Luckily I live fairly close to two Paper Source Stores which are only mildly addicting…grin. I can spend a lot of time in one of their stores. Often my ideas for crafting exceed my skill level (which is remarkably low) but I am trying to keep a handle on that and just buy the pre-made things. All of the papers (stationery, wrapping and note cards) are gorgeous, vibrant and whimsical. I usually use plain card for holiday cards with a photo glued on – I have seen (from uber-crafty friends) gorgeous homemade cards – using ribbon, stamps and more. Great if you can do it – I have tried and decided my time is better spent doing something simple, you know, like splitting the atom.
Also, Paper Source is one of my default places to shop for little stocking stuffers (also Urban Outfitters) and a sweet local store in Newton – Just Next Door – where I always come up with something special – it is one of those stores that truly does have something for everyone on your gift list. If you are not lucky enough to have a local treasure like this, to the internet!
My absolutely favorite new discovery is from a company called Botanical PaperWorks. Everything is gorgeous and has the added bonus of being plantable – the eco-friendly paper made of post-consumer waste and is infused with North American wildflower seeds. When you plant it – it sprouts flowers – so sweet, green and different! I recieved a beautiful printed invitation on their paper this year – lovely as were the flowers that sprouted. Sorry – forgot to take a pic.
From the Botanical PaperWorks website:
- What is plantable paper?
- Plantable paper is special handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, wildflowers will grow from the paper.
- I received a plantable seed card as a gift. How do I plant it?
- To plant a seed card or plantable wedding invitation printed on plantable seed paper, first fill a pot with good-quality potting soil, about 2/3 full. Place the plantable seed paper on top of the soil, trimming to fit. Cover the seed paper with a thin layer of soil and water well, until the soil and seed paper are evenly damp. Place the pot in a location with plenty of sun and keep moist until the plantable paper has germinated, about 7-10 days. Enjoy the wildflowers as they grow and blossom. Click here for more information about how plantable paper works.
- What seeds are contained in the plantable paper mix?
- Botanical PaperWorks’ plantable seed paper contains the highest-quality mix of wildflower seeds. All of our seeds are tested for purity and meet the high standards of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The wildflower seed blend in plantable paper includes these species:
- Bird’s Eye
- Black Eyed Susan
- English Daisy
- Sweet Alyssum
Botanical Paperworks is sponsoring a giveaway of four fabulous items for our 12 Days of Shopping extravaganza. For a chance to win, please just comment below. For a second chance to win, like Botanical PaperWorks on Facebook and tell me you did in the comments. The winner will be chosen by And The Winner Is…Plug-in here and name will be posted here and get an email, too. I’m not sure how Pragmatic Mom will run her giveaway, she likes picking prime number comments…not really sure if she will go that way this time…
and two at Pragmatic Mom tomorrow (same deal over there, comment and like on Facebook).
Plus free shipping when you order…
Happy shopping and stay tuned for more shopping tips!
Now head on over to Pragmatic Mom today for her great ideas for personalized gifts.
Last year, Pragmatic Mom and I shared a wildly popular (said modestly, eyes downcast) series of 12 posts for the 12 Days of – not Christmas – but Shopping. This year we are a little more on top of things and are starting earlier. We covered those challenging people to buy for (Gifts for Father-in-law was by far the most searched) including in-laws, tutors, and teachers. How can you be your best centered self (not self-centered self) if you are distracted and driving around searching for gifts? We’ve got you covered. This was such fun and worked so well last year that we are formatting it the same way this year. We’ll be joint posting for the twelve days and Pragmatic Mom will do half of each post, and I’ll do the other. We even have a giveaway thrown in the mix this year, too, from Botanical Paperworks – Check out their Green Gifts Guide and enter to win Eco Coil Calendar and Pop Garden Pocket Notebooks at Pragmatic Mom on December 4th and Poppy Notebook Pad and Mittens Card Set here on December 5th!
So here is a preview: The 12 Days of Shopping
Thursday, December 1: Make Your Own Gifts
Friday, December 2: Kids Make Gifts Craft
Saturday, December 3: Personalized Gifts
Sunday, December 4: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom
Monday, December 5: Tutors/Teachers
Tuesday, December 6: High Tech/Low Tech
Wednesday, December 7: Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something
Thursday, December 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer
Friday, December 9: Husband, Me (Our Own List)
Saturday, December 10: Pets
Sunday, December 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store
Monday, December 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts
It is nice to see creative types, even possible digital immigrants like me, adapting to new technology. I knew before I even touched an iPad that I would be smitten and it has not disappointed. I had the requisite Angry Birds
obsession infatuation followed by late night sessions on ibooks and watching old movies. I think I am under control now but there is always room for backsliding.
With a new place to read I am devouring books even faster than usual. While books for my – ahem – age group are not interactive (maybe someday), the book apps for children are at a wonderful intersection of technology and craft, people who are incredibly talented writing lovely stories with kind intent and gentle lessons that always work best. I like Moms With Apps for a great place to find the newest and best apps by category and great articles like How to Engage Kids Beyond the App. I do check out apps for all ages – I have a slew of nieces and nephews, too, so it is for family research.
There are lovely apps everywhere, some more worthwhile than others, and in the case of Brave Rooney that is clearly true. Brave Rooney is a story of a regular boy in a superhero school who realizes that he has his own brand of super powers, and not of super strength, flying ability or the cape-wearing kind only. He is a regular boy placed among fellow students who are super heroes, but he can do something none of them can! He can read a poem in front of the school and none of the other kids can, even with their super powers. It is a gentle tale of how everyone has a special talent. Lovely. Here is a link to a terrific review by Common Sense Media (which is another resource). This book also got great reviews on Cool Mom Picks, Kirkus and the School Library Journal – See them here.
The book is written by three time Emmy winner (and judging by his emails, a super nice guy) Gerry Renert. In honor of National Young Readers Day (in the middle of National Young Readers Week) on November 8 – this app costs only ninety-nine cents for November 8 and 9). Usual cost is $2.99. A nice idea to support a nice day.
Go like Brave Rooney’s Facebook Page to be nice!
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