I have 17 winter/holiday brooches. Some I have purchased and some, like these little mittens, I have made. I only need 7 more and then I can make my Advent wallhanging using all my brooches and pins.
It was a challenge that I made for myself many years ago when I worked in cubicleland: to find or make a holiday brooch. Every year I would keep alert for something that could be used as a pin. Last year I found a charm of a pocket angel at a boutique and added a pin back to it. This year was too easy. Ever since last Christmas I have had a very small purple metallic package bow floating around the top of my desk. I don't know why I never tossed it away, but just the other day I looked at it with new eyes. It is now this year's Advent brooch.
I suppose I should start thinking about how these are going to be displayed. My first inclination is to make a wall hanging using a small log cabin block that has a large center square, but where's the fun of opening doors or hanging ornaments on the tree?
Update: I posted this and then I saw this post by Heart's Journey and this post by Terry Grant. Hmmm..... the wheels are turning!