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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

All Wrapped Up

Today I had the opportunity to attend a terrifically fun and productive party!  Hosted by a friend from my Tuesday morning Bible study, the party was a "wrapping party."  Guests were invited to bring their unwrapped presents, and enjoy one another's company while we wrapped away.  Our gracious and organized hostess had turned her lovely living room and dining area into the perfect wrapping stations, complete with scissors, tape, pens, and bowls of Hershey kisses! 

The greens and the reds

Around the room were bins of wrapping paper organized by color: reds; greens; blues; gold; silver; and such "fun" colors as pinks, purples, and oranges. 

Two of the six bins of ribbons!

In addition there were bins of wired ribbon, printed ribbon, raffia, and tulle--all organized by color.  It. Was. Fabulous.  So, with a cup of hot cider and a lot of great conversation, I wrapped all the presents I have so far.  Our hostess told us that this is her third year holding the Wrapping Party.  Incredibly generous, she opens her home from 9 in the morning until 9 in the evening on both Friday and Saturday and from 1 until 6 on Sunday.  The first year the party was only on Friday, and about 50 people came.  The next year, she doubled the time and the guest list, and this year she invited 150 "girls!"  Her husband said that this was her way to connect with all her friends before Christmas.  What a great idea!

  Here are the presents I wrapped after I got them home before we put them under the tree.  My favorites are the blue Noel paper and the vintage Santa paper. 

Mr. T&C likes red papers and foils, so I tried to do several with him in mind.  I love the penguin paper, too.

I am still waiting on a couple of deliveries, which I will wrap at home.   I'm a fairly organized person, but now I am completely motivated to get my wrapping supplies under control.  


  1. I've been wrapping as I go along because I enjoy seeing them all under the tree. There's this terrible wrapping corner in my bedroom that needs to be cleaned up before the first round of company comes tomorrow.

  2. Wrapping is one of my favorite parts of Christmas! What a neat idea for a girls party- love it!


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