It's (almost) a wrap..

3 days to go and I've finally started wrapping the meager amount of presents I have to give out this year. (Mostly to my sister, the lucky lady!)

I was always spellbound by Julie Andrews saying brown paper packages tied up with string were some of her favorite things and now I'm a "grown-up" I practice it religiously. With the amount of trader joes bags we go through in this house, it's a good thing I was so obsessed with the idea as a girl.

I like to tuck something personal in said string to make distribution easier, though. For my sis I cut out a paper doll and matching outfit from my embarrassingly large collection of Dover paper doll books.

Micha and I adored these old timey paper dolls and always got them from the same general store in Greenfield, New Hampire. At the ripe old age of 24 I still love them and I've long ago passed the point of embarrassment over such things.

And for your own sake, don't get me started on the American Girl dolls of my youth, we'd be here all day.

14 comments:

  1. I LOVE brown paper packages. Love using paper bags and craft paper. You added a great embellishment with the paper doll. Reminds me of when my sister used to collect paper dolls (back before you were born. god, I'm old.) and i never thought of decorating a package with them. Good idea, though.

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  2. Oh my goodness - I love your idea and brown packaging too!

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  3. oh i love the wrapping.
    my mother has an industrial sized roll of brown paper like this that we have had since i was very very young. we used to roll it out on the floor and draw outlines of ourselves. now i use it as wrapping paper as well! love it.

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  4. Oy...The American Girl Dolls of your YOUTH?? I'm OLD. I remember when the first Barbie doll game out, with her little black and white bathing suit.

    Have a VERY Merry Christmas and I hope you get some brown paper packages tied up with string of your own:)
    Sharon

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  5. That is the best wrapping idea ever - I am absolutely stealing it. :)

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  6. Oh my, I had a Samantha doll, and my I inherited my older sister's Molly. I loved that Molly came with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in her lunch, but Samantha had petis fours.

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  7. Hi, I just discovered your blog and am plum crazy about it! Your style is amazing and sooo inspirational and you're going straight to my blogroll.

    Your gift wrap is delightful! Considered it myself, but we don't have brown paper bags here, sniff. Oh, and the paper dolls remind me of my childhood in the States...

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  8. I have 10 years on you and I still love paper dolls. I can't find them anymore - not the cheap as chips books you found in newsagents. They're all now boutique books you'd never dare to cut. The brown paper and string is adorable.

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  9. Hi there! I too am a big fan of the "brown paper packages tied up with string" motif.

    I use a butcher block type paper that I found at the dollar store and instead of regular string, I use twine. It gives the package a nice rustic feel to it.

    I love your paper doll idea. I'll have to try that. Instead of paper dolls, I attach a 1 inch pin or those painted tin pins one can find in a any of those gifty type stores in Chinatown. I found pins in the shapes of cowboys and sheriff badges for the boys and butterflys and dragonflys for the girls. Everyone seems to love them!

    Happy Holidays!
    'tine

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  10. so creative and economical! works for present wrapping year round.

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  11. simplicity is so much more stylish - i hope the dolls didn't get put out in the re-cycling - they are too cute. would make great fridge magnets xx

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  12. Love the paper dolls, what a great idea for Christmas gifts.

    Followed a few links to find your blog, can't wait to read more of your entries. :)

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  13. I love this packaging!!!! And the paper dolls :) my fav. childhood thing ever ;) so glad I found your blog its wonderful!

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  14. oh oh that is SUCH a lovely idea!! it's many gifts in one :) just found your blog via the snail and the cyclops and so glad i did! i'm a brooklyn girl, too :) be well!

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