Archive for the ‘Gifts’ Category

Okay, so I thought I subscribed to enough of those if-you-sign-up-your-friends-you-get-credit shopping sites, but someone just got me hooked on another one. These are some of my favorites items from today.

This is way beyond my budget ($375) and I am sensitive to cashmere, but I can dream…

These are pretty darn cool. They look like they’re made out of thick paper. The details say they are made of 30% recycled content. For a pad of 50 placemats you pay $22. Oh, and you can write on them with chalk!

My mom has been looking for these for a while. I have to say that I’ve been tempted on a number of occasions and this is another one of those. These guys have a few different colors and patterns available. $84 its a bit steep in my opinion, but with some credit it might become more of an option.

Now, I really love Aden and Anais blankets. Target has 4-packs for about $35, but the local store has never had these patterns. I saw them in person in a little boutique selling individually once (maybe they were knockoffs) but they were priced at a ridiculous $20/blanket! It didn’t stop me from coveting the striped pink and red (the close-up makes it look pink, but from my memory the dark pink reads more red in person). Open Sky is selling this 4-pack for $50, which is good I guess if you want these 4 (I really only want that striped one) and can’t find them elsewhere.

Now this is pretty cool and affordable. I would love to receive something like this for Christmas. Grow your own mushrooms! Now, I probably wouldn’t be 100% successful, but I would enjoy trying and every time I attempt to garden I think I get a little better at it. This pack is $20. To be honest I have no idea it this is a good price.

Now this is pretty cool. For $25 you can get a cutting board with precise measurements. I’ve always wondered how far off I’ve been from a perfect julienne.

Anyway, you can find all of these things (well, whatever’s not sold out) and more here at Open Sky.

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Etsy Presents!

I know this isn’t exactly home related, but I love to have beautiful accessories to hang on the hooks by the front door. They serve a sort of double accessorizing purpose.

This was my Christmas present from my parents.  My Mama found it on Etsy (with help from my Amazon.com universal wishlist).  I love it.  It fits plenty of diapers and wipes, teething toys, a couple small notepads and crayons and my wallet, camera and keys too.

Thanks Mom and Dad!

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I’m not very good at wrapping gifts.  I really can’t help saving gift bags and tissue paper when its salvageable and reusing it all.  I know I’m not the only one who does this, but I still feel a little bad about the lack of thought and expense that went into the wrapping.  But sometimes, sometimes, I spend the money and time and end up down right proud of myself over a wrapping job.

I love to give gifts. I love to think about them.  I love to shop for them. And I even, sometimes, love to wrap them. Sometimes I am actually good at it.

This gift was for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower. It was a lingerie party.

The idea behind this particular gift was lingerie to be worn throughout the day, specifically at different meal times.  Each box contained a nightie, panties, comfy tanks or bras (one bra, “Dessert,” was even made out of candy necklaces!) and many of them also had things like candles and food items. The breakfast box had panties, an apron and a gourmet pancake mix.   Don’t worry, it was pretty tame over all (I think). This was for my SIL.

The Gift, Wrapped

I bought two rolls of paper and got lucky because without knowing it at the time, one of them was double sided. So that made three corresponding papers!  The roll that wasn’t double sided also surprised me because I hadn’t noticed that it was adhesive!  That was truly a new experience for me. And to be honest, I’m not very good at that yet, it ended up kind of wrinkled.  It was like lining shelves which is one of the things I hate most about moving and always hope I will never have to do again.

Along with the papers and ribbon, I also bought a packet of scrapbooking sticker letters to label each box. Wrapping this gift was a lot of fun, but to be honest, the wrapping supplies were rather expensive and it took me quite a while, so don’t be expecting this out of me again too soon. I will probably need to be acquiring a new in-law before you see this amount of effort in the way of gift wrapping again!

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