Well I'm really starting to run out of things to do! ... well, of course when I say that there are ALWAYS things to do ... but I don't want to do ANY of them ... they are the likes of "file all the bills from the last 12 months" or "organize the play room" or "sell off all the old toys on e-Bay" or "write out all those recipes" ... you know ... THAT kind of stuff. Yuck. Don't wanna ... so there's a pretty good chance I'll go shopping today ... despite being done my Christmas shopping *lol*
So! Before I go spend money I shouldn't spend I'll show you what I was working on this weekend .. packaging! I bought a number of items to decorate and have "on hand" ... for those impromptu times when you pop in on a neighbour (or they pop in on you!), or for the open house you are invited to ... that sort of thing. I bought some chocolates and some body lotion ... all of which I wanted to package nicely. Here is what I came up with ...
I bought a tin of the Chocolate and Hazelnut wafer thingies that were at Costco (I loooooooove Costco!) I will be putting this in the Teachers' Lounge next week for all the staff to share.
See the centre of the bows? Those are the (ahem ... yes, retired) bottle caps that were in the last mini catalaogue. Well, I used them a FEW times while they were current ... but of course my hoarding tendancies took over and I have a bit of a stock pile to go through. So YAY for me for actually USING some of my stash! I ran the bottle caps through the Big Shot to squish them. I then used the snowflake stamp with Gumball Green (from A Round Array ... page 126 of the main catty - $17.95 clear; $22.95 wood) and a rhinestone in the middle of the snowflake. I used a hot glue gun to hold the bottlecap to the bow ... and then hot glued the bow to the present. Quick, easy and cute!
Next up I had some body lotions on hand (yeeeeees ... from Costco!) Although it SHOULD have taken me about 5 minutes to decorate these it took me over 3 hours (right, Sheila?? *lol* I just can't seem to get my crafting groove on at Craft Night!)
I used some retired fabric from my stash ... cut strips and ties them around the lotion (yes, this is what took me about 2 hours ... the knots just wouldn't cooperate!)