Faux Wood Wrapping Paper and the Story of Our First Christmas

Faux Wood Wrapping Paper and the Story of Our First Christmas

 

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Remember the paper from the bookcases?

It’s back.

In all it’s glory….as faux wood wrapping paper.

I’m sharing a gift wrap idea with a group of bloggers today…..

…..and I was going to go all fancy.

Seriously.

I was planning on creating a box out of sugar cookie dough and decorating it to look like a present.

Then the gift wrap would actually be the gift.

I thought it was brilliant.

And then I remembered the gingerbread men…..

…..and the story of our first Christmas.

If you missed it the first time….here’s an encore…..

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Five Handmade Gift Ideas

Five Handmade Gift Ideas

 

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When I tell someone that we exchange hand made gifts in our family at Christmas…..they smile.

And look at me as if to say…..bless your heart.

Handmade gifts?

Does anyone really want a handmade gift?

And I smile right back and think…..

….if they only knew. :)

Because in our family…..we take our handmade gifts seriously.

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Finding Joy In the Ordinary

Finding Joy In the Ordinary

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I come from a family of homemade present makers.

Not your ordinary present makers…..but extraordinary-mind-boggling-one-of-a-kind-over-the-top-incredible makers of gifts.

Direct descendants from Santa and his elves.

There was the year my sister made lampshades for all of us…..from old slides all looped together with jump rings so that when you turned on the light…..the pictures lit up in miniature.

Or the year my brother hand-carved bowls from an oak tree that fell during a storm.

And the year my sister made this and my brother made this and then wrapped his presents in hand-printed wrapping paper with photographs of all of us wearing mullets…..

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Red Hot Popcorn

Red Hot Popcorn

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If Christmas shopping were like running a marathon….I would still be on mile 1.

Maybe even the first 1/4 mile.

Or really…..maybe I’d be over by the bananas and yogurt and water…..

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Fruit Roll-Up Ribbon Cake-12 Days of Christmas Day 7

Fruit Roll-Up Ribbon Cake-12 Days of Christmas Day 7

Fruit Roll-up Ribbon Project

 

What do you get the person who has everything for Christmas?

Do you know someone like that?

You know.

The person with enough candles and bath soaps and picture frames and gloves and scarves and turtleneck sweaters to fill a storage unit.

That person.

The super-hard-to-buy-for-person-because-they-have-everything person.

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How To Make Felted Soap

How To Make Felted Soap

 

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Just in case you were curious if I knew all the lyrics to that anthemic hit “Am I am Muppet or a Man?”

Just in case you were concerned.

I do.

After yesterday….I know each and every lyric.Continue reading


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