Advent calendar tutorial links…

In my search for a just-right advent calendar, I have been bookmarking advent calendar links, and thought I’d share some that I liked with you:

On Twig and Thistle, a magnetic calendar using watch cases and magnets, very cute!

A last minute version using paper bags from Prudent Baby

A very inspiring, more longterm project house from Gingerbread Snowflakes

10 how-to ideas from Skip To My Lou (I like this one with collected hanging presents

Using a 24-pack of soda or beer, from the reluctant hippie

From Readymade, this countdown of fabric ornaments with pockets in back!

A cute bingo advent from under the red roof

Some good ones for kids here, and more links here

An advent with 25 wrapped holiday-themed books to read from Make and Takes

The paper chain tree we made last year from the parsimonious princess

Some origami advent calendars

From Easie Peasie, a DIY Advent Calendar

A matchbox DIY Nativity scene advent calendar from Digitprop

City In A Jar’s blog on advent calendars

Bold and Herbaceous’ tumblr blog post

DIY Advent Calendar
from Randomosity Blog

Free Printable DIY Advent Calendars from style-y Apartment Therapy

A collection of 50 Cool DIY Advent Calendars compiled by Shelterness

A Christmas Book & Activity Advent from Bella Dia

TeachingMOM’s Advent Calendar post and recs for an advent of seasonal books and movies

Dana MADE It’s Advent Calendar and list for getting started

Kiddley’s Activities Advent

A post about Unique, Unusual & Special Advent Calendar Toys for Children on

Christene’s squidoo lens for a Countdown to Christmas with some great tips on getting ready for Christmas and great suggestions for your own Advent Calender.

Advent Calendars from Martha Stewart

Craft stick Christmas tree advent calendar with “origami” boxes by the Crafty Nest

Centsational Girl’s Manzanita Advent Tree

Crafty Crow post 2011 Advent Calendar Ideas!

A Give Thanks- Fall Advent Calendar from Whateverdeedeewants

For those who want a special advent calendar with gifts to use all year there are further options:

A variety of Playmobile advent calendars available at around $18 USD for children from four-years-old with adult assemble required

…And I have more pinned to my Holiday craft ideas pinterest board, which I keep adding to…

Please enjoy, and happy holidays!
Jen A

Kiyoshi Kono Yoru (Silent Night)

Sung to the tune of Silent Night, the translation is a bit different than the usual English version, but this is the one we sang growing up:

“Kiyoshi kono yoru hoshi wa hikari
Sukui no miko wa mihaha no mune ni
Nemuritamaou yume yasuku

Kiyoshi kono yoru mitsuge ukeshi
Mikibitostachi wa mika no minae ni
Nukazukinu kashiko mite

Kiyoshi kono yoru miko no emi ni
Megumi no miyo no ashita no hikari
Kagayakeri hogaraka ni”

— Translation —

On this holy night

On this pure night the stars are shining
Child who will save us, sleep at your mother’s breast
Dreaming peacefully

On this pure night they receive a message
The shepherds bow respectfully
Before the Child

On this pure night the Child’s smile
Shines brightly with the light of tomorrow
In an age of grace

New holiday stockings! And Blue Genie opens!

Blue Genie Art Bazaar opened today at the Marchesa Event Center near Highland Mall after a well-attended preview night Tuesday. The show will be open every day until Christmas Eve from 10am to 10pm!

Come see my Nakatsu by JNA display in the big room near the counters. I also have some new Christmas stockings and embellished crowns in the group display in the back left corner. Check ’em out, I had fun making these!


Blue Genie Holiday Art Bazaar 2012: November 27 through December 24

Blue Genie Holiday Art Bazaar

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an Austin tradition during the holiday shopping season (disclosure: I’ve been involved since it started 13 years ago, and hubby is a Genie.) The Blue Genie Art Bazaar features the handmade work of over 130 local area artists and craftspeople. It’s a great place to buy exceptional imaginative, quirky, and beautiful art and gifts (paintings, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, prints, photography, and plenty of items you can’t find anywhere else). I do most of our holiday shopping there and gift recipients have been thrilled. Open 7 days a week at 10:00am, the event runs from November 27th through the 24th and admission is always FREE!

And Blue Genie now has a retail space in the Oasis complex, open year-round and featuring a hand-picked selection of artists and craftspeople who have participated in the holiday bazaar. Last year the Oasis had a temporary ice skating rink, and visiting Santa and elves near the gallery.

Thanks for supporting local artists and craftspeople!

Blue Genie Art Bazaar is up and running!

BGA Bazaar 2011

Hi there! and Happy Holidays!

The 2011 Blue Genie Art Bazaar is up and running, and looks fantastic! The Blue Genie folks have made this space look spectacular, it really does get better each year. The show runs every day (10am-10pm) through December 24th (10am-6pm). Everything at this show is handmade, with over 140 local artists, artisans and craftspeople represented.

As always admission is free! Make plans to visit Austin’s most creative holiday bazaar with your friends and loved ones to check things out, then c’mon back as many times as you want for those incredible one-of-a-kind gifts your friends and family picked out. The Marchesa has a cash bar, and plenty of free parking!

Here’s the skinny:

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(Map or here) (website) (news story)

December 1st – 24th
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. throught Decc 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec 24!

*This is a FREE event. Go have a beer and check out the really cool stuff there! There will be DJ’s, a bar and lots of amazing goodies to choose from.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and feel free to pass on this info to friends you think might enjoy the event!

Please have a safe and joyful holiday season,