Friday, December 5, 2008

~ Happy Holidays ~

I hope the Season is finding you all healthy and happy! I want to start this post with a big Thank you! Thank you for coming into my little corner of the world and brightening my every day! Its that time of year and I've noticed by all your beautiful blogs , that we are all in the same boat :) covered with trims, wrapping paper, and so many "to-do's"....but I've loved that everyone has opened their homes and given me such beautiful and inspirational eye candy and its so wonderful to share ideas and talents, I appreciate you all so so much! with that said, It's time for me to wrap :) no pun intended, ( oh that was so cheesy, lol ) but then again, im a cheesy kind of girl sometimes.... The pics below are me playing with my wrapping ideas and a few little extras. I haven't come near finishing my shopping, but when I do, I like to spend one day, eggnog in hand and wrap all day. Its fun to collect things throughout the year that I can use on packages and when I pull the box out I'm so happy I did too :)
I use so many things as wrapping paper, sometimes the usual and sometimes scrapbook sheets, tins, fabric, or my new favorites are the little Chinese food cartons. All craft stores have them now, and they are so simple and cute :) I like adding tags with sayings to my packages too, just a little something extra :)

Its fun to have a little box filled with ribbons and small "add-ons" as I call them :) so when I put the bow on the gift, I can just tie a little glittery star or a mini Xmas ornament in the center and it adds a nice touch and another mini gift too :)

This one below is ready to go, filled with a tea cup and some greenery and a few little extras for someone to enjoy. I've seen so many tea cup trees this year and its such a great idea for a tree in the kitchen or anywhere, I love them! Just tie a pretty bow on it and it looks so sweet and ready to hang too!

lol, I adore these little stars, my daughter says I'm going "star crazy"....she's right :)
Doesn't it look sweet on the tree?
Happy Holidays my sweet friends !!

Much Love and Thanks!

~ Cynthia ~



Hi Cynthia,
It all looks so pretty!! I love those boxes too! The teacup looks so cute tied on the tree with the red and white check ribbon, love that. Last year I hung all my vintage jewelry on my pink feather tree in my bedroom, it looked so cute also.

Salmagundi said...

You've inspired me to do something more creative in my wrapping this year. Thanks. Sally

tam said...

Cynthia everything looks so pretty! You are so much further ahead of the game then me! I need to get busi-er! Love all of your wrapping ideas and the teacup ornament is very sweet!
Have a nice weekend!
~Tam :D

trish said...

Hello Cynthia,
Thank you for sharing your wrapping ideas. They are so pretty and add just the right touches. Your blog brings such loveliness to blog~land, I always look so forward to each new post. :o)
Have a wonderful day.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

The Muse said...

Wrapping is a true event for me...I always to try and be as creative as possible...I have throughly enjoyed seeing that you are inspired as well!
Lovely ideas, nice work!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cynthia,
This is funny...I just logged on and I thought to myself, I wonder if Cynthia has posted yet?? Love all your wrappings. I can remember when I was in junior high and they still had what was called "home economics" class where we actually learned to sew and cook, our teacher taught us how to properly wrap packages and I have loved it ever since.

I think this year I am going to buy a large roll of brown parcel paper and go wild with lots of fancy ribbons. I saw it in a magazine recently and I loved the look and it will look so pretty under the tree too.

Thanks for always inspiring me. I appreciate you too!!


Anonymous said...

Oh and I forgot, if you have the time, check out my Tuesday post, I posted pics of my Christmas decor.


Tracy said...

Hi Cynthia, everything looks so cute. I have not done any of my decorating or shopping thus far! :(
I am hoping to get on it this eve or tomorrow. You have inspired me to get up and get it done!
Thanks for all the pretties to look at!

Suzann said...

Everything looks so pretty! I am not very good at wrapping, but I cannot imagine what my gifts would look like if I was drinking eggnog and wrapping. Heaven help that last package. LOL.

Stacey said...

Cynthia, everything is just darling..but that doesn't surprise me.

Oh by the way, the other day I was shopping and I ran across some dishes that I thought I had to have. (No I didn't buy them) When I got home I thought, "Well, those dishes look a lot like Cynthia's house." You should look them up. Villeroy & Boch Cottage - they have square plates too that are so sweet!!

JudyBug said...

I definitely needed some inspiration for wrapping. I want to get them done early (for a change) and enjoy the pretty packages!

a quiet life said...

you are always so far ahead of me! i have not even got xmas up and here you are wrapping! i did get a kick out of you nogging it up that day though~ sweet idea with the tea cup. as always i look forward to your posts, just a cheery place to be!

Four Paws and Co said...

Your packages are so beautiful! I love receiving the little extras, I always keep the ribbon for a future re-use and the ornament is a thrill. Thanks for the inspiration! ♥ Diane

Tea Time With Melody said...

I love your creativity. I have to find my niche, I am sure it's out there somewhere. hahaha

Michelle said...

Hi Cynthia,

What great, great packaging ideas. I love that little sparkly star too. :) I love that teacup gift! It adds so much to make the packaging look pretty. Heck you don't even have to put anything in the gift box....just give me a pretty box and I'm happy! Lol!

Anonymous said...

PRESENTS??? YOU MEAN I AM SUPPOSED TO HAVE PRESENTS???????? I am so busy decorating I haven't even gotten to the present thing yet!!!

Actually this year it is going to be very simple present wise-thankfully!

I love to wrap presents though and loved all your pretty pictures and wrappings!!

Monica said...

Lovely Cynthia! Simply elegant!

I'm off to do some wrapping too, with HOT CHOCOLATE (with cream, of course!) in hand!

Happy Holidays,


One Shabby Old House said...

Oh Cynthia you are so creative and everything looks so pretty. I always love to get a well decorated gift. I know your friends and family will love the exta care you put in to your gifting.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How creative and festive! I love looking through my scraps of craft supplies and finding pretty things to adorn a package! You always inspire me to be creative!

Sue said...

Oh, how I love coming here. Everything looks beautiful.

Melissa said...


Everything is just stunning.

I thought I saw some Brambly Hedge china in some of your past pictures? I collect that as well. Mine is just sitting in a hutch, but I thought I saw yours on the wall. Very pretty!


Brenda Pruitt said...

Your blog just sparkles with Christmas cheer! The color made me smile, for it is a dreary cold day here.

Angie said...

I love beautifully wrapped packages and you do a great job at it! I think it means a lot to the receiver that you spent some time making the gift look special.

cottage farm villa said...

Cynthia, your gift wrapping ideas are so cute. Love the little glitter snowflake charm! You might want to check out Heather Bullard at typepad.....she has some amazing vintage gift wrap ideas! Let me know what you think! If you get a chance, stop by my place and say "hi". ~Cheryl

Jessica said...

I LOVE to wrap presents!!!! I so enjoy gathering all of the goodies that I have purchased or made and lovingly wrap them up.

Happy@Home said...

Hi Cynthia,
What beautiful wrapping ideas you have here and how nice that you make wrapping such a pleasant experience. I think anybody who receives one of your gifts is very lucky indeed.

Thanks for your recent visit and sweet comments. I'm so glad you found the fridge ornament and I wish you luck with the stove. I know you will love them even more when you see them "in person".

Have a great day.



Hi Cyn,
The table sounds pretty, I can't wait to see pic's!! Have a good Sunday!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Cynthia
Thanks for all the wrapping ideas. Everything looks so festive and I love the stars!
Hugs, Rhondi

Elyse said...

hi cynthia! i love the teacup on the tree and the star and gingham ribbon add such sparkle and sweetness. i love packaging. ribbon, boxes, embellishments ... it's all so much fun! everything looks magical. and thank you so much for your warm and encouraging comments on my blog! finding a new comment from you is like finding a little gift on my doorstep. xoxo

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Cynthia; I so love all your ideas on wrapping up gifts. You have such a great talent. I have gotten so many ideas now for wrapping, thanks for sharing some of them. You have a great weekend.


The Painted Garden said...

Hi Cynthia,

Thank you for sharing your darling ideas for wrapping - so simple and easy. The Chinese take out carton would be perfect for cookies, fudge, etc. I love your tea cup gift idea and the tea cups as tree ornaments are adorable.
Have a lovely week.

Glitter & Bliss said...

Hello. I love your tags, red and white ribbon, and all the vintage prints that make wrapping up any gift perfect. Thanks so much for all your inspiration. Many hugs to you..Leslie

Miss Janice said...

Everything looks so cute her--all festive...

Anonymous said...

Cyn, OMG... I love, love, love your blog. You certainly have put so much TLC into it. My goodness, those miniatures are indeed adorable and I can see how addictive they are. How cute and precious, so perfectly made... so much girly fun! Thanks to you I must (1) try making some pastizzis - never heard of them before; learn new things every day! and (2) I shall pre-order The Farm Chicks' new book! I love them! I first found out about them through you and MySpace. You are the best, Cyn. Lastly, your soundtrack rocks. I shall visit again very soon. I feel like Alice in Wonderland. Lost, only happy-lost. I can just stay here forever. Merry Christmas!!