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Day 3 – Holiday Cards and Keeping it Personal

Paper Source capability momLast year, Pragmatic Mom suggested a personalized stamp (I have long admired the way she uses hers to stamp her books) and I found this lovely stamp at Paper Source with free shipping. So while it currently resides in my present cabinet (what, doesn’t everyone have a present cabinet?), I just may keep it for myself. Last year I posted on this topic here with a giveaway and I still love the papers from Botanical PaperWorks.

 

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!

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Color Me In Note Cards from Paper Source – Stocking Stuffer

 

 

 

 

25% off Holiday Cards

 

 

Pragmatic Mom has the best personalized gifts ever! Go check out her post now!

Added: I kind of left out a paragraph or so…darn holiday brain! My fave holiday cards? Paper Source, Moo.com anda company I found that is offering a giveaway Day2Day Printing. Check back her on Monday!

12 Days of Shopping


 Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts Granola, Pragmatic Mom and  Capability Mom.

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5: Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7: Hostess/Gifts That Give Back

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.

 Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Pragmatic Mom and Capability : Mom

 

 

 

Back to Basics – Day 6 of the 12 Days of Shopping – Going Low Tech

It has been a long two weeks. I have been stashing catalogs where ever I could hide them before my husband throws them out. I wanted them for this series of posts and my own personal use… Hmmm…perhaps that explains the immediacy with which these are normally dispatched into the recycling bin.

Alphabet Pillow from Uncommon Goods on Capability Mom blog's 12 days of shopping
Alphabet Pillow from Uncommon Goods

My assignment, go low-tech (Pragmatic Mom has the high tech gifts covered). These are my favorite low, and I mean low, tech gifts (thus the old school catalog finds).

I love the Uncommon Goods catalog – super cute and cool gifts in a great range of prices. Anything from Periodic Table of Elements Blocks for your budding science genius to door mats made out of flip flops or lobster rope.

Arts and Letters:

 

Paper Source's Unravels Pencils

For all ages:  Art Supplies like paper and colored pencils or journal and nice pen, books, wooden toys (yes, for all ages).

Green Planet Kids is a Newton store with a great selection of back-to-basic toys and there are these oh-so cool stocking stuffers from Paper Source (love these peel-y pencils).

Back to Basics: Homemade treats, prettily packaged, with recipe attached, maybe some clove fruit from Pragmatic Mom, little handmade lavender sachets (you can buy lavender in bulk and fill fabric squares with it, so nice), special keepsake ornaments (we give my mom one every year) or a The Hanukah Candle Kit.

Love You More Pillow - Paper Source

 

Cozy Comforts:


Cashmere socks, scarves or sweater, mittens, a favorite team sweatshirt or baseball cap, yoga or fitness gear, fleece from Northface for that particular teen, a Snuggie (I caved and bought these last year!)

 

C is for Chocolate – always! Get some sweet Lindt truffles and put them in a pretty container. Last year I found a template on Martha Stewart’s site for turning a candy bar into a Santa.

Books are a basic and always welcome (even if you know only one book the child has liked, a good bookstore or librarian can give you many more suggestions).

If you are looking for year round reading for kids, I really like the publications from Cricket MagazineMuse for ages 9-14 years and Babybug, Ladybug, and  Cricket for younger children. I also love Stone Soup for the tween age, too.

Upcycled Pom Hat
Upcycled Pom Hat - Uncommon Goods

The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Capability:Mom. Please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.

Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?)

 Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies Personalized Holiday Tags

12 Days of Shopping: Day 3 – Pretty Papers Giveaway

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
  • Clarkia
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Catchfly
  • Snapdragon
  • 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…

Poppy Pocket Notepad ($4.50 retail) – teen/tween focus
Mittens card set ($19.95 retail) – fun for the whole family
Images from Botanical PaperWorks
capability mom blog finds great gifts at botanical paperworks
Images from Botanical PaperWorks

and two at Pragmatic Mom tomorrow (same deal over there, comment and like on Facebook).

Coil Eco Calendar ($14.95 retail)
capability mom finds great green gifts at botanical paperworks
Images from Botanical PaperWorks
capability mom finds great green gifts at botanical paperworks
Images from Botanical PaperWorks

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.

12 Days of Shopping – Kids Make the Gifts – Crafts on Day 2

I really do love homemade gifts the most – especially from my children. I have every gift they ever gave me and now I understand why my mom kept that macaroni necklace I made for her (thanks, Mom). I also love the messiness of Mod Podge and the only reason there isn’t more of it in my house is because I tend to go on sprees…yes, there have been Mod Podge sprees.  One weekend my oldest and I reclaimed a table (then proceeded to Mod Podge the inside of an old medicine cabinet). No, I am not suggesting you do a table for a gift. Just showing that you can.  We used a calendar with gorgeous prints that I picked up in the Anthropologie sale bin last year. This year’s version is shown below from Paper Source (love this store, too!). Don’t be silly, I spent under $10 not $20. Paper Source also has a great sale section, too.

capability mom roskd mod podge

Gather any paper you that like – wrapping or old books or cards. Tip: I like to put them in a folder in the basement so my very tidy spouse doesn’t mistakenly throw them away (invariably I forget where I put them, though so it’s the same as if they had been thrown out). So on to the craft! Here is a site I have mentioned before, Mod Podge Rocks. It has tons of great projects and this is one is particularly easy and fun!

Just using an old Altoids tin or small box you can make a gift card holder – make the gift cards, too! Plain cards and stickers are sweet. The finished project shown is from Mod Podge Rocks.

Here are the raw materials capability mom uses mod podge to make holiday fiftsthat I pulled out of the craft drawer (oh-so-different than the present drawer!). You can also put a handle on the tin and style it as an adorable mini-purse.

If you aren’t excited about this project, here is an easy Mod Podge Pencil Holder from Family Eduction –  you can fill it with baked goods, Lindt truffles, candy canes or candy kisses for a teacher or hostess gift. All you really need is an empty can, Mod Podge and some paper. Now don’t get all Martha and perfect about it. Break out the Mod Podge and go. Plain glass vases, cans, bottles, jars …everything is fair game. You can decorate the container with your children then fill with flowers (made out of the sweet paper or real) or baked goods that you make together.

I personally like to see tree shaped styrofoam either painted or Mod Podged or plain with Hershey candy kisses all over, probably because my mom has them every year.  Education.com makes it a counting activity for little ones and uses a glue gun to make their tree. Wow, was that what my mother was doing, too? No, I am pretty sure we just randomly stuck most of the kisses on the tree (which is all good, too). Speaking of education moms – head on over to Pragmatic Mom – her craft is adorable and super easy and not messy at all –  Clove Fruit which I like to do even after the children become tired of it. Put down some paper (newspaper is fine) and when they are finished wrap them in tissue (this is a good gift to start now).

capability mom finds a counting activity project from education.com

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