WRAP IT UP I'LL TAKE IT

by Marisa Marcantonio

Making presents look distinctive is not as hard as it looks. You can fancy up any gift in a jiffy with beautiful ribbon, a great tag, a sprig of something fresh like an herb or bloom, and a heartfelt message.

Photos courtesy of Paperfinger
Bryn at Paperfinger has your creative options covered. Her calligraphy printing makes everything you touch look super fancy and tres elegant. I have written about her font mastery before, when I showed her custom return address stamps. She has a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary.
Perhaps custom ribbon is what you fancy. Cheery red cotton ribbon with white font looks sharp, and will be the finishing touch for some printed wrapping paper. You get 25 yards per order, so the bow tying opportunities are endless.

Embellish a special gift with custom gift tags. They come in a set of 2o, and you can choose from a variety of elegant styles. If you don't use them all this season, you can use them for thoughtful gestures any time.



FEELING FESTIVE: SKIRTING THE TREE (ISSUE)

by Marisa Marcantonio

If it is good enough for the White House, then it's good enough for you. Hang your stockings by the chimney with care, but don't neglect your tree-- shouldn't it have a pretty skirt? Arcadia Home has long been a magazine editor favorite, for their well-designed and well-made holiday creations. They use wool felt, embroidery and appliques to create family heirlooms for tomorrow. With dancing snowflakes, flying reindeer and lively Poinsettia's your tree will be dressed up in no time.
Poinsettia in red

Snowflake in red

Photos courtesy of Arcadia Home
Reindeer with Sleigh in red