12.21.2012

Coming down to the end, part 1

Considering that its December 21, 2012, you might think its end of the world if you were Mayan...but I'm talking about coming down to Christmas...which after everything is decorated and prepared and planned, usually means...wrapping!







As you might guess, I'm one of those who like to wrap...but not in a very traditional way...and in keeping with my simple & natural theme for the holidays this year, I used what I had to give a special touch to my presents...

here plain recycled white tissue tied up with a thread of burlap (using the loose, long threads that unravel from a length of jute burlap fabric is my current favorite twine) with a sprig of fresh cut cedar is the epitome of simple & natural.





























I had another lone wool sock remaining from my stocking project...using just the ribbed section of the sock (after cutting off the foot section), it neatly hugged a box, while I tied up each end with a bit of red twine...the tag is tied on with a bit of burlap twine that I sewed onto the sock...after adding a vintage bell for embellishment.  An antique linen napkin is tied around another treasure, knotting up opposite corners to hold the gift tight...a bough of fresh fir gives the gift a shot of color...































Old linen tablecloths, often stained and tattered, are easy to find at the thrift stores...and though they may be past their prime as their original use....I have found that tearing the cloths into narrow strips makes lovely vintage ribbon...the frayed edges giving a softness to the gift...








and another vintage bell
is the perfect centerpiece to its bow. 






A vintage handkerchief is ideal to wrap  a round present, tied up with another length of burlap twine and a bow made from the selvage of the linen tablecloth...the intricate details of the applique design highlighted at the top...



Next up...printing your own gift wrap...

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful wrappings! I love your novel ideas! Merry Christmas!

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  2. And you expect the recipients of these to unwrapped them! These are works of art in themselves....I couldn't unwrapped them!!!

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  3. Beautiful packages, something from almost nothing, and something quite grand!

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  4. Oh I really like your sock or sweater piece wrap. Simple and pretty all. Merry, jingle, holly, mingle. xox

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