Christmas Countdown

We love a good Christmas countdown in our house...we do 3, every night, all through December...next year we may have to do 4 to give Ollie a turn.  We rotate who gets to do what: spin the number of days down on our Santa countdown, move a snowflake to the next day on a stocking calendar & up until this year we opened a wrapped book, kept under the tree every night & read it together as a family.  It may be a little much, but the kids LOVE it :)

This year we are doing this:
Each day a bag is picked that has a special little "gift" inside.
It's SUPER easy to put together...

You need:
*glassine (wax paper) bags {I found mine here}
*patterned paper
*wooden clothes pins
*small gifts to fill bags 

1. cut your patterned paper so it is about an 1/4 to 1/8 less wide and double the length plus and inch or two.  {My paper was cut to 2 3/4 x 12 for my 5.5 x 3 inch bags}

2. fold over one end leaving extra for a tab along the top of the bag...see pictures :)

3. Slide paper into bag & fold over extra tab

4. Fill with little gifts and Christmas candies--some of the things I used: holiday stickers, wrapped candies or gumfun shaped erasers, dollar section finds,tiny Christmas ornaments,a wooden ornament for each to paint...use your imagination & have fun shopping :)
5. Hang ribbon or garland on the wall and clip each bag on with a wooden clothes pin. {Mine are hanging on pompom garland I made by stringing store-bought red & white pompoms on green yarn with an extra-large needle}

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Back Open For Business!

I've been debating, long and hard, all summer... whether or not to re-open See Anna Sew.  So after coming up with new designs & reworking patterns I've decided to open back up again!

This will give me chance to switch back and forth between fabric and paper...keeping me from hitting a creative block :)

Items are now starting to be listed, you can see some of what's for sale on my side bar------>

and...hint, hint...
watch for a Grand Re-Opening Sale soon 
{as soon as I get more items listed}
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