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Star Wars II

Manchild: A full grown man of delayed emotional maturation. They’re easy to spot. He’s the one watching Star Wars with his kids and imparting invaluable light saber moves, courtesy of the toothbrush, the hair comb, the garden rake… anything he can get his hands on really. He’s also thrilled that Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) recently released on Twitter more behind the scenes photos from the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Another little boys birthday is on the horizon and a Star Wars book and Lego set needs gift wrap.

Star Wars wrapping paper using thumbprints and paint.

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Darth Vader & Yoda duel

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The finished product demonstrates a versatile Darth Vader…

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No one rocks that Do like Leia!

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DIY Christmas Gift Wrap

Butchers paper. Not just a cheap and sturdy paper to wrap your chops in, but another way to add a little ‘thrift’ to your Christmas cheer. You Kris Kringlers thought you invented tight, but at $4 a roll, butchers paper is mighty cheap.

Other benefits include setting realistic expectations. Fancy wrapping makes for fancy expectations. How often have you opened a fancy little box, gently peeled back the soft white tissue paper, only to find bath bombs? Really. All that packaging for dissolvable soap.

Imagine how your family members will feel as they rip their way through that waxy, tough butchers paper to see a pair of practical black work socks await. Meets expectation, no?

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So consider this, next time you have handkerchiefs, candles and/ or ill fitting synthetic garments to wrap, go directly to your kitchen, pull out that roll of butchers paper and wrap away! And in the spirit of Christmas, you may even want to personalize your wrapping paper; all you need are sponge cleaning cloths, toilet rolls and paint.

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To keep it a little rustic looking (always thinking to set expectations), small children are good for this. Get them to do the painting and watch your gift wrap turn into a schmozzle of fingerprints and rolling holly. ho! ho!

DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper

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DIY Christmas Gift Tags.

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Leather, Felt & Metallic Leaves.

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Mermaids

Mermaids, unicorns, knights and dragons, pewter plates, smelly people and a world that’s flat…welcome to the Dark Ages! Mermaid legends were rampant then, sight sworn by more than the odd sailor, believed to be beautiful and dangerous, much like the high seas.

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In 1493, during his first voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus noted in his journal a mermaid sighting:

‘The day before, when the Admiral was going to the Rio del Oro, he said he saw three mermaids who came quite high out of the water but were not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men.’

Not exactly the hair brushing, mirror toting dames of Disney!

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Shakespeare wrote of mermaids in ‘Midsummer Nights Dream.’

‘Thou rememberest

Since once I sat upon a promontory,

And heard a mermaid on a Dolphin’s back

Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,

That the rude sea grew civil at her song;

And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,

To hear the sea-maid’s music.’

It’s believed he was having a go at Mary Queen of Scots!

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Here are my Sirens of the Sea, bewitching sailors to their underwater world.

Mermaid wrapping paper made with acrylic paints, bubble wrap and thumb prints. Anchor made with apple core.

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Hello Sailor gift wrapped …

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Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Mary Mary quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockleshells

And pretty maids all in a row.


A sweet nursery rhyme dating back to Olde England. A simple straightforward tale about a gardening green thumb?

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Apparently not. Like many nursery rhymes that sound sweet enough, this one too has sinister roots. It tells of Mary Queen of Scots.

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How does her garden grow? Fertilized by the bodies of many, many protestants. How pretty is her garden filled with silver bells and cockleshells. No again. These were slang terms for torture devices. As for the pretty maids….  guillotines.

Twin GuillotinesMary Quite Contrary Wrapping Paper for my mum Mary (who is fortunately nothing like the Queen of Scots) using Acrylic paints, thumb prints and black marker pen.

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Birthday card made by daughter

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How to make Floral Wrapping Paper with Thumb prints

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Gift wrapped with Mary Quite Contrary Wrapping Paper

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Thumbs up for Star Wars

If fantasy were to become reality, would it ever be just as good?

For me it would be the day I could have a satisfying three course chewing gum meal, think Willy Wonka minus the side effects of when you get to blueberry pie! For Star Wars fans, Princess Leia style holograms projected from a mobile device is apparently a soon to be reality. Happy you must be!

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Drawing inspiration from Star Wars Thumb Doodles, I made Star Wars wrapping paper using thumbprints, paint and a marker pen.

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With a clean thumb and acrylic paints I set to printing. Here are the fingerprint doodles before and after…

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Here’s the Star Wars fingerprint gift wrapped Birthday present…

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Say it with Stamps…

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More Star Wars fingerprintspiration…

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I want Candy!

I want Candy…..bow, wow, wow

I want Candy….

Have you seen ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Sofia Coppola? My favourite scene in the film is filled with shoes and candy.

Marie and her ladies are trying on shoes as they gorge on an array of sweets… macaroons, petit fours, candied fruit peel, strawberries and rose petals swim across the screen in a pastel palette of sugar laden dreaminess!

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Next week my niece is turning seven. I found her a very sweet birthday card and made matching gift wrap.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SWEET GIFT WRAP:

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With a lead pencil I sketched out sweet treats on butcher’s paper. I started with aqua shades of water colour paints and continued through a pastel palette of colours.

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Personalized a Birthday greeting with stamps…

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The sweet treat gift wrapped…

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Happy Birthday Jemima!!

 

Marie Antoinette, I want candy:

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Make your own Retro Space Wrapping Paper

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Meet George Jetson! He lives in the future. He works a 9 hour week and travels to work in a spaceship car that folds up into a suitcase. Rosie, his humanoid robot is both housekeeper and child care, which leaves Jane his wife ample time to shop. His son Elroy has school excursions to the moon, while his teenage daughter Judy has a digital diary but no face book account: the internet does not exist. Ironically print media still does!

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I grew up watching re-runs of the Jetson’s. The 1960’s look and feel of the show was so playful and optimistic. For an upcoming birthday, have bought the birthday boy a Space puzzle and thought to attempt a retro style wrapping paper using hand-made stencils and paints.

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I made two types of paper: one in blue/green, the other in silver/aqua tones.

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The two for comparison…

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I ended up going with the silver. Here it is in all its’ gift wrapped glory…

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If only dinner were a Push button away!

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