When I raised my daughters - Halloween was just
halloween to me. Every year I bought them candy and my
hubby gave out candy.
For many years I walked around the
neighborhoods with them so they could trick or treat.
It gave me pleasure to see the happiness that were in their
It doesnt seem that long ago that again I walked the
neighborhood trick or treating. This time it was
with my grandchildren and my daughters.
Now my grandchildren only have about a couple of
years left and then they will no longer
trick or treat anymore. My - how time flies.
This year I have really gotten
into the Halloween spirit. Back in June I bought this
unfinished shadowbox. I knew what I was going
to do with it. Just didnt know how I was going to
do it. I had seen these shadowboxes made into
cross stitched shadowboxes. They were so cute.
I still might make one of those but not just yet.
This box is going to be my Halloween Advent Calendar.
First, I painted it black. Look at the awful paint mess.
Dont worry about that because the
mess will be hidden with cross-stitched
My problem came after the paint dried.
How was I going to do this?
Finally after much debate in my
head I decided that I would have my calendar
standing straight up like this instead of turned
the other way as is in the above photo.
This way it would allow for me to
have 4 patterns that were taller than the other
squares in the box. I want to put cross-sitched
witches in these tall squares and other designs
in the other squares.
Also I debated about how I want to store the
candy for the month. Do I want little
handmade boxes or little linen bags?
As of yet I dont know.
I do know that if I use little boxes then I
can put 2 or more of them in each square.
The little boxes would be good if you
have 2 children because you could
cross stitch a number and their names on
each little box. This way including the
very top of the box you could then get
However since my children
are grown then I do not have to think
about this matter.
If you have kids
your soluion would be to get a bigger
shadowbox to accomodate your
30 halloween days.
Soon I will start posting the patterns
that I have designed for my
halloween advent calendar shadowbox.
You are free to use my tiny patterns or
Adjust the patterns to fit your shadowbox.
Once halloween is gone put the cross-stitch
items away and display pincushions
on it until next halloween.
Have fun and get it done!