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November 18, 2013

I have great friends who give me great gifts. Even better, I have great friends who give great gifts wrapped in great handmade paper. Presentation is everything and it makes such a difference when using colorful handmade paper to wrap a present. Because of my love for handmade paper and my loathing of being wasteful, whenever I receive a gift wrapped in handmade paper, I line a drawer somewhere in my house with it.


My barware drawer got a serious facelift with this great aqua paper with gold streaks. I love it. To line the drawer, all I do is put the paper in the drawer, make a fold where any excess is and then cut the extra parts off. I put a few pieces of double-sided tape on the corners and in the middle and then press the paper to the bottom and edges of the drawer. I don’t use any permanent adhesive just in case I get sick of the paper. I need room to change my mind.


We have a lot of wine openers.


This is a great piece of aqua and turquoise chevron paper that makes my linens drawer so much more exciting. If you see a wedding present you gave me, thank you again…




Because I have never found a jewelry box I really liked, I made one in a drawer in my bedroom chest of drawers. I lined this one with a piece of hand-painted paper I bought in Florence, Italy, when I studied abroad there. The technique used to stain the paper is a very old method native to Italy, and makes this piece of paper very special to me. The edges curl up a little, but I think it makes it unique.


The paper makes the perfect backdrop for my jewelry.

The next time you give a gift, I highly recommend you wrap it in handmade paper. It’s like giving two presents for the price of one — pretty wrapping and a free drawer liner. I love free.

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  • Reply Whitney Otto November 19, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Love the blog! Glad Wilson posted a link on FB today. I too try to blog about lots of gold spray painted plastic forks. 🙂

    • Reply Anna November 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much Whitney, I so appreciate it! Love the Pink Elephant too, anyone who is in to spray paint is a friend of mine… 🙂

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