## 23 December 2011

### . . . {won't you be my} neighbor gifts . . .

. . . i'm a big believer
that if you're going
to do something . . .
. . . it might as well be cute . . .

. . . before i even knew
how pinterest works . . .
. . . i did know
how to look at blogs . . .
. . . and i see
sooooo many darling ideas . . .
. . . i saw this one
on eighteen25 . . .
. . . those girls are clever . . .

. . . they give directions
on how to turn this . . .

. . . into this . . .

. . . perhaps the trickiest part
of this whole project
was convincing the produce guy that
~ yes ~
~ as a matter of fact ~
the entire box of apples ~
and then some . . .
. . . it took a committee at fry's
to figure out
how to sell them to me . . .
. . . oh, brother! . . .

. . . then i gathered
all my essentials . . .
. . . and started
the assembly line . . .

. . . with three hours
of the survivor finale
to keep me company . . .
{dang! i was totally rooting for ozzie}

. . . i had labels . . .

. . . and tags printed
at americopy
on glossy paper
and cardstock . . .

. . . and no gift is complete
without a bow,
of course . . .

. . . here's is my favorite way
{helpful tip: fold cellophane like a fan
and cut edges into scallops ~ so cute}

. . . it makes a few cookies
feel a little more special . . .

. . . i thought up this tag
all by myself
when i found
christmas s&p shakers . . .
. . . i know, i know . . .
. . . slightly on the corny side . . .

. . . it might have been aristotle who claimed:
"the whole is greater
than the sum of its parts" . . .
. . . which i believe can be true . . .
. . . especially when you put your heart,
and love
into whatever you create . . .
. . . i hope my neighbors and friends
know i think they're special! . . .

Sassy said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhh MY MY STARS!!!!! You are killin' me Smalls....SERIOUSLY!!!! Soooooooooooooo DADGUM CUTE!!!!!! I want to be you when I grow up!!!!!!

jamie@eighteen25 said...

so much cuteness... i love it all. thanks for sharing!

manders said...

mom, you're so fancy. wish i was more like you.

chris+amber said...

You're a pro at cuteness. I submit my vote that you teach a gift wrapping class at SBE. Or are they called just ETC., now?