Americana Countdown

I have taken my advent addiction one step further.

In case you don’t know the history of this addiction, I’ll share a brief summary.

Last Oct. My sister-in-law, Laurie showed me a pic of a Halloween advent calendar.

It was so cute, we knew that we HAD to make one.  ONE, no we didn’t stop at that.

We decided that we would put ours in a frame.  That way we could switch it out and make a Christmas one.

It didn’t stop there.  Not only did I make me a Christmas one, I made one for each of my children.  Then, a Thanksgiving one, a Valentine one, a Spring one, and now this:


It is a piece of sheet metal covered with scrapbook papers.

These little babies take much longer than you would think.  But, they are oh so fun!

Really, the hardest part is numbering them.

I am constantly on the look out for numbers.  (stickers, rub-ons, stamps, etc.)

Here’s a few close-ups.  I have it set for the month of June right now.  I just put all of mine on from the start.

If you have children, they love putting one on; or taking one off each day.  You know, the way an advent really works.



The hunt for each item is true joy.  I save anything I think might work.  The ticket from #6 was on an ad I received in the mail for a sale at Thanksgiving point.  The anchor on #15 was on a candle I bought.  Normally it would have ended up in the trash.  #21 and 25 was a postcard from The Star Mill, advertising one of his sales.  It is one of my favorite places to shop for antiques.


Finding the right paper to go on the magnetic piece is another trip to the craft store.

Laurie found this Liberty paper in Bountiful.  So happy that she bought two and was willing to share.


The top paper I bought at Roberts Crafts.  I loved that it looked like old letters.  I imagined all the letters sent by service men and women to their loved ones.


A lot of times we use ribbons, lace, fibers, or trims to separate the papers.  This time we used tulle.


The calendar itself was purchased at Roberts.  It is white, but I tea dye it.  I put instant tea and hot water in a spray bottle.  Lay the calendar on a cookie sheet and spray it.  Spread it a little with my hand and then put it in the oven  @ 200.  I just watch it till it’s dry, or almost dry.  Everyone turns out different.  They are a bit blotchy, but it only makes them look vintage.  Afterwards I press them with a low temp iron to make them lie flat.

Hope you like, and if you decide to make one, enjoy.  But I must warn you, it can become ADDICTING.

Confessions of an addict!

I have not liked up with any craft parties before.  Thought it would be fun for a change.

c.r.a.f.t. for M.M.M.

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mimi_62 said...

I LOVE your new calendar. You put a lot of time into it, didn't you? You are amazing and I wish I had your talent and energy.

veryheatherly said...

Really, really fantastic Jann! You are the ultimate crafter!!

At The Picket Fence said...

That is just absolutely darling and so unique! I have never seen anything quite like it but I love it. :-) Thank you for linking up your creativity to our Inspiration Friday party!

Ginger Snaps said...

wow! That is amazing & so detialed. :) Following you from MMM. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. The most viewed link will win a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels. This week I’m co-hosting with Reasons to Skip the Housework…so links will show up on both blogs! How fun!


Unknown said...

OMGoodnes so fabulous! LOVE! I am doing an America the Beautiful series right now on my blog. I hope you will hop over and check it out!
Jenni (your newest follower)

Marsha said...

Oh!! I am going to have to try this! I totally understand saving the little bits and pieces...they come in handy later on. I sure do hope that you have the Holloween calendar posted on your blog!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

This is brilliant too! I like how your mind works. I might just borrow this idea. I have an idea of doing it from Flag Day to the 4th of July. We always put our flag out every day between those two holidays. You are just too cute!

Sam and Megan said...

This is so cute! I did a Countdown to Christmas Calendar so I know how long it can take to find little embellishments that can work!!! I am following you now.

mzzbev said...

Thanks again for posting this on my Patriotic linky party! :)