Father’s Day Wrapping Paper DIY


Although Father’s Day has come and gone I thought I’d share the wrapping paper the boys and I made for Tom. While you can of course create your own roll of amazing wrapping paper from Spoonflower, some times you just need a small sheet or two and you’d like to have it right away.
On school mornings when we had extra time B and I would make silly little drawings on post-it notes, and I try to save them all. One morning I drew a silly drawing of Tom and then B did one too. His has Tom wearing his brown sweatshirt pull over with the little hood drawstrings. I was looking at the drawings again before Father’s Day and thought they would be great turned into wrapping paper. I asked Kurt to draw his own version of Tom and then I used a light box to trace the post-it note drawings (so they wouldn’t have the striped lines and yellow paper) After scanning them in and coloring them in photoshop I added some common words for Dad, and then sent it over to Staples. I had them print it on their 11×14 paper and it was about $1 a sheet. If you don’t have a program like photoshop you could use a light box or window to trace the drawings all over a large piece of paper. Then color them or have the kids color them in. Then you could save the original and have color copies made for the paper.
It’s a fun way to customize wrapping paper & have your kid’s draw photos of the people the gift is for. It would be kind of fun to do it every year to see how the kid’s drawings change.
We cut out some the extra paper to make little gift tags for the top, but you could also use some on a card, or cut them out and save them in your scrapbook.

2013: 12 Months in (about) 12 photos
















It’s hard to believe how quickly 2013 seemed to fly by, putting together this little review is one of my favorite things to do at the end of a year to reflect back on all the things I’ve forgotten about, you can see last year’s post here: 2012, much of the photos from year’s 2011, 2010, and 2009 were deleted when I went through and removed thousands of photos from Flickr.
2013 was the year…
-I hosted 9 crafternoons!!
-a bunch of new kid robot plush came out
-there were Blythe meet-ups
-a couple of in-state road trips
-a cat party for my guy who turned 10
-my collaboration with Peter Alexander launched in Australia
-I had my first Yummy trading party in NY
-tried my hand at selling at a flea market booth (fail!)
-made some silly cat donuts
-Kurtis graduated, turned 18, and went off to college!!!!
-I curated my first art show The Little Golden Years
-had a Yummy signing in FL
-celebrated 10 years of blogging
-took a trip to Chicago with Thomas
-got 5 new tattoos
-sewed a bunch of stuff
-took a road trip to Salem MA & Maine
-Went to Blythecon in NYC
-celebrated 11 years of marriage
Besides all these gems it was also the year that I did terrible when it came to working out & eating right-damn the donuts!!! I found out there is a company ripping off a few of my designs and putting them in claw machines, and 2013 was the year that my grandfather passed away, and my uncle lost his battle with lung cancer. Despite the lows, this year has been mostly highs and I am so grateful for that.
In 2014 I’d like to make more, travel more, and try new things!
I also have a goal of reading 50 books this year, I’m almost finished book #1.

Holiday Mixer


Every December I try and make a mixed cd of Christmas songs to give out if we have a Christmas party, or Crafternoon. This year I just didn’t have time to get one done for Crafternoon, but then had an idea that I would mail them out with our Christmas cards instead. I found some really big Christmas cards at K-mart that should fit the cd mix inside perfectly.
Last night I sat down to finally make the cd sleeve, I scanned an old Christmas record that I really love, the colors and images are just perfect! Added my own text and a list of songs on the back. I always send my color copies to be printed at Staples on the laser printer, so I will be picking these up Monday morning. One more item off the long list ;)