Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Christmas greetings my friends!  I've finally started wrapping a few of my gifts...I haven't gotten very far yet, but I thought I would share with you a few that I have done.  I like to keep my wrapping fairly simple, with an emphasis on natural...and I like to use what I already have on hand from around the house and from my craft supply "stash."  I also like to place some of my wrapped gifts around the house and include them in my Christmas decor...just to make things a little more festive!

...the picture above is of a corner in my dining room...

this one I made by simply stamping an image (in silver) onto a doily and gluing it to the top of the gift...

this next one didn't photograph nearly as pretty as it looked in person, but I've included it anyway...yep that's an empty grape container {you know I like to reuse/recycle :) }...I liked being able to see the mercury glass ornaments through the clear top...

I sometimes like to use mini clothespins to hold the tag onto the gift, instead of just tying it on...these I made with a swipe of white paint and a dash of "Glamour Dust" while the paint was still wet...

I'd like to leave you with a poem that my husband received...those of you who have been reading my blog from the beginning know that my father-in-law passed away in August...he was loved and cherished completely, and the pain of his loss is still deep.  I know some of my dear blog friends have lost a loved one this year as well...

Although this poem brought me to tears, I found it to be of comfort...and hope some of you will too...

I'm Spending Christmas With Jesus This Year

I see the countless Christmas trees
Around the world below;
With the tiny lights, like Heaven's stars
Reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular,
Please wipe away that tear;
Because I'm spending Christmas
With Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs
That people hold so dear;
But the sounds of any music can't compare
With the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you
The joy their voices bring;
It is beyond description
To hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart;
But it's only for a while
That we will be apart.

I'll ask Him to light your spirit
As I tell Him of your love;
So please pray for one another
As you lift eyes above.

I can't tell you of the splendor
Or the peace here in this place.
Can you imagine Christmas
With our Saviour...face to face?

Please let your hearts be joyful
And let your spirit sing;
I'm spending Christmas in Heaven
And I am walking with the King.



Queen Bee said...

Oh...I got a little teary eyed reading your poem...sigh. I love all of your gift wrapping my favorite things...the tag with the quote from Mother Teresa and my fav the grape container! Oh and one more thing...can you come to my house and wrap my gifts...haha...You are so amazing and your blog brings so much joy to my life...many thanks and blessings to you. Denise

Vintage Junky said...

What a beautiful poem...

I love your wrapping... I like mine to have an overall look too. Like Queen Bee, the grape container is my favorite!

Have a wonderful Christmas with all of your loved ones!

Wendy said...

You bring us so many great ideas...but even more you bring Jesus to the front of it all! The poem is beautiful...I am going to give to my father-in-law to help comfort with the loss of my mother in law. Thank you!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Your gifts are amazingly beautiful! I love the natural/neutral look. But, you probably already knew that... ;)

the wild raspberry said...

they're too pretty to unwrap!

that poem is very touching.

good luck with the rest of your gift wrapping~


Janean said...

i'm not trying to be dramatic when i say your gift wrapping ideas are fresh and utterly beautiful.

also spending this Christmas with Christ -- yay!!!!!!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

What lovely and creative packaging, I adore the doily!

What a soul touching poem! Thank you for sharing!!

Love and hugs,

Laura said...

Hi Tracey,
Such a beautiful post....Thank you for sharing that lovely poem...
your gifts are beautiful...simple, natural and very artistic!
Take care,

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

This was absolutely the most beautiful poem I have ever read. Thank-you so much for sharing it with us and I so love your amazing blog! Your such an inspiration to me. I would love if you would visit my blog. It's still pretty new so I would enjoy new visitors.
Have a very Happy Christmas.

Jeni said...

A truly beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

mandiegirl said...

Sweet! I'm beginning to collect mercury glass, and I LOVE your ornaments! :)

Jen R. said...

Gorgeous as usual!!! Wonderful poem!

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to copy the poem and pass it along to some dear friends who lost a loved one this year. Thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing this with us.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Tracey. There are alot of us aren't there. Thank you for sharing that beautiful poem. My Mother and Father both spend their Christmas' with Jesus now and this poem made me feel better about that.

Hugs and have a very Merry Christmas...Tracy :)

Tattered Goods said...

