Happy Tuesday!  I have a few ideas for some fun and festive gift wrapping to make all of your holiday packages look extra special. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? We made great progress this weekend and are almost done, finally! I just started my wrapping, hence the late post on DIY Gift Wrap.  Sorry, but if you need some last minute gift wrapping ideas I hope these help.  Most of the gifts took just a few materials and believe it or not some of these items happen to be in my “Christmas wrap” box.  You know the one where everything is thrown in and every year it’s like a treasure box because you find something new.  I swear some of the things in my box this year weren’t in there last year.  Ha!  Gotta love that!  So here we have it some last minute gift wrap ideas for you….have fun!

Felt Flower Gift Wrap

Materials:

Kraft Gift Wrap Paper (found mine at Target)

Reversible ribbon (mine was from Crate and Barrel)

Felt Flowers

Package Tag of choice (I found the sparkle gift tag from Target)

Double Sided Tape

Scissors

Step 1: Wrap gift in the Kraft paper.

Step 2: In one direction wrap reversible ribbon in one color.  As seen above using the green ribbon.  Adhere the ribbon to the package using the double sided tape.

Step 3: In the opposite direction place the reversed color around the package, as shown above with the red ribbon.  Adhere the ribbon to the package using the double sided tape.

Step 4: Tie Christmas tag onto package

Step 5: Place felt flowers in the crossing point of the two ribbons, as seen above.

Dot Garland Gift Wrap

Materials:

Kraft Gift Wrap Paper

1 ½” circle punch

Bakers Twine (I used a Martha Stewart twine from Michael’s)

Cardstock Paper in colors of choice

Hole Punch

Gift Tag of choice

Double Sided Tape

Scissors

Craft Glue

Step 1: Wrap gift in Kraft paper.

Step 2: Punch circles out of the color cardstock with 1 ½” punch.  Cut as many or as little as you may need for your gift.  I used 5 on my package.  Once circles are punched, use a small hole punch and punch two holes towards the sides of circle so you can then place on twine.  Be sure to keep the small circles you punch out (you’ll also be using these)

Step 3:  Cut a large piece of twine out, enough to wrap your package.  Now weave the circles onto the twine.

Step 4: Place the twine with circles onto the package wrapping it around the package.  If you have extra twine continue to weave it through the holes for added hold.  Tie the twine in the back of the package to secure it.

Step 5:  Using the small circles from the hole punch that you saved earlier glue those onto the package with craft glue.

Step 6: Tie Gift Tag onto package

Snowflake Gift Wrap

Materials:

Kraft Gift Wrap Paper

Red ribbon (I used ½” size ribbon from Michael’s)

White Felt Snowflakes (I made these a few years ago…sorry no DIY here but I’ve seen several different felt ornaments out there that you could use instead)

Gift Tag (I used some from Martha Stewart)

Double sided tape

Scissors

Step 1: Wrap gift with Kraft wrapping paper

Step 2: Cut a large piece of ribbon out, enough to wrap your package.  Then weave the snowflake (or other felt ornament) onto ribbon. 

Step 3: Wrap ribbon around package so the ends are wrapped around to the back of the package.  Adhere the ribbon with tape to the package.

Step 4: Tie the gift tag onto package. 

Steps on another Snowflake Gift Wrap

Step 1: Wrap gift in Kraft wrapping paper

Step 2: Cut even piece of ribbon and bakers twine out, enough to wrap your package.  Layer the two together and then weave the snowflake (or other felt ornament) onto ribbon/bakers twine.

Step 3: Wrap ribbon around package so the ends are wrapped around to the back of the package.  Adhere the ribbon with tape to the package.

Step 4: Place foam glitter snowflake stickers onto package, I found mine at Michael’s.

Step 5: Tie the gift tag onto package.

So there you have it! I hope these ideas help inspire you in your holiday gift wrapping. It only takes a teensy bit of thought to make a gift absolutely wonderful, enjoy!

I’m very excited to share with you a great giveaway from Towne & Reese.  A fun company I recently was introduced to.  Towne & Reese is a line of stylish designed, yet affordably priced, accessories.  With every piece priced less than $50!!  Wow!  But what fascinated me the most was the story behind Towne & Reese.  The company was started by two friends and moms, or what they would like to call themselves….mompreneurs!  Christi and Jessica had a combined love of fashion and accessories but shared the same frustration of the gap in accessories in the marketplace.  A piece that could instantly define and transform a look without making a serious financial investment.  Christi and Jessica took on the challenge of designing their own line of thoughtfully designed yet accessibly priced earrings, necklaces, and bracelets,  And, in 2009, Towne & Reese was born!  A cute side note, Towne & Reese was named after Christi’s daughter and Jessica’s daughter.  Love that! 

I got the great chance of going onto the Towne & Reese’s site and picking a piece for my own jewelry collection.  Let me tell you, it was very hard decision but I ended up picking the Ella earrings.  And I’m so glad I did!  I love them!  But again, there was so much to choose from.  See….

Now for the fun part!!  Towne & Reese is offering not only a chance for one lucky reader a chance for a piece of jewelry from their line but they are also giving you a shopping discount.  All you have to do is use the discount code: MultiplyD15 and you will recieve a 15% discount!!  And you have till Sunday, May 29th to use the code for your discount.  One whole week!  Happy Shopping!  And a great time to stock up on those summer accessories. Hop on over to their online shop to start shopping!

And now for the giveaway….one lucky reader will receive one piece of Towne & Reese jewelry of their choice.  All you have to do is go over to Towne & Reese and browse away.  Then come back and leave a comment telling us that one piece you must have in your accessory wardrobe.  For another possible entry become a fan of Towne & Reese on Facebook and let me know you did in the comments below.

You also have until Sunday, May 29th 11:59pm EST to enter.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, May 31st.  Good luck!!

Mother’s Day is upon us and I had to share one of my recent favorite finds, Vintage Pearl.   

The Vintage Pearl creates unique and meaningful handstamped jewelry and keepsakes. Each piece is handcrafted from start to finish with care in their studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They use raw sterling silver, freshwater pearls and birthstone crystals in their creations.
 
Each letter is individually stamped by hand, they do not use a machine, making every piece a true one-of-a-kind!
Their jewelry is customized with any names, dates or words of inspiration, and they have several fonts and charm shapes to choose from. They want your piece to be meaningful to you.  And to be perfect for the Mom in your life. 
I love so many of their pieces but here are a few of my favorites…
And one of my very favorites…
Now hurry and go see for yourself the amazing jewelry at Vintage Pearl.  But be prepared you’ll have a hard time picking just one.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  I recently found these adorable bowls from Hideminyon Etsy.  They are perfect for Mother’s Day!  And pick your color…Pink, Orange, Blue, or Red…what’s your mom’s favorite color?  I’m sure either way these will be a hit.  Love them!!

And she also has these beautiful bowls in her shop too.  Love these too!!

You have to head over to the Hideminy shop to see the rest of the collection.  Really there wasn’t a single piece I didn’t fall in love with!

It’s a new year, 2011 is here.  Which means it’s time to pull those 2010 calendars off your walls and put a new 2011 calendar in it’s place.  I was recently scanning the pages of etsy, amazing how much time you can spend on there, and found these amazing photo calendars.  Had to share….enjoy!!

Pictured above: Year of Dreams Photo Calendar

Soft Whispers Photo Calendar

And because I love a surfer and have always dreamed of one day learning… Surfer Photo Calendar

And probably my favorite, 2011 Paris Calendar

Happy 2011 everyone!!

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