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November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week we put away the hunting garb, freshly washed. No elk this year. But the boys are all still practicing their elk calls. Even the baby.

Christmas is coming. It all fits in one box for us. Mostly beloved books. I own 6 ornaments.

This is my favorite Christmas bit. I got this nativity in Kenya, Dec ’05. All the pieces fit in the beautiful banana leaf box.

The stack of scarves for gift wrap is growing. The presents are going to be so pretty! I’m going to sew ribbon on some of them. I’ll be thrilled to not have a bag of paper waste on Christmas!

I finished this crown and dress for a little birthday girl today. I do so hope they fit. It is my most favorite thing in the whole world to give good gifts. The postman is my constant conspirator.

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Going on

November 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hello welcome holiday. Here are some things in the works. Our hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner.

Last week we stopped by the Denver art museum to squash pennies and there happened to be a holiday sale going on. I bought this guy. Two layers of vellum and paper stitched together for this amazing rhino print.

I’m fixing up this frame for the rhino. He will hang near this rhino!

Some new kitchen herbs.

These lovely red rosettes are growing in the back garden, even in winter.

I’m working on reusable gift wraps. It is my plan that fabric ties and festive ribbons will be sewn on these hemmed squares and that they will be used for years to come. Less waste and prettier too.

Is it a vice?

March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

To hoard fabric? Fabric is incredibly beautiful and endlessly useful. These two large pieces cost $3 or less at the thrift store and join a carefully curated stash. I have plans to make at least the red one into re-usable gift wrap. How silly we are to waste all that pretty paper each year! The blue is thick and hearty and the red is vintage and a bit chenille with raised fuzzy bits. Thanks to the sofa for modeling.

A simple gift bag/wrap idea here.

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