Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Green Christmas

No the grass is not green here in Iowa. We have had plenty of snow for a picture perfect White Christmas. I decided to take a page from son Anthony's book and go green with my gift wrapping. I wrapped my gifts in fabric instead of paper. (Lord knows I have more fabric than gift wrap.)

Anthony's gifts are wrapped in Adoring and Crazy 8.
His gifts are quite large so the 45 inches was great.

Abby's and Deb's are wrapped in Holly Jolly, Merry & Bright and Lollipop.
Not only will there not be any paper going to the landfill
but they will have a nice little stash of fabric. It is like a gift wrapped in a gift.

I have a huge bag of ribbon instead of bows.
Bows get crushed after awhile. The ribbon
you can use year after year.
In my case you my have to iron it from time to time.

If you are one of those people who's ribbon looks like this.
This is what I have to say to you…

I try to be organized but I am way more creative
if I am surrounded by "creative clutter".

Son Anthony wrapped wooden gifts
to put outside under his ditch cedar tree.
He will be able to use them year after year.

He used wire to put shape into his bows.

He cut the tops off of pine cones and glued them together to make a bow.
I think it is cool. I will have to try this next year.

Abby made this out of fabric scraps when she was about nine.
It is one of my favorite decorations.

This little shelf/cubby is made out of an old chair.

Our 1890 house has plastered walls.
I like to use old window frames to hang things on.
This way the nail hole is in the old frame and not the wall.

From my heart,


  1. If I were in your family, you could just wrap and empty box! Maybe I'll ask my family to wrap my gifts in fabric next year....

  2. It is all so very beautiful. My only question is...did you use regular Scotch tape or something else to holp the fabric wrap?
    I wish you all the best...A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS.

  3. Merry Christmas,! Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos of Christmas at your home, it all looks so warm and inviting!

  4. This post was wonderful Sandy! Merry Christmas!

  5. All your decorations are so beautiful.....and your card is adorable! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sylvia

  6. Thank you for sharing your Christmas ideas. I always get a lot of inspiraton from your posts. Merry Christmas!

  7. Love the idea of wrapping with fabric!! Thanks for sharing your Christmas decorations!

  8. Your creativity has been passed on to your son--what great ideas. Love the pine cone "bow"--very green! Ribbon doesn't find its way onto too many of my gifts (too lazy I guess!) but I do have a ribbon bag that looks like yours. Thanks for the peek into your Christmas decorations. Fun illustrations as always! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  9. What a fantastic idea! Merry Christmas!

  10. You mean there were gifts under all that fabric!! WOW! Double bonus :) Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and sharing ... best wishes to you for a happy new year!!

  11. Just lovely! I like the idea of using the old window frame to hang things on. And that's a beautiful old frame you showed.
    Merry Christmas!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net