Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Because I Can ....


Another what?
You're kidding me, right?
You're not serious!....
Give me a break!  It's what again?
It's only 4 days until Christmas, I don't have time for....
Wishing you a Merry,
Fa la la la la la la!
 It's Wednesday again which means it's time for WOYWW

Julia, thank you so much for bringing everyone together
to share what we all love to do!

I'm actually writing this post Tuesday night!  Busy time of the year so you do, what ya gotta do, when you can do it. 

What's on my desk you ask?
A glass of wine. 
Why you ask?  Because I can!
My husband and I received a lovely bottle of wine as a gift so I felt it was important to open it.  It would be rude of me us not to open a gift, wouldn't it?  If someone gives you a gift ... I you have to open it, right?  I we did.

The truth?   My daughter and I just spent 7 1/2 hours at the mall - nuff said!  Open the gift and enjoy, that's what I did I'm thinking!!  I've earned it!  Such a naught Elf!!!!!   With only a few shopping days left it's difficult finding a parking spot, the pushing, the shoving, line ups waiting to pay,  "Sorry, we're all out of boxes." blah blah blah, I have no one to blame but myself!  To be honest, I think the hustle and bustle of Christmas is all part of the season and I like being a part of it.....for an hour - then I'm so over it.  I only had to pick up a few things but honestly, spending the day with my daughter was really important to me.  It wasn't so bad really, my daughter and I don't get to spend a lot of time together so this was a treat for me.

After deciding upon a special gift for someone, my daughter and I stood at the sales counter while the sales clerk rang up my purchase. Money exchanged hands, receipts were carefully put away by both parties and the wrapping began.  Had it not been for the many lessons I had over the years about the importance of wrapping a gift, I probably would have walked away thrilled at how meticulously my gift was wrapped.  Nope, that would be toooooo easy!  I couldn't just take the wrapped gift and be happy it was packaged nicely.  The lessons were now being played back in my head.  "Take a piece of tissue like so.  Fold it like this and do that and do this and then do that,"....blah blah blah blah!  As I stood there watching this sweet sales associate wrap like she was a machine, I couldn't help but wonder what would have been said to her had she worked as an "Elf" ("Elves" is what we were called where I worked).  I now believe I have a life sentence to .....Elfdome.  While standing there watching the sales clerk I'm thinking, she's doing it all wrong.  This poor thing wouldn't have lasted past the first step of "take the tissue."   She wouldn't have lasted one minute on the "Elf Wrapping Counter."  I kept thinking to myself that I would just have to go home and re wrap the Elf way.  How sad is that?  The entire time I'm standing there, no, no....what are you doing?  When she was all done I politely thanked her and left with my wrapped gift thinking .... I'm going to fix this when I get home!  Oh my word.....I've been ruined!

In case you're wondering?  Here is my take on how to add tissue to a box when wrapping a gift.  I do believe presentation is everything and I do like my gifts to be presented as beautifully inside as outside. 

...and that's how it's done  - the Elf way!

I want to thank each and every one of you so much for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog.  I know how much time it takes to balance all aspects of life so your efforts have not gone unnoticed.  Each and every comment is important to me and I believe in giving back.  My goal for this blog is to have fun, share ideas and what I have learned and most important, meet new friends through my craft journey.  This has been an awesome year for me and I look forward to may more.  I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and All The Best for 2012!  
Wherever you are in your day, I hope you're enjoying it!
Wishing you many wonderful creations!



  1. Well, you can send me an Elf wrapped present any time you like. Happy Christmas!

  2. It's not just me then...yah!!

    I worked in retail before I married and I often stand grinding my teeth at the way staff these days wrap, package and present change. They don't seem to have a clue about folding clothes before bagging them - I have been known to re-pack before even leaving the store so I don't arrive home with what resembles a crushed dish rag...and change, what happened to counting the change into the customers hand? Item cost £4.95 and customer gives £10 - you don't just throw back at them £ count it back "£4.95, £5, £10" and don't get me started on the missing 'thank you' - they are on to the next customer before you have even picked up your goods. Rant over.

    Hope you really enjoyed your gift - yes it would have been rude not to open it.

    Have a fab Christmas and I hope 2012 brings all that you desire.

    Toni xx

  3. Happy WOYWW and Merry Christmas
    Cathy #23

  4. Wine's a great idea after MALL SHOPPING and the wrap, your head Elf taught you well, but things just aren't that way now days..everyone's in a hurry. Enjoy WOYWW and the merriment of the holiday.

