Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Making A List...

I work better under pressure...which is precisely why today will kick-off my Christmas shopping and preparations for Saturday.  Yup, that's me... waiting right until the last minute to pull together my celebration.  At the studio, we are working on an Easter project and we moved everything so that the floors can be painted during our break.  I will take my parents out shopping with me today... we will drive up the coast of Maine to specialty stores and antiques shops looking for very personal gifts (and avoiding the crowds) and wind our way through small Massachusetts towns searching for farm stands and boutique shops with something fresh and different and never before seen by my list of recipients.  We will go to HARBOR CANDY in Ogunquit Maine to get Jenny's favorite chocolates and I will stop at Whole Foods for some stocking stuffers.  When I get home I will organize my purchases and devise a wrapping scheme. I like to use items that I have collected throughout the year, especially for the embellishments and gift tags. I will steal away to our den or guest suite (anywhere that has a television) and start the mad dash of carefully folding, taping, and tying with bows and silk ribbons.
Here are some special last minute gift tags that can be made using things you may have on hand. They will look like you have spent a great deal of time on them, but they are all easy and fun to make. I hope they inspire you to try your hand at something that really makes your gift and wrapping extra special.

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  1. That sounds like my kind of shopping, I hope you had a wonderful day! Have a very Merry Christmas!

    Kat :)

  2. Sending you blessings of JOY...PEACE...& LOVE for a very Merry Christmas!

    Your day sounds heavenly....enjoy the sweetness. xoxoxox

  3. You rock! You may be a little crazy, but you rock :) Merry Christmas to you and Jenny.

  4. Sounds like a fun trip! Wishing you all a most wonderful Christmas! Thank you for your inspirational ideas and I can't wait to see your Easter project now!!!

  5. That is the way I love to shop. Sounds so much more fun than the shopping malls and plazas. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Happy shopping. Mine is done and wrapped and under the tree, yippee.

  7. Oh, what a wonderful way to shop. I've been wrapped up in my own itty bitty boutique shop in the mountains, surrounded by foil-wrapped chocolate santas, dozens of different pretty papers, & vintage wedgwood and have barely been shopping for my own loved ones!

    Have a Blessed Christmas!

    : )

    Julie M.

  8. Sounds like a much less stressful way to shop. I also save embellishments throughout the year to add to my packages. Great minds think alike! Happy Holidays!


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