Wrapping A Knitty Christmas

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After spending three months knitting socks and accessories for Christmas gifts, I decided these handmade gifts should be wrapped in something more creative than a box and store-bought wrapping paper. While sifting through my art supplies, I came across the most versatile craft item in my arsenal: the brown paper lunch bag. Creative fireworks exploded in my imagination and before I knew it, I had a super cute way to wrap my “Knitty Christmas” gifts.

Pom-poms + polka dots = Merry Christmas!

Pom-poms + polka dots = Merry Christmas!

Believe it or not, these bags are a snap to make . . .

Supplies:

  • Red, green, and brown ink pads
  • Polka dot stamps of various sizes
  • Holiday greeting stamp
  • Pine tree branch stamp
  • Remnant yarn
  • Pom-pom maker (optional)
  • Anywhere hole-punch
  • gift tags

Directions:

1) Stamp holiday greeting in the center of the bag in red or green ink.

2) Stamp pine tree branch under holiday greeting (or above on some bags to mix things up!)

3) Stamp random polka dots all over the front and back of the bag with red, green, and brown ink. Go nuts and have fun with it!

4) Fold top flap of the bag down about 2½”.

5) Using an anywhere hole-punch, create two holes in the center of the flap (but through all layers of the bag). Space the holes about a ½” apart.

6) Create yarn pom-poms to serve as bows. When tying off the pom-pom, leave long tails (at least 4″).  My pom-poms were made using the leftover yarn from each pair of socks I made. The pom-pom actually matches the socks inside the bag!

7) Once your gift is inside the bag, thread the pom-pom tails through the holes and tie a knot. Tie a gift tag around the pom-pom.

How’s that for simple?

Stay inspired!

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c.b.w. 2012

Christmas Spirit in the Garden

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Summer has long passed by and so has fall, but one of my garden plants continued grow as though the warm weather never left. Back in July, I planted three pepper plants hoping they would at least flower. Months went by and all I got was some nice stems with leaves. I’d just about given up until little white flowers started to bloom on each of the plants in the middle of November. Out of several flowers, one green pepper started to grow!

Late winter surprise
summer bloom two seasons late
Green pepper baby

A big miracle in a tiny package!

A big miracle in a tiny package!

And then a little red pepper started to bloom . . .

Newborn bulb small, bright
Unexpected winter red
Nature’s wonder, awe

I guess the green pepper wanted a friend!

I guess the green pepper wanted a friend!

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It’s like my garden is decorating itself for Christmas with little “ornaments” of red and green!

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c.b.w. 2012