An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers {Say that ten times fast!}

This was a really fun advent calendar to put together.

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

If you have some little boys in your family, this advent calendar will be perfect for them!

I wanted to put a little spin on the traditional advent calendar. Instead of opening a small gift every day until Christmas {I figured out real fast, that can get expensive} You will open an old style envelope with a piece of map enclosed inside.

Each day, you, your boys, children, nephews, uncles, whoever! Will open an envelope and receive a piece of a map {for a bonus, you can add a chocolate gold coin or other piece of candy.}  Each day, they can tape each piece together…like a puzzle!

After all the pieces are put together, the location of the treasure will be revealed on the map! Feel free to make this location anywhere! It can be a map of your basement, house, backyard, or like I did: A well-known city park.  On the day the treasure location was revealed, I went out and hid the treasure. {My treasure was a bunch of chocolate gold coins locked up in a wooden treasure chest…to give it that pirate feel.} I got mine here: Hobby Lobby

The entire display was really cute, and it was really fun to do!

Here is a tutorial:

Pirate Map Advent Calendar

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers

Start with a large piece of paper.  I used a roll of butcher paper I had on hand, and cut it to the desired size.

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

To dye the paper, I boiled 2 cups of water, and placed in two bags of Lipton* tea.  I then laid my cut paper into a shallow pan, and poured the slightly cooled tea over it. After about 30 minutes, I took the paper out and dried it flat.

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers

After it is dry, you can draw the map to resemble your house, yard, or well-known park. Don’t forget to add a red dotted line {or solid line} and a giant X, so your treasure hunter knows where to go.

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

Next, I did a bit of burning! Using a match, I carefully went around the edges of my map, singing the edges, making it look even older! {Be careful!}

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

As you can see above, I went pretty crazy with the shapes. I think the crazier the shapes, the easier it is to tape them together each day. As you may also be able to see, I numbered each one.  It was WAY easier to figure out which one was given on which day. 

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net} An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net} An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

Now to cut all of those strange shapes out!

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

If you already have a hanging advent calendar holder, you can just tuck each piece of map into each slot. If you don’t want to do that, you can stick each map piece into an envelope and seal it with a slight bit of red wax. {makes it look old} :)

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net} An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net} An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net} An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net} An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

Starting on day 2, the kids can start taping together the map pieces. Each day, upon receiving a new piece, the kiddos can grab a roll of clear tape and begin to tape!

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers  {littlebrighteyes.net}

On day 25…or day 24 {however you do it} let the kids loose to hunt for the treasure you should have hidden!

Imagine their faces when they open a treasure chest full of gold coins.

Imagine their faces when they realize all of those gold coins are chocolate! :)

Pirate Map advent calendar Pin Me

Have an awesome time creating your homemade advent calendar.  And remember…make it your own!

If you have ANY questions, leave a comment below and I will answer as soon as possible.

 

Have fun

~Bright Eyes

 

“52 Weeks of Happy” {Week 1}

 

 “52 weeks to Smile.

I realized recently, that a lot of us tend to only be thankful around the holidays, especially around Thanksgiving.

But thankfulness should be carried out throughout the year! Right? 

To remind myself of this, I am starting “52 Weeks of Happy” A weekly post {Fridays} at which I will list a couple of things that I am grateful for, or that make me happy!

And guess what?

You can join too!

Post a comment below {or on any 52 weeks of Happy post} and tell me something you are grateful for! You can also post on my Facebook page, telling me something you are grateful for or that makes you smile!

So here we go…

 

Pin me! {littlebrighteyes.net} 005

Pin me! {littlebrighteyes.net} 004

1) I love the autumn colors as they change into the even brighter colors as we get closer to December! So beautiful!

 

Pin me! {littlebrighteyes.net} 003

2) The crunch of the dried sticks and leaves under my feet makes me smile… :)

 

Pin me! {littlebrighteyes.net} 007

Pin me! {littlebrighteyes.net} 009

3) Cool whether is a sign of football!  It is so fun to get out in the great outdoors and tackle your siblings. ♥  Watching it is fun too!

 

Pin me! {littlebrighteyes.net} 006

today... Littlebrighteyes.net

4) God’s amazing creation makes he smile each day! I marvel each day at what the creator has given us to explore and discover. ♥

 

 

One down, 51 to go!

Now that wasn’t hard was it?

What are you thankful for? What makes you smile?

 

 

Smile!

~Bright Eyes

 

 

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope your turkey day is “stuffed” with joy and thanks!

And for those who are waiting outside of stores for a big SALES event to launch…Have a good night! And stay warm!

 

UPDATE:

Tomorrow I am starting a new weekly post called “52 weeks of Happy.

