Monday, December 6, 2010

Pretty Packages

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I have started about 4 posts and not finished a one, and here I go starting a 5th.
I got a little crafty tonight.  OK, a lot crafty (for me this is highly unusual behavior).
I started thinking about cute ways to wrap presents this year.
(the presents I have yet to buy, but that's not the point :)).

I saw this is Southern Living this month...

How cute are those wooden monograms on the packages?!
I bought a couple single initial ones to put on Andrew & Charlie's gifts this year,
but tonight they ended up on a pair of handmade stockings.
I sewed a bunch of new pillows today, because I change pillows as often as most people change their sheets,
and I seem to be far better at picking out fabrics than I am with paint.
Anyhoo, I had extra red and cream check fabric,
my sewing machine was out and threaded up, so I thought I would attempt to
make a couple of stockings to "wrap" my parents gifts in. (The only two gifts I've actually bought)
(Sorry Mum no surprise wrapping for you.  But I'll keep the gift a secret!)
I used ribbon I had on hand, but wished I would of had some tartan plaid.
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I used the wooden letters I bought for the boys, but I'll change those out with my parents initials.
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Don't worry, I'm not giving them fresh greens for their gifts!!
The stockings were so easy and fast to make.
I made a pattern using our existing stockings, and then sewed them up.
I added a couple fabric flowers on my Mum's.
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It was so fun to sew with the fire going, and my candles burning,
while the hubs was watching football napping in the other room.
The house feels so cozy.
I wish I could get the light right with my camera, but I can't.
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I also found super pretty wrapping paper & red toile tissue at Hobby Lobby on the cheap.
And these little galvanized buckets at Ikea (of course) for $1.  That's less than a gift bag.
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I'll come back and post more on my pillows later.
But the two big, red beauties you see peeking out in the last picture, are my favorite.
I thought they would be pretty for Christmas,
but I like 'em a lot so they'll be staying on those chairs for a while.
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My little candles have just about burned down, so I best be heading off to bed.
Night, friends!

14 comments :

  1. LOOOOVE those stockings! And I love that monogram idea even more. That is sweet!

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  2. Love love love ... is my pretty package in the mail? :) You've outdone yourself ~ I'm SO borrowing this idea. Where did you get the initials?

    Jo

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  3. Thank you both! Jo - the letters came from Hobby Lobby, but I've seen them at Michaels too. They were about $1 each. I think you are suppose to paint them, but I really like them unfinished.

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  4. Fantastic project, I love the fabric. The whole room looks great , I love the ottoman too! :) Great job!

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  5. Everything in your house looks great, and sooooo cozy.
    The stockings turned out great...love the idea!!

    Just randomly have to say how much I miss Hobby Lobby(great paper)...I used to love going every week to check out the sales, and we don't have them here.
    Ashlyn

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  6. Your house looks beautiful - love the holiday touches throughout! Those stockings are great. :)

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  7. So pretty! I think that is a very clever way to wrap your presents. I am working on making sure that my packaging is beautiful since the funds to buy the presents this year was not much. I figured if it's still beautiful even though it's inexpensive, it will make up the difference. Thanks for the inspiration and the those red pillow are beautiful!

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  8. I am jealous you can sew. The stockings look great. Your house is so pretty.

    Amy R.

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  9. Alright.......Don't you want to come on over and wrap my gifts for me? Love this idea!

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  10. thank you all for your sweet comments!! :)

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  11. So, so beautiful. Do you have any idea how envious I am that you just quickly sewed them? :) xoxo

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  12. Popping back to ask about the stockings ... how difficult is this project? I've been looking for a few years for pretty white stockings and can't find anything I like. I'm thinking of making them myself. Am I insane? You can be honest; I can handle the truth :)

    Jo

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  13. Hi Jo -- I promise these are very easy (and fast)!! I did get about 6 emails requesting instructions. I'm a bit embarrassed to do a tutorial because I am not crafty and sorta just made it up as I went along, but I'm going to attempt one since others are interested too. Stay tuned... :)

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