Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Finished Result

I finished the calendars for my sister and brother's families on Thanksgiving so that I could mail them out the next day in order to get them to their houses by the 1st to start counting down December. I didn't quite finish mine that weekend. I was worried about getting the others out in time and put work into theirs first. After I got theirs out I realized I had lost a bit of steam. Also- the Saturday after Thanksgiving I spent in the hospital thinking I was having problems with my blood clot and found out I was just contracting a lot. The nurses thought I was in active labor and kept me for a bit monitoring me, but I was released in the middle of the night with a shot of Demerol in my back side. Needless to say I have still been contracting and uncomfortable and the last thing I've felt like doing was sitting on a chair for another hour to finish sewing up calendar. (Good news- my inducement date is set for the 13th instead of the 15th now... THIS SATURDAY!) Finally today I finished my calendar. My little girls have been just getting the ornaments that would have been in the pockets each day to hang on the tree without actually grabbing them from the pockets- that is until now. :)

Here's some close up pictures as well. My sister did such a great job on her pockets (#3, #5, #8, #12, #13, #15, #16, #21, and #23). She embroidered the tree as well and put our name on the bottom. After making the rest of the pockets all I had to do was sew on all the pockets above her embroidered numbers and sew up the trunk and star and sew the back of the tree to the front. I think we made a great team. I loved calling her and working out details and it was fun to work with my own little girls here. They had a great time gluing the characters on the pockets and helping me to make these trees. I loved being able to spot something at Pottery Barn and make our own version. It was more fun that way and cheaper. I'm excited to think up a cute Halloween calendar in a few months and work with Krisser again.

17 comments:

Amber said...

That is SO cute! Congrats. It looks beautiful. I wish I were half as talented. Do you want to make one for me?

And GOOD luck on Saturday. I can't wait to see pictures of her. I'm so excited for you!

Lou and Brandy said...

those calenders are soo awesome, they look great. Good luck on saturday!!! What a great x-mas present

valerie said...

these are so gorgeuos you are so clever baby must be almost here now

Autumn said...

Looks awesome!

cbracken said...

WOW - - what a piece of art! What an incredible amount of work! I applaud and admire you both!!

jessica said...

That really did turn out amazing! Good luck tomorrow!!!

jennifer said...

You are so stinking talented. I love your count down tree. As I'm looking at it I'm thinking to myself, "Boy, I should really decorate for Christmas."

Sarah said...

Karalenn....I love it! I saw this same tree in Pottery Barn kids and ripped out the page so that I could make it someday. Although I am not as crafty as you are...I still want to try it. Do you have a pattern that you used?? Do you mind if I borrow it? And good luck with baby time. We'll be thinking of you.

Harry and Jill said...

WAY CUTE. You did a great job. I wish I was as talented.

sunnytosh said...

Wow, those are darling. I am sure if I used a Pottery Barn idea mine would not turn out as well, but yours turned out better. I am truly impressed.

Kristen said...

gorgeous! I will be making mine next year it looks like... :) Oh well!

Catherine said...

WOW! It turned out SO great! I think I may give the one I did this year away as a trial-and-error type of thing and do a whole new one next year. We'll see.

Brittany Hall said...

Wow, these look great! I just made a quick cheapee one out of felt, these look really durable. If you're ambitious, you can do anything, right? :) Gotta love projects.

okio said...

Do you sell this??? i love it! i've been searching for one and nothing really stands out like this one...

Crystal Dever said...

Nevermind... I found them. It turned out amazing! Wow... now I have a really big project on my hands. :)

Lisa said...

Where can I find instructions on how to make this?

Penelope Crackers said...

Sorry Lisa. There aren't instructions anywhere. My sister and I just made them by looking looking at Pottery Barn's and then changing a few of the pockets to our taste.