Oh my that was absolutely hanks so beautiful... thanks so much for sharing. I love your wrapping you have got my mind going with wrapping now ;) I hope you have a great Thursday!

Merry Christmas,

Anne~fiona and twig said...

What a beautiful poem! It's the hope that we have, those who trust in Christ.

Those ornaments in the grape box look like the three I ordered from you today. :-)


Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

What a precious poem. I hope this holiday season with out him will be painless and full of happy memories. Your photos are beautiful as always, and I'm sure the gifts will be treasured.


Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Trace -

Your wrapping is SO fun! LOVE your 'green' thumb and how you make even the most ordinary breathtakingly beautiful!

That poem is perfection. My grandfather died January 5th and this will be our first Christmas with out him. I know it is hard for my dad and aunts - and am going to print it off and give it to them this Christmas. It is so special and so perfect.....I hope your husband gets great comfort from it, during this rough time.

ALLL my love and hugs ~

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Tracey! THank yo so much fo this beautiful poem - simply knowing our dear ones are face to face with Jesus enables us to go on.
Your gifts are stunning, the stamped image on the doily is so lovely, how lucky to receive such a pretty package.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday!

The Little Red Shop said...

God bless you and your beautiful family, Tracey! I'll be praying for you throughout the holidays. My dear daddy is spending his 10th Christmas celebrating with the Lord. Passionate about singing..The Hallelujah Chorus was always one of his favorites and now he gets to sing it before the King!

: )

Julie M.

ps Your gifts look lovely! I really like the doily and the sparkly clothes pin.

Jeanneoli said...

Lovely poem...I know the holidays make it even harder when we have lost a person we love so much!!

Anita said...

I just love all the time you are putting into wrapping the presents...sooo French to have pretty packaging...and reusing the grape container, well, that's too cool Look for me to begin using all those raspberry cartons for my flea market goods :)

Rachael said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely poem, even though I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face.

My grandma passed away this year, and Christmas isn't going to be the same without her. I love the first image, it reminded me instantly of her, as she had a statue like this on her dresser.



Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

Just had a quick visit tonight and what a lovely post, beautiful wrapped gifts waiting and the poem is lovely.
It is 10.39 pm and I am tired but I will come and read this again tomorrow.
I miss my Father every day and it is times like Christmas that a great loss will be felt.
Sending love and comfort to your family.
Thanks for sharing the lovely poem.


Jacqueline said...

Oh Tracey, what a wonderful poem and, very comforting for you all.
I think that my presents will look similar (although not quite as good) as yours. I always use brown paper and then photocopy old manuscripts or sheet music. I have bought gift tags from my Swedish blogging friend, Magdalena @ Color Sepia which are very Jeanne d'Arc like.
Everything that you do has that magical touch. You certainly have the gift. Enjoy your Christma preparations as I know you will. XXXX

Jane said...

Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Your gift wrap ideas are wonderful. I really like the idea of using the clothespin to clip the tag to the gift.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Tracey, Thank you for coming by and leaving a message on my blog too.
Your wrappings are so creative and done with so much love..that is apparent.
The poem has touched my heart... as I am sure it will many others. I have shared your blog with a friend who has recently had a significant loss in her life, the poem will mean a lot to her.


Barbara said...

It's a lovely poem, Tracey. It's so difficult this time of year when you have lost a parent.

I can't tell you how much I enjoy your creativity. I used to take the time when I was younger on crafts and wrapping gifts...don't know why I don't do it anymore.
Adore the mercury glass ornaments. I have a few, but not many.

Sheila R said...

Your packaging is gorgeous!Thank you for sharing that lovely poem!

May your Christmas be filled with joy.

Ramona said...

Blessings to you...thank you for sharing this poem. It has filled my sad heart and given me peace while missing my Father this Christmas.

Merry, merry Christmas to you and your....I love, love your blog.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Obee Designs said...

OMG Tacey!
Where are the Kleenex??
I lost my father and this will be the second Christmas without him. It's still no easier. I have a friend who just lost her father two weeks ago. I will be giving her this poem for sure.
On a lighter note, your wrapping is so elegant, simplistic and creative. The wrapping is a gift in itself. I would be honored to receive a gift wrapped from you!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for the great poem!

Sandi said...

How beautiful everything looks Tracey! I want to move in with you, is that okay?? Here I come. HA!!

