With the mild weather we’ve been having out here in the East, it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I guess there’s nothing like good, old holiday crafting (and eager kids) to drive the point home that the holiday season is upon us.
Last Sunday, I attended an Advent Calendar Making Workshop at Parcel in Montclair. I love this unique stationery and card shop that also features vintage, one-of-a-kind trinkets and finds all over the store. I guess for me the best way to describe Parcel is that it’s akin to what Anthropologie would have been like as a stationery store. One of the great things about the shop is that they offer seasonal workshops for people who are interested in learning how to craft things like autumnal wreaths or advent calendars — perfect for someone like me who’s a little DIY challenged. Plus, I’ve always longed to create something for the holiday season instead of just getting something from a store, so this workshop helped me accomplish this wish.
The workshop was ran by Emma who was wonderfully patient with all of us who were there. We started the class by choosing pre-selected store trinkets, which we then wrapped and tied to a wooden star that was also given to us by the shop. There were numbers from board games and likes that we used to number our 25 gifts. The class was a lot of fun with a steep learning curve for someone like me. Just note to those who want to make their own advent calendars and are new to the process — make sure you allocate plenty of time because wrapping that many gifts and tying them to a star, or however you want to showcase you advent calendar gifts, can be pretty laborious. But I guess that’s how it is for a lot of crafting projects.