The Gifted Blog Has Moved!

December 8, 2009

The Gifted Blog has moved! Please join me at

All new posts will go up in the new location, so please update your links and blog readers. After many hours of preparation I’m so excited to finally invite you over to the new site. See you there!



Work Party Hiatus

December 1, 2009

Hi all – I wanted to let you know I’ll be taking a short break from posting to be able to work on a few Gifted-related projects, one of which is a new version of the site! I’m pretty excited.

It’s been a pleasure to use WordPress, but I’m moving on to be able to host ads on The Gifted Blog. I’m usually anti-ads, but am experimenting with how the blog can generate income. It has truly been a labor of love so far, and to make this endeavor sustainable it’s got to help put food on the table!

A few notes before my hiatus:
1) The first-ever Gifted workshop is this Saturday! There is a great group of people registered and room for 3 more. E-mail giftedmailbox[at]gmail[dot]com to secure a space.

2) The Gifted Blog Reader Gallery will continue to be up and open for submissions, so please don’t be shy! I would especially appreciate your notes/captions so we can read a bit about your photo.

And now, back to work-partying. See you soon!

It’s December, and it feels like the right time to officially unveil: The Gifted Blog Reader Gallery!

This Flickr pool is a place to share your gift wrapping projects inspired by The Gifted Blog. Please post photos of your favorite wrapped gifts, handmade wrapping paper, quirky gift tags, et cetera! In keeping with the scope of the blog, please limit your submissions to personal gifts (vs. professional packaging).

I think we’ll all learn something from each other, and it will be nice to have a dedicated space for reader pictures. I will periodically review the gallery and pick an image or two to feature in a post. The image above shows six birthday cupcakes my friend H. decorated with origami cranes – a fun way to decorate if the gift is edible. So cute! To see the other goodies in the gallery, click here!

You can post up to 5 images a week, and they will be held for review before they go public. It should be straightforward to join the Flickr group and post your images, but please let me know if you run into any snags. Enjoy!

My First Workshop!

November 17, 2009

Do you browse cool DIY ideas online but never get around to trying them? Want to wrap your gifts with something new, but not sure where to start? Are you dreading the Christmas gift-wrapping process and need some inspiration?

Then, I present for your consideration – a Gifted Workshop: Gift Toppers!

Each participant will learn how to make a grocery bag pom-pom, tissue paper blossom, and Mylar wrapper ribbon in an encouraging and fun class environment. The workshop is capped at a small size to allow plenty of individualized attention.

These embellishments are yours to take home and use, along with a spool of ribbon to jump-start your gift wrapping practice!

The details:
Saturday, December 5th
Pasadena, CA
E-mail giftedmailbox[at]gmail[dot]com to register.

Please bring a pair of sharp scissors. All other supplies are included in the cost of the class! I am super excited about this new venture and look forward to having you join me. I think this class would make a great gift, a creative date idea, or a fun outing for friends!

Please e-mail or comment below if you have any questions – I’d be happy to answer them.

Nice Package

November 6, 2009

Hello! The post you are looking for now lives at my new site,
Read all about it here: Nice Package.

Gifted People: Stacey

November 5, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the line of gift wrap I started making, because, honestly, I’ve been more excited about writing this blog than getting Gifted items up on Etsy. But, this post has been in draft form for too long! I wanted to write about a friend who has been instrumental in helping me pursue a creative life.

Stacey and I first became friends toward the end of sophomore year of college. I had been praying for God to give me good friends. It was one of those relationships where you are a little in disbelief that this amazing person would want to be your friend, too.

Stacey has been one of my biggest creative cheerleaders. No matter how modest my attempts, she affirms what I do and spurs me to think bigger. Our senior year I was selling reconstructed t-shirts and skirts on consignment at a little boutique. It was my first time selling stuff at that level, and it was a thrill. Unfortunately, the boutique folded, and the owner sent the remaining clothing to me.

I don’t know whose idea it was (probably hers), but Stacey and I decided to have an open house to sell the clothing I made. She made a sign for our door and little shirt-shaped fliers to pass out to the dorm and other friends. Because of her belief in what I was passionate about, Stacey was the best PR I could ask for! Where I was shy to self-promote, Stacey did not hesitate to spread the word.

The open house was one of the most fulfilling things I did in college. It was wonderful to be sharing my work. Girls went to the bathroom to try things on and came back to model them. In those two hours we sold more items than my whole time selling at the boutique.

Here’s a picture from our senior year. (We look like babies!)

Fast forward five years, and Stacey is still there for me, asking if I’m going to make clothes again and giving me feedback on my Gifted bags. I gave her a Gifted gift card holder as a thank-you for being my cheerleader.

Stacey had the great idea to use it as a business card case:

I can bet that simply through her natural enthusiasm, other people will find out about what I’m doing with Gifted. I love you, Stacey! Thank you for cheering me on over the seven years of our friendship.

Last but not least, I think this picture suggests the increased opportunities for success (professional and personal) that carrying a Gifted product will bring.

Just teasing.

Thank You

October 28, 2009

It’s been 3 months since I started The Gifted Blog.

I was pretty nervous in the beginning. I felt tentative. I wanted to make sure I had enough to write about before I started a dedicated webspace to gift wrapping. I didn’t want to fizzle out.

It made me too nervous to write straight into WordPress, so I began by typing drafts in Notepad. I scoured each draft, brainstormed series ideas, and made lists of future posts.

And now, with 37 posts behind me, I’ve loosened up a little and am really enjoying it! I am grateful to God for giving me this creative outlet.

Thank you to everyone who reads my stories. I like hearing from you in the comments and by e-mail, and am tickled every time I find out I have a new reader. Thanks also to Stephanie B, Silverkeys and Luci for the recent blog mentions. I feel a tiny bit famous.

And now I have a favor to ask. I am planning ahead for the rest of 2009’s posts and want your input! My desire is for The Gifted Blog to be a dialogue, not monologue.

I have some ideas on the back burner and would love to hear: what would you like to hear about as Christmas approaches? What about an advice column? Do you already love wrapping gifts and am I preaching to the choir, or is there a specific way I can help facilitate your gift wrapping experience? Have you ever wondered what it means to wrap a manly gift? More importantly, would you like to explore with me how to wrap a manly gift?

And of course, any other ideas and feedback are welcome. Thanks!