our xmas booty, pre-delivery.
we decided everybody needed a cheap little tchotchke to unwrap along with their gift of "kind words" (it made the "kind words" portion a little less solemn and eulogy-esque), so we wrapped up a really inexpensive (yet cute) little stocking stuffer to go with, and the resulting lil packages kinda cute, so we thought we'd share. (the kind words went well, btw- at least 2 people cried, so we consider it mission accomplished! writing the words was a little harder then we anticipated- not the thinking of the nice things to say, but rather the editing of those kind things down to two or three meaningful sentences- nobody wants to spend xmas morning reading a novel!)
our stocking stuffers were wrapped in this weird shoji screen replacement rice paper/fabric we bought for a lighting project, and didn't end up using- it's been hanging out in the atelier forevah, and would have eventually been tossed in le garbage. m21 LOVES to use whatever he has onhand to wrap gifts, stuff that would otherwise be considered trash- grocery bags, newspaper, old fabric samples, wallpaper remnants- basically anything that can be folded around an object! it's fun, green and creative, and we hope people like the personalized touch. also, m21 was NOT blessed with the gift wrapping gene, so wrapping in a funky fashion frees him from worrying about perfect creases, wrinkle free paper and all that martha stewart/art of gift wrapping stuff he simply doesn't have the patience for! i mean crikey, people are just going to rip it all off anyway! (though m21 freely admits to having paid for gifts to be professionally wrapped for more formal occasions, like weddings, etc.- homespun ain't always appropriate).
last, we topped off our funky wrapping with a homemade card- a tradition we've carried on since childhood (you might recognize it, as it was our holiday greeting to all of you as well!) we love homemade cards, and would rather have a clever or pretty card made with love, then a store-bought greeting any day- we sure hope others feel the same, or we look pretty stupid after 40 years of glitter and glue!
ok, we've milked this holiday for all it's worth- xmas '09 is officially all wrapped up!