Friday, December 19, 2008

I've finished the wrapping!

Hurrah, I've managed to wrap all my presents. I thought you might like to see them.

I decided to keep them simple, and did stick to the brown paper, some pretty ribbons with a home-made tag and a felt Christmas tree decoration. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. The tags have been handwritten with a little clue to what each gift is.

Do you see the blanket in the background? It's a baby blanket I picked up for sale at John Lewis! We don't have any babies of our own yet, but I liked this so much that I bought it anyway and we're using it as a festive knee blanket. Maybe one day there will be a little someone else to use it too.

Here's our Christmas tree, we bought real one again, and yes, I'm already having to sweep the floor daily because the needles are dropping. But they look and smell so nice! I love traditional simple decorations, and gentle twinkly lights. (I'm s sorry about the blurry spot on the lens, just pretend it's that misty romantic look). The tree is a little bare, but we try and buy only a few decorations a year to add to our collection. Last year I made a popcorn garland, but this year we have been unable to put anything edible on because a certain Greyhound would just eat it all up!

This picture is of our Fireplace display. I made that little reindeer from pipe cleaners - I have seven of them and I just love them! The tin is from Debbie's English Treasures, I bought three vintage Christmas tins, and they are all beautiful, but the other two are being used as gifts. This one was too sweet to give away! I just couldn't.
And below is our stair banister berry decorations. They fit in so well with our woodland wallpaper.

I have one more post lined up before Christmas, I've been working hard on a post about washing dishes... not extraordinarily exciting, but I thought it was a worthy post to do before the mayhem of Christmas washing up starts! I'll be posting this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled if you dread the thought of all those dirty dishes and greasy roasting tins.

Tomorrow I am baking minced pies, making soup and cleaning up a bit.
Have a lovely Saturday! I hope you are feeling festive and happy.


serendipitylovesnewyork said...

I love the simple look for Chrismas pressies, yours look great! I havent even started boys to wrap for plus everyone else!! claire x

The Vintage Kitten said...

Hope you have a lovely Christmas X

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

ooo save me a mince pie wont you ?! the tree looks gorgeous and less is more remember :-) i havent even started wrapping the childrens presents sob sob sob
Lesley x

thriftymrs said...

It all looks so elegant and beautiful.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I'm new to your blog. I've strolled over from Miss Judy's.
I adore the gift wrap especially the labels with a hint.
It reminds me of a Christmas game we play. We have a table of mystery gifts that are passed around. Taking turns asking only yes or no questions to the host. Guessing the contents until someone guesses correctly. The winner gets to unwrap it and keep it.
It can be very funny when it's a bar of soap or toothpaste.

Sweet Holiday Wishes,

Vintage Tea said...

Your presents look lovely. I'm probably slightly biased as I'm using brown paper and red ribbons for the 2nd year running!!

Victoria x

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