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  1. More Awesome Gift Wrapping Ideas

    December 21, 2010 by barbara

    Recently,  I received some photos of my friend and her family.  She also sent me photos of her daughter who has just celebrated her 18th birthday.  In one of the photos, she was surrounded with presents and flowers.  One bouquet that caught my eyes is the beautiful Gainesville flowers.  Since they live in Florida, this flower arrangement is very popular there and it is from a well-known florist.  I also came across very nice bows on her presents.  As I am still looking for some gift wrapping ideas, I browsed Martha Stewart’s craft blog and saw this cute wrap and bow which was created using extra bits of paper.  No ribbons are needed to create it.


    Lovely eh?


    I also like this wonderful idea of using baking liners as gift toppers.  Just use a few pastel papers in different colours and sizes to create fluffy blooms.

  2. D-I-Y Wrapping Paper

    December 17, 2010 by barbara

    While the man was checking out the 5.1 home theatre system which he hopes to get for his birthday that is less than a month away, I have been looking online for some great ideas on how to wrap presents the d-i-y way.  Yes, there are many presents to be wrapped for Christmas and birthdays coming up.  I was browsing the internet and came upon this really neat gift wrap idea from  Just use a plain craft paper and cut out the alphabets of the recipient’s name from books that you do not want.  I like this idea very much and I am going to give it a try.


  3. Insulated Lunch Bag

    December 15, 2010 by barbara

    Here is something to brighten up your lunch time – A colourful insulated lunch bag.  Brown Paper Bag is pretty boring, don’t you think so?  This lovely insulated lunch tote is made of durable, lightweight and reusable polywoven material.   It features a fold-over top with velcro closure and a nylon loop for easy carrying.   Carry your lunch in style with this insulated lunch bag from


  4. Back From A Short Break

    December 15, 2010 by barbara

    How was your weekend everyone?  We just got back from a short break.  It was fun to go away to relax and de-stress.   Right after we came home, we had dinner with some friends.  While the women were chatting about kids and shopping, the men were busy talking about the latest cars in town.  Then their conversation focused on the best radar detectors as one of our friends just bought one. The men were discussing on the various brands available and which highway has the most speed traps.  My husband is hoping that Santa would bring him a radar detector this Christmas.  As for me, losing ten pounds is my wish list.

  5. oh how i heart these

    December 11, 2010 by barbara

    While my husband was talking on the phone with his brother about sirius satellite radio, I was at the computer doing some online shopping for clogs. I heart clogs.  A wardrobe staple during the summer, the clogs are still highly popular in winter.  We just need to wear it with a pair of heavy patterned socks or tights.  Would you wear them in the cold months?  I adore the clogs from



  6. JCrew Kids

    December 11, 2010 by barbara

    I am going crazy over the kids’ collection at J Crew.  I feel like buying everything for my daughter.  Their collection is simply awesome. I love their tops, skirts, shorts and dresses.  Not forgetting their fabulous ballet flats for girls.  Oh I am just giddy with excitement.  There is so much to buy but so little money.  Here are a few of my favourite outfits.






  7. i heart these

    December 9, 2010 by barbara

    I was surfing the internet last night, looking for Kichler lighting for my kitchen when a few things caught my eyes.  Some of the things I found online make really great Christmas gifts.  Have you started gift shopping yet?  Below are the few things that I really heart.


    Porcelain plates which look like paper plates from


    Table made of pallets via norsk stil.  I would love to have this in my house.


    Colourful table cloth via design shimmer


    A very cute baby swing


    Vintage postcard posies via


    Paper garland made from vintage paper via

  8. Cookie and Cupcake Carrier

    December 7, 2010 by barbara

    Here is a really cool way to carry your baked goods – The Two Layer Cookie & Cupcake Carrier from  This carrier features circles for cupcake security, snap closure and 2 reversible inserts.  It is just perfect for potlucks, picnics and parties.  The Two Layer Cookie & Cupcake Carrier makes a wonderful gift for a lovely baker.


  9. Christmas Gift Ideas Under $50

    December 6, 2010 by barbara

    Christmas is less than 3 weeks away.  So, have you started your holiday gift shopping yet?   I like shopping for gifts during the holiday season.  However I know some people who love Christmas but just dislike shopping for gifts because it can get rather overwhelming.  If you would like to enjoy a more relaxed shopping experience, here are some gift ideas under $50.  You can get home accessories, jewelries such as rings and even something for the kids in this list.


    Elegant Felt Garland made from 100% felted wool and beads.  Available from Branch Home.


    Beautiful ring from Palm Beach Jewelry


    Zirconia Bracelet from Palm Beach Jewelry


    Winepocket made from 100% felt from Branch Home


    Birdie Pillow from Branch Home

  10. Paper Dolls Shower Curtain

    December 4, 2010 by barbara

    What is the fastest way to add some colours to your bathroom?  Well, with shower curtains of course.  It is the quickest and and easiest way to transform your bathroom from drab to fab.  I like this pink Paper Doll Shower Curtain from  It has a fun bold pattern which will instantly change the look of your bathroom.