I’m putting all my eggs in one basket…

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All the fixins’

Who doesn’t like to receive a beautifully wrapped gift?  I am a firm believer that the presentation is just as important as what it’s hiding inside and admit to having a bit of a paper and ribbon habit to support my wrapping efforts.

I also really like making unique gift baskets, a skill I first picked up years ago working at a shop on Gower Street near Paramount Studios run by a group of Scientologists who made gift baskets for the movie and tv shows filming in LA.

My favorite baskets to make aren’t really baskets at all but rather custom sculptural pieces made from felt which replicate things like a Fleischmann’s yeast bag (for a pombe’ researcher), an old fashioned baby bootie (full of goodies for a newborn), a replica of a home (for the new owners), and a look-alike book cover jacket (for a world-renowned author). These sculptures challenge my crafting and engineering abilities since each one has to look like the real thing while being structurally sound to hold all the goodies contained within.

My most recent basket was slightly little-less time-consuming since I used a Target collapsible storage bin as the foundation, but no less rewarding.  A new colleague and his spouse were visiting town to sign the lease on their abode and I wanted to welcome them to our community so I  included some local magazines, a ‘things to do’ guide, some light reading, waters, wine, fruits, and a selection of sweet and salty treats, plus a souvenir or two (in this case some great painted glasses from CatStudios).

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The finished product

It takes some practice to master the art of a well-crafted basket but if you like to give uniquely thoughtful gifts give it a try! Your basket recipients will be very glad you did…

*I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket – Ella Fiztgerald & Louis Armstrong

Lavender blue dilly dilly…

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Lavender Love

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. You could wait until May 12th to get your mom a gift, or you could take inspiration from 2018’s ‘color of the year’ and get your mom something  uniquely lavender before her big day.   You and I both know what your mom really wants is a few minutes of your time, hearing about your life and maybe sneaking in a hug or three if she’s lucky! That said, it never hurts to ensure you remain her favorite by gifting her a little something something that say’s ‘thanks’.

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*Lavender Blue – Sammy Turner

She promised all the sweetest gifts…

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Little things mean a lot
Heart Necklace  |  Crystal Heart Puzzle Lego Love Doggie Godiva Heart Tower
It Happened One Night  |  Moonstruck  |  Shrek The Big Sick  |  The Princess Bride | Shalimar  |  Hearts Apron  |  Rose Arrangement  |  AHA Donation  |  Earrings  |  Love T  |  Champagne  |  Heart Umbrella  

It is almost Valentine’s Day and I am being inundated with overpriced roses, candy-colored plush animals, and a multitude of heart-shaped sugars. I’ve never been a ‘show me you love me with a present’ kind of person but I absolutely unashamedly LOVE to give tokens of my affection all year long.  How about you?  Not sure what to give that certain someone in your life?  Here are a few ideas if you are looking for a way to say ‘I love you’ on February 14th (or any other day of the year).

*The Sweetest Gift (Lovers Live) – Sade