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October 19, 2009

Our beloved baby turned one!

This little boy has brought so much joy to our lives, and we were very happy to celebrate him. We thought we’d throw a party, but when we thought of all the people in his life that we’d want to be there, it sounded overwhelming.

So we had a pretty normal, but celebratory, day. We snuggled in bed after he woke up. We opened presents with him throughout the day. We had a fun playdate. We also gave him his own piece of cake.

He ate it in about two bites. I really like the expression on his face.

He didn’t really understand the present-opening part, but because this is a blog about gift wrapping, of course I have to mention it. Here is a selection of N.’s birthday presents. (No offense to those that didn’t make the picture! These are just the ones that were around for my daytime photo shoot.)

In the back left you can see a gift from my dad’s parents. This one had a tag with a little origami onsie on it – I think my grandma must have gotten it at a craft fair. In front of it is a gift from my parents. My mom put the gift in chartreuse tissue paper and collaged N.’s name on it, ransom-note style (but cuter, since he wasn’t being held captive, and also since she used a Japanese illustration for the second letter).

In the front center is a present from my in-laws, wrapped in the Sunday funnies. How fitting that the kid-centered For Better or For Worse and Family Circus are the ones on the front! (Not that N. would have minded, but I don’t think Doonesbury would have had the same effect…) The dancing hamsters in the back are a ‘talking’ card that had a message recorded from them embedded in it. N. loved this – the first picture in the post is him flapping this card around.

Last but not least is a gift from my aunt, uncle, and cousins. It is wrapped in a plastic gift bag decorated with stars. They brought it all the way down from Seattle, and the bag struck me as another wrapping item that can withstand travel well.

Happy birthday, baby! We look forward to another wonderful year with you.

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Wrap Story: Mini Assistant

August 31, 2009

This Wrap Story is a part of a mini-series, documenting every present I’ve wrapped since the launch of this blog. For more, click the “Wrap Story” link at the bottom of the post!


My sister- and brother-in-law have been parents to a beautiful little girl for over a year now. Back when they were expecting, a baby shower was thrown for them with a book theme. The idea was to stock the little one’s library with stories for her to enjoy later.

Being half a country away, we weren’t able to go to the shower, but I was excited to get a copy of a personal childhood favorite for our niece-to-be. When I had the opportunity to babysit in the weeks before the baby shower, I knew exactly the project for my young friend:

Decorate wrapping paper!

Here you see the kraft paper in action. I used a few strips of painter’s tape to secure one end to the table and weighted the roll down at the other end to keep it from curling up. (I suppose that is one downside of kraft paper – it keeps a very strong curl, making it somewhat difficult to manage.)

My young assistant drew some lines himself, but he was more interested in having me hold the pens and then moving my hand around. Hey, whatever works.

I found some cute teal ribbon in my stash that matched one of the colors of ink. I paired it with a sheer gold ribbon to make a bow.  I really like the idea of kid-made wrapping paper for another kid. And I cannot wait until my own baby is old enough for art projects like this one!