...to send your season's greetings! Orders placed today will ship in 5 to 7 business days. Merry Merry!
Today I'm sharing a cellophane gift wrap tutorial I created a couple of years ago. Cellophane bags are perfect for small gifts and quick! Here's how...
Start by laying your tissue paper out and placing your gift in the center at a diagonal, with the bottom of your gift lined up with the midline. You should have more paper below the gift than above.
Take the bottom corner and pull it up and over the gift. If you're working with square tissue paper you can match the corners. If using a rectangular piece of tissue paper like I am you can just match it closely to the top corner—the uneven corners just add more fluff at the top!
Next, hold your hand on the gift and fold the paper over from the left.
Then, repeat on the other side, folding the paper over from the right.
Take your loose end of tissue paper and fold it behind the gift.
Place the tissued gift, along with a gift tag if you'd like, inside the cellophane bag. Tie off with a bow and you're done!
Calabash is thrilled to have teamed up with one of our greatest inspirations, artist Susan Clanton, to create our watercolor holiday cards and notepads. Although her main medium is oil, Susan expertly painted our watercolor motifs. Susan specializes in portraits and pet portraits but also creates landscapes, still lifes and pencils. Susan says,
"My paintings are an exploration of how to use color in realistic and expressive ways. In each piece, I am trying to capture a mood and arouse curiosity or evoke a feeling in the viewer."
There's nothing Susan can't paint, draw, bake or create and her unlimited creativity inspires us every day. Susan is also Anna Kate's mom and Anna Kate attributes her creativity and close attention to detail to growing up surrounded by her mom's artistic ability.
Something seems so simple yet when it comes to actually ordering your cards you may be stuck. We're here to help with the traditional ways to list your family's names.
When it comes to first names "and" inserted between two names implies marriage. Also, when listing a couple's first names the female always comes first. If you were to include their last name the husband would always stand next to his family's last name. (The same goes for a couple's monogram—the wife on the left, husband on the right, and last name initial in the middle.) So, you would write "Eleanor and Joe" or "Eleanor and Joe Carter." Or, if the female kept her maiden name, "Eleanor Scott and Joe Carter." If you have children you have a couple of different ways you could go. You can keep the first line the same and on the line below list each of your children's first names separated by a comma with an "and" before the last child. The children would be listed oldest to youngest. Or you may prefer to list the whole family on one line. In this case you can include your last name after the last child.
You may like to sign your card with your last name but it can be tricky to know how to make your name plural. In most cases you will simply add an s on the end. You would never have an apostrophe before the s because this makes the name possessive, not plural. If your name ends in an s, x, z, ch or sh you would add an es on the end. For example, "The Thomases," "The Coxes," or "The Birches." If you simply do not like the way your name looks you could always opt for "The Birch Family."
Of course, it's ultimately up to you how you would like to list your name. You may just like the way "Joe and Eleanor" sounds. You may not want to include your last name at all. You know your recipients, your dear friends and family, so make it personal!
We're thrilled to offer notepads this holiday season featuring Susan Clanton's beautiful watercolor paintings. Plus, measuring a little over three and a half by eight and a half inches we think you'll agree that these long notepads are the perfect list making size. Shop here and get one for yourself and your friends.