  5. Thanks for the lesson in wrapping with tissue. I must confess I am hopeless when it comes to wrapping gifts but I do love receiving a beautifully wrapped one.
    I have a box which a friend gave me years ago with my gift in and it comes out every year and sits underneath the tree - I just love the wrapping.
    Have a wonderful Christmas - best wishes to you and yours. Hugs, Neet #4 xx

  6. enjoy the vino! Loved the elf way of packaging a box. Hope you and your family enjoy a Merry Christmas holiday. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #44

  7. You are right! presentation is everything! If a gift is worth giving... give it in style :o) have a great Christmas x

  8. Wishing you the happiest healthy christmas have lovely time and now i need to go unwrap all my presents maybe im not cut out to be an
    No im like you have to have just persect even when folding corners must be same size!
    Have very Merry christmas and please pop by i have candy on offer
    hugs judex 22

  9. Great story there and I love your little tutorial on the tissue paper - I am always a nightmare when it comes to tissue paper as some has to be lovely and neat and then some has to be shredded to bits (always depends upon my mood on the day really!). Have a wonderful Christmas. Sunshine Girl – No 38

  10. I laughed at you description of your thought process as the sales girl was wrapping!! How many times have I done the same! The only exception is a shop in Winchester where Julia and I have stood open-mouthed in astonishment at the glorious frou frou wrapping that is done free of charge!! I actually snuck back and got her a small prezzy from there just so she could admire the wrapping under the tree for a few days!
    Wishing you joy and happiness this Christmas,
    Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

  11. Hello! Move to the UK no-one wraps and boxes presents over here for you so you can do it however you like! It would be horrendous if they did the queues are bad enough just buying things (takes an hour to go into 2 shops.....).I am a good girl and don't open anything until the big day! (I like opening presents so I like to maximise the opportunities!). Merry Christmas to you and all your family :)

  12. After 7 1/2 hours in a mall I'd be needing something a little stronger than wine to calm me down! Your gift wrapping skills are amazing but I bet the store clerks are just being told to get as many people through as possible! Have a wonderful crafty Christmas.

    Brenda 71

  13. Oh my! You'd fire this elf the second I touched any tissue or wrapping paper. I HATE wrapping presents and as such tend to just wad the paper around the box and smack some tape on it. Great idea... a case of wine on the desk. A bottle! I mean, a bottle.

  14. Love this post!!! You are absolutely right about the proper use of tissue paper!!!! hee hee

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    WOYWW #82

  15. I would love a present sent by the elf, so beautiful, you are so right presentation is everything, Merry Christmas, Hugs May x x x x

  16. Just dropping by to greet you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed Christmas season! That is beautiful wrapping. I wish my gifts were wrapped like that! Thanks for sharing your life and projects with us in your blog!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  17. Thank you for the tissue lesson, and yes you are right, people do see the little things you take time to do
    Merry Christmas
    Bridget #21

  18. Looking good and a top inpacker and wrapper! Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

  19. Tissue and a box, wow,under your tree must be a visual feast ! there's only one shop where they offer and I accept wrapping round here, it generally here in theUK, it's not available as part of the service. Have a super Christmas crazy elf!

  20. 7 1/2 hours at the mall... and you only needed one bottle of wine... I would need to crack a bottle at about the 3 hour mark... the wrapping story made me laugh out loud as I can't let anyone wrap presents for me as it does my head in... even worse is that my daughter has now caught the bug and we have turned into wrapping grinches... poor hubs... hope you have a wonderful Christmas...xx

  21. Oh well, now thats a lesson I will remeber hun, ta, xx
    Happy belated WOYWW and if I dont pop back before, Merry Christmas,
    Lou #34

  22. Thanks for all the fun of your posts through the year and your bubbly enthusiasm. Have a wonderfully Happy Christmas and Happy Blogging 2012
    Love JoZarty x

  23. Fabulous post & love the tissue tutorial. Definitely a gift can be enhanced(or lessened in appeal) by poor packaging!Have a wonderfully ELFy Christmas, Love, Shaz

  24. Hello Elf, just popping in late to say I've really enjoyed visiting your blog, and admiring your handiwork throughout the year and it's been fun getting to know you, virtually that is:) You really are meticulous in your wrapping - you definitely don't scrunch the tissue then :) I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Elizabeth x #46

  25. Well, I’m nowhere near really for the big day . It’s almost 8pm on Christmas Eve and I still have pressie to wrap. Like you I love wrapping pressie and everything has to be just so, so I’m expecting to have a late night tonight.
    Turkey’s in the oven though and smelling lovely so I think a nice glass of wine and I might be more in the mood, Lol!

    Thanks for all friendship and comments throughout the year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


  26. Glad to hear your Mum is so with it, well enough to recognise that scam. Good for her. Have a wonderful Christmas, and I look forward to more of your blogging next year.


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