DESIGN YOUR OWN HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP…OR JUST BUY MINE

Can you believe that Christmas is only just a few short weeks away? Besides the hustle and bustle of the season, one of the things I enjoy the most during this time of year is wrapping gifts. One of my fondest holiday memories growing up has to do with wrapping gifts with my mother. Each year she would retrieve a single box that contained every holiday gift wrap supply imaginable. We would gather all the gifts purchased and wrap everything in one sitting. Having everything in one place took the stress out of gift wrapping and it is a method I continue to use to this day.

Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it, hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents. But mostly I love having family and friends gathered, and sharing traditions.   –Ellen Hopkins

 

This year I decided to take things one step further and design my own gift wrap through Spoonflower. I started with a relatively simple watercolor pattern in festive colors to try out the process and check the quality. I used Spoonflower many years ago to make my own fabric (with great results, by the way) so I wasn’t shy about using their site to create my very own gift wrap.
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After painting my design and loading it to the Spoonflower site, I received my very own design printed on a roll within a matter of a few short days. The quality of the paper is amazing and the process was relatively simple that I might actually invest some time to create additional designs. I love the thought of being able to gift something wrapped in a paper that I designed myself.

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If you want to purchase your very own “Yuletide Watercolor” gift wrap designed by yours truly, you can purchase it HERE. Each roll measures 26″X72″ and has a smooth satin finish. Alternatively, you can design your own gift wrap. If you do, be sure to send me an email and share your designs with me. I would love to see what you come up with. 

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My very first gift is wrapped and ready to go and I am looking forward to seeing how the recipient reacts when I tell her that I designed the gift wrap myselfI hope she likes it!

SHOPPING SMALL HELPS BIG

I have been a longtime supporter of small business. It goes back long before Small Business Saturday ever became an annual event. And definitely before it ever became a “thing”. I actually prefer to shop the “mom and pops” as a great resource to find things that are unique and interesting. Whether it’s a brick and mortar location or a shop with an on-line presence only, I think it is important to support and celebrate those with an entrepreneurial spirit, don’t you? small-business-saturday-via-revivingcharm_com

Although the goal of Small Business Saturday is actually to bring attention to the independent shops in your neighborhood, don’t forget about shopping small on the internet. The crafters, makers, and curators on Etsy actually come to mind. Etsy has grown to such a large marketplace that it’s easy for a shop to get lost in the shuffle. I make shopping Etsy simple for you by highlighting a few shops that I have supported in the past or plan to support in the future.

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I am a sucker for prints and engravings. The owner of Paper Words is a graphic designer who offers a variety of new prints illustrating a wide range of subjects including natural history, architecture, garden design, and decorative arts. Prints are offered on archival watercolor paper and are so reasonably priced that you can easily create a grouping without breaking the bank.

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I love my personalized notepads from The Swoon Paper Co. These come in a few different colors and choice of font. I ordered mine in pink like the one shown here.

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I will be ordering this luggage tag in yellow leather for myself. Available from RSVPhandcrafted.

These tartan plaid placecards are available through Nancy Nikko Design. Wouldn’t they be perfect for Christmas? Nancy’s illustrations are beautiful and quite unique. I am a repeat customer so I can attest to the fact that Nancy’s product, packaging and customer service are top notch.

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I am a repeat customer of Boland Design Paper Co. I have ordered two different styles of their return address labels (including these shown above). They have over 50 colors to choose from and they allow you to select up to four colors per order. I love the flexibility of mixing and matching colors.

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This piece from High Street Market might not look like much but don’t underestimate it. Vintage toast racks make great desk accessories to hold mail and stationery. I even have one on my own desk.

I have purchased a couple of things from High Street Market, including the vintage bowl I wrote about here. I am also a reader of High Street Market’s blog (although the site hasn’t been updated since July).natalieasis-etsy-via-revivingcharm

If you love marbled products, be sure to check out the products offered by NatalieAsIs. This shop offers the most beautiful hand marbles silk ribbon (I own many rolls!), paper products (I love their journals), and other marbled products. Natalie’s products are gorgeous. flourish-via-revivingcharm_com

One last thing…don’t limit your small business shopping to today only. Shopping small business is great 365 days of the year! In fact if your in San Francisco tomorrow, check out the Etsy Holiday Emporium featuring some 200 vendors. 

This concludes my public service announcement! Happy shopping. Happy weekend.

BE THANKFUL

Whether you are a steady reader of Reviving Charm or just recently discovered my site, I appreciate you stopping by. Thank you for joining me! I know I said this last year but feel it’s worth repeating:

I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, simple moments that are shared with loved ones and dreams that turned into reality. Remember to find the beauty in the everyday details and no matter how big or small, always be thankful!

Today Mr. B and I are headed to San Francisco and will be there just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. While in the City I plan on taking advantage of the sales and getting a jump start on my Christmas shopping. But I have a feeling that I will be bringing back more for myself without making a dent in my Christmas list. I’ll let you know how that goes…

How will you be spending your day? Whatever your plans are, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  —XOXO, Vanessa.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS ON SUNDAY

Why do I inevitably get up early on days I don’t have to work? It’s been a lazy kind of morning but we managed to get a fire going to take the chill out of the air, which is a wonderful way to start the day. I’ve moved my laptop temporarily to the family room so I am able to enjoy the fire while I also enjoy the welcome sight of rain come down, even if for a short period of time. This has got to be the best seat in the house!

Today is full of random thoughts and events. I need to finish planning for an upcoming trip, start getting things in order for Christmas, run errands, get a manicure, and go out to dinner. Oh, and most importantly, I can’t forget to call in for potential jury duty.  Since it’s a lazy kinda Sunday morning, I also thought I would post a few random things that have caught my attention lately. Happy Sunday….enjoy your day.

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  1. Since I have been very good I am hoping Santa leaves the Chloe Faye Shoulder Bag under the tree this year. I really want the Faye Backpack (like the one shown here) but it is already sold out. Maybe Santa can work his magic?
  2. We have two fireplaces in our house but it would sure be nice to have one in the bedroom.
  3. I hang a single wreath on the outside of our house each year but I think I might hang multiples this year to mix it up. I like how they hung a couple of mini wreaths around the light fixture. I’m taking note of that…
  4. I don’t do “holiday gift guides” here on the blog, but I have to say that the book Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style by designer Mark D. Sikes is the perfect gift for the design book lover in your life. It has turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year.
  5. I love these tartan and pom-pom ankle strap flats by J.Crew. For classic styling, I would wear them with jeans, black leggings or a black pencil skirt paired with a white button-down blouse.
  6. I’m thinking that a plant like the one shown here might look good in front of our living room fireplace. But it will have to wait until after winter when fireplace season is over.
  7. We already have our Christmas cards, which come with red envelopes. This picture from A Fabulous Fete reminds me that I need to reorder white ink and dust off my calligraphy pens so I can get my cards and dinner invitations out early. Typically, I like to send them out just right after Thanksgiving.

So there you have it…a few random bits from me today. How is your day shaping up?

THE ALLURE OF BURGUNDY

Burgundy is one of my longtime favorite colors to wear. It compliments my dark hair and skin tone and I will almost always fetch a compliment while wearing this color. For me, burgundy is one of those “feel good” colors. I’m sure you have one of those….a color that just makes you feel your best. It’s usually a color you start seeing around this time of the year. However, it really seems to be a color that is dominating this year in both fashion and home decor. I love when those two world collide. I couldn’t be happier to give this color the recognition it deserves. So let’s celebrate the allure of burgundy…

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I have mentioned before that my favorite brand of lipstick is by Yves St. Laurent. I couldn’t publish a post without my sharing my favorite lipstick color at the moment. I am not a fan of the name (#54 prune avenue) but the color is beautiful. favorite-lipstick-of-reviving-charm-ysl-54-prune-avenue

By the way, you may have noticed that I made some subtle updates to my site. One of them includes adding a new category of topics that is called “Series: Color Stories”. I get a lot of compliments on my posts dedicated to color so I thought I would make it easier for you to find these posts in one  dedicated spot. You can still find them in the “all posts” category. And of course, if you choose to follow along (and hope you do), you will always be notified of the latest posts. Thanks for visiting Reviving Charm! Have a great weekend.