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August 6, 2014

Sharpie Note | 5 Minute Upgrade



A couple at our church just had a baby girl. As I've written about before, meal deliveries saved our butts in the early weeks of having a new baby, so I signed up to cook them dinner. Using G's pie crust taken from the freezer and my favorite quiche recipe, I made them a meal and added a carton of raspberries for the side.

In a rush to make the delivery deadline, I jotted a quick Sharpie note right onto the foil. It's not a letterpress card or anything, but it was an easy way to share our excitement and let the new parents know what they were about to dig into for dinner.

In writing this post I was reminded of this and this sweet gesture. Any other ideas you have for quick gift upgrades?

This series was born when a friend requested quick ways to make a gift look nice before running out the door. Find more fast gift wrapping ideas here

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August 1, 2014

More Dollar Origami

Here's the latest installment of our origami dollar bill tradition. A bow tie!

Big N contributed a dramatic rendering of Mt. Vesuvius on the card. (Referencing that classic children's birthday theme: the destruction of Pompeii.)



These aren't the most beautiful directions, but you can find the tutorial for folding the bow tie here. I'd love to see it as a gift topper, or taped to the envelope of a card!

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July 28, 2014

Carrying on a Tradition

Grandpa Stan is gone, but we've continued his tradition of giving $2 bills for our niece and nephew's birthdays.





I like to make them a little fancy with origami, the directions usually hastily Googled the night before we need to send the birthday card. I just saw the instructions for this money necklace today. Wowsa! Probably a little too ambitious for me, but gosh, how beautiful.

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