WOYWW. The desk as you can see is actually pretty clean. The envelops all over the desk are this year's version of an advent calendar. Each one contains the date and a verse. I wrote an piece on advent calendars in the newsletter I put together for my church group. My research lead me to an article titled Biblical Advent Calendar: Countdown to Christmas Idea that listed the verses to use for an advent calendar.
The stack of envelops will be placed in a basket on my dining room table with a Bible and we will read the verses together each night before dinner. Because we will be traveling a couple of days this month I created this year's calendar with portability in mind. I wanted something that we could bring with us when we visit relatives. All we need are the envelops for the days we are on the road and a Bible.
I liked Ali Edward's idea of putting activities in the calendar so I think I will be incorporating it in my calendar. The backs of the cards may include an activity like bake cookies, make a card for your aunts or take a ride and look at the holiday lights. I'm also considering give my son a gift card in one of the envelops so he can go shopping for his grandparents. The great thing about not sealing the envelops is that I can add things up to the last minute when I know what we have planned.
I printed the verses on cards I bought from Paper Direct years ago. Amazing what you find when you look through those old boxes. The color theme of the cards is silver and gold and the images are ornaments and stars so I carried that over to the envelops too. I used foam stamps and paint on the ornaments and Versamark and gold embossing powder on the numbers.
The desk is not clean because I need the space for this project. Anyone who has seen a WOYWW post from me knows better. No the desk is clean because we were working on the presentation board for my son's science fair project and I didn't want to be crawling around on the floor to do it.
So TA DA! a clean desk but I'll be messing it up before the week is out. I need to finish up the Christmas cards.