Saturday, December 24, 2011

Last Minute Giftwrapping

Ok, no time to run to the store for some wrapping?  Grab these items and get wrappin'!

Brown Paper Bag
Newspaper
Plastic Bags
String
Twine
Old eraser
Stamp Pad
Scissors
Old lace
Old calling cards
Rubber Stamps
Cutter
Glue or Paste
(You won't need all of these)

What you do is wrap your gift up in brown paper bag paper then add a dash of newspaper.
Sprinkle with embellishments.
Use the back of yer ole calling card as the gift tag.
I carved out an angel from an old eraser and used it as a stamp.  It helps that the Books for Less bookstore calling card I found (of a defunct branch) is also made of recycled paper so it matches my eco-friendly look.

You can use old bits of lace to decorate the somewhat plain wrapping of just brown and newsprint and just attach with bits of glue.

So here are the finished products.  The principle here is not to throw anything that can still be used later on.  I'm giving you a timely reminder to keep all the ribbons and paper that you will be getting this Christmas to re-using later on.

The gift on the upper right has a plastic bag ribbon.  I just cut up a plastic bag into 3 pcs of 1" width strips (and whatever length your paper bag is).  I then braided them for a cool ribbon effect.  Sorry I forgot to get a close up!  Tedious but nice.

The blue tie on the lower left is rope that I untangled for a nice fringed effect.  The lower right gift has a red bow from an old cut up piece of clothing that I liked.


Wishing you the best Christmas ever!  If you want to make this season more meaningful, give to those who need it most!  Click here to help our countrymen who've been recently having a very rough Christmas.

Haven't got a gift for me yet?  Oh just comment and it will make my Christmas! ;)




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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Magic that is Christmas

Every year I feel like I'm getting younger, inside I mean.  I am rediscovering the magic that is Christmas.  I don't know what it is but even when the year isn't free of its cares and tragedies (storm Sendong in particular), I am happy.  Quietly and calmly happy.

Here's my wish for you...
This year's advent season has me meditating on Zachariah and how his doubt made him speechless.  Rather, the angel rendered him thus so.  Do I sometimes doubt that everything will come together in the end?  Do I sometimes doubt that God will do a miracle long prayed for?  Does God know what He's doing?  I must admit, doubts can sneak in.  But the important thing is this.  God still fulfills His miracle anyway.  Zachariah's long standing wish for a son was fulfilled despite his lapse in trusting God's faithfulness.

I thought of how faith changes everything.  How Mary's and Joseph's plans were all changed because they believed.  Here's my twist on the nativity with a lot of patterns since I recently bought this neat pattern maker.  

Here's another one I made with a more traditional feel.
*You may use these images for online greetings and such.  Personal use only and if you can link back to me it will be much appreciated!
May this Christmas season ever fill you with more faith, more hope, more love!  He is the Reason for it all.  He is Emmanuel, God with us.

Let's keep faith in His promises as "He who began the good work in you will be faithful to complete it" (Philippians 1:6)

*A little appeal:  This Christmas if you can volunteer, give or pray for the Typhoon Sendong victims in the Philippines, please do your share.  Their Christmas is a tough one this year.  Click here for more info on Sendong.

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