The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Saturday, March 6, 2010


I started making an advent calendar at the beginning of last November... but with my sewing/crafting time taken up by making my bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding, I didn't get around to finishing it until a couple weeks ago. It took a lot of time - I decided to hand-sew around all of my pieces - but I'm really happy with how it turned out. I also got together with some of the girls in my ward to make a quick little 'crayon roll' a couple days ago that I think is pretty darn cute. Both of these ideas came from my friend Jenn, who is the craft inspiration for all the girls that live in my ward.

I covered the frame in batting and fabric. Each number is a pocket to hold one of the pieces. The background is a sheet of metal with fabric ironed on with iron-on adhesive paper.

Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. I think he looks like a jelly bean. You can see the hand-sewing I did on each piece.

My three wise men. The black-haired one kind of looks like Hagrid, which bugs me, but not enough that I want to go back and fix him. :)

One of the wisemen in the pockets. I sewed around the numbers, too.

Angels and the star. Each of the pieces is mounted on felt and has a magnet glued to the back so it sticks to the sheet metal.

Sheep, a shepherd, and a cow. Aren't the animals cute?

Camels. These are my favorites of the animals.

Here's the crayon roll.

...and the inside. Way cute than a cardboard box or a plastic bag, don't you think? Perfect for keeping Owen quiet at church.

My next project will be finishing up the wall hangings that I started for Owen's room a year ago (I know.... so much procrastinating). I'm excited!


Amber said...

So cute! I've been wanting to make a crayon roll but haven't cause, well, Cayden doesn't need one yet. The Advent Calendar looks amazing! I wish I had one!

Jenn said...

They look great! If anyone is wanting a crayon roll pattern, I just posted it on my new blog I'm working on the advent calendar pattern too.

Jenn said...

By the way, I stitched little halos on my angels, if you want you can come over and see them. I also added a little blush to the cheeks of most of my people. I think it adds a little life to them.

Mary-ham said...

That is so neat Nicki!

Sarah said...

Cute advent calendar! Did you design each of the characters on it or get them from a pattern somewhere? Looks like some fun projects.

Gayle said...

That is awesome Nicki. So fun to see your creations.

Tom, Laura & Ella said...

Wow! That is SO cute!!! I am jealous. Can I buy one???

jamesandlindsaylattin said...

Wahoo! Your calendar looks awesome!