I love wrapping gifts. love. it.

My mom used to let me wrap all of her gifts (except the ones for me, of course) for her and I loved every minute of it. So yes, I was just as strange of a child as I am an adult.

I always like to wrap all of my gifts in a certain 'theme' because, ya know, I'm crazy and what-not. Originally I was going to do something very similar to what I did last year, but then I remembered I had several rolls of this Hallmark deep blue and bright gold wrapping paper I scored at the Goodwill this summer so I decided to use those colors as my jumping point. I fell in love with this this stamp and wrapping paper on PoppyTalk and decided I needed to whip up a stamp for myself. I just happened to already have a matching blue stamp pad (from paper source) which really helped tie in some of the fun newsprint wrapping paper (from Target) as well as the kraft bags (from Hobby Lobby).

I already gifted some things so there's a few missing from my original pile, and I'm also doing little baskets of home-made stuff too, but I don't want to ruin the surprise, so I'll show those off after the holidays. Who else out there loves to wrap? Anyone? Anyone?

What I Made

I've decided I need to start crossing things off my DIY To-Do List (as well as find some more good DIYs to add to it). One of the easier things on there that I already have everything for was a shrinky-dink necklace! I've seen a few different little flag-bunting necklaces around the internet and thought it might be cute to do one with the Shrinky-Dinks my mother gave me a while ago. After I baked them up I just added them onto a vintage chain I'd had laying around forever. It really amazed me how super-duper easy they are... I will definitely have to play with shirnky-dinks somemore:)

Black and White in Summer

Everything today is from Gap (sheer top, boyfriend jeans, belt & sandals) // Necklace is vintage (from my great-grandmothers fabulous collection!)

TRUE FACT My husband scared the crap out of me while I was taking these photos (you'd scream too if all the sudden you saw someones face at the window). Which of course reminded me that I am a total weirdo for taking outfit photos but oh well I'm a weirdo, you think I'd be used to the fact by now.

Also, today while husband was looking at the new HP Touchpad in Best Buy I took a peak at the new Nikon D5100 (which I've been eyeballing online). Let me tell you, that is one fine piece No really, I'm in love. If I had come across $800 on the sidewalk on the way to the store that baby would have been mine. For now though, I'll just drool over it and have dreams about my old D70s having camera babies and one of them turning out to be a 5100 (that's totally normal, right?)

PS. is it sad that everything I'm wearing is from Gap? yeah, it's probably sad right?