merry christmas my friends!
sometimes doing a “hey. come look at my house” post can feel sorta funny but i hope a couple things. number one, i hope whether via a virtual tour or a real-life drop by, whether my home is all tidy & shiny or i have laundry on the table and a lot of dog hair on the floor, you leave here feeling special. i am not a partythrower. i have failed miserably over the years because i’m not all “bread & wine” and frequently feeding others around my table. i don’t think i could successfully feed 20 folks around my tables but i want to. i want to be a hospitable person. i want people to feel loved on & special when they come here. so…please don’t think just because i can fill a primitive dough bowl with a decade’s worth of collected ornaments means this is a perfect home run by a perfect hostess. cool?
speaking of not-so-perfect. i must confess. i only began christmas shopping ….saturday! gah!! i usually am a tad more ahead of the ballgame….and usually ahead of the ballgame for two primary reasons. i can NOT think when i’m in a crowded, hot, store and because i honestly love wrapping gifts. i love for a package to be as special on the outside as it is on the inside. each little gift a little piece of art. and simple ya’ll. i don’t mean glittered paper that won’t stay taped together or origami peace doves…just a few simple embellishments.
when the girls were little i was so overwhelmed by wrapping gifts that i’d wait until christmas eve —gasp—and wrap them all. and then i’d figure, oh who cares because in a few hours they’re going to be ripped into. but alas, i’ve decided not to stay up for hours on christmas eve and if i’m going to wrap them, i’ll make them special to look at until christmas morning.
so since i confessed that i just began shopping i’m going to share some images from the last couple of years & maybe inspire you. many of the little embellishments i use are just dollar store ornaments and tinsel from target. string from the hardware store, vintage cards and glittered little notes are sweet. also, years ago i simply printed off words & monograms and then glittered the edges. no big crazy deal but adds a little sparkle to each one. the large glittered monograms are wendy addison that i’ve also collected over the years but they seem to be easily available. try google. also, little glittered monograms can be found at michaels. occasionally i bust out the glue gun so i can adhere a little stand up ornament. but that’s rare. like maybe one.
the silhouettes are simply photocopies i made of the real deals i had done of my girls years ago. i carefully removed them from the frames they were placed in after they were done & scanned them into smaller sizes & glittered the edges.
and finally let me state the obvious. the thought of white matchy packages under your tree might sound like a complete snoozer…there have been years where i’ve used many reds & silvers and been just a wild woman with color. the color of the packages is totally not the main inspiration. all our gifts are not ( sadly) from anthropologie but i’ve saved the boxes over the years & simply reused them.