~Brown paper packages tied up with strings~

...these are a few of my favorite things!

Hi friends! 

How are you doing? Not spreading yourselves too thin, I hope. This is a challenging time of year for those Type A perfectionists out there.  I'm not one of them. Not completely, at least. But a dash enough to know it can be exhausting trying to get everything 'just so' before Christmas.

Just try and remember that the joys and blessings of Christmas do not rest on your shoulders. In fact, they have nothing to do with how your home looks or what gifts are given. All this decorating and gift exchanging is simply a wonderfully fun way of putting an exclamation point on the reason at the forefront of our celebrating. :)

On that note, I was listening to 'My Favorite Things' the other week while watching the Sound of Music live with Carrie Underwood, (no one compares to Julie Andrews), and the lyrics struck me. Nothing on the favorite things list is all that spectacular, which reminded me of the impact that simple joys can have...

...which prompted my Christmas gift wrap this year!

Brown postal wrap
Teal and white string & Gold and white string
A rainbow of paint swatches collected from Home Depot, Lowes, and Benjamin Moore

The postal wrap, bought from Target for $6, is 4 or 5 times the size of a normal roll of wrapping paper. What a money saver! The string was less than $2 per spool and the paint swatches were free. After all the gifts are bought it's nice to save what you can on gift wrap!

But this simple gift wrap has a festively fun impact, don't ya think?

For each gift I wrapped it was fun to consider the person who would receive it and think about what color to use for them!

Pretty simple but I love the snaps of color with the paint swatch gift tags!

Enjoy your weekend, friends! On Monday I'll post the photos you've sent of your projects and homes decorated for Christmas, so if you feel up for sharing please email me your pics at chelseasgarage@gmail.com!


This post was originally published under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.