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June 25, 2012

Taking My Own Advice | Wrap Story

You want to know one of the best gifts you can give parents of young kids? Babysitting.

G and I have been making a concerted effort to go on more dates (or even do 'in-house' dates). We were so touched when our busy friend offered to take N for an afternoon so we could go have lunch. E was getting ready for a trip to Yosemite so we picked up some hiking-friendly snacks as a thank you.

For some reason I started stressing about the gift wrapping. Maybe I was feeling rusty since I hadn't had many gift-giving occasions. I started overthinking things and trying to come up with a clever, hiking-in-Yosemite themed gift wrap. Oh, the pressure!

Then it hit me: keep it simple, stupid. Take your own advice and use a 5 Minute Upgrade idea. This was a great opportunity to try two of these quick upgrades out: bows on bags and fabric scrap ribbon.

I'd found these fabric pieces in the scrap bin at work, washed them to fray the edges, and had been hoarding them for future gift wrapping. They're a beautiful cotton-linen blend from Japanese brand Kokka.

And because one ribbon didn't seem like enough, I went for two. Whew! Thank goodness for simple solutions. Do you ever find yourself making things more complicated than they need to be?

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  1. Found myself doing something similar recently — making things all complicated then having to remind myself to keep things simple. My first complicated wrapping attempts on this one gift were horrible compared to the simple one I ended up with. And it was so much more my style.

    1. Way to simplify! I think sometimes with the things we're enthused about it's easy to get a bit out of hand.
      : )

  2. So nice! How do you keep the ribbon from sliding down? Is it just because the bag is narrower at the top?

    1. Thank you! I just tied the ribbon somewhat tightly. And you're right - the top of the bag closed a bit and the wider base kept them from sliding. You could also use a little tape!


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