- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- AWKWARD VISIT WITH SANTA PHOTO OF THE DAY
- HIDEOUS CHRISTMAS SWEATER PHOTO OF THE DAY
- HOLIDAY PHOTO OF THE DAY
- TWEET TREATS
- DID YOU KNOW...? CREATIVE WAYS TO WRAP GIFTS
- DOG CONFESSIONS
- BIZARRE CHRISTMAS CARDS
- LETTERS TO SANTA
- GARDEN UPDATE
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GOODIES~SHARE OUR GARDEN RECIPE #0120 CHOCOLATE CINNAMON SNOWBALLS
- WHAT IN THE WORLD?
I know people who are so picky about how they wrap a gift they will match up the pattern and use invisible double-sided tape.
As a big recycling family, we always save our tissue paper, bags and ribbon and reuse them. Seriously, we have an assembly line when someone opens a gift to hand the tissue paper and bags to someone and the ribbons to someone else. Not only does this allow for some great savings on buying bags, ribbons and paper but it facilitates the clean-up after the gift giving is over.
I don't know many busy people who still use holiday wrapping paper when a gift bag does it all AND comes with its own tag (and in some cases, its own ribbon). I also like plastic gift sacks for organizing small children's gifts, baked gifts or to mail smaller items in a larger box. They even have HUGE gift bags for bikes, etc, as well as for your Christmas tree to recycle it to the curb without getting the needles all over your house.
But let's get out of the 'box' for some creative ideas you may not have thought of.
When mailing, if you are not using priority or express mail which need a specific box, the outside of the box can be decorated. Many times mail services will not let you use a box that has been recycled due to the previous UPC codes or markings that can be confusing. My favorite way is to save money on using paper to cover it by spray-painting. Do this outside and do a base color first, using a dark color like black. Then you can do swirls of color or use stencils or stickers. I can't tell you how many times I have been in line at the post office and had people ask where I got 'the cute box'.
Instead of stuffing your box with newspaper or tissue paper, use can use the comic section of the paper, which is always fun; I have also used the front page of our newspaper for when our son was overseas so he could read the local news. Or, for a fun twist, use red and white mints to fill in the gaps!
Try wrapping a book in a thrift find..a cute shirt and tie! Perfect for the hard-to-buy-for male, by the time they unwrap the present, they have three...a book, a shirt and a cute tie! Or make it feminine with the addition of a brooch instead of a tie.
|I stole a bag of powdered sugar off the kitchen counter and ate as much as I could. Spent the next 30 minutes running circles in the living room from the sugar high|
I wanna take the time now to thank you for my stero that you got me last year.I loved it I was so exsided when I opened it that I was crying.SO THANK YOU AGAIN.
- Megan, 14, Kokomo, Indiana.
- Christofer, 23, Skara, Sweden.
I hope that you get every house in the whole Unavicers.Maybe your wife should do the work for you.
- Jessica, 8, DeWitt, New York.
TRY NOT TO WAKE UP MY GRANDMA, SHE'LL BE SLEEPING IN THE LIVING ROOM AND SHE CAN BE A GRUMPY BEAR!
- Kelsey, 7, Calgary, Alberta.
I may be Jewish but I still love Santa Claus! Happy Hannukkah!!!
- Vanessa, 9, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Kristina, 8, London, United Kingdom.
In the 60's but still a wee bit nippy with those winds creeping in. The sun shone all day and provided a welcome relief to an otherwise gloomy day.
1 cup butter (no substitutions), softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all purpose flour
Extra powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 400.
Beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon with a mixer until light. Gradually add flour, mixing until just blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch ball. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer from baking pan to wire racks. Cool slightly. Roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely. Roll in sugar again.
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