Last week, my dear and crafty friend, Alanna, came over for what she thought was an evening of vino and girl talk.  I put her to work instead.  I knew I wanted to do an Advent Calendar like I did two years ago in Cambridge, but wanted a different format.  I found these small envelopes (2″x3″) in my basement from my-gasp-high school graduation announcements.  So I wrote my holiday activities on paper, stuffed them in the envelope, had Alanna tape on the numbers, found blue velvet ribbon in my treasure trove basement and attached the activity-stuffed envelopes to the ribbon with these heart shape paperclips I made following these simple instructions.  Total cost: $0.

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