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in the past few weeks

I started working on Christmas presents a few weeks ago and am finally wrapping things up.  Literally!

It’s been a really long time since I’ve busted out the box of painting supplies.  Always a good time, even though my painting skills are sub par!  Gotta’ love the set of brushes that cost $6.99 for about 24!

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I painted a few gifts for the teenage cousins in my family.  There are 2 more I haven’t post photos of yet because their names are on them, and I’m not sure if they check the blog.

For someone who loves art.

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For someone that loves motivational quotes + is extremely determined to succeed.

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The wrapping of the presents, may have been my favorite part.  I used brown paper bags for everything and barely had to use tape!  It’s extremely hard to even get tape to stick to this paper, so I used ribbon instead.  Yes, some of it’s blue…oh well!!

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To succeed at not using tape, wrap the gift in a larger than necessary piece of brown paper bag, so you can hold it tight with just a ribbon.  Worked like a charm, and now the trash can go straight to recycling!

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My favorite wrap jobs were of the paintings.

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  • brown paper bags for the wrapping and tags
  • burlap [I used this for architecture models waaay back in the day and have had it for years!]
  • baby clothes pin [leftover from my sis in laws baby shower]

Kind of excited about these. 

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And kind of excited about this.

You’ll see more of it later today.  Be on the lookout! 

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It’s another crock pot meal…TOO easy!


p.s. highlight of Tuesday night…lighting the menorah while face-timing with the parents :)

Happy Hanukkah!

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Reader Comments (42)

lentil sloppy joes!? mmmm.

& i love the blue ribbon :)

As a teenage girl, I know your cousins will love your presents, especially becuase they are so beautiful and from the heart. ;)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly @ Foodie Fiasco

oooh -- something sloppy yet delectable, it looks like!

Handmade gifts are the best -- I'm going 100% hand made this year, and have in years past -- it seems like everyone really enjoys when you've put yourself into the gift like that!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

loving the brown paper- that's exactly what i'm doing this year, but your idea of using no sticky tape is genious- i'll have to give that a try too! (although in the past i've purposely used so much tape that people can barely get into their presents (i'm a bit evil like that!)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjo@includingcake

Happy Chanukah!

And your DIY gifts are inspiring and awesome!

You've got yourself some "brown paper packages tied up with string"!
I love the paintings--especially the one with the picasso quote! They're gorgeous!

yumm! can't wait for the recipe :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

your presents look so pretty! i love wrapping too, it's way more fun than shopping lol. i didn't hand make anything this year (i usually bake cookies for everyone), but i bought some of this really cool wrapping paper that has seeds in it and you bury it and grows flowers! it's the coolest. i have some leftover for birthdays. love your paintings :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I love lentil sloppy joes!

I'm making ALL of my gifts this year also. I've been having some fun with mason jars and paint and lots of photo projects. Your wrapping is adorable, love the burlap!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

I love the gifts, I'm definitely a fan of making gifts, but have been turning my attention to the kitchen. The canvas is beautiful and how nice to receive that from someone! I'm also loving the brown paper wrapping, you'll have some very happy gift recipients this year :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

I love your art! I told hubby next year for gifts we're going the homemade, sentimental route. The brown paper is gorgeous too.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

omg those presents are so pretty! I love shiny colorful wrapping paper but then I saw your wrapped presents and the simple and natural and elegant effect is beautiful. I wish I was your art loving cousin! :) Happy holidays.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Beautiful Busy Bee

So fun to FaceTime for Hanukkah with your parents! We FaceTimed so they could see our dog open her present from them. How strange are we?

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarci

I LOVE the first painting! It's beautiful and would go perfect in my living room! I want it! :) The gift wrape is beautful too! I love natural wrappings, but this year I wnet for regualr snowflake wrapping paper.

Oh and your art is so beautful you should do a charity and have your followers bid on it! I know I would!

So adorable..I luv all your paintings! :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

That wrapping is art in and of itself! PS- I did the wedding song on canvas yesterday and it turned out pretty good! Probably would've made a better anniversary gift than xmas present but whatever ;) I'm thinking I'd like to frame them down the line b/c they look a little too unfinished in comparison to the rest of the stuff we have in our house but they're getting wrapped as is for now. Thanks for the idea!

I love handmade gifts, the are always the best :) I made some crayon art on canvases for gifts for my brother and boyfriend this year [thank you pinterest!] I love the brown paper too! Look at you, being all eco-conscience :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

why only 2 candles?

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

You need a Hanukkah lesson. Come over when I light the candles tonight.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I made crayon art too!! I'll post the photos soon!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's awesome!! I'm sure he'll love it! Last year I bought Chris an Ansel Adams print and then 7 months later got it framed for his birthday. :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh my gosh that sounds fun, but I have no idea what I'm doing with a paintbrush, haha!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's hilarious!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Happy holidays to you as well!! :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Anne!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I usually do kitchen gifts as well, but they're usually heavy + harder to travel with!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That sounds amazing!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've seen that paper....SO cool!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is hilarious!! :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Beautiful wrapping job! I am spending the morning elf-ing. It's so cozy with all the snow!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

you are too cute with your brown bags and ribbon!! Love that idea and they look adorable! :)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I've never left a comment before. I enjoy reading your blog. I love the idea of brown wrapping paper with Christmas colored ribbons. Oh, and homemade gifts are way better than store bought. They will love them!! :) Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas with your family.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessaG

You always come up with the best home-made gifts! I love the paintings you did, and the wrapping is awesome. I wrapped all my gifts this year with the West Elm holiday catalog and Fat Brain toy catalog. They actually look really good. Happy Holidays to you!

Love the recycled paper! So cute and environmentally friendly. I wish I thought of it before I bought wrapping paper!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

So creative! I usually never wrap gifts because I hate wasting paper. But, I love ur brown bag idea!!!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Thanks Ali! It was a fun project!

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Next year! ;)

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much for saying hi Vanessa! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love your wrapping job! I'm always sucked into buying pretty wrapping paper but hate how it's not all recyclable and I just love how the brown paper bag with ribbon looks.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks! I have so much fun wrapping gifts. :)

February 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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