04 December 2011

i've got Christmas totally wrapped up

Greetings all,
Phew, marathon wrapping session yesterday, all the nieces & nephews, our parents & those pesky people who also have birthdays in December & January too, now i can post them off to 3 main family focal points later this week. 
Armed with some brown paper, twine, tags, tape & feature wrap, i got busy.  The children were out on their bikes so i managed to wrap most of their gifts too!!
 Don't the gifts look sweet??
 While my eldest daughter was out with her boy-who-is-a-friend, the other children decorated the Christmas tree & i continued to wrap on the kitchen counter.  It took a few goes, they didn't follow the golden rules of: check the lights work, then add evenly to tree; add tinsel, green is great on a cheap & nasty plastic tree, bulks it up; then decorations & finally add the special angel 
 It's just not Christmas when handsome soldier is away, so we didn't do a real tree, sigh.
 However, the same quantity of decorations we'd apply to an 8' real tree, we slathered onto our 3' plastic wonder.  I kind of like it.
 I helped fill in some gaps the children left.
 The love birds made me miss my husband even more.
 I love my fabric, glittery & fluffy birds too!!
 It looked so lovely last night, one child fell asleep on the lounge so i tucked her in & left the lights on.  It was so dreamy.  I stayed up waiting for my first born to be returned, at almost midnight, must have been a good date??!!  They are great mates & i adore the whole family, it's so lovely that my girl has such a nice 'introduction' to boys, which isn't always smooth, especially when you're at an all girls school & mostly all girls family.  The mummy (she has 4 boys also welcomes our families mixing) said they talked non stop for 12 hours, swimming, at a BBQ, a Christmas party & just hanging out!!
Thanks to forward planning & minimal events in December, i can glide into Christmas with ease now, all pressure lifted.  A big hello to my handsome soldier too, i know he's missing all this & as much as it upsets him, here are the photos . . . he was home last Christmas, it was fantastic, crazy but in the past 2 years he's been home with us for only a few weeks, ditto for the next 2 years THEN he's all ours, we'll have our home & yikes, 3 girls in high school.  Love Posie


Tania McCartney said...

I LOVE YOUR BROWN PAPER WRAPPING!! It's so utterly adorable, and I have this same Kikki.k tape! Please to tell me where you got three stripy little mice - so want for Ella. Do you sell in your store?

So pleased to see you have your gorgeous bird theme going again.


Felicity said...

Yet again you inspire me and all of this with a dodgy hand!

I can imagine there is a lovely 'feel' in your home and the excitement levels for the holidays are building too.

Happy Sunday Lovely!

nrkp said...

YOu are super organised. The wrapping & Xmas tree look fantastic! KP

Karla {Ironmum Karla} said...

You never cease to amaze me with your organisation!! Tree looks lovely, and the wrapping is so neat....hmmm something I need to work on!x

Leonie said...

love your wrapping! i love using brown paper too and have the bakers twine but never thought of adding the strip of paper - too cute!!!

Your christmas tree looks beautiful

Max said...

You've done a beautiful job of the wrapping, you can't beat brown paper aye! The little birds decos are sweet, and if you can't get tacky at christmas when can you!

deux chiens et un garcon said...

wow I knew you would have all things chrissy wtapped up so nicely and organised.

Not even started here, just whisping thoughts going in and out.

much love

IndigoElephant :: Sash said...

LOVE your wrapping! I'm saving mine until a certain market is over...Hope your hands aren't too painful?? xoxo

Mum on the Run said...

It all looks beautiful.
As always, I'm in awe of you.
It must be tough knowing that your own lovebird won't be here for Christmas, but you power on.
Your kids are incredibly fortunate.
:-) x

Anonymous said...

Good work, I got most of my wrapping done as well whilst the kids were out. Little Bit turns 9 on the 18th so got the birthday pressies wrapped as well!! So glad your daughter has a 'freind' who you like my twin Girl hasnt really got there yet but twin Boy seems to have a number of 'friends'...interesting times :)

Flying Blind... said...

You really know how to induce panic eh! xxx
Enjoy your stress-free December xxx

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Love to see someone else who is organised. Even a simple cheap tree looks lovely with lights and tinsel and beloved decorations. And how lovely your kids did yours. Mine haven't so much as placed an ornament on ours! My day to wrap is tomorrow before the kids finish school on Tuesday. Thinking of your handsome soldier as well, hoping his Christmas is as happy as possible too.

e t e r n a l i c o n s said...

Posy your tree is fantastic! I love the gigantic angel that looks like she's about to fly off at any minute! Your children are so lucky they've got a Mum who's creating wonderful memories of a blessed childhood even with parental physical and occupational challenges! Well done with the wrapping; I wrap-as-I-go but not the children's pressies.... mine are definitely untrustworthy!!! Do love the 'date' peep. So absolutely adoreable. Tender times indeed.
x KL

ally said...

Well done
I am doing brown paper here this year too - aiming to inject some style into proceedings!!
Sad about your soldier man missing out but glad he can share the photos etc

Posie Patchwork said...

Thanks for the lovely comments & thoughts on my husband - he just rang from Afghanistan & said the tree looks like it's about to burst into flames. He loathes fake trees, he likes an enormous real tree, so bring on next Christmas & we'll get back to normal, tree & Daddy home, love Posie

jeana said...

Looking festive and gorgeously decorated tree. Super heart it! :D

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polkadotpeticoat said...

Love your decorations and tree......feels so good when the tree is up!

Calico Child said...

Hi Posie what a gorgeous tree, love the bird you made :)
I know how you must feel & sending big hugs my hubby was always away at christmas time.

Hope you all start to enjoy the festivity's :) x

Tiff said...

Your gifts look fantastic! So does the tree! Hugs! X

Hot Fudge said...

I am breathless just reading how efficient you are. I'm frantically filling orders for Christmas tree garlands, girls' dresses, etc, so our tree is up but sulking undecorated in the corner. We'll get onto it just as soon as I make the pudding and two types of cake. Want to come and do a little wrapping for me? Please?

Melissah from Scrapbook said...

Th e tree looks really festive! Love the gift wrapping too.

Jane said...

Oh Jennie, I'm so pleased you've gone with your new approach to presents - so much less stressful for you when you already have enough on your plate. Bravo, my friend. J x