yesterday was spent frantically knocking up an advent calendar for the boys (last minute, moi?)...i eventually came up with this 'tree' made from stuff i had kicking about. the background is a large piece of cardboard covered in wrapping paper, i used little wages envelopes i had in my stash (i love office supply stuff...) as a place to hide the treats. i printed out the numbers using different fonts in red ink and used a scalloped circle paper punch in two sizes to make them look pretty with some ikea wrapping paper. finally i filled the envelopes with choccies and pinned them up in a tree shape using dressmakers pins. there are a thousand different things that would improve this - little pegs glued onto the background to hold the treats instead of pins that might prick little fingers being one of them. however, for a really quick and easy solution this works well - and it works on two levels: the boys think it rocks (but then it has chocolate in it, i bet they don't really give a shite about how it looks...) and i think it looks funky yet tasteful, which is all you could ask for in an advent calendar, surely?