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It’s summer! We can sleep in! No more rushing in the morning, no lunches to pack. Relaxation and freedom rules the land!

It’s all fun and games until boredom sets in.

I told my girls – they each need to pick a project for the summer.  It can be anything at all.  But they must work on it the days we are home, for at least an hour.  One chose to improve her drawing skills (she likes manga style).  The other is still mulling it over, but she’s thinking of creating a stop-motion film.  Hopefully this brilliant plan of mine actually proves successful and beats the boredom blues.  We shall see….

But, before they walked across the graduation stage, teacher gifts were given out…of course! The teachers have worked with my girls all year, imparting wisdom, sharing laughs, and creating relationships. That’s not to be discounted, nor is the effort, energy and expense these teachers go to while they help my girls (and other students too, of course) to soar.

Coming up with the teacher gift idea is truly my favorite part of May.

My girls give gifts to every one of their teachers, even “the specials” such as music, Spanish, art, etc. If you’ve worked with my girls in the classroom, we recognize your efforts. This is so much fun!

To keep costs down though, as I’ve mentioned before, I try to spend about $5 per “special” teacher, and more on their actual classroom teacher. Every teacher deserves kudos, and we love making sure that anyone who has touched my daughters’ lives during the school year gets a little love.

These boxes are from Oriental Trading, found here. I created a simple tag which you can download and have your child write in their name. (You can download a full sheet of tags here.) Once you’ve got your boxes and you’ve selected the perfect present for your child’s teachers, they’re easy to handle. Just fill these boxes with your chosen treats or gift cards, trust your children to present them, and wait for the smiles.

Here’s to recognizing teachers’ efforts, making memories and enjoying the summer to come.

Happy summer to all!

P.S. For details on what we put inside the boxes, sign up for my newsletter (another free printable this month!)


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Ice Cream Cones

Ice Cream Cones

Who doesn’t like ice cream? I just knew when I saw this print that this brightly-colored wrapping paper would be sure to bring a smile to someone’s face, so I snatched it up.

This whimsical print is from a lovely stationary shop, Paper Source, and despite my begging them, there is no Paper Source in Savannah. I’ve tried, I really have. I just love their unique paper products and know that others here would too, so I’ve submitted several requests via the company’s website, encouraging them to “please open a store in Savannah!” So far though, no luck, but I’ll keep trying!

They offer a huge selection of amazing gift wrap, cards, craft kits, home decor, and even gifts for nearly anyone you could imagine. Since I can’t pop into a store just down the street, I shop via their catalog, and this happy ice cream paper called out to me.

My Ella Bella had a birthday party to attend in mid-April, and it was the perfect opportunity to share this sweet paper, with a few handmade embellishments. 

I grabbed some supplies and got to work to make this package even cuter. Isn’t this ice cream cone tag adorable? Poms are easy-peasy to make and the process isn’t that complicated, or time consuming. If you’re intrigued, but you’re also uncertain, there are a ton of how-to videos on YouTube and the ‘net to learn how to make your own!

The story has a happy ending too!  Ella was quite proud to hand the gift to the birthday girl, whose eyes lit up when she accepted it.

If the ice cream-themed wrapping paper inspires you to get a little creative and find cute wrapping paper of your own, you’ll want to check out Paper Source’s catalog.

What creative embellishments do you use to bring out the fun in your gift giving? Inspire me by dropping me a note in the comments section of this blog post, please!



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Hi! Welcome to my blog! If you’re new here, let me quickly introduce myself. I’m Leilani and I’m kind of obsessed with gift wrap. Particularly floral and cheeky designs. And watercolor, I LOVE watercolor. And anything nature-inspired. Oh, and kid designs. There’s so many beautiful papers! But I don’t have room for them all, so I decided it’s time to unload some inventory to make room for new, fresh designs. So exciting!

If you love gift wrap too, head over to the shop and select 10 sheets for $10. That’s crazy – it’s WAY less than you’ll find anywhere else! So many pretty, fun papers to choose from! Have fun!

I’m offering free shipping…yay!


*Must only select 10 sheets.  More or less will be refunded. Thank you for understanding.

*Low inventory on select designs. If an order includes an out-of-stock item, a different design will be shipped. If more than 2 sheets are affected, I will email you.



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