making tags & holiday wrapping....

ahhhh finding the christmas spirit in september is not as hard as you may think...
yep...the shops are full of all things halloween....
but with a trio of enthusiastic helpers & a 12 year old take on a few *Bing* christmas classics...
we got it done...

for me, wrapping is one of the delights of the holiday season...
{errr...yep even if this year my season began in september!}
i did manage to savour the *moment* a little...
i had the singing...the glass of wine...the 5 year old sticky tape chaos...

my husband remarked on how much *effort* i still put into each gift...
& i looked astounded at his comments as i do every september whilst wrapping gifts christmas...

if you can't put the effort into christmas...well you won't be at our big ol'country table with a bubbles in hand...
here are our ready-to-haul-to-the-post-office-pressies & a few little tag stamping moments to get you enthusiastic 3 months ahead of schedule as the happy holiday period approaches...

we used the most gorgeous christmas stamp from cox & cox & bulk industrial gift tags tied with french cotton ribbon from a family-run local store stringers.
it's messy...fun & industrious....

...& it's done...& there was a definate *early* christmas spirit to it all...

...i thought i'd also show you the lovely *typeset butterfly bunting* that hangs above our big ol'table..
...i've seen this sort of thing on a few creatively inspiring blogs as birthday decorations... 
...as the new school year started we thought we'd make some of our own...

...we drew a butterfly pattern about 8cms in size & traced it onto some newspaper...
...cut them out...
...strung them on white cotton...
...simple & lovely...

...i adore typeset...
...bunting...so this makes me smile...

...happy creating & happy christmas september!...


  1. i'd be happy with just one of those tags and no present! gorgeous x

  2. Please can I come and live in your house ;) I am quite happy to sing Christmas songs any time of year :)

    It all sounds GORGEOUS....beautiful wrapping, lovely details...just delicious :)

    I received a Cox & Cox brochure in the mail this morning so will be checking out that lovely stamp.

    Funny you should mention Halloween....and off to a Halloween party/photo shoot in town tonight - for the children obviously! They cannot wait!

    Well done for being so organised, I am so impressed :)

    PS Love the butterfly bunting...am even tempted to try it myself :) xx

  3. I'm guessing those presents are for out-of-country family? My sister-in-law lives in Germany with her husband and two children, and so, usually we also have to send presents WAY in advance. But this year, we get to go and see them in person! :)

  4. I wonder what your
    family in Oz thinks
    of Christmas presents
    with snowflake stamps,
    since the holiday occurs
    during THEIR summer months?
    Someday I will visit that
    part of the world in
    December and see how it's
    done, there. LOVE all of
    your wee touches and the
    butterfly garland is just
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Loved your last post,
    too...Yes, you are caught
    between the seasons as an
    ex-pat, but they are both
    equally beautiful. And I
    am crazy for squirrels! We
    have them here in abundance
    in all but the most bitter
    winter months : )!

  5. Wow you're already ready for Christmas!! I can't believe my eyes!! And that buting butterflies is so sweet! Do you mind if I copy?

  6. Melissa, I wish i could be so organised like you are. I am struggling a bit to get into the christmassy spirit! Maybe you could blow some in my direction!! Will this be your final christmas in the UK?
    Looking forward to my afternoon tea tomorrow!!!
    hugs country girl!
    Laura xxx

  7. Melissa! You are so me! This year as I am in London, I will be shopping next week and leaving it all here wrapped and ready. No trudging to the post office 3 months before Christmas for me this year.
    Your butterfly bunting is dreamy. Love your wrapping ribbon.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. So simple...and fashionable...and perfect!
    I love the look of the packages!
    I really need to get started!

  9. Cool yule delights but hey I hate Christmas! baa humbug...

  10. You are so organised, I think the best bits are the wrapping of presents - I really love to be creative, last year I used music sheets and brown paper and it looked stunning. Love your typeset bunting great idea.

  11. I am never this organised. The bunting with the butterflies is so gorgeous, as is the wrapping. Love your photos.

    Pam xx

  12. The recipients of those beautifully wrapped parcels are soooo incredibly lucky! They look amazing:) I have to agree with you, if you can't go to a bit of trouble in wrapping Xmas gifts, then sorry....you won't be at our table either ;) LOVE, love, love your butterfly bunting!! You clever lady, it looks fabulous:) Thanks for always inspiring me in all aspects of Mummihood my friend. Huge hugs ~ Tina xx

  13. Wow, pressies ready in September. I am seriously in awe of you and your effort. It looks lovely. The butterfly bunting is also great. I may have to try that!

  14. oh it all looks beautiful! men just don't get it really do they???? I'm always told to keep it simple, don't do too much, don't spend too much, don't cook too much all at christmas but it's CHRISTMAS! you have to!


  15. Ohhh Melissa - you are so wholesome! I want to be like you!! Those parcels look just lovely - anyone would be delighted to receive one. And anything of the bunting variety wins me over every time.

    Meanwhile I sit here contemplating the rain...it's a wet Autumn so far...
    Lou x

  16. Oh the ribbon! the tags! the bunting! All totally DIVINE! I too am absolutely in LOVE with Cox&Cox - any excuse to get Christmas started once you've seen their brochure is understandable. Wish I could be so organised - I even have family abroad, but I know that - despite seeing this post - they'll still be getting their pressies the week after Christmas as usual - sigh! xxx

  17. i love the bunting and your tags for christmas are stunning...

  18. To me it is one of life's most simple & wonderful pleasures - giving and receiving a beautiful package. Especially love the gift tags & ribbon! So jealous you are all done.

  19. Just beautiful Melissa - I love beautiful wrapping and lovely tags and stamps and creating - oh just lovely!! Leanne xx

  20. I have lately found myself in the mood to listen to Christmas music. I have been afraid to admit this to anyone before now. Thank you for making me feel safe in doing so. I also need to start wrapping some Christmas gifts as I have no place to hide them in our temporary little cottage and you have inspired me to do it with more effort and style than I might have before.

  21. Love those pretty packages. Lucky ducks who receive one of those in the mail. And that bunting is TOO cute! Merry Christmas!

  22. Squeal! Oh, Miss Melissa, I can't believe I missed this post. I'm bookmarking it - it's just divine. I treasure your creativity. Thanks for the heads-up! J x

  23. I love the paper butterflies. I love how you got them to hang up in your ceiling.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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