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.

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.


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.


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!


I have been a longtime supporter of small business. Whether it is 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. One of the small shops I absolutely adore is the lovely Studio Carta, a fine stationary and ribbon shop located in Brookline, Massachusetts, an affluent suburb of Boston. If you can’t make it to the shop there is no need to fret….you can always order online.

While wrapping my Christmas gifts this year I realized that I am running low on wrapping supplies, particularly ribbon. Naturally, Studio Carta came to mind when it came time to replenish my supplies. I’ve already placed my order for several rolls of their cotton ribbon in a variety of colors. I just received my shipping notice and I am thrilled to know my order is on its way! I always like to have an arsenal of great wrapping supplies on hand throughout the year since you never know when you’ll need to wrap a last minute gift. There is nothing worse than not having something when you need it.

Ribbon is available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.

This particular style is a great staple to always keep on hand. It can be handy for almost any gift wrap project.

A few spools of metallic ribbon can make an artful display in your studio or craft room while waiting to be used on your next project.

Given that I am a self-professed Italiophile, I love the fact that the owner sources many of her products from Italy. Not surprising since the owner, Angela Liguori, is originally from Rome. I am particularly fond of the red handled scissors sourced from Italy and sold separately in three sizes. They are also available as part of one of the several gift boxes offered.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. I am off to the mailbox to await my delivery!

Although the photos were provided by Studio Carta this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed herein are my own.