Wednesday, December 5, 2012

It came without ribbons!... it came without tags!... it came without packages, boxes, or bags!

Perhaps I'm dating myself just a bit here with my "Grinch" quote... but I watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on "real" tv last night... not a dvr/dvd/bluray/etc... but the real live tv where you have to be in front of said tv at 8:00 sharp to not miss anything!  Remember those days?  I can remember waiting all year to watch all the holiday specials including The Grinch That Stole Christmas (and not the Jim Carrey version, gasp!).... so I'm feeling a bit sentimental today....

Growing up in a fairly small town, there was a fairly small "downtown".  One that had department stores... the kind that sold toys, fabric, books, shoes, clothes on different floors.  The picture below reminds me of our biggest store, The Bon Marche... it's first floor looked a bit like this and held the cosmetics department, women's shoes and menswear.  It was on a corner and had two big entrances.  I remember shopping there until it closed when our new mall was built in the late 80's and of course, then The Bon was taken over by Macy's....

But I digress, this is supposed to be about wrapping not my shopping or tv memories...

One thing I don't ever remember using was the gift wrapping services offered by a store.... I've always been a little fascinated by the movies where the folks go out shopping, not always at the holidays, and everything is boxed up for them... and wrapped... I always wondered who lived like that? No plastic shopping bags?  No paper bags overflowing... but shoppers actually walking down the street of some big city with their stack of packages....

Since I can't don't have that kind of life... and box up and wrap all my own packages... well perhaps I can at least have my own gift wrapping station!

Maybe you remember this little yellow number purchased for the wedding last summer?  A vintage drop leaf table I picked up for around $35...

I had painted it using ASCP in 3 colors... trying to show off a bit of the details.

And, if I must say so myself, it did look pretty fabulous at the wedding!

Well, like many of the items I acquired for the wedding, I wanted to use it somehow afterwards... I realized with the drop leaf sides down it would tuck nicely in to a little area upstairs... AND I could pretty it up with some gift wrapping (in appropriate colors of course) to be a little gift wrapping station of my own!

Since it's now the holidays I swapped out the everyday for some Christmas wrap... and a little ceramic tree!

I can pop up one of the leaves and wrap away!  I can stand or pull up a chair when I get tired... but I won't be kneeling on the floor or cluttering up the dining room table this year!

At least that's the plan!

So how... and where do YOU all wrap your gifts?

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  1. Darling, I do love sweet drop leaf tables.. always remind me of days gone by~ Hugs, Diane

  2. I love this idea and all of your beautiful paper, ribbons and bows...especially those mittens! What fun!

    I'm with you on the "old school" tv movies. The anticipation! Not to be missed! Along with the annual "Ten Commandments, Sound of Music and the Wizard of Oz". I have the old Christmas movies on DVD, but it's just not the same. Makes me sad that my kids don't have those memories. (Oh, and remember Winnie the Pooh?)

    I'm thinking about paying for my blog today...seems wrong, but I may just have to do it!

    Happy Wrapping!

  3. Nothing better than a drop leaf table...the are so useful and yours is wonderful...clever idea...and pretty too using it as your wrapping station...mine's covered in fabric waiting to be cut!

  4. I generally wrap on the kitchen counter since the tape and scissors are kept in a kitchen drawer, and the counter doesn't have dog hair on it that gets stuck on the scotch tape... lol

  5. We wrap our gifts on the kitchen table . I love the original Christmas kids shows my fave The Grinch Who Stole Christmas it has been a fave since I was little . I to looked forward to the TV shows when I was younger now I have all of them in a DVD box set . When our kids where little they did the same as I carried on my tradition. I always read bed time stories to my kids and their fave Christmas story was , Twas The Night Before Christmas . Thanks for bringing back the memories . Have a good evening !

  6. I love that little table - perfect for your gift wrap station! How lucky to have a dedicated space for wrapping. I usually wrap at the kitchen counter. ... And we watched Rudolph last night too while putting the finishing touches on our trees. It never get old. Too bad I can't say the same for us!

  7. Love your table . . . I happen to have one like it tucked in the laundry room as a storehouse for "stuff.". I may have to freshen it up and find a special place for it. I have a long narrow table in the laundry which is my gift wrapping haven. Like it especially because it remains as just that . a wrapping station!


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