I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Not Available at Hallmark

Hi! Now first let me say I LOVE Hallmark stores and cards and pretty things. Marjolein Bastin is an all time fave of mine. BUT they kinda fall down on the job when you're celebrating a young guy's birthday.

A friend has a summer birthday....I always do a get-together here for him. And of course a stack of gifts, even if "just for fun", are a necessary part of any birthday.

He is young and ---cool? He doesn't look like he should have formerly Father's Day  boring dark green and ick-blue gift wrap paper.

And I spent all my money on champagne anyway.

Soooo...a roll of brown craft paper, butchers paper, or mailing paper: 

A household sponge...a little sketch of a Tiki...

acrylic paint from the junk cupboard...

and voila`!

Much nicer and sooo easy!

I think he liked everything.

(especially  the champagne?).

Have a great week!

self-portrait with friends



................gone to the beach

PS The Dillingham family recipe for a perfect birthday:
favorite meal,
special friends...
and a lot of love.
[and cake, more cake!]
love, lizzy

linked to Sarah'sGood Life Wednesdays


  1. I love your wrapping paper. so fun! It is definitely hard to find a range of cards or gift paper for young men. You did a great job! Sounds like a fantastic party. Best wishes, Tammy

  2. The wrapping paper is PERFECT! It is amazing what you and your imagination are able to do!

  3. That is so cute and very unique! Well done and thanks for dropping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and adding your link.


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