Moo Stickers as Gift Tags

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I had an idea for our Christmas packaging this year, and ordered a book of Moo stickers made with photos of our family.  (They’re not available in Moo’s USA shop, so plan ahead for longer ship time and order from their European store.)

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We’ll use the stickers in place of To/From labels.  If you see your photo on a present, that gift is for you!  The younger kids, not yet reading, may really have fun with this.

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Hopefully the photo stickers will bring back fun memories and cause a lot of smiles.  And that’s kind of the point in getting together in the first place, isn’t it?

Chinese Takeout Gift Box

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Looking for a different way to package a small gift? You can make a cute gift box with a Chinese takeout box, some fabric and heat and bond material.

Start with a new Chinese takeout box. Remove the handle and flatten it out.

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Cut the fabric and iron on heat and bond just a little larger than the opened box. Follow the directions on the heat and bond to iron it onto the fabric. Let it cool, then slowly peel off the backing paper. Put the backing paper down on your ironing board, then iron the fabric to the outside of the takeout box. Be careful to iron against the backing paper so you don’t attach the fabric to your ironing board.

Cut, the Fray Check the Edges

Trim the excess fabric away, then use Fray Check around the edges to keep the fabric looking clean and neat. Using sharp embroidery scissors or an exacto knife, cut through the slit in the top fold of the box and carefully poke the holes for the handles through the fabric. Fray check these as well.

Then refold your box and reattach the handle. You may want to use pliers to help close up the ends of the handles again. ( Reattaching the handle can be a bit fiddly. I said a few bad words, got another cup of coffee and then went back to it. The second try went much smoother.)

The finished product:

Takeout Gift Box

For the perfect little gift to put inside, stay tuned!

Pretty Packaging

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Sometimes ordering from Etsy is like sending yourself a present.  I’m knitting scarves for my husband and me to wear this fall on a trip to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, and this is how my yarn arrived.  Isn’t it great?!  It’s simple, but so well presented and coordinated that twine, tissue paper, tags and a tiny skein of  beautiful, gifted yarn look so festive!  If you’d like to order some of your own, this is from Marigold Jen.

Here’s how our scarves look so far:

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(Mine still needs a little work.)

The yarn for my husband’s scarf is from Black Sheep Dyeworks and was so wonderful to work with that I already ordered another skein — for a project I may tell you about in October.  (<~~Foreshadowing!)

If you’re a knitter, I recommend these great shops!

Wine Bottle Cozy

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Wine Cozy

I just whipped up this wine bottle cozy as a last minute hostess gift.  If you’d like to try it yourself, here’s the tutorial from Design*Sponge.  You just need a few minutes and a couple pieces of scrap fabric, fleecy interfacing, twine and a pair of buttons.  I might need to make a few more to have ready for gifting.

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Or maybe I’ll dress up my own wine bottles. Dang, that’s cute!

Thank you, Design*Sponge!

Gift Wrapping for a Not-So-Little One

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Tomorrow my Little One will be twelve years old.  She’s getting older and I thought her gift wrap should reflect that.  No cartoons or baby animals this year!

All her gift wrap is leftover scraps from here and there.  The flowers were punched from copy paper and the pink “ribbon” is just folded strips of tissue paper to tie everything together.  She hasn’t seen her presents yet, I hope she’ll be pleased.

I’m happy that even though she’s growing up, my girl is still just as qwirky as ever.  That pink present in the back?  That’s the jar of dirt she asked for.

I’m crazy about that kid.  :)