24 Shoes

by Stefani on 2-December-2007

24 Shoes

Every year I think that I will summon up some wonderful, crafty sewing project for advent, but somehow, December never fails to take me by surprise.

This then, is my last minute attempt to whip up some manner of advent calendar.

Little origami shoes, each of which, when unfolded,reveals a written message that details a family activity, from having a faux snow day (shaving cream!) to taking a night drive to see the Christmas lights, to going out for peppermint chip Blizzards.

I used this easy pattern, and I must say, that should you and I ever be at a restaurant, chatting over coffee while our fidgeting babes grow tired of waiting for their pancakes, you can rest in the knowledge that I am now a certified WHIZ at origami shoes! I can surely keep them occupied by folding up a closet full of footwear from torn squares of colored kids menu.

The shoes are attached to a couple of squares of cork board using regular old thumb tacks that are now numbered, thanks to me and my trusty Sharpies.

Cheap. Easy, and Fun.

For lot’s more advent inspiration, visit Uncommon Grace She has so many wonderful ideas that you can’t help but go away excited to jump into the advent season!

Now that we’ve got that wrapped up, on to a celebration of a different kind.

It is a BIG BIG day for us here tomorrow… our baby is turning THREE! He was very clear about his desires for his birthday – hot dogs, mac and cheese, cupcakes with sprinkles and a play kitchen. He is a man of simple tastes.

Happy Monday Y’all!

Pippa December 3, 2007 at 1:08 am

What a beautiful, creative idea! So simple, and so striking.

TumTum December 3, 2007 at 1:30 am

Oh! Happy birthday to your little! mine was today! actually i guess it was yesterday (the second). I hope his will be as good as mine. i just read the golden compass all day, although i would not mind a play kitchen

Ellie December 3, 2007 at 4:10 am

What cute little shoes. Such an unusual, creative idea for advent. You can show off your origami skills while on your holiday!
Just wondering, what sort of play kitchen are you getting for the Birthday Boy. I know that my 3 year old would love something like that for Christmas.

Inka December 3, 2007 at 7:41 am

the shoes are cute!
very clever idea. 🙂

molly December 3, 2007 at 8:26 am

Happy Birthday Baby! Three is so big. Cute shoes too – simple, no trinkets. I like. Enjoy those hot dogs today!

Sarah December 3, 2007 at 12:52 pm

This is so great! How cute are all those shoes?!?

kristin December 3, 2007 at 2:22 pm

okay, so call me lame.

but i am right now abandoning our advent thing which feels like a total dud and i am using the 25 mini baskets i have to do this actvitiy advent.


right now. tonight. done.

thank you.

Amber December 3, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Oh, what a fun birthday three is. His choices are oh so fitting.

We’re very big into origami around here—though my son is the expert. I find even the simple crane difficult!

I love Uncommon Grace’s Advent inspirations—also, http://www.belladia.typepad.com is providing some fun ideas for Advent, too.

Anne December 3, 2007 at 9:48 pm

The shoes are great; I am on year two of sewing mini Advent stockings – one day they will be finished.

April December 5, 2007 at 11:53 am

I love the shoes! What an original idea for advent!

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