Homemade Lego Advent Calendar 2014: Day 1

Some of you might remember that last year, we opted out of buying the Dude a Lego Advent Calendar. With 10,000 pieces of Lego already residing in the house, and the cost of said calendars, we decided to forego the expense for the year. The Dude was quite amenable, countering with: "Ok, then you have to build me something every day until Christmas."

Challenge  accepted!

Every night for 24 days in December, I brainstormed a creation, surfed the web for ideas and then went sifting through the giant pile of Lego to create something. Sometimes it was quick but usually it took upwards of an hour and a half (ok, two hours) from start to finish. When I was done, I would put the finished build on my bedside table to await the excited Dude who would come bounding in after his alarm went off to see the day's offering.

The builds were wide-ranging in theme, including:
  • A minecraft cube and pickaxe
  • A suite of small Star Wars ships
  • A living room including couch, table and fireplace
  • The 9th Doctor's sonic screwdriver
  • Space invaders
  • A wrapped present on the 24th
  • and so on...   
Last year I tweeted each creation but had a number of requests to post them on the blog. So this year, as I embark on round 2 of the Homemade Lego Advent Calendar, I will be blogging each build.

Starting with number 1... 

Today's build is an homage to hubby's budding photography business:

Camera with zoom lens and reflector umbrella on stand 
As you can see, the builds are pretty simple; no full-sized Millennium Falcons or anything. But my goal is to try to build something original and unexpected, that doesn't come from one of his Lego kits.

This is the first of 24... check in tomorrow for the next one! I'd give you a hint but to be honest, I have no idea what I'm building yet! ;)

Next build - Day 2