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merry christmas my friends!

first off i just want to thank you! thank you for dropping in during the Holiday House Walk and leaving so many sweet & encouraging comments. if you missed it, you may begin here.

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.

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& today , swing by jen’s. she’ s hosting a link up so you may join in the housewalk as well!!



December 9, 2013 - 9:10 am

Jill - So pretty!!

December 9, 2013 - 11:50 am

Anna - Hi-Such lovely, individualized wrappings! We have always placed our gifts under the tree late at night Christmas Even, but I love your idea of placing them under the tree earlier so the prettiness can be enjoyed over time : )

December 9, 2013 - 11:52 am

Peggy - Oh how pretty! I was so proud of myself and started shopping earlier this year… online. And do you know what? Not a single present has come in yet!! I know, crazy! Growing up my mom always had the packages under the tree by the beginning of December… she loved decorating the packages! For a number of years I just threw paper on the packages but finally realized I missed those pieces of art under our tree. So this year I am armed with brown paper, baker’s twine, festive bits of greenery (we have boxwoods just off the front door), sprigs of lavender, and goodies to adorn the packages. The next day or two are being spent decluttering the kitchen, refining the decorations, and then it will be package wrapping time! I literally have an old metal basket filled with embellishments just waiting under the tree! I can hardly wait!!

Thank you so very much for sharing your home, family, and ideas with us! Toodles, have a wonderful afternoon!

December 9, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Natalie - Simple and lovely! Couldn’t agree more about wrapping gifts… One of my favorite parts of giving gifts! Merry merry friend!

December 9, 2013 - 3:40 pm

carol jane - So beautiful. Is that a real tree?

December 9, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Cheryl - I love looking at your home during the holiday season! You are so creative, and you’re right. It doesn’t have to be expensive!

I have thought of you often since Thanksgiving, as last year I purchased the large O Holy Night for my wall. It makes me smile every time I see it, and I think of you!

Have a wonderful Christmas Season with your beautiful family!


December 9, 2013 - 7:18 pm

tara - always love your gift wrap.
how do you guys do gifts for the girls?
is it all a surprise or do they give you their lists?

December 10, 2013 - 7:07 am

Heidi@ Decor & More - Well you succeeded in inspiring this gal! Love the simplicity of your wrappings- thanks for sharing :).
Now get busy, girl! Lol!
Xo Heidi

December 10, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Julie@jam-n-jilly - Simply beautiful!!! Of course:)

December 11, 2013 - 2:21 pm

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December 16, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Lori H - So, so pretty, Paige, and so special! One question popped into my head while looking through the photos – do you re-use the ornaments on top of the gifts or are the girls putting them aside for when they have their own tree someday?
Thanks, you have inspired me to pick up some white paper!

December 16, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Rachel - Since I found your page on the Christmas Walk I have been enjoying your posts. These packages are pretty spectacular!
Have to share a story since you talked about the Anthro boxes. My Grandma used to reuse a couple of little boxes each year. They had originally held toys for my Dad. They were very special to us
Have a great Christmas!.

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