I realized recently, that a lot of us tend to only be thankful around the holidays, especially around Thanksgiving.

But thankfulness should be carried out throughout the year! Right?

To remind myself of this, I am starting “52 Weeks of Happy” A weekly post {Fridays} at which I will list a couple of things that I am grateful for, or that make me happy! It will be going on all year! {Idea adapted from here}

 

Guess what?

You can join too!

Post a comment below {or on any 52 weeks of Happy post} and tell me something you are grateful for! You can also post on my Facebook page, telling me something you are grateful for or that makes you happy!

http://img.wallbeam.com/141processed/lovely%20smiling%20hd%20wallpapers%20with%20quotes.jpg

{Source}

 

Well, that’s all for now!

Enjoy your day!

 

Gobble, Gobble!

~Bright Eyes

Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe Ever!

 

This pumpkin bread is delicious, moist, and did I mention delicious?

It is really easy, and if you are looking for a quick thanksgiving recipe to cook, or just want to make some delicious pumpkin bread…this recipe is for you! And by the way… it is super easy:      :)

 

Makes 2 loaves

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

 

3 1/3 cups of flour

3 cups sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1tsp. nutmeg

_____________________________________Sift all of those dry ingredients together.

 

1 cup oil

4 eggs

2/3 cup water

2 cups of canned packed pumpkin

_____________________________________Add all of these wet ingredients into the dry ingredients one at a time, and mix until well combined.

 

Now this is an important step! Grease AND flour two bread pans. 

REMINDER: If you do not do this step, your delicious bread will stick to your pans horridly!

Pour your batter into both pans, making sure to evenly distribute it.

Bake in your heated oven for 1 hour to 1hour and 15 minutes.

 

When the timer goes off, insert a toothpick into the center of each loaf.  When it comes out clean, it is ready!

Remove from pan and let it sit on a wire rack until cool.

 

This bread freezes beautifully!

 It really is! Pin it, it's yummy!

                                           

Enjoy

~Bright Eyes

Rotary Cutter 101

How to Change out a Rotary Cutter Blade (Safely)::

 

In the next couple of craft posts, I will teach you how to make a basic block quilt.  All the way from cutting the blocks, to attaching the binding.

 

Now, to start making a quilt, you are going to need the general supplies, one of which is a rotary cutter, with a nice sharp blade, for easy slicing of fabric.

 

 

So, without further ado, it is time to learn how to change out your blade!

 

My rotary cutter is a second hand OLFA 45mm. This is the only rotary cutter brand I have ever had and love it! OLFA, in my eyes is a great investment. And better yet, the blades are a snap to change out.

So let’s get started!

 

 

Flip your rotary cutter over, there should be a black nut on the back.  Unscrew that first.

(Righty tighty, Lefty Loosy)

 

 

Next, there should be a washer, remove that. (When I removed mine there was a lot of metal dust, which I simply removed with a damp paper towel.)

 

 

Now the object holding everything together should be a little black screw. If you remove the yellow handle from the screw, you should be able to get to the blade guard and the blade itself.

 

 

Slip off the blade guard and your dull blade.  Be careful removing and putting on a new blade.

**You might want to use gloves**

 

 

If yours is an OLFA like mine, you should have seven pieces in front of you.

 

 

If you have your new blade ready, it is time to put everything back together.  The washer pictured above is the first piece to go back on the screw.

 

 

Second is your sharp new blade.

 

 

Third, place your blade guard back on to your yellow handle.

 

 

Flip these pieces onto the screw, so that the screw is poking up through your handle.

 

 

Now, put the washer back on.

 

 

…And secure the screw in place.

Voila! Now you should have a brand new blade on your rotary cutter.

Congrats if you completed this whole process without getting cut! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Cutter 101

How to sharpen a rotary cutter::

 

If you have been shopping for a rotary cutter or blade any time soon, you might have noticed how much money a blade can be.

Blades can go dull very quickly.  If you are a 24/7 sewer like me, you might have an idea how fast these things loose there sharpness.

One way you are able to save money and have a sharp blade is to go in your kitchen right now and pull out a large piece of foil.

 

 

Fold your foil in half.

 

 

and again…

 

 

and once more!

 

 

Now open up that dull rotary cutter and start slicing!

 

 

After slicing my foil to shreds, I tested it on my fabric.  It still wasn’t to the sharpness I liked, so… I did it again.

After the second attempt, it sliced through my fabric with ease.

 


**Disclaimer:: I do not hold responsibility for any injuries you might have** 

(but your not going to have any, now are you :)

 

 

~Bright Eyes

 

 

 

 

Free Google Page Rank

%d bloggers like this: