Sugar House Shop - Best of Etsy 2016

Technically my October "Best of Etsy" series is over, but I can't help but share this shop because my excitement over starting my next project is overflowing!

The last month has been insane between blogging daily, regular life, & prepping to participate in my first local vintage maker market.  Let's just say I put too much on my plate and I knew it by October 2nd - but I don't quit!  

I found Sugar House Shop, via Instagram randomly in September & immediately went and bought her 'Star of Wonder' Advent calendar pattern.  Like immediately - because I'm a sucker for a DIY project.

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Our little one is just starting to grasp who Jesus is and I want to be sure we are having age appropriate conversations with her leading up to & explaining Christmas.  I'll share our new alternative-elf-on-the-shelf idea next week, but today I want to share the Nativity Advent calendar that we will use for years to come!

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

The directions are clear & illustrated so it's easy to follow for a beginner or expert sewer.  The base of the calendar can be machine sewn, but the individual pieces are hand sewn.  My favorite part of this is that the pieces are all magnetic!   I love this so much, it will be a highlight of our holiday decorating to make it front & center.

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

I'll be honest, the pattern is affordable, but buying all the supplies cost a bit more than I had anticipated.  I used the shops she suggested, mostly because I didn't have time to prance around town looking for all the supplies this month, which I'm sure would have cut my costs. Here's a visual of how it starts out on December 1st.....

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

I'm just so stinking excited to spend time crafting something that is educational, fun, and won't involve treats or candy to help walk us up to Christmas day, I could burst!  Bring on next week when I can get started!

There are lots of other countdown calendars in her shop for birthdays & even Halloween - I've read that the birthday ice-cream cone pattern is a great beginner pattern if the thought of basic sewing scares you!

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Photo used with permission from Sugar House Shop

Jennifer from Sugar House Shop has offered a free heart cake topper pattern that you can try if you have fears of stitching  - you can get that pattern by clicking here.

You can also watch this video that highlights the making of these heirloom advent calendars - click here for that.

So put on your favorite Christmas music & sew with me friends!  Check out Sugar House Shop for all her felt countdown calendars.  Now, if only she'd create a Disney countdown you'd know I'd be first in line for that one!  Watch my Instagram account for updates on my progress next week once I get started!