week three: wrapping

So this week we feature a wrapped gift.

Is that what people are doing? Wrapping gifts? (Already???) I see you did it—and in style I might add Ms. Julie.

Tonight I go to a Christmas Party and I am thrilled from head to toe. Would love to bring a little something to this lovely lady of the house….but it needs to come from inside. No getting out today to hunt down a little something.

While Mr. C naps I pace and wonder. I come up with an idea that’s a bit off the beaten path, but go with me.

First step: fire starters.

Supplies needed: wood chips, some pieces of an old candle and some kind of fire-burning container; I used a cupcake holder.

Put the candle wax in a tin can of any sort and let it melt down.

Pour into the cups. The wax set in the fridge in about a 1/2 hour.

Gather up some wood from one of trees out back. Hah! Ok – we just happen to have a small wood pile out back – thanks to Papa. As I go outdoors and rummage through the assorted sizes I feel so very rustic—like, aren’t I a hardy soul so connected with nature!

Yes, pathetic. I was outside for 1 minute.

Now how to wrap this baby up? The wood already has it’s perfect shade of brown bark…just toss it all in a grocery bag?

No. Hmmm….

I find an aqua bankers box cover that hasn’t had it’s match in quite some time. (Yes, save these odd items friends! Save one and all!) Bending it this way and that – and running some gold string through and around….let’s see if this can work.

Yay! The wrapping holds it’s own weight in gold. Love when a gift is transportable. I am a sucker for things with a handle.

I make it the the carpool stop fashionably late and we head off to our evening in the country. We pull up this drive and I think we really have made it to the North Pole—or are we on a movie set? Camera ready I make the dear friends stop so we can snap a photo.

I enter and don’t want to leave. I hope to give you an inside view soon….

One thing to note: rumor had it that this home inhabits a real fireplace. That was declared as false, it’s gas. Luckily she graciously received the host warming gift and plans to use it at her cabin or bring to a friends home.

The other bonus of this gift? It works for those people who have everything – it all goes in the fire with the light of a match. And if nothing else, you are providing a bit of a break on their heating bill.

How fun to add some hot cocoa or red wine to really get the home fires burning. Something to keep in mind if you ever want to heat things up with a certain someone…

Stay warm friends.

That’s a wrap.

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  1. Posted December 19, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Ok, so cool. What a cute, homey, thoughtful gift!! How the heck did you come up with that?! I love it and I love that you pulled that out of thin air while Mr. C was napping.

    I’m so intrigued by the purpose of the wax (as one who only has a *fake* fireplace I have no clue how that would actually work). Does the wax keep the wood burning longer? Smelling good? Do tell!

  2. Posted December 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    So crazy all the connections with that Lora. She’s one of my husband’s cousin best friends too? Love Patina General, ahhh. So the wax makes the fire last longer? That’s the tinder comment?

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