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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a little Christmas inspiration: it's all in the packaging


Ella has had a difficult time with so many packages arriving on our porch and none of them being for her. Finally, the UPS man brought a great big box just for her and Madi. (It's from my brother, Mike, and his wife, Lynn. Thanks, guys!). As excited as she was, you'd have thought it was Christmas! Oh wait, it is. :) One of the things I love about the holidays, is having boxes arrive on my porch.

I, on the other hand, received a nice influenza bug for the holidays. Really? Really? REALLY? I went to Instacare on Sunday and the doctor loaded me up with meds and a "wait and see" prescription for an antibiotic. I can fill it on Christmas Eve if I'm not feeling better. In the meantime, I've watched every last Hallmark Channel Christmas movie EVER made and more HGTV than I need in a lifetime. (And I love HGTV.) This stinks! I have so much to do.

Thank goodness I had my shopping done the first week of December. My kids know they'd better have their finalized list done on Thanksgiving or they get what I choose. (And thank goodness the older ones wanted gift cards.)

I did manage to wrap a few more gifts today. I love wrapping gifts. And I love beautifully wrapped gifts.


Like these. I found this darling idea on Pinterest and when I went to the source listed on flickr, it said NanaCompany. Well, of course it did, because I love everything that girl (Amy) does. :) She sews and stitches beautifully. Here Amy used two different coordinating patterns on each wrapped package, tied them up with ribbon and/or fabric strips and adds a simple snowflake tag. So simple. So doable. So doing this.

photo by: Merissa Revestir

I may just wrap up some of those gift cards like this: white envelope, candy cane and baker's twine. Couldn't be simpler and so sweet.


How fun is this for a gift card? And very simple to make. There's a great tutorial on The Creative Mama.

To make your gift wrapping more fun, gather your supplies, make some hot cocoa and watch a Hallmark Channel Christmas special while cutting and taping. If you finish early and need to know how a story ends, let me know, I've seen them all! *cough, cough* :)

5 comments:

  1. Hello Kim, Happy New Year to you & your family. We're in So Cal, though the main part of the McCrary family is from middle TN, Murfreesboro. We're a crowd of Red-heads too! Though my married name, my hair is like your Ella's with a bit less curl. ! ha ha ~ Have thoroughly enjoyed going through your blog today...how very lovely !! Blessings!! ~ Anne McCrary

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  2. Hello Kim, Happy New Year to you & your family. We're in So Cal, though the main part of the McCrary family is from middle TN, Murfreesboro. We're a crowd of Red-heads too! Though my married name, my hair is like your Ella's with a bit less curl. ! ha ha ~ Have thoroughly enjoyed going through your blog today...how very lovely !! Blessings!! ~ Anne McCrary

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  3. Hello Kim, Happy New Year to you & your family. We're in So Cal, though the main part of the McCrary family is from middle TN, Murfreesboro. We're a crowd of Red-heads too! Though my married name, my hair is like your Ella's with a bit less curl. ! ha ha ~ Have thoroughly enjoyed going through your blog today...how very lovely !! Blessings!! ~ Anne McCrary

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  4. Hello Kim, Happy New Year to you & your family. We're in So Cal, though the main part of the McCrary family is from middle TN, Murfreesboro. We're a crowd of Red-heads too! Though my married name, my hair is like your Ella's with a bit less curl. ! ha ha ~ Have thoroughly enjoyed going through your blog today...how very lovely !! Blessings!! ~ Anne McCrary

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  5. whoops!!! So sorry! was having a glitch with Google...didn't know my comment posted previously ! Take care

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