That poem brings me to tears. It is a keeper!!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Thank you so much Tracey... Christmas is a hard time of year for me... for a number of reasons... your poem meant alot to me... love to you... Julie Marie PS Your decorations are lovely...

Sandi said...

PS I forgot to tell you that I started a post last night titled "gifts" as well, but I never got mine finished! lol

paige said...

oh tracey, i know this will be bittersweet for your precious family.....

your wrappings are so pretty. sometimes the wrapping is even better than the gift
not that i'm saying "your" gifts aren't wonderful
oh dear

just beautiful

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Tracey! The poem and the sweet words about your father-in-law truly touched me!
Your packs are faboulous! I love the way you wrapped them! Very sophisticated!
A nice day to you!
Big hugs

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

O.k. I'm crying but I wanted to make sure I said Thank You for the poem, I imagine my mom telling all of us it's a wonderful Christmas for her. If you don't mind I would like to pass it on to my siblings. ~ Theresa p.s. your gifts look so special! loooove the first photo!

Chrissy said...

Love that poem!! Now lets talk home decor.....OMG!!! Love that first shot of your dining room...shouts out JDArc !! If by chance I don;t get back over here,have a wonderful Christmas my friend!! Chrissy

Anne Marie said...

I found a great store for you....for those medals......

and your gift wrapping is simply beautiful!......

wish me godspeed, for I do believe I am going to make white curtains!

Mary said...

Beautiful poem, Tracey. What a lovely one to frame so you can appreciate it all year and as a lovely reminder of your father-in-law.

On a lighter note, I had to laugh outloud when I saw picture #1. The burlap garland you show wrapped in ribbon has been my tree garland for the last few years! I swear, we have the same brain sometimes when it comes to these things! That is so are like my decorating kindrid-spirit. We really need to shop together sometime...then again maybe that would be a bad idea. We would both want to buy the same things...and what wuld happen if there is only one of something? That could be baaad...I have a hard time sharing my finds. But with you...I just might. hahahah ~mary~

Jill Elaine said...

Beautiful gifts, beautiful poem.
I may have to steal that grape container idea:) What a fun twist on recycling!! love it!

Leah C said...

The poem makes me cry & brings me comfort at the same time. Thank you for sharing it, Tracey:) As my family & I spend our first Christmas without my mom, I will be holding you and your family in my thoughts & prayers as you spend Christmas without your father-in-law. Wishing you warm & comforting memories...Hugs, Leah

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Tracey...... The wrapping is so special and the poem was heart warming.... Blessings

Shawn Seay said...

I love your gift wrapping ideas. The poem is so precious. I will be printing that one out.
Merry Christmas1

chandelier magic - beach house said...

Your wrappings and tags are the best I've seen - I'll be copying each and every one, thank you thank you!

Happy Holidays


June said...

Hi Tracey,
The poem is beautiful! I can see how that would bring you both comfort at this difficult time of loss in your family.
I enjoyed all the lovely holiday wrapping ideas. You've inspired me to do better in that department!

a little bit vintage said...

Lovely wrapping! :) I adore your mercury glass ornaments...SO pretty! The poem is SO lovely. :)


LuLu said...

That poem says it all... for all the loved ones that have passed away they are walking with the King... so beautiful, thank you for sharing it... i'm going to print if off and wrap it for my mom this will be her first Christmas without my grandmother.
Your presents... oh i love to wrap!!! I've never thought to use the mini clothes pin {LOVE that touch!!!}

traci said...

your gifts are gorgeous. almost to gorgeous to open and mess up. the poem is beautiful tracey. i am going to print it out and give it to my girlfriend who lost her son in october. i hope it brings her a little peace.

Martha said...

Oh Tracey...your packages are beautiful...I used the same burlap garland for my gifts as well with the white and tan craft paper...your items look wonderful!

That poem is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it and the blessings to you and your family for the loss of your father-in-law but may you all feel so great he is spending Christmas with Him.

Beautiful post...I was thinking of using my pictures of gifts by the way in a post please don't think I'm copying too much...although the cards from the Trader Joe bags went marvelous...and the rest I made tags and added some sparkle around the edges...(well Madison added that anyway)...

Just one question...are you sure you want to stick with "that your not crafty"??? because I think you definitely are! {sorry for the long comment by the way}

Lisa said...

Tracey, so many blessings, the poem, ah, goosebumps. Thank you for the beauty.


Kristin said...

That was so so beautiful Tracey. We lost my Grandpa this year and I think my Nonnie would love that poem!

Federica said...

Oh wow, your gifts are gorgeous!

Kasey said...

you know i love a good wrapped package!!!

Firefly Hill said...

What a beautiful poem...I am so sorry about your father in law.

Your packages and decorations are just gorgeous! Beautiful...I love everything.


p.s. I LOVE my ornaments and they look perfect in my living room.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You truly personify brown paper packages tied up with strings.

The Flying Bee said...

Beautiful decor and wrappings! I love your style. What a beautiful brought tears to my eyes.


Magdalena said...

Such a beautiful post, i enjoy it very very much,
hope that you will have lovely weekend,
my best wishes
Magdalena/Color Sepia

Gretchen said...

Oh the gifts! They are soooo pretty! The poem is touching and thoughtfull. We have all lost loved ones and would feel comfort in knowing this is how they are spending Christmas.
Happy Holidays,

paperhill said...

your wrapping is just lovely, i love all your ideas, you are a crafty girl!

it's funny i've had so many reminders of my grandfather who passed away in August these last few days, this poem is beautiful....he was so important in my life and i loved him dearly, he was a beautiful man and this poem brings me great comfort. i dreamt of him last strange i see him all around. sending hugs, susan

red ticking said...

tracey, soooo happy to have found your blog... Jesus is the reason for the season... and you show this in full here in your lovely post and blog... God bless you and have a wonderful christmas... i am sure you will... x pam

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Tracey, your gift wrapping would make anyone so happy, just to know you cared about them so much to do such a lovely "work of art". More than wrapping, but a touching gift in itself.
The poem is just so very sweet and tender. and does make us think differently about our loved ones who are now in heaven. Peace and Christmas Blessings,

trash talk said...

Your packaging is truly little works of art. The beautiful! I hope you don't mind, but I'm sending a link to two friends of mine who each recently lost a parent. This may go a long way to help with their healing.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

That's a great poem Tracey. I lost a very special uncle in September and I'm thinking of sending that to my Aunt. Love your gift wrap too. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Lauri Evans said...

This is my first visit to your blog. My sweet friend Deb of Talking Trash sent me the link. I just lost my sweet Mama in November and that is the sweetest poem I have every read. thank you so much for sharing it and if you don't mind I would like to post it on my blog. thank you. Lauri

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

Hi Tracey- getting caught up on all my fave blogs. Your Christmas decorating and tags look great. Maybe next year I'll get to do some crafting! SIGH. Bummer about the JDA merchandise, and the price of the magazine!! WOW- too much for me, unfortunately... You can paypal me the invoice for the glass bottle. Gee- I think I have to go change my address and stuff on paypal!! Have a great Christmas!

koralee said...

So so lovely..I can see all the sweetness that goes into each and every one of those gifts. Sending you lots of love this week as you spend time with your lovely family. xoxoox

Nina said...

Hey Tracey I am so happy that I find your Blog ,I love it.i look for pictures of Marry Eriksson I and so I find you.Your Blog is fantastic,lovley wishes and a nice Merry Chrismas Nina

Wizard of Was said...

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas. You are such an inspiration to so many...thankyou!
My Very Best

Queen Bee said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog...when I count my blessings you are definately among them! Hugs & Smiles!

Lynn said...

I love your wrappings. The image on the doily wrapping is just stunning in its beautiful simplicity. It just touched my heart. My heart goes out to your husband in his loss. My mom passed away March 23, 2009. I have been thinking of her and sort of honoring her with posts during this time as she made many needlework gifts for me that I cherish. I have seen versions of that poem before, but tonight just having come home from church and our beautiful Christmas musical, it seemed as if God sent that poem to me tonight. May you and your family be blessed this Christmas and may the Lord hold you tightly and comfort during this first year of the loss of your father-in-law.

Lynn said...

Been holding your husband and family in my heart today as I know it must be so difficult without his father.
Big hugs on this Christmas evening.

kanishk said...

the poem is beautiful...I am going to give to my father-in-law to help comfort with the loss of my mother in law. Thank you!
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