Tuesday, May 11, 2010

If you give a girl a sewing machine . . .

We've had a week of celebrations around here.

My youngest daughter had her 25th birthday and  graduated with her Masters degree.

She had been talking about getting a sewing machine for a long time.  

We thought a sewing machine would be a perfect gift for her.

But, how do you gift wrap a sewing machine? 

With wallpaper and tissue paper, of course. 

I wrapped the box with the sturdy wallpaper, sealing it with double-sided tape.

Then, I made a flower topper with circles of tissue paper, stuck on with the double-sided tape.  

The inside of the flower is waded up tissue paper scraps, stuck onto the tape.  Simple!

With any wrapping, though, the purpose is for it to be ripped apart. . .

I think she likes it. 

The next morning she asked, "Did I keep you awake last night with the sound of my sewing machine running?  I couldn't stop sewing."

Since Mother's day was right around the corner, I got to be the first recipient of her handiwork.

She decorated a purchased bag with these adorable flowers. 

The one on the left is made from grosgrain ribbon.  The one on the right is made with fabric, topped off with a fun button.  I think she did a great job. 

We've always encouraged our kids to make gifts for us and for each other.  Over the years I've been amazed at the creativity and thoughtfulness of my children.  I love the gifts they have put their time, talent, and effort into. 

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