for your visit as well..i love hearing from you!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

LiLi M. said...

Hi Julia!! I just love this idea, in fact I did it myself. I sent Ester of 'Pierelantijntjes" a box filled with numbered packages too the first of December, she is blogging about it, so sweet of her.
Though I gave some attention to packaging it wasn't my main goal, but that is a lost chance, I can see that over here, you girls did a marvelous job!
I did 'only' 24 presents too, I think it is the right thing to do, it is meant for advent, the time BEFORE Christmas, not for Christmas. I envy the both of you for having still 9 packages to unwrap, have fun!

Carole said...

Oh Julia,
It was soooo worth all the hours of work.....easy for me to You always do such incredible work and what you recieved I'm just drooling over. I've been slow in waking up these last few days but I wouldn't be if I had one of these to open up.
Thank you for reposting the pics.....must have driven you mad. Blogger can be frustrating at times.

Love to you my friend!

Marge said...

Dear Julia,

Thank you so much for your visit and friendly words on my blog!:)

What a wonderful idea!! Amazing decorations!! It must be so exciting!:)

I wish you happy weekend and fourth Advent!!

Warm greetings, Marge

Karen said...

OMG What a wonderful idea! OH you two had to have such fun creating these for each other, and then the entire process of opening them up! PERFECT!
OMG I love this!!!!
Golly - how many days until next Christmas? :) LOL
HUGZ! Karen

Sylvia said...

What a great idea....everything looks so pretty.


Gaby Bee said...

What a fantastic swap...nothing left to say for me! You are one lucky gal!
Warm Christmas wishes to you and yours! Health, Happiness and may all of your dreams come true for 2011!
Gaby xo

Rostrose said...

Dank dir schön, du Liebe, für deine Weihnachtszeilen! Ja, was die Farben betrifft, geht's mir so wie dir - zu Hause sind es eher die swoften Töne, die mir gefallen, aber an Indien mochte ich gerade das Bunte, Knallige, Lebendige. Und im Moment mag ich seither an Kleidung an mir auch fast nur meine farbenfroheren Stücke - vielelicht auch als Kontrast zu all dem Weiß und Grau draußen. Dehalb habe ich mir an Deko auch nur Helles (weißes, cremefarbiges) aus Indien mitgebracht, aber an Kleidung vor allem Buntes... :o)
Auch von Nina, Mäx und mir die herzlichsten Weihnachtsgrüße an dich und deine 2- bis 4-Beinigen Lieben!
Küschelbüschelchen, trau.mau

Charlene said...

Beautiful!!!! I LOVE everything! Have fun with it all!

Viola said...

Ganz neidisch bin! Was für 2 tolle Adventskalender! So traumhaft! Da habt Ihr Euch ja wieder selber übertroffen! Zauberhaft, liebe Julia! Herzliche Grüße!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

what a wonderful swap. how lovely to open these beautiful gifts every day!

Martina said...

Liebe Julia,

vielen Dank für Deine Weihnachtsgrüße.
Marie und Du habt Euch wirklich traumhaft schön beschenkt. Die Adventskalender sind einfach göttlich....*schwärm*
Ich wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie ebenfalls ein schönes Fest und einen guten Start ins Jahr 2011

Sugar Lump Studios said...

the treasures are all amazing! I could sit for hours looking at your blog - you always have the most amazing art and flea market treasures here.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing more of your creations in 2011!

marie said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful idea for a swap...and what a amazing amiount of love there is in all those sweet packages!

Thank you for sharing the idea and the treasures you each created!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a wonderful, wonderful swap.... Love the pressies BOTH ways.... Two lucky chickies....

Warm blessings,

PS... Julia is one of my very favorite names... :-)

Jillayne said...

This is so lovely Julia - you did an amzing job and she did one back for you. The pictures are beautiful and I can't imagine what fun it must have been to open everything - you two make a great pair of swappers!