Mondays, Maggie Muses: Holiday Gift Wrap

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, the panic starts to set in and I find myself searching the web and Pinterest for fun wrapping ideas. Sure green and red work well, but I usually get more excited about the non-traditional kind of wrapping. I like things I can find at my local stores or even better, if you can use things that are easy to come by in your office or home, well, bonus!

So here are some gift wrapping ideas I found for the holidays that will not break the bank and add a special touch to your gift giving or at least look great under the tree.

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This is a very clever idea for an advent calender or small gifts. Take newspaper or magazine pages and use washi tape as ribbon to create a fun package.  Image via Casa di Falcone.

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From Eat.Sleep.Cuddle - some hand stamped gift wrap on plain brown paper looks festive and modern. A fun and easy DIY project.

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Here is a great way to to use household items around the house to create a modern gift wrap. I love the use of graph paper, fabric scraps and twine to create a sophisticated holiday color palette. Image via Deko. 

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DIY paper feathers and bakers twine are a great alternative to traditional bows and ribbons. Image and instructions by liagriffith.com.

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Via Decor8 , a slightly unconventional holiday color scheme created from crepe paper, office supplies and washi tape.

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This idea is perfect for the naturalist. Brown kraft paper, simple greenery and twine. For an added interest add a picture or polaroid of mother earth. Image via themustardceilingblog.com.

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The picture above is our re-souL orange and turquoise wrap with some handmade gift tags. (orange and turquoise are our store’s colors) We just made some gift tags in the same colors with a touch of gold to make them more festive. They were created with various punch shapes and glued together to look like holiday ornaments.

Everyday items can be made to look extraordinary.  When it comes to gift giving use what you have and turn it into something unexpected.To see more holiday gift wrapping ideas visit our Pinterest board. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great week! ~ Maggie

SAVE THE DATES: Holidays in Ballard

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS in BALLARD

 

BALLARD GIVES BLACK – November 28th, 2014

Now in it’s second year, Ballard Gives Black Friday is an event conceived by local merchants in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The event occurs on the day after Thanksgiving but instead of long lines, doorbuster deals and crowded parking lots, Ballard retailers welcome shoppers to a different experience; keeping it local. Participating merchants pledge a percentage of the day’s business to a local non-profit as a way of encouraging community, letting shoppers know that more of their hard-earned shopping dollars stay in the community when you shop local.

SHOP SMALL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON – November 29th, 2014

Shop Small Saturday encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. Join the revolution, get out and Shop Small on November 29th and make an impact in your neighborhood.

OPEN LATE THURSDAYS -December 4, December 11, December 18

Many Ballard Shops are open late on Thursdays in December, including us! We’re actually open until 8pm Monday thru Saturday, for your shopping convenience. December is the perfect time to shop Ballard after dark with the streets are all lit up with twinkly lights.

For other Ballard neighborhood events, check out the Ballard Chamber or MyBallard.

Hope to see you this holiday season!

XO — team re-souL

Pairs: Inspiration + Shoes

Things that seem like they shouldn’t go together, yet somehow they do.

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Shoes by H by Hudson, Images by re-souL, Its-a-Living and Michel Francois.

Happy Halloween! Have a spooky weekend.

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Present & Correct’s Stationary Compositions

Do you love stationary? I do. It’s starting to become a real problem. I have more journals, notebooks, planners, writing instruments , markers, well lets just say I probably will never run out of the stuff. I am very fond of Present & Correct. A beautifully designed and curated on-line and brick and mortar shop based in London. I visit their site and dream of going to their shop one day. The owners are both graphic designers and go on sourcing trips to find their treasures. How fun is that?!

A few months ago they started an ” extra curricular project” - Stationary Compositions. Clever, graphic and colorful they make the most mundane things look like mini works of art. Here are some of my favorites.

 

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10 Soft Pencil Erasers

 

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Used sticker sheet, 4 pencil top erasers, some pink masking tape.

 

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4 pencils, 20 erasers, 2 index cards.

 

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Three stickers, one envelope, one sharpener.

 

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Divider card, 3 Cuisenaire rods, eraser, old index tabs.

 

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8 Post It Notes.

 

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6 card maths counters, 1 gridded notebook, 1 piece of graph paper.

 

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4 transclear envelopes

 

Aren’t they fantastic? For more clever  Stationary Compostions head over to Present & Correct’s tumblr feed here. All images are property of Present & Correct.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Inky Hues

Happy first day of September everyone and happy Labor Day to those of you in the USA! With Fall just around the corner, I’m in the mood for the darker colors of black, gray, and aubergine. Hues of ink like shades that will inspire my autumnal color palette. Maybe it’s because I am in the mood for something more serious or maybe I just want the rain to come back?

 

 

 

 

At the moment I am in Italy and I hope to share some images from Milan in the very near future. Have a great week ~ Maggie