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Merry Christmas Eve…and a Few Ways to Disguise Those Hard-to-Wrap Gifts

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! It’s just a few short hours until Christmas morning! Are you ready? All gifts wrapped? How about those hard-to-wrap gifts?

You know, I try to avoid those lovely gifts that are a pain to wrap, but I always somehow end up with one to wrap! Things like house shoes; hammers, shovels, hiking equipment…..etc. So I thought I’d share how I have wrapped some of these gifts this year!

1) Since starting my business, I had the idea to make Christmas stockings (which didn’t sell….at all). I originally had three sizes, but the small one was too small, so I repurposed it. It is currently holding a hammer for my husband….he’s still asleep at the moment and doesn’t read my blog, so its safe for me to tell 🙂 I inserted the hammer with the claw down, so it would hang right. The stocking perfectly hides the hammer.

Hammer and Stocking

Hammer and Stocking

Hammer hidden...mission accomplished!

Hammer hidden…mission accomplished!

2) Also in the making of stockings, I had a lot of scrap material left over. So, I drew out a pattern the size I needed for the next formidable hard-to-wrap gift and cut out fabric and a white lining. I wanted these to be little cinch bags so I made a ‘tunnel’ for the ribbon and voila!

House shoes...and cat #1's (Coco) tail

House shoes…and cat #1’s (Coco) tail

3) And last but not least and my favorite way to wrap a hard-to-wrap gift when there is no alternative….drum roll please……..ta da! It’s the black garbage bag!!!! Now, I realize this is probably tacky to many of you, but I had nothing else…not even one of those BIG plastic Christmas sacks, so I made do with what I had. This is hiding hiking gear for my husband….I realized when we went to Standing Stone State Park the other day that we needed improvements to our ‘let’s go hike in the woods with nothing but a camera and cell phones’ attitude. It got really cold, and we underestimated the time this hike was going to take. I got to the point that I couldn’t feel my hands and when my husband tried to warm them with his, they burned. The feeling didn’t return fully until about 4 hours later. So…the improvements I have invested in are a hiking backpack, a first aid kit, anti-itch daubers (for when those blood suckers come out), and the hiking rods (I guess that’s what you call them). And now you see why the trash bag was a good idea!

Easiest way ever to wrap a gift!

Easiest way ever to wrap a gift!

I hope these three things have given you some ideas for either this Christmas or next…or even events between. Have a very Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!!!!

Christmas Decor at My House

Ok, since I did Christmas cards yesterday, I’ll share how I have the house decorated. Now, don’t freak out, but I don’t have a tree, because there is nowhere to put it! I would have one if there was a place and my cats didn’t think it was something to scale!

Here’s the wreath I made this year. We had a storm door installed to let in more light and allow our dog to bask in the sun, and now the wreath we had last year won’t fit between it and the regular door.

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I really wanted to make it where I could change out the outer decoration to match the season, but I ended up giving up on that one!

I also decorated our hutch with all of the Christmas stuff..including the tiny spiral tree from before we got married. You can see where I had to end up putting it. As soon as I plugged it in out came the cats to check it out and proceeded to try to tear it down, so up top it went.

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And the final decoration I added (with the exception of the mailbox decor, which got blown off in a storm) was to the curtain rod in our front window…..also out of reach and jumping range of the cats. I just got some cheap Wal-Mart ornaments and painted them in Folk Art’s new glitter paint (except for the green, because I couldn’t find that paint…..probably got hauled off by the cats).

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Now you see how the Mace house is decorated this year! Not much, but just enough for us.

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas!

Yes, I know, I’ve gone a long time without a post…..again. Everything has been so hectic around here especially with starting a new business. So, let me fill you in a little bit. I did my first craft show in November. I don’t feel like I did very well, but I was told that if you make back what you paid for the booth, that you did really well, so I’m looking at the show from that standpoint. The only critique that the ones sponsoring the show gave was that I needed to have more items made up, ready to sell right there instead of ordering. I’ll know next time 🙂

Anyway, I finally got around to making my Christmas cards! Yay! And for once I’m actually pleased with them. Sent them out yesterday!

Since I never have enough of the same paper, all of my cards are a little different in one way or another, but I guess you can say that it makes them unique. Here they are:

1) This is all of them together.

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2) Now, the rest are just single pictures and details.

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Hopefully, the recipients of these cards will enjoy them! And I hope you have enjoyed them, too! If I don’t post before Christmas, please have a wonderful day filled with memories!

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