wrap it up

After a full month of running around like a crazy person, I’m finally taking a quiet moment to sip coffee while enjoying cozy holiday tunes…just bought these mugs and love them!  Do you spy my super fancy, high-end coffee maker in the background?  Ha.  

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I can never seem to commit to one single pattern on any dishes, so I love that these mugs are white and therefore versatile.  The raised dot adds a monochromatic pattern that lends a nice graphic quality to any table setting.  Full disclosure:  I watched these mugs for months before I committed to buy.  Wanted to make sure I really loved their look and wasn’t just infatuated.  #weirdo


Today I’m wrapping some gifts while the kids play.  Earlier this week I set up a make-ship wrapping station.  Caddy from Macbeth Collection, paper, letters, and chalkboard tags from Target,  bells from dollar store.   

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This pic from anthro is my source of inspiration.  Love that they used pattern in the ribbons versus the paper.

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I found some GREAT free printable gift tags for we non-Martha mortals who are still wrapping.  Here are my top three picks.

1.  Elegant and simple:  you can’t go wrong with these free printable tags offered in nine different styles.  These would be great against a big pattern wrapping paper.

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2.  Fun and kid friendly:  Love all of these hand illustrated pretties.  Yes, there is even a super cute “Elf” tag for your kiddos!  Free download and more adorable styles over here.

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3.  Artsy charm:  I totally DYING over these animal tags hand painted by this talented Seattle blogger and artiste.

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Look how pretty! And she has a set of tags that are exclusively blue designs as well.  Both free printables over here.

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I usually wrap gifts the night before Christmas and end up in a state of exhaustion by staying up into the wee hours.  This year decided I to turn over a new leaf, and make it fun by taking my wrapping in sessions ahead of time.

I’ll  pop in a few more times over the holiday.  Cheers to pretty wrapping!

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  1. Missi says:

    My mom just bought the ramekins in the same pattern as your mugs. They are really cute. I also wanted to tell you that I loved your craft idea for the girls. I asked my son if he’d like to do the same but in boy colored/themed paper. I think I’ll have a craft day over our long school break. And one last thing, when I showed my son the craft idea he noticed your house. He said that “house is awesome.” Merry Christmas!

  2. Seleta says:

    Great idea, Missi! So glad your son will have a fun project to do with you. Thank you for your compliment : )

    Merry Christmas!


  3. Andrea C says:

    So Seleta’s picks always cost me $$ lol..have that bone inlay tray from Tracery..now those mugs..I have had them in my shopping cart so many times!! Do they keep your coffee hot?
    I have slightly oversized latte cups from Wisteria (a few years back) and coffee is cold before it’s even half drank…thanks for your opinion..Merry Christmas!

  4. Seleta says:

    Hi Andrea,

    So far so good on the target mugs, but as far as keeping coffee warm, I still favor my seaside mugs!
    I don’t see it on the seaside site right now, so if you order one you might have to call them.



  5. Cammy says:

    Great tips! Enjoy your wrapping party.

  6. BethA says:

    I’m doing things backwards from my usual. Typically, we have the decorating done shortly after Thanksgiving, and the wrapping gets done in a panic on Christmas Eve. This year, I’ve got all the packages wrapped, and the tree has been done for awhile, but the garlands and knick-knack stuff are all still being worked on. In my dreams, next year it will ALL be done by December 1. Where there’s breath, there’s hope, right?? Ha!

    PS — LOVE your nail polish!

  7. carolyn says:

    Ha. I just bought that mug yesterday after breaking yet another mug of ours. I have the ramekin/bowl too and love them. They look much more fancy than they are. You need a Nespresso. :) (It’s the only ‘fancy’ thing I own!)

  8. Katharina says:

    Thank you Seleta for the links to the free printable tags. I just printed some :) Wishing you and your family wonderful Christmas days.

  9. Ingrid says:

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas. Hope you have a fun filled day.

  10. Lisa says:

    Like you, I can’t commit to just one set of dishes. I love collecting different china that can be mixed with my basic white set. Those mugs look great-must check them out at Target.
    Happy Christmas to you!

  11. CArolyn says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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