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Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's a Wrap! Day 19

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's a Wrap! Day 18

Scotty Dog Silhouette

This is another one of my sister Bekah's ideas. She created this one but gave me permission to post it as part of my series.

You will need:
gift wrapped in plain paper
scotty dog silhouette image
decorative paper
glue stick
ribbon or yarn

1. Trace a scotty dog sihouette onto decorative paper. Bekah found a free clip art image to use by doing a google search. Cut out the dog.
2. Glue the scotty dog onto the package.
3. Cut a piece of ribbon or yarn and tie into a bow. With glue, adhere onto the scotty's neck.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

It's a Wrap! Day 17


My nephews really like the movie Despicable Me and they love anything minion. So for my nephew Owen's birthday, I decided to wrap his gift in a minion.

I used yellow cardstock to wrap the gift. Any bright yellow paper will do. Cut a large circle out of grey paper, cut a smaller circle out of white paper, and an even smaller circle out of brown paper. These circles will be the eye and the goggles. Glue all the circles together, then glue to the package leaving a few inches at the top. With a black sharpie, draw a dot in the middle of the brown circle. Then draw a smile, several lines near the top for hair, and a band across the side of the gift coming off from the circles for the goggles band. 

Bonus picture: Owen with his minion gift. :)

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's a Wrap! Day 16

Owl Ornament

Any child would love to get a glimpse of their birthday package and see a sweet felt stuffed animal looking up at them.

Since I had a whole bunch of owls already made, I decided to go for an owl on top of the package.

I found the pattern for the owl in the book Craft-a-Day by Sarah Goldschadt. In this book, you can also find patterns for other animals such as bears, foxes, fish, birds, ladybugs, cats, dogs, etc. And it's not just animals featured. You can find patterns for hearts, rain clouds, umbrellas, robots, hexies, and snowmen. It's a really great book and I highly recommend it!

Anyway, back to the wrapping idea...

I sewed a string near the top of the owl (I would suggest using embroidery thread since it's a bit sturdier) and knot the ends together. On your package, start to tie your ribbon on but stop once you've made your first knot. Thread the owl string through one of the ribbon ends and pull through until you reach the knot on the package. Finish tying the ribbon by either making another knot or making a bow. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's a Wrap! Day 15

Tote Bag Gift Bag

This one is both a wrapping idea and a gift idea. Instead of using wrapping paper or paper gift bag, use a tote bag. A little kid would love to receive a character tote bag (like the Hello Kitty one below). Or use a plain tote bag (you can find these at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores) made festive with embellishments or embroidery. Once it's done being a gift bag it can become a tote bag to carry books, craft supplies, stuffed animals, etc. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The River {Book Review}

*** I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review of the book. 

I "like" Beverly Lewis on Facebook which means I can see when her new books come out, and I've read almost all of them. Her latest three books I've been fortunate to get through Bethany House Pulishers

Cover Art
The River is about Tilly and Ruth. The two formerly Amish sisters who left the community after the death of their little sister. After years of being away, they return to their family for their parent's anniversary party. Once they get home, they are confronted with the troubles of their past. 

Although this wasn't one of my favorites of Beverly Lewis's books, it was still a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. (There are books of hers I like better, such as all the books in her Abram's Daughters series.) There was a little bit of mystery in the story involving Tilly and her father's relationship which makes for an interesting read. There was some sadness regarding little Anna who died in a drowning accident, but there was also joy in reading about the rekindling of friendships and healed relationships. 

If you like Amish fiction I would recommend you read this book. I think you would enjoy it!

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It's a Wrap! Day 14

Washi Lego

This one could be considered part of washi week but since young boys would be on the receiving end of this package, I'm putting it in kids week.

This wrapping idea was actually my sister Bekah's idea. She knew that her nephew Owen loves legos and thought that he would love to open a gift with a lego on it. 

Cut one long piece of washi tape and two short pieces. On your wrapped gift, attach the two short pieces with some space in between then attach the long piece overlapping the short pieces slightly. 

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