I am mere minutes from picking up Mikey from school. In T-minus 30 minutes, Christmas vacation officially starts. I can’t wait! There will be much baking, crafting, and merry making. There will also be present wrapping. Every year I try to do something different. Last year was about my love of tulle, and how nicely said fabric matched the homemade marshmallows I made everyone. I could swear I wrote a post about wrapping presents with tulle, but I can’t find it anywhere. Oh well.
This year I am all about the Kraft paper, which I use for almost everything all throughout the year. I’m not the only one using Kraft paper this year. It’s a popular choice for 2009, and perhaps that reflects a cultural shift in our society. Following economic downturns, populations will, by consequence, simplify and turn inward, reflecting on their life and the artifices that no longer brings them pleasure. Zzzzzzzz. Personally, I just think it’s super cute. Besides, it gave me an excuse to use my mom’s blue typewriter from the 70s, the very same one with which I typed away many an atrocious short story as an awkward 9 year old. Me and old blue, we go back.
I was going to use plain Kraft paper, but I came across this postage themed Kraft paper at Staples and couldn’t resist how it matched the packing labels already in my cart. I tied everything up with a giant ball of hemp twine I bought months ago to package items for a customer. Then, my favorite part: ol’ blue. A sweet Christmas message on one side for the recipient. On the other side, a quote (I love quotes) I felt reflected their personality or passions in life. Finding the quotes for all my friends and family has been my favorite part, hands down. I have several books on quotes (thanks to my mom) and countless online resources I turn to often. I may have found two or three or twenty quotes I like for myself in the process, causing quite a delay in the assembly line and one or two last minute, freak-out wrapping sessions so I could make it to the post office before the angry noon mob.
Eek! Speaking of noon–I’m off to pick up Mikey. Yahoo! 🙂