Travel Goals – five destinations on my list

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October is just around the corner and the days are drawing in. My summer vacations — spent in Spain and Scotland — are now just memories and photographs. I’m thinking ahead to places where I’d like to go next year: five very different destinations.¬†Which places — cities, countries, regions — are on your must-visit travel list?

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“Brown paper packages…” — Sound of Music-inspired gift wrapping

Instead of just buying a couple of rolls of gift-wrap this year, I decided to be a little more creative and turned to The Sound of Music for inspiration.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things!

I love songs from old musicals! When I was about 8 or 9, I had a singing teacher used to play the music on the piano and we sang most of The Sound of Music repertoire: My Favorite Things, The Lonely Goatherd, Do-Re-Mi

Brown paper packages tied up with ribbon (or string!) look pretty and vintage. It is also more economical than buying expensive gift-wrap and gift bags: I bought a large roll of brown parcel paper from Amazon. Any craft store should carry it, but it’s probably cheaper to get it online.

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What you need:
Brown paper
Ribbon — I chose fabric ribbon with a Merry Christmas snowflake motif
Sticky tape
Optional:
Christmas themed rubber stamps — I used a gift stamp that labels gifts ‘To…. From….’ and a Christmas star
Gold and silver pigment ink pads

I wrapped up my gifts in brown paper, stamped them with a gift label and a star, and tied them up with ribbon. It’s a fun Christmas craft that is simple, but will makes gifts look wonderfully festive!

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What creative things are you doing for Christmas this year? Do share!