A Few Things

December 7, 2012

By Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! Has it been a good week? Any fun plans for the weekend? We’re attending an art exhibit of Jean François Sineux, and we’ll do some Christmas shopping too. I’m looking forward to both!

The photo above is Maude helping make our advent calendar. Last Saturday, which happened to be December 1st, I was pondering what we should do for an advent calendar this year, when I looked up and realized our front window has 24 panes. Perfection!! So we covered each pane with thin tissue and taped a number to every pane in random order (I added a few holiday postcards just for fun).

On the back of each number is a simple activity to mark the day — and make the most of the season. Things like: Make Wassail, Watch A Christmas Story, and Sing Carols Around the Piano.

Each day we pull off the piece of tissue and let in a little more sunshine. : ) Today’s activity: Walk down main street to look at the lights! While we bundle up for our little walk, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

- A Christmas tree for book lovers.

- This video of an Amazon distribution center blew my mind.

- Chocolate plus… eggplant?

- Treehouse, just south of Paris. Made me gasp. Thanks, Arika.

- Pitch your idea for peace.

- I just heard my dishes are being carried again. (We registered for pewter instead of china and alas, a few years later, they discontinued our pattern. But it’s back!

- DIY wreath ideas.

- Typography by Collin.

- Paper stars.

- A beautiful video about letterpress, a farm and a mother.

- One of my favorite apps for kids is free this month! Timbuktu has a new story each day.

I hope you have a marvelous weekend! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


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1 Jen | Family Sponge December 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

That Amazon video is amazing! Yet the lack of organization would drive me a little nuts. Thanks for sharing our little Christmas tree made from books!


2 Design Mom December 10, 2012 at 2:37 am

I shop with Amazon frequently, and I found that video kind mind-blowing. I wonder how often mistakes are made?


3 Martha December 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

While continuing my love affair with Pandora I came across this album cover and couldn’t help but think of you and your family, and of course your family pictures.


4 Design Mom December 10, 2012 at 2:39 am

Such a great shot! I pinned it immediately.


5 Ellen Arthur December 8, 2012 at 5:31 am

What a beautiful idea for the festive season :) Just found your blog and I must say that your life looks like one of simplistic beauty. Oh and to live in France! :)
Ellen xx


6 Design Mom December 10, 2012 at 2:40 am

Welcome, Ellen! Glad to see you here.


7 Heidi December 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm

What a lovely analogy for the season– letting in a bit of sunshine! Thank you for the inspiration


8 Francesca December 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Thanks a lot Gabrielle! I’m particularly proud of The Nutcracker in 3 episodes with the original music by Tchaikovskij!


9 A Day in May Design December 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

What a creative and fun idea! Thanks so much for sharing this :).


10 Lola G. December 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This is one of my favorite posts in the A Few Things series. From your magical Advent calendar to the Amazon video, off to the wonder that is letterpress, capped by an idea for a tree for next year – what a terrific journey it’s been! Thank you so very much!


11 Design Mom December 10, 2012 at 2:41 am

Thank you for the kind words, Lola! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.


12 Aline December 10, 2012 at 3:34 am

what a beuatiful A Few Thigs! So inspiring… that’s why I love december and Holidays so much… There’s a certain magic and music in the air. By the way, your Advent calender is just fun! A idea I will try some day! Have a wonderful weekend, Holidays and New Year!

Au revoir et tout le meilleur,


13 Rachel Schindler December 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

Pewter instead of china? Now that is pure genius…love that idea.


14 shadygrove December 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

What an inspiring set of links! And oh, that chocolate eggplant is making my mouth water, and I don’t even like eggplant! Have to wait until high summer to try it, though….


15 Sharon Beesley December 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hey thanks for the mention!!! :)


16 Kirsten December 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I love your number tags for your advent calendar! I’ve had the hardest time finding cute tags, can I ask where you got them or how you made them? Thanks so much in advance :)


17 Design Mom December 15, 2012 at 6:28 am

Hi Kirsten! I actually printed them out myself on cardstock. I created two 8.5 x 11 sheets with a stripey background and the numbers placed at least 2 inches apart. Then I used a 2 inch scalloped hole punch to cut them out.

I hope that helps!


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