Monday, February 18, 2019

Etsy Monday TheFabWrap

Spring is coming!  Thoughts turn to colors, flowers, green. And pompoms! (well, at least mine do.)  So imagine my delight at finding this great Etsy shop that sells fabric gift wrap perfect for a spring gift and ... pompoms!

Pretty patterns, like polka dot and flowers.
They offer three sizes in each design:

Small: 16x16 inches - Wraps gifts such as a mug, candle, jewelry box
Medium: 20x20 inches - Wraps gifts such as a book, puzzle, photo frame
Large: 24x24 inches - Wraps gifts such as a shirt gift box
and custom sizes as well.

All patterns come in the following colors: 

Black Green Blue Red Yellow Gray, plus custom colors if you wish.

Every length of gift wrap comes with pompoms!
You get yarn and pom poms (quantity depends on size).

handstamped and handcut.
Love everything about this shop!

Monday, December 24, 2018

I tried it -- bow from pretty in pink

I noticed that one post I did Pretty in Pink  a few years back was very popular this Christmas season.

There was a bow shown in that post that I thought I would duplicate this year.

She originally used yarn.

Here's my version. Materials needed: twine, and something to wrap the twine or yarn around.

Instructions: I just made enough loops around the tape roll to make a bow that looked full enough and tied it off.

Final product:

Nice rustic look!

Happy last minute wrapping and happy holidays to everyone.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Gift Wrapping

Ribbons are so tempting

I re-used a lot of ribbons this year, which makes up for using purchased gift wrap. :)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Etsy Monday bySarahRenaeClark Downloadable Christmas wrapping

Printing Christmas wrapping from the Internet has pros and cons.  There are many, many amazing graphic designers who offer designs that are far better than you will ever see in a store. Many are free, as a way to introduce you to their work. You can print on recycled paper. On the down side -- the size is usually limited to letter or legal size paper, so unless you are pretty crafty with tapes and design, you are limited to small gifts.  But more importantly, the color options are only going to look as good as your color printer and your color ink levels.  So I usually stick to black and white designs.


When I found this creative designer on Etsy, I thought she had come up with the perfect solution.  She offers black and white designs that you can color in with markers or pencils. You could certainly use them as is, but coloring sounds fun and her designs really lend themselves to coloring. They are beautifully intricate. She has gift wrap designs, gift tags and more!

Here's her tag option.
Pretty festive!
Here are her wrapping designs:

I think they look great as is in black and white
But look how fun with red pencils!
And she has a template for Christmas Crackers/Bon Bons!  I have read descriptions of Christmas Crackers for years in English novels, and never understood what they were:


Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French 'bon bon' sweets (almonds wrapped in pretty paper). He came back to London and tried selling sweets like that in England and also included a small motto or riddle in with the sweet. But they didn't sell very well.
Legend says that, one night, while he was sitting in front of his log fire, he became very interested by the sparks and cracks coming from the fire. Suddenly, he thought what a fun idea it would be, if his sweets and toys could be opened with a crack when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.
Here's her template:

Christmas Bon Bons
 Happy coloring!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

12 Days of Christmas

 This year, my husband and I are doing 12 days of Christmas. 12 gifts, each no more than ten bucks (more or less) we open them with our morning coffee.  He has done amazingly well! His gifts so far have been really thoughtful and things I would not have gotten but love now that I have them.

Here are my first wrapping efforts ready to go under the tree:

And it should be noted that my cats "helped me" wrap.  I don't know how I would have finished if they weren't messing with the ribbons and chasing the ends.😾😽

Friday, November 23, 2018

black friday sales you aren't seeing from anyone else

Well, you need the gifts before you can wrap. I noticed that the blogs I follow were missing some of the best sales from my perspective.  Here are my favorite Black Friday sales:


Their Black Friday sale is going on now, and every day the discount gets a little lower (its at 50% now). I have bought shoes from this brand before - and from this sale!. Very elegant and well made. Obsessed with their materials and colors.

Genevieve suede stretch boots

Henriette glossed green boots
Nora flats

I love their styles, but I am usually put off by their hefty overseas shipping fee. For this Black Friday, if you spend $170, you get free shipping. If you go to their expansive sale section that has deep discounts to start with, you will find enough to load up on, particularly after you add in an EXTRA 40% off. Just remember this is British sizing.

These floral dresses are so on trend

Including this, because even after I looked around at all the Black Friday Beauty sales, the value of what you get here can't be beat.  Kindri incorporates the most cutting edge ingredients - apple stem cell, prickly pear oil - that also happen to be organic.  The customer service here is incredible. They are giving free gift wrapping this season, but even after all the discounts elsewhere, your best value is shopping here.

Incredible face oil 

This is an amazing shop where you can find a long list of the most cutting edge designers - Ganni, Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Solace London, Petar Petrov, Jenny Packham on and on.  They curate designer clothing for those who wish to dress modestly, so in addition to the beautiful clothes, they have interesting styling tips. I like to browse their gowns just to cheer myself up, and I have bought from here during past sales. They have a large selection for Black Friday of 40% off.

Jenny Packham

Taller Marmo

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Etsy Monday Peony and Thistle

This is a sweet idea. Peony and Thistle upcycled old book pages, sewing two together and adding ribbons and cut out illustrations to make some cute gift bags. If you don't want to try yourself, these are lovely:

you can get three gift bags here

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth with Smock

Smock Paper is a green printing company, specializing in beautiful invitations, but it also creates some gift wrap. While it does not have an online store, I thought this example of combining gift wrap was very Fourth of July appropriate, plus the curled gift wrap streamers were a great idea:

Go here to find store locations

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Etsy Monday LiveinPaper - Excellent Gift Wrapping for Kids!

I was looking for bright, happy gift wrapping designs appropriate for kids. Live In Paper in Costa Rica had some really great designs, all printed on eco-friendly paper.

Here's what LiveinPaper says about their shop:

Live in Paper, is a small business design company based in Costa Rica and founded in 2015. The owner and designer at Live in Paper decided to create original and exclusive designs, using especially fine eco-friendly papers. People can enjoy different themes, be conscious about the environment and 
Now this is dinosaur wrapping paper! 
This makes me like vegetables better. Do you think it would work on a kid?
Hummingbirds and flowers, how summer like is that?