Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's a wrap....

Ok… I must admit.  I not only collect vintage items for wrapping, but I am one of those people that actually spends time picking out my wrapping “theme” each holiday.  And yes, it must match what is going on the tree!

This year I also created a little wrapping basket as part of my holiday decorations.  I corralled all of my wrapping supplies in one place… well except for tape and scissors because they didn’t match what I have going on here!  Orange scissors and scotch tape just didn't make the cut....

Although I really wanted to create a wrapping station I currently don’t have a spot for an area dedicated to wrapping for the holidays… although it’s looking pretty good that I will next year, but that’s another story…

I used my freshly painted, freebie cabinet and an old basket as a backdrop and holder of all the wrapping goodies.  The big red roll of paper is from Costco… some of their two sided paper… of course the red that I want to use is actually the “wrong” side so I had to do a bit of folding and “rerolling” of it so that the side I wanted shows up… hmmm, do I sound a bit, well crazy or neurotic?  All the other bits and bobs were picked out to match my main tree and the front porch area that is decorated in aqua, red, pale green and white for the holidays.  And what's hanging out on that open door?

This cute stocking that I picked up this past summer at a huge garage sale…. It actually is old, handmade and says “Matt” on it… I don't have a "Matt" but I love it hanging out here.

And speaking of that freebie cabinet?  Of course the inside of the cabinet wasn’t left out of the decorating frenzy…lots of vintage bits here too.   Some to be used for wrapping, some just because...

The  little Santa plate was a thrift store acquisition… the blue on his beard goes well with the aqua I have going.

As you can see... gnomes and mushrooms are Incorporated into the red, aqua, green and white theme.  Plus ribbon, baker's twine, chenille pipe cleaners... lots of fun inspiration for wrapping here!

And what do I plan to wrap up for family and friends this year?  Well, gifts from my kitchen of course… jams, jellies and sauces that I canned last summer and fall…

Perhaps they may be the recipient of one of my many projects like my vintage mirrors with chalk paint frames…

Or a cute vintage jar filled with a Christmas surprise…

Even one of the anthro inspired snow globes may be enclosed...

So, if you’re wondering what I’ll be up to this weekend… well you may think I plan to be here, by the tree, using up some of my carefully curated wrapping supplies…

And playing Christmas music…

But no, I'm heading to Seattle for a girls weekend of holiday fun... and of course, shopping and lots of Christmas music in the car...


  1. Oh boy, I love all of your pictures there! That combination of light-blue/ teal with red is most excellent! :-)
    Have fun in Seattle, might see you there! ;-)

  2. I admit that in the past I have put more effort into wrapping then the normal person. I have learned some awesome techniques including furoshiki. Unfortunately after I was made fun of by my husbands family I now only do it for my mom. I know I should just do it for the joy it brings me but it's not as fun anymore.

  3. Ha! Chris, I totally get you and I would so reroll the wrap to show the side I wanted. I guess you are not alone in your decor/colour craziness lol. What gorgeous supplies and love the colours. I am seeing so much red with the aquas and turquoises now and I keep getting inspired to add some red to our decor. It started with my DAIRY sign in the kitchen and then my kitchen decor. After seeing a few bloggers use red and aqua I'm starting to lean that way. Have a great trip, be safe and hope you share the prettily wrapped gifts when you get a chance.

  4. awesome! love it all! :)

    mountain mama

  5. all of your wrapping things are so sweet. love the color combinations.


  6. Oh, it's all beautiful, and I want to be your neighbor ;-)

  7. Okay, I'm going to do it...beg for an invitation for me and my friend to come over. Yes, begging. it's out there. If you never comment again, I'll know why!
    Your home is adorable, your ideas inspirational and I want to be just like you someday!!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. I love how everything is coordinated so nicely. Underneath your tree is going to be gorgeous. Your freebie cabinet found a great place to live.

  9. I am a huge fan of your colour scheme.......and the cabinet is so cute...looks all very devine.

  10. Amazingly, Creative, Inspiring, Colorful, Vintage, Collectble YOU!
    I soooo enjoyed seeing all your "touches" on my visit with you today!
    Merry Christmas . . .

  11. What a wonderful little wrapping station! It's beautiful on it's own and very functional! Hope you're having a wonderful girl's weekend!

  12. What an inspiring post! I loved peeking into your cupboard and seeing all your wrapping goodies. I have a collection of vintage wrapping paper that you've inspired me to display somehow. I'm your newest follower and I hope you get a chance to pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  13. I love your wrapping area, how cute and I love the colors! I do the same thing with my tree and paper. :) Your stocking is so cute, it looks like one that my MIL knitted and she has a Matt. :) I hope you enjoyed your weekend, it sounded like fun and I hope you are enjoying the holidays!

  14. Everything looks so cheery! I love the incorporation of aqua into your fitting for your vintage house. Have fun in Seattle!

  15. I love the color of your "freebie cabinet" great! What a great little spot you have there! Thanks for stopping by Hating Martha...returning the favor! So glad I did!

  16. I am sure your gifts are too pretty to open. I fell in love with a certain paper a few years ago and bought a ton of it. This is my last year and I will be so happy to get new wrapping paper next year!


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