Nothing Says Merry Christmas Like A Cat In A Dress

This is Charlie and Sadie wishing you a Happy Christmas, and if you don't celebrate Christmas, they're wishing you a really kickass Friday. Charlie is wearing his handsome green and red striped holiday sweater---very big for 2010, according to his sources in Paris---and Sadie is wearing what her embarrassing mother and father cloyingly refer to as her "pretty pretty Christmas dress."

Sean and I wish you a Happy Christmas too (or, you know, a kickass Friday, delete as appropriate) and hope you have a wonderful day with all your friends and family. Yesterday I made eggnog for the first time (the recipe called for a pint of cream and a pint of whiskey, which is MY KIND OF RECIPE) and today we spent the entire morning wrapping presents. If you are considering marriage, by the way, and are not entirely convinced, may I offer you a bullet for the "pro" side? It means you suddenly have a husband (or wife) to help you wrap presents. If I had realized this earlier, I probably wouldn't have waited twelve years to get married. If Sean had realized this, he probably would have waited twelve more.

Speaking of wrapping presents, I probably could have been done about a week ago if I didn't have this irritating perfectionist gene that pushes itself to the surface, combines with my competitive gene, and forces me to blow past the perfectly good Target wrapping paper and instead purchase things like mini candy canes and red shipping labels and come up with ridiculous cutesy packaging schemes like this:

This is the first vaguely crafty thing I've done since the wedding, and the minute I picked up the white pen to start writing on those labels, I kid you not, my shoulders relaxed like a junkie picking up the crack pipe.

"This is what my life has been missing for the last three months!" I thought. "Creating pretty things that serve no actual purpose!"

Happy Christmas, everyone! Let's get together again next week and compare notes.

Dec 24, 2009

Those packages are so pretty! I had set out for crafty wrapping but just settled on the shiniest paper I could find. :) Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2009

Those packages are beautiful and I am ridiculously happy that someone else is silly about their pets. Take that husband who said I'm basically a crazy cat lady with a ring. Happy Christmas!

Dec 24, 2009

Holly, you are the craftiest of the crafty. I can't wait to hear all about your Christmas.

Dec 24, 2009

I use different wrapping for Santa presents and I am totally stealing this idea for next year! I love it!

Dec 24, 2009

I kind of have this theory about "crafty" wrappers. (It could be said that I put more thought and money into giftwrap than the actual gift.)

Crafty wrappers have phases, just like famous artists. But instead of a Blue Period, wrappers have:

- the brown craft paper period (mine was matched with a lot of plaid and raffia. very 1992)
- the metallic period (I used gold paper for everything; each recipient got a different color ribbon)
- the non-traditional color period (last year, I went with an orange theme.)
- the fabric period (the year I used grosgrain ribbons was a particularly expensive one)
- the gift bag/cutesy Chinese takeout box period
- the tissue paper period (I've learned that tissue paper is much easier for little hands to unwrap, compared to heavy, shiny paper.)

In all seriousness...I LOVE your gift tags! (I think that next year will be all about the white pen and funky gift tags).

happy christmas to you! (Love your blog; reading it always makes me smile. Thanks for that.)


Thespian Libby
Dec 24, 2009

Happy Christmas to you, Sean and the rest of the Burns/Slinsky team!

Dec 24, 2009

From one "creator of pretty things that serve no purpose" to another, I will say that those pictures of perfectly wrapped gifts have given me immense joy and inspiration for next year.

Merry Christmas! I don't know you, but your blog and writing is a gift to me. Hope it's returned to you one thousand fold.

She Likes Purple
Dec 24, 2009

Where did you find the pretty red labels? I'm inspired for next year or for Valentine's Day! Also, a very happy Christmas to you too!

Dec 25, 2009

You are amazing. The presents are beautiful. The cats in clothes...nothing less than we've grown to expect of you. The presents? Eye candy.

Face it. You are my hero.

Dec 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, Holly!!

camels & chocolate
Dec 25, 2009

Uh yeah, I'm a gonna need those crafty genes to help me get through these next five months. I may not know WHAT exactly I'll need them for, but oh baby, I'll need them. Besides, by now, you're probably feeling wedding withdrawal anyway, am I right, Martha?

Amy -- Just A Titch
Dec 25, 2009

Holly, you are always the cutest. Adorable! Who is the T stocking for? Is that too nosy, sorry! Merry Christmas!


Tracy D
Dec 25, 2009

I totally do this too!!! :)

Lately I've been really into making my own labels out of old cards people have given to me. They come out so cute.

I bought my Christmas wrapping paper from Paper Source. A bit indulgent since it only gets thrown away...but it was on sale!!!

Dec 25, 2009

this is SO cute! i think if i were to receive a gift from you, i'd just keep it unwrapped. so i could admire it.

Dec 26, 2009

More inspiration! I'm determined to make next year a prettier one crafting-wise!

Dec 26, 2009

Because a book, a DVD, and another book all look exactly like what they are when they are when wrapped up, I put them in various shaped Tupperware containers before wrapping them.

This is the extent to which my craftiness was exerted during wrapping.

Not to mention printing out a photo of the present that is not going to be delivered until after Christmas, and putting it in an envelope which I decorated with magic markers and put on the tree.

Dec 26, 2009

Merry X'mas.

Dec 27, 2009

Your packages are won't care if someone in Wisconsin copies them next year, will you??? I love, love, love pretty packages....

Okay, and I second one of the questions above - I don't get the stockings...please explain beyond the S for Sean and the H for Holly!

I hope your Christmas was lovely and that your new year brings nothing but happiness....

Dec 27, 2009

Ok, first - Merry Christmas! I *love* Charlie and Sadie and I get slightly hysterical when you dress them up. I think my two are in for it this year.

Also, I know! I know! (I feel like I'm playing blog jeopardy.) The stockings are for all the kids: Holly, Sean, Tom, Luke & Susie. Um, yeah, I might be kind of a dork.

Happy New Year!

Nothing But Bonfires
Dec 27, 2009

Yep, Laura's got it!

Dec 28, 2009

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

That wrapping/packaging is awesome! I sense a side business! :)

Dec 29, 2009

Yay, more cats in clothes!

Also Holly, completely off topic, but I saw this today and thought of you -

Wacky Mommy
Dec 29, 2009

Those package are really pretty! Almost as pretty as the kitty cats :)

happy holidays, you two. here's to a beautiful 2010.

Dec 30, 2009

Ahh, the joys of perfectionist Christmas wrapping! I went for a red theme this year, with red very slightly shimmery paper, red chiffon ribbon and (I was so excited to find this!) red sequins laid all nice and flat along a string. Very festive, plus decorative sequins kept turning up all over the house for days. . .

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