Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

February 6, 2017

Early February Already?!

By the time this posts tomorrow we will know who won the Superbowl.  I'd like to see the Pats win, but really I'm just watching for the commercials.  

There's nothing more endearing than a large dog with a large stuffed animal.  Sagan has always loved to carry around stuffies, much to my delight.  I found this rather large plush dog at Pet Smart, and on sale too, so of course I bought it for him.  Now puppeh has a puppeh.








My friend Ann has been painting rocks and leaving them around town as part of The Kindness Rock Project.  Now, when I tried to get this going in 2012, it was an epic bust.  But now it's really popular. Ann does such a fabulous job and I asked her if I could have her make me a whale rock!  Isn't it ADORBS? 


I took the bull by the horns and worked on each square of the advent calendar project.  It took a few hours of steady work and my craft room looked like a craft store bomb went off.  I really had no choice but to do all 24 in one afternoon.  I'm quite happy with how it came out.

I hand painted the two teddy bears in space 1 because they were just plain wood.  Raided my Christmas paper and altered art supplies to find the rest of the doo dads and backgrounds.

I tried to include as many Christmas symbols as possible.  Joseph was too tall for the square with Mary and Jesus though.  I also had to hand paint the tree in the second to last space, as it was all green.  I wasn't sure paint would work on it but it came out pretty good.

I'm having trouble figuring out how to do the doors.  I've tried and failed twice.  Hoping that third time is the charm.  Or, this might just end up being an altered art project instead of an advent calendar!

22 comments:

  1. Love the puppeh pictures. What a lot of work you did on the advent calendar. That was hard.

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    1. Thanks Jo! It was actually a lot of fun doing the calendar. Just time consuming.

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  2. Congrats on your win. Certainly a nail biter

    Cute puppy and plush puppy

    That's a lot of advent calendar. Wow on your work

    We shall be 70-80s this week in TX. Crazy Feb!

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    1. OMG that win last night......holy smokes! I went back to Harry Potter at halftime. I figured it was insurmountable.

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  3. You got your Superbowl wish! I was rooting for the Patriots too. I'm not a football fan and I didn't really watch much of the Superbowl, but I did had to sit down and watch the end of yesterday's game. It was pretty amazing how the Pats came back.

    Those advent calendars are so nice. Your perceptive artistic eyes always amazes me. Very well crafted.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks Lee!!! That was a nail biter at the end. I was just happy to see it because Roger Goodell made going after Tom Brady his pet project the past couple of years and it backfired on him. hahaha

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  4. Trying to figure out doors without destroying the box would have me nuts. How about curtains?

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    1. I'm trying to do card stock doors now but the more I cut the doors into them, the more structural integrity the paper loses. I'm still mulling. Since I'm giving this to our grandson when he's older, there's no real rush I guess.

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  5. your pup is so sweet with it's stuffy. :) the rocks are nice. I buy them from dollar general. they usually have uplifting words on them. your whale is so cute!

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    1. Thanks Sweet Marie! I love my whale too. It's in my craft room with other stuff made by other artists. And yes, Sagan's an adorable love bug. He can turn on the German shepherd when he needs to but most of the time he just wants snuggles and food.

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  6. Yay PATS!!! My puppy takes out all his stuffed toys and strews them around the house every day, lol.. I love what you did to your advent calendar. Cute little areas too dang cute. Hugs, LJ

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    1. Thanks Lady Jane! That was quite a game wasn't it??

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  7. Aww JoJo, your pup is so sweet.. and you advent calendar turned out incredible... A big thanks for the suggestion of hiking.. I'm eager to go that hiking... Big Hug..

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    1. Thanks Krishna! I look forward to your hiking post!

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  8. The puppy pictures made my day. Thank you for those! Dogs rock. They just do. Speaking of rocks, that whale rock is fantastic and yes, adorable.

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    1. Thanks Elsie. Ann is doing an amazing job with the rocks. I want to go search for one where she leaves them.

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  9. what a sweet dog! and oh, perhaps you have a UFO - LOL

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    1. Thanks! He really is a sweet lovebug. I may have a UFO....but I'm still trying to work it out.

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  10. I love the advent calendars - those are precious.
    I was very sad about the Superbowl, but I'm glad for you that your team won.
    Be well, JoJo.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! Hope you are having a great weekend.

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  11. Passing right over Tom Brady.. Onto your pup who is adorable with his new toy. :) And I am totally loving that calendar! I can't wait to see the finished product. - I'm catching up on the whole blogging world. Can you tell?? :)

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