December 05, 2007

Wrapping it Up

I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping, just 2 gifts left to buy-a new record for me. What a relief to not have that stress hanging over me. I've finally started wrapping up those presents & now there is something to put under the tree. It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.

I'm so inspired by the simplicity of these inspiration pictures above (from Country Home). I love the casual festiveness of it all. Festiveness. I'm sure that's a word. In the spirit of keeping it simple, I gathered up these adornments and am getting to work. Now my gifts are starting to look as festive as I feel.



*********************************************************** Speaking of presents, my sweet friend Carrie recently gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl named Sophia. I know several of you were following her story and would want to know that she got her well-deserved happily ever after.

41 comments:

  1. Ummmm, what pretty packages. It looks as if you will be doing a lot in red and white...my favorite! I, too, am wrapping and stacking! My little tree is beginning to look overwhelmed with all those gifts beneath it but, as you so sweetly said, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" around my place! I LOVE IT!!
    hugs, bj

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  2. Jen,

    Where did you find the red and white ribbons that are on the flat cards?? That is exactly what I'm looking for, but I haven't seen it anywhere.

    Are you loving the snow??

    Marianna

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  3. Cute! I'm really feeling the red and white this year, too! We don't have a tree, presents or anything yet. I'm so inspired that you're almost done! WOW!
    ~Angela :-)

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  4. if festiveness isn't a word, it SHOULD be!

    so merry and bright over here, love it all

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  5. I need to start wrapping. Last year I wrapped everything in brown kraft paper and used shipping tags from the office supply store as the gift tags. I had some traditional Christmas plaid ribbon that I wrapped around some of the packages. It might be hard to imagine, but it really was a great look. This year I am using all vintage wrapping paper that I have picked up at thrift stores. I think it will be fun!

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  6. Hello there. I'm from Indiana too! I've just been blogging about a month. Love your blog and those pictures today. I am so jealous that your shopping is done. I need to get moving and finish mine.
    Stop by if you get a chance.
    Nan

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  7. Good for you!! It's nice to be so organized.
    Congrats to your friend with the new baby!!
    Love your wrappings.
    Rosemary

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  8. Jen,

    I just love your blog as well, I tracked you down! I'll be sure to check in often and will bookmark for sure.

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  9. Such pretty packages - I wish I was that far a long with my present buying - the truth is I have been so busy this year I haven't bought one thing yet!! Yikes!!

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  10. Beautiful wrap and bows! You are ahead of me Jen! Love your inspiration pictures too!

    xo,
    Kim

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  11. Those packages are so pretty! Glad for you that you are enjoying a relaxed, laid-back holiday season so far! I haven't started anything yet but am planning to next week...

    Enjoy your day!

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  12. I love that inspiring pile of photos. I particularly like the ones wrapped in newspaper. The simplicity of them is so stylish. I'm wrapping all my presents in brown paper this year, probably with red ribbon although I'm yet to buy that.

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  13. Hi,
    I love these wrapping ideas, and so charming. red and white is very affective.... I am in the middle of wrapping my gifts at the moment,trying new styles, so thank you for the inspiration.

    Priscilla x

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  14. I am so happy for your friend!

    And what lovely, lovely wrapping photos. You are doing good, girl, being done so early! I'm getting there. Tomorrow night starts our back-to-back weekends of holiday parties and so my extra time will be limited. I better get on the horn. I need to make some earrings for a gift exchange and a necklace for a dear college friend, too. Often for the family I just throw it in some cheap wrapping paper because the kids don't care. But you inspire me to go the extra mile w/ my wrapping...for me, if not for them! :-)

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  15. Hi Jen,
    Thanks for the kind words at my blog. It is definately a horrible time right now, here in Washington State. We were in no way prepared for what we are dealing with right now.
    Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers today, we have a ton to figure out.
    Lisa
    coastalnest

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  16. Such wonderful gift wrapping ideas. I'm getting started on wrapping this weekend. Thanks for the inpirations!

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  17. Love your new banner! It's been awhile since I have visited and you have so many pretty new posts up! I always am inspired by your pictures. :)

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  18. Hi,
    I am new to your blog and found you through Kim at Daisy Cottage. I have enjoyed visiting you and reading thru past posts....
    Come visit me when you have time
    Penny

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  19. Very creative and gorgeous wrapping job...reminds me I need to get off the computer and get to work ;)
    Mary

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  20. First off, congrats to your friend on the birth of her baby. That's great news!

    Second, I love all the wrapping pictures, and I can't believe you are DONE! What is UP with that?! LOL. I was actually considering starting my wrapping before Christmas Eve this year...hmmm...I wonder if it'll happen. Heh...who am I kidding? I don't even have my shopping done yet. OR my craft projects. Story of my life. :-/

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  21. What lovely packaging--that's part of gifting in my opinion, making the packages pretty.

    Congratulations to your friend on the birth of her sweet little miracle. It's always good to hear about welcoming a new little soul in the world.

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  22. Jen,

    I got your second comment. I wasn't getting all my mail from blogger.

    The parade was in Noblesville! It was so much fun even though it was rainy and cold. Of course, getting to see Pages at The Wild was the highlight for my kids!

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  23. love love love your new header. wow.

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  24. I love your inspiration pictures! And your new header is so pretty.

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  25. Great pictures and lucky you to be almost finished with your shopping. I hate to admit I haven't even started yet.

    Happy holidays!

    Lisa
    http://lisatutmanoglesby.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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  26. Wow - a new baby for Christmas! She must be thrilled. Your packages look beautiful and have inspired me to go back to a store where I saw some cute felt ornaments to use as package decor!

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  27. Oh I love everything you have done! Jen can you please tell me who did your banner for your blog? I LOVE IT!

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  28. Hi Jen, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I do live in Avon. How did you know?
    Nan

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  29. I too love the simplicity and beauty of the wrapping on those presents. I am striving this year to really make the presents look lovely. Thank you for the inspiration. And I wish I were as far along as you with my Christmas shopping. I'm not nearly completed :o\ You are inspiring me though!

    allie
    www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

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  30. I forgot about the other blog name on my profile. I thought you had some esp for a minute.
    Nan

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  31. loved your photos for inspiration...I am in the full blown holiday decorating mood...just love to embellish just about everything ...lots of fun..
    carol eldridge
    www.caroleldridge.typepad.com

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  32. Love them too!! This is exactly what I am trying to achieve. Simple but beautiful. And the colours are perfect. I really love all your bits and pieces, looks so Inspirational.

    Inspirational post, many thanks!!
    Aina

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  33. I have been wrapping and stacking too. This year I wrapped everything in brown parcel paper and just had fun adding pretties to the top of the package.

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  34. Very pretty inspiration pics, and your materials are so festive! I love wrapping gifts.

    Congratulations to your friend!

    xo, Andrea

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  35. Pretty packages... so pretty I would not want to unwrap them....

    Have a lovely Sunday

    Cielo

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  36. Hi Jen
    Love the new look here at The Cottage Nest :-} Gorgeous photos as always!

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  37. questi nastri rossi sono una meraviglia!!! sono semplicemente bellissimi !!! ciao mary

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  38. I do love the packages. I saw the magazine,but I went with a burgandy and tan toile paper this year.

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  39. What absolutely glamorous wrap-jobs! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. The trash ties are at this site: http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/trash_ties/

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  40. Those pictures are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! Still have to pick up some wrapping, and the red, white, and kraft combination is just too pretty to pass up. Enjoy your holiday!

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