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Let the countdown begin .................and our November Giveaway Winner

Whop Whop it's the 1st December, and only 24 sleeps until Christmas.  I'm really excited to be sharing my alternative take on an Advent Box with all the G45ers over on the G45 blog today along with a fabulous December Daily project by Lena.  Click on the link above to head over and enjoy toady's and all the other amazing projects from my fellow design team members and Ambassadors.  
I love the St Nicholas collection with it's traditional colours and vintage pictures of St Nick children and toys. With so many mix and match options through the papers it makes choosing what to work with a really difficult task, they're all so gorgeous. Eventually I went with stripes (my favourite) for the base of my box above and a plain green lid with a black insert to show case the fabulous St Nick in. The great thing about the box is you're not limited to the size of presents you put inside.  Jane had a great idea as we were making them at my retreat.  She was making hers for her son and planned to add bags of savoury nibbles to the end of the ribbons so he could have a savoury surprise every day rather than sweets.  You could customise the gifts to suit someones hobbies or just make it an under the tree box or a table box for Christmas day too by adding names rather than numbers to the tags.  There are lots of possibilities to go with on this one.  Here's a few more pics ...........

St Nicholas Advent Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
The shredded paper is from Hobbycraft 

St Nicholas Advent Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
If you fancy making the box yourself kits and instructions to alter it as above are available over on my website. Click here to view.
Our November Giveaway Winner 
Huge thanks everyone for all your comments on our Novembers giveaway post.  I loved reading through them all. has chosen comment no ...........
left by 
This looks such a wonderful idea to make a beautiful and practical sewing kit. Your decoration looks just so beautifully finished (as do all your projects). Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one...Di xx
Congrats Dianne.  If you could mail your full name and address to me at, I'll get your kit off in the post to you. 
That's all from me today, lots of instructions to get finished and up on the website, so have a great day, thanks for calling by and let's catch up again shortly:-) 


  1. Beautiful advent box and have seen it in the flesh! Congratulations Diane x

    1. Hi Pam, thanks for calling by the blog. Hope you're having a good week after our busy weekend :-) c

  2. Well done Diane. It's a great box, Clare, lovely idea for alternative advent.

  3. Oh Wow ! , your box is just fab!!!!.
    Congrats to Dianne.
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  4. Morning Clare, Congratulations to Dianne, you lucky, lucky, girlie !! enjoy your beautiful prize.
    Clare, this is absolutely stunning !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  5. Congrats to the very lucky winner.
    I have loved most of the Christmas ranges that G45 have produced but this one is super.
    Toni xx

  6. Looks great as always Clare!! Hope the winner enjoys!!
    Judy in Arizona


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