Saturday, February 23, 2008

Finishing details

We'll interrupt our regular sewing program with some gift wrapping. It's for that birthday party tomorrow that I mentioned in my previous post.

I'm knee-deep into making gift tags for the various presents. Oh, didn't I tell you? There's three presents to go with three small people. Busy time of year for birthdays. In fact, its about to get busier. Gah!


In the days BC (that's "before crafting", which coincides with BB, ie "before bub"), I used to practice speed wrapping. That would be haphazardly wrapping the present five minutes before I walk out the door to get to the current do. It's embarrassing how my presents looked like a slab of fish-n-chips from the fishmonger. After all, its the inside that counts right?


Nowadays, I take so much time to choose the right paper, tie some pretty ribbon and make the gift tags. Putting a stamp of individuality on pieces of card and paper that will most likely end in the rubbish. I know. I know. I'm trying to compensate for the fact that some of the actual presents are store-bought.

Anyhow, I'm trying to gear up to try my hand at making my own stamps one day. I've got all the tools. But geez, I wish all 24 hours were mine to squander. For the moment, I'll just collect them shall I? Stamps are from Leslie's shop and from this fabulous etsy find, which I've kept secret squirrel for far too long. He he he! Don't go nuts now.

Okay, that pun was intended!

12 comments:

Mystele said...

loud applause that your wrapping ways have changed since crafting nabbed you. i'm STILL doing the rush out the door bit. and oh how i wish i could have those same 24 hours...so many, many things i want to do. back to one step at a time, huh? Take care! and have fun.

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh Jade, those little stamps are just adorable -- and the seller is practically in my backyard! Thanks for the fun link!

Kuky said...

Hee hee! I'm the opposite. I used to take time with wrapping (and I still try to) but now it's the right before rushing out the door wrapping. Oh yeah thrown in with a dash of trying to block the little one from grabbing everything.

And I've been wanting to try stamp carving too. I have all the supplies as well. Have now for over a year and they sit untouched.

Tamara said...

I am still hopeless at wrapping present. I surprise myself at how hopeless I am. I feel like I put so much energy in to the gift, there is none left for the wrapping.
The stamps are adorable, especially the girl, and the cupcakes, and the babushka and the deer and the....

Kate said...

Love the wrapping and the stamps - I am still so shocking at it, I must try a bit harder.

fiona said...

how deloious!!i bought some tools the other day for that very purpose!trying to find the right medium to guage into!

leslie said...

great job on the wrapping. so cute. indeed.
i love craft pudding's stamps. so cute. indeed.
and those alphabet stamps, too.

suzy @ www.floatingworldviews.com said...

Those tags are beautiful - I love the stamps. And I know what you mean about craving the 24 hours... now when I look back at life BB I don't understand why I didn't get more done!

de vliegende koe said...

I love to wrap presents in clear foil. When it’s for a kid I like to put some chads or balloons in the parcel (when I don’t forget to buy them..) For adults is fun to put stamped letters that form a word in the package. So those alphabet stamps are great! I bought the same at Leslie’s gorgeous goodness shop.

maybahay said...

the cards and wrapping paper you used were sooo cute.
unfortunately, the little ones do not know yet how to appreciate these things so there i was straightening cards and paper out after they tore at them. thanks again, miss.

Marina said...

Gorgeous stamps - love what you did with them and well done for raising the bar on your present wrapping skills! Thanks for sharing the source, am seriously eyeing one of the little personalised stamps for my daughter's birthday....(oh, and maybe one for yours truly too!).

Corrie said...

oh I bought some of those cute handmade stamps too before xmas and they are so so cute! she is very talented to make them !

I haven't checked your blog in ages but you are the new crochet queen! your work is lovely and oh so neat....beautiful

Corrie:)