Gift Wrapping

One of my favourite parts of going to a wedding is the gift and how I wrap it. I have done gift baskets to using a boa as stuffing around the gift. I know that typically the presentation gets destroyed within minutes but I still love doing it. Plus I like having the pretty present in the pile. And who knows, maybe when I get married I will take pictures and put them in an album of all the pretty wrapped gifts.

So at my latest wedding I had a really great idea for wrapping my gift. I documented it to share and hopefully help others.

Please feel free to comment and if you write blogs link to your gift wrapping ideas!

This time around a bought a gift at a store that will box it for you. I really liked this because now it’s all nicely wrapped and the box has a handle. But the downside it has the name of the company plastered on the side. Well I really don’t want to advertise the place I bought it and people to guess what I got off that registry.

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So typically you have wrapping paper for this assignment to hiding the purchase evidence. But I don’t always have fun with wrapping paper. Especially corners. So what to do. I went to the dollar store (the best place for ideas) and started looking. They didn’t have a big enough gift bag and I wasn’t feeling the wrapping it in dish clothes kinda mood. So up and down the isles until I found this…

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Self adhesive Drawer Lining!

Eureka!

I found my solution. And a way to get perfect corners!

Now my wrapping skills are still not the best, so it’s not like my patterns all lined up. But I think I did a good job. I did one side at a time. I started with the smaller 3 sides. Did the 2 big sides then finished with the top.

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The top was a little tricky with the handle. But I carefully measured, made slits for the end then cut a line down the middle of the slits. This way it fit all nice a snug.

Now for some decoration. I have done ribbon and bows. This time though I just didn’t want to do that. I found at the dollar store wall flower decals. I used those for the corner of my box and added some sparkly glue to make it pretty.

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My final touch to the whole thing was the card. I cut a slit on the side of the envelope and attached the tag (which also had the company name on it) that came with the box to the inside of the envelope with a glue gun. Now voilà your card is attached to your gift without having to tape it down or open the box that was already sealed from the department store.

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So there you go. Another way to wrap a gift.

I hope you enjoyed this. I know I’m not the best artsy person but it was fun and I wanted to share my fun. Feel free to comment and say how you like to wrap gifts.

Define my Creative Terms

My line of art is photography. I am in no way a professional but I really enjoy it. Overall though I appreciate all arts. I appreciate artists that make custom jewelry that sells on the street to the greats like Leonardo da Vinci.

I think that everyone one has the potential for being creative and being artistic. Even if it’s only a stick figure or sticking your right foot in and shaking it all about. You have to use your wonderful human brain (Right/Left brain and synapses) to do those things.

I have been going to Color Me Mine a lot lately. Even painting a cup the same colour 1 is relaxing. Overall they make it so easy to be creative. They can print stickers, help with techniques and have so many ceramics to choose from. Now I am not going about advertising for Color Me Mine. I am just using it as an example of where you can start and it’s where I go. There are many great other type studios to go to.

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My latest project from Color Me Mine was a piggy bank. I was inspired by a poster of a plate that had a neat design on it. Now this comes to my next item of discussion. Art and innovation is influenced by something. Okay that may fluff some feathers with some but let me explain. We all have to get inspiration from somewhere. Whether it is the sunrise, a bird, fluff from those fluff producing trees, or a person. Some may call it copying, others musing, and others inspiration. Whatever the case, it’s good. It is a good thing to get inspiration, even copy an idea.

Now my next story. I saw a mug2 at a commercial store that I really liked. But since I am an impulse buyer, at the time I was trying to fight that impulse and I didn’t buy it. Now this mug was very unique. The handle was horizontal instead of vertical. Having the handle horizontal allows you to hold the cup more like a bowl in your hands. It’s very comfortable. So this mug was on my mind for a few weeks. I went back to the store and they had sold out. I looked at other places and couldn’t find it. Well I let looking for it go, but that mug was stuck on my mind. Over 2 years I looked for it online and kept an eye out in stores. Finally I gave up looking. I decided to go to a pottery place and get one custom made. It was the best idea I had in a while. I found one that was a small town local place. I really liked doing this because I helped support the local economy and non-big box commercial stores. 3

Now someone may think, well you stole someone else’s ideas. It could be looked like that. And as an artist I wouldn’t want someone to shoot a photo that was exactly like mine to make a big buck. I am against plagiarism. But what if the intentions are different. Let’s put some feelings and emotion into this. What if it is something that inspires them to make themselves better? What if the person credits where they got their influence? Does that change your outlook?

Now before continuing on, I am not trying to cause an argument on creativity and stealing ideas. I want people from this posting to be inspired and try something new. And sometimes to try something new you need to copy. It’s like when you are in art class they ask you to paint fruit that is in front of you. It’s a starting point. Plus some of those things you “copy” makes you think outside the box. Like my amazing mug.

Now to continue on my amazing mug. Because it was sort of different idea, the pottery place that made my mug wanted to make sure it was what I wanted. So the artist decided to try a copy of different models. She did a horizontal handle, but also a handle at 90 degrees. I absolutely loved it. So I bought it. Now wasn’t that creative? See how influence and our amazing brains work?

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Side Bar: Now to give credit where credit is due: These 2 mugs are my favourite mugs I own. My mugs are from Of Kings and Cabbages in Canmore, Alberta. Click Here to check out their website.

We live in a very busy world. But does that give us an excuse not to let the creative juices flow? Can we give some time to let our imaginations work. People buy games on their phone, computer, game system to help work the brain. How about going back to the basics? Someone once told me:

Everything you need to learn, you learned in Kindergarten.

You can take that saying in a lot of ways, but in this case how about your imagination on creating.

So – What are you influences? Why do you getting the writing bug? Colouring caterpillar? Designing dragonfly?

Whatever the case, keep on trucking. Go have fun. Act like that 5 year old with paint on their hands.

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1 You may notice that I used 2 different ways to say “Colour”. I use Canadian spelling, so you will see that throughout my blogs sometimes. The company I go for painting though is an American company hence the different spelling of colour.

2 I found the mug at Starbucks.

3 I am in no way judging on using big box stores. I use them too. I have to, with my financial circumstances. But if I can, I try and do local to the best of my ability.

Project Completed: Squeaky Clean

Lately I have been really into Pinterest. The only problem is I actually don’t end up doing anything I pin. So I decided to put my mind to it and finally do a project! Project: Make your own cleaner! So instead of the typical, vinegar, essential oils and water combination, the twist was you “make your essential oil” as well. In this post is how I went about and did this DIY project. Like a typical science experiment I also put my observations and outcomes, And what I think I should do differently. (I have put the links that I saved on Pinterest at the bottom of this post as a reference and for those interested.)

PROJECT: MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANER

Ingredients:

1 Mason Jar
1 Metal Strainer
1 Measuring Cup
1 Spray Bottle
1 Orange
3 Cups Vinegar
5 drops Vanilla Essential Oil

My Steps:

Step 1: Peel Orange and put into Mason jar. Try not to get any of the juicy pulp that you would normally eat. You can put the inside orange aside for a snack later.

Step 2: Pour Vinagar into Mason Jar. Now I was able to put 3 cups into the jar. So it depends on the size of jar you use. Size of jar may also effect how many oranges you put in

Step 3: Tightly close let and put in dry cool spot.

Step 4: Wait 2 weeks.

2 week cleaner mixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Strain your vinager/orange misture into your measuring cup.

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Step 6: Pour strained mixture into spray bottle so it fills halfway through.

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Step 7: Fill rest of spray bottle with filtered water.

Step 8: Put in 5 drops of essential oil put on lid. Shake bottle

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Step 9: Clean your heart out.  🙂

Final Product

Final Product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So these are the steps I went through. Now for the review of the experiment.

Observations:

I found a lot of smaller floaties (really small pulp most likely) that went through the metal strainer. I did half and half for water/mixture. Some recipes say to add water and others do not. Using a spray bottle with measurements was a good choice. I did test out a section on my tub where there is some scum. It seemed to wash wipe out nicely. Below is a picture from my tub (it might be hard to see though as its hard to take a picture of without a very dirty tub) 20140513_130953

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Observations:
Using Orange Peels (or other natural ingredients) makes me feel good that I am not wasting anything. Though you eventually throw out the peel, at least you are trying to put out as much as you can. Its like the saying we all grow up with “Waste Not, Want Not” It is super easy to do. I would spend maybe 20 minutes putting everything together (not including the waiting time). You could spend that much time just to go pick some cleaner up at the grocery store.

Negative Observations:
When not properly rinsed or wiped away, the mixture leaves orange spots when dried (see picture). These orange spots do rinse away on hard surfaces. So you might want to be careful not to get the cleaner on material though. Something every post I read was make sure you test on all surfaces.

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Conclusion:

I think its a good twist for cleaning with vinegar. I think I may need to tweak the recipe. Though I don’t know how about doing that. Also I recommend using a cheese cloth or something similar to get all the little floaties out.  Not sure if I am sold for using it as my only cleaner though. If you have any thoughts or versions you know works, please leave a comment. Hope you enjoyed this post!

References:

http://www.theyummylife.com/Natural_Citrus_Vinegar_Cleaners

http://www.savingwithshellie.com/diy-lavender-orange-purpose-cleaner/