Saturday, 30 July 2011

I know it's the end of July but....

....I've been thinking Christmas for a while now! Well if I'm honest since January!


Whilst at Top Drawer I managed to find someone who could turn my dream of creating an Advent Calendar into a reality. It stems from my love of an old fashioned calendar - not a chocolate one, we all have one every year so once home, I got busy.


I knew exactly what I wanted to do - link it with my popular owl posters.







I love having a new project and working on a larger scale. But there is always the fear that you will make a mistake when nearing the end of the design.




The small reveals were really tricky as I did these to scale - tiny - on a template grid. As you can see they are no bigger than the tip of my finger and were still collaged, in exactly the same way.


As with any design time - I create a lovely mess but it was worth it - so with great excitement my printers did all the technical bits and whizzed the images over ready for production.


But then the day came and it was so disappointing - the colour was really faded and washed and....


... the doors didn't open correctly - instead of hinging on the perforated line they hinged on the gap between the windows. So after lots of umming and ahhhing, I stuck to my guns, explained I wasn't happy and wanted them done again. They thankfully agreed, a little tweaking was necessary and then wait, fingers crossed, they they would arrive in time for the show.




Well a few samples were sent to our hotel for the show but yesterday I finally took delivery of my calendars. I didn't realise that there would be so many boxes!




To say I'm pleased would be an understatement - they are super and if the show is anything to go by, they will be a best seller. You can purchase them from our website or there may well be a shop local to you which will be stocking them nearer to the festive season.

9 comments:

Locket Pocket said...

I've loved your advent calendars since you first showed the idea to us so I am delighted that you have been able to get them printed! We'll definitely be buying one. Lucy x

Cajame said...

That is absolutely charming. Love the design and colour scheme. They are bound to sell well.

Michelle said...

Love advent calendars with piccies and not chocs. reminds me of childhood :)

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Great work! They are fabulous x

hello gorgeous said...

ooo, how fabulous to see something coming together like this....with the end result being so exciting!

well done chick!

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Ginge said...

Love it !! have just ordered one... and was tempted by lots of other goodies too ! really love your stuff :-)

Fotf said...

Twit twoo i hope to have one of these to open nearer the time :)

Quirky Boots said...

oh these look adorable i'll defo be having one :) x

Vintage from the Village said...

The advent calendar is lovely !
While in Ryde on the Isle of Wight last week, I saw your cards in a shop .
Sue x