Double-Duty Decorating: Fabric Gift Wrap

4:00 PM

Well guys, as things are settling down around here, I figured it is time to get some posts in! I have many new recipes to share, lots of photos and such, it is just a matter of getting it down here. That is always the most challenging part for me!

Let's get things started with another double-duty decorating idea! Simple as can be and resourceful. Fabric scrap wrapping. Wrapping paper that is. :)

A couple weeks ago I was going to a friend's bridal shower. Anyhow, I was timely about purchasing the gift, but when it came to wrapping I realized that quite frankly, I had nothing to wrap it in. I don't know about you, but I always do this! I focus on the gift, always forgetting the wrap part of it (with Christmas seeming to be the exception).

So…I turned to my craft box, pulled out some fabric scraps, and began cutting away. I cut big squares of fabric for the gifts, ribbon like pieces to hold the fabric together and WALA, with a bit of wrapping and some tying, wrapped gifts in no time. No tape necessary. :)

I think the final product came out very cute! A good solution when you are in a pinch!

What's your thoughts? To do, or not to do?

<3 Mal


The house of God, forever.

1:29 PM

Well, here we are. After a month and counting, we lost our little one late Sunday night. It was a long and expected loss, yet no easier than if not expected. Part of me is relieved, closure I suppose, but here I am, confronted with grief I told myself I dealt with. I see now, I only shoved it away.

Though we may not know why our sweet baby only made it to such a tender age, one thing we know is true. Our first, dwells in the house of God, forever; resting in all God's goodness, peace, and love. For this we rejoice, even when our hearts are heavy.

Sweet love, you are in good hands now. Better hands than we could have ever provided you with, surrounded by more love than we could have ever gave to you. We look forward to the long awaited day we get to meet you. We will never forget you and the impact you made on our lives, the joy you brought. For this, we thank the Lord.

Here, we rest, knowing our God is with you.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Psalm 23

Goodbye, for only a short while, for it is said, each man's life is but a breath in the eyes of eternity.

We love you.


A world away

10:35 PM

With so much going on around us lately, hubs and I packed up today for a long overdue date day. Better yet, one where most of the day there was no cell service, no 3G, no interruptions. We headed straight to Corte Madera where we browsed the lovely Free People store and loathed after items in Anthropologie. We actually made a great find! A lamp to hang in our dining room on sale from $198 to $34! It's like this one, but a more round, slightly bigger version. The square one would have been a lot of fun too! It is quite unique fasted out of burlap, wood, and cardboard rings for the shade. I do however like it in its uniqueness. Later we enjoyed a delicious shrimp scampi lunch, then we headed for the 1, Highway 1 that is. We slowly made our way home along the coast, stopping at various places and towns. How I have missed the ocean! There is nothing quite like that Northern California salty ocean breeze. I long for that smell, that smell is warm childhood memories, and brisk laughter-filled nights. What peace the stillness of the deep blue brings. I felt like we were a world away today. It was blissful. My love, the ocean breeze, great food, and good company, and some new tunes along the way. Our final stop before home was a delicious ice cream shop. Lavender and Chocolate Sin for me and Strawberry Rose sorbet for Will. What better way to end the day?

Where is your getaway?


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