Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Few Quick Things to Share

Well, I didn't finish everything on my list, but I did get to the most urgent/important things.  I finished making Tammy's pumpkin roll; it smells and looks amazing, but I haven't tasted it yet.  Mooseman volunteered to help wrap the Christmas presents, so those are finished.  I just took the chocolate raspberry crumb bars out of the oven.  And right now, I'm writing a blog post for Wednesday. :)

While Mooseman was helping with the gift wrapping, he had a creative and frugal idea of how to wrap a particularly bulky gift. He turned a shopping bag inside out and put the gift inside, then decorated it with a "bow" made of all the wrapping paper scraps he could find. Pretty neat, isn't it?

gift wrap

On Tuesday I found out that I won a fun giveaway from Genny at MyCup2Yours:  a 5 x 7 photoverse print from Robin at Around the Island Photography!  I wasn't certain whether my chosen verse would fit on a certain photo, but Robin was terrific about helping me work it out.  This is what she came up with (and I chose):

I'm looking forward to getting my print!  Thanks to Robin and Genny for the chance to win!  If you'd like, you can see more of Robin's photography at her Etsy shop and at her blog.

How are you doing with your holiday preparations? How do you keep from getting overwhelmed with all the trappings of Christmas?


  1. I would love to hear how the pumpkin roll turned out. :) I like your son's idea of how to wrap bulky gifts. It looks really cute :)

  2. I am not doing much this year. I am not having my in-laws over (mostly their choice though since they can't tell me straight agree not to let person who are high on drugs in my house), I'm not doing anything with my siblings, so it will just be our family. It feels somewhat empty, but I guess that is ok. I would love to make new traditions, but I'm just out of it. Maybe next year. We may go see some friends on Christmas Eve. We'll see. I feel like a quiet holiday might be a good one.

  3. Thanks for the mention Melissa, I'm so glad you're pleased with your Photoverse - you'll like the real one even better :). If anyone's interested, I just added a few brand new Photoverse prints to the shop - step inside the photos with me and walk where Jesus walked.

    Love that wrapping paper bow, what a clever idea.

    My photography is available for purchase - visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

  4. The pumpkin roll sounds delicious! I'm always tempted to try one, but then I never follow through, thinking that the cake part will just fall apart when I try to roll it up. How hard is that part? Do you do anything special to keep it all intact as you roll?

    Also, very clever idea on the gift wrap! I'm very in to alternative wraps this year. I wrote a page of gift wrap ideas for my website,, and now I don't even want to do regular wrap on anything! lol!

  5. What a brilliant gift wrapping idea.

    My preparations are scooting along. Crafting for school is done and now I am working on photos from the wedding and getting ready to go to CA.

  6. congrats on the win.
    love the print!


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