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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

BC#77 -- Holiday Decorations....Sort of!

OK, I'm going to go out on a limb here and take a huge "creative" leap! This week's challenge was to submit an ornament or holiday decoration. Well, truthfully, I don't have anything on hand....nor the time to create something; BUT, I have been working on a gift basket for my Secret Santa gift at work. (I mentioned this a week or so ago....and promised to share!) So, that's my "challenge" this week!

You see, I had the "good luck" of drawing the youngster in our group....she's adorable, and sweet, single, a great worker.....and 27! Sigh!! (Can I even relate to a 27 year old anymore?!!) So, choosing a gift for her was....well, shall we say "difficult?" As I created things for the past month, I just add duplicates to her basket....since I decided to make a series of small things for her. The main gift is a bottle of perfume from Avon, called, Wishing you LOVE. (