We don’t have many birthdays in the family early in the year so it’s been a slow start with actual wrapping, but I have collected a few more weird and wonderful wrapping solutions including leaflets, tissue from a new shoes box, a Ryvita box and a fudge tin.
My first attempt at stamping the wallpaper was pretty disastrous as I wrapped the present first and then tried to stamp it. Rather than waste the paper I decided to use it anyway, figuring that Henry, at 6, would probably just rip it off without looking. I used up old wrapping paper for the rest of Henry’s present and for William’s and re-used brown paper for James, who I knew would understand.
I bought some presents on a market stall recently and will just use the bags they came in. I also ordered something from Amazon and wrote on the box.
I’ve had another go at the stamping and it looks pretty good – I can assure you it looks better in real life than on the picture. Big thanks to my gorgeous friend Becky who bought me some new stamps. This one is on some of that rough packing paper we sometimes get in boxes for online orders. Free as well as not sending wrapping to landfill – this stuff can be recycled with the cardboard. Win-Win!
All in all I’m finding it pretty easy so far – definitely one that others can try.
I am a woman of a certain age (not 60 yet!) who lives in Bristol. I’ve lived almost my whole life in Bristol, with a short sojourn in Cornwall in my teens. I am trying to lead my life in an ethical way in all areas and hope to explore what this means.
I have four passions and several interests so I hope I will have plenty to write about. My passions are my family, knitting, cricket and St Peter’s Hospice. My other interests are volunteering, the environment, reading, TV, films & theatre, fundraising, chronic fatigue, mental health and eating. My non-interests are animals, housework, football, rugby and cooking.
I come from a family of four – two sisters and a brother. Our parents dies a few years ago. I am married to my soulmate Colin, an amazing man who tolerates my funny ways and supports me in everything I do. We have three children and two wonderful granddaughters. I am so proud of my family – we must have done something right as they are all good people. I have two sons-in-law who I love like my own and together we all make up a family unit where everyone loves and respects everyone else.
I am a total hypochondriac but do have some genuine problems, some of which I may talk about at a later date. At the moment I am overweight and have just started to eat more healthily, which I think is the answer to weight loss. We were on holiday last week and enjoyed puddings and cakes every day.
I work part-time and Colin is recently retired. This means that we have been able to spend much more time together doing some of the things we’ve been meaning to do – some planned and some spontaneous. I love this period of my life – I just wish I had the energy to match the time and the opportunities available!
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