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crafts: gift wrap

June 8, 2010

fun birthday gift wrap

It was an interesting weekend.

Saturday I was making my best efforts to get my family out the door to a birthday party when my sons begins to have a meltdown. It appeared that my beloved child was in the midst of a tantrum. You gotta love those at the age of two and being the fabulous mother I turned to him and began negotiations. It’s what I do these days to get him to shush it because apparently I ended up with a mini-me and my child is whiny as all heck. It’s karma at it’s best I tell ya.

Who knows what he wanted but I wanted us out the front door. Good thing we’ve been singing Happy Birthday a lot because I decide to tell him we’re going someplace where he can sing his song – which worked. I start naming names of his two buddies that will be there and he seemed to understand. And just like that, suddenly out the door we went.

It’s was hellish hot so the instant we step out our front door beads of sweat begin to form. Minutes later I was in the buildings stairwell wearing flip flops and trying to hold my sons hand while juggling two beautifully wrapped gifts. Walking down the concrete stairs was an obstacle that only added to beads forming on my forehead. We make it down one flight and then start heading to the garden. As we approach our destination all I can think is how quiet it is. As in, gee – what a quiet party. And then I turn the corner only to arrive at party central with no party to be found. I was hot, sweating and doing my best to keep the gifts I was holding from falling while sadly watching my sons face go from curious and excited to Charlie Brown wah-wah.

Apparently the party was Sunday and I arrived a day too early. But you agree that the gifts were gorgeous, right?


polka dot gift wrap in red and silver with pig gift tag

polka dot gift wrap in red and silver with yellow gift tag

Gift Wrap Notes: The yummy polka dot gift wrap was found at a thrift store just near my house. I paid $1 for an enormous roll. The packaging said holiday gift wrap but it reminds me of a circus so I went with it for this occasion. I did a single looped bow because I cut the ribbon too short. Have I mentioned that I love ribbon with wire in it? You can make that stuff do anything imaginable. The animal cut outs, which I also used here, are by Martha Stewart. I added the yellow horse just as we were leaving which explains why it’d not in the first several images.


crafts: gift wrapping

June 19, 2009

In the last few months I’ve attended a few events that requested my presence accompanied by an offering (or gift if you will). Now I really enjoy gift giving but I like the act of gift wrapping a bit more. What I absolutely don’t like is that I myself am highly organized but my wrapping supplies are completely unorganized. Living in a New York City 1000 square foot co-op means I don’t have that much stuff but being a bit obsessed with the sport of wrapping I have enough stuff. Did I mention that I live in New York City? Let me translate, I live in a small enough space that at present I can’t keep my supplies all together and – it’s frustrating. Let me explain in depth as this is pretty much the scene every time I wrap something…

Go to master bedroom closet, reach way back there to grab rolls of wrapping paper. If I’m lucky, no articles of clothing will fall. Stand on tippy toes and reach way up there to get a box of ribbons. Uncertain which ribbon I’ll want to use bend over desk and grab the other box of ribbon way down there. Go to master bathroom and grab scissors. Hmm, scissors not there. Go to kitchen and open junk drawer. Grab second pair of scissors after looking through a lot of junk. Go to second bedroom and hunt up there and then down there for a possible box to place the gift in. Empty handed? Start searching all other closets – entry way closet, linen closet… Start man hunt for tap because I can never find the flippin’ tape! Thirty minutes after starting the apartment wide search for wrapping supplies, settle into chair at the dinning room table. Realize the table could use a good wipe down before starting and thus shoot off a few curse words under breath. Once settled begin complaining to self about the poor overhead lighting. Run into the inevitable snafu and excuse yourself to begin searching again in the closet/bathroom/kitchen or other closet where maybe that thing is. Finish wrapping gift. Once done remember you had that cute appliqué that you’ve always wanted to use but can never remember you have since its way under that thing in that other closet.

Seeing all this written out makes me realize there is one plus to all of this – we have a lot of closet space. That isn’t usually the case in New York.

But seriously, every time I wrap a gift this is the scene that plays out in no exaggeration. And no matter how many times this scene plays out I never seem to remember how long the whole process takes and thus find myself scrambling to finish things. And because we have a small child, I can’t leave things out when I’m done. So after the apartment wide search is over and the gift is wrap I have to start the apartment wide “put things back where they belong.” It’s exhausting and frustrating and makes me a bit pissy.

So yeah, my creative juices aren’t at their peek these days. All this has left me feeling less then thrilled with the things that I’ve been wrapping. On another bright side, I’m slowly moving things around in my home so that I can make space for all my supplies to be in one spot. And something I love more then gift wrapping is getting organized.

This is a farewell gift I gave to my cousin. Since I had to travel to another state to deliver it (with a baby and baby supplies) I kept it simple. I love the pairing of aqua and lime green and how the polka dots from the paper are picked up in the ribbon. And the ribbon has wire in it so you can control how it moves. Wired ribbon is quickly becoming my favorite accessory to work with.

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farewell gift with polka dot wrapping and ribbon

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farewell gift, wired ribbon


This gift was for a baby shower. There is something about birds and the birth of a child that just seems like a perfect fit to me. And I loved the colors in this paper and how it allowed me to use a ribbon with pop. I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the end product. I think the ceramic tag is a bit small for the size of the gift but I couldn’t bear the thought of cutting the ribbon off and thus having to trash it to start over so I left things as is. Live and learn.

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gift for baby shower with ceramic tag


Are there any other people reading that get giddy about wrapping paper? I hope I’m not alone in this obsession.

things i’m lovin’

April 24, 2009

I’ve been a bit absent this week but I have found myself consumed with a few things so I thought I would share.


via Land of Nod, polka dot chalk

via Land of Nod, polka dot chalk

I was looking for some summer toys this week and came across polka dot chalk on the Land of Nod website. O-kay, how flipping cute it that! The set also includes marbleized and striped chalk but I’m going gah-gah over the polka dot chalk. Way too adorable.


via Land of Nod, summer leg warmers

via Land of Nod, summer leg warmers

My mom and husband aren’t really feelin’ this one but I’m completely smitten over these baby leg warmers. Now baby leg warmers are nothing new but what’s new to me is the pastel polka dot design. Love them! And I know it’s summer but they seem practical to me so I got Graycen a pair.

Folks, lets put on our Diva Mommy Sombreros and think outside the box. Summer is hot but sometimes you’re out all day and then it’s night and bam, it’s chilly out and your kid is wearing daisy dukes. Well Graycen’s a boy so no daisy dukes but you get what I’m saying. So that’s when you whip out the cute summer leg warmers. Or how about the subway cars that can be supper chilly and you’re on the subway for an hour cause you’re going to Coney Island. Whip out the leg warmers. See, he does need these. Needless, I love ‘em and if it means I’m wearing ‘em then so be it.


Viva Paper Towels

Viva Paper Towels

This is going to sound a bit out there but I am seriously loving this product, Viva Paper Towels. They are soft and have a super nice touch to them. I thought it was just me but then a houseguest commented on them and asked for the brand name. Then my husband even said something about them. Now he insists we only use Viva Paper Towels. I’ve never paid attention but I’m guessing they might cost a bit more… but it’s worth it. Plus, they don’t break up when you clean so you can actually clean more with one sheet. Seriously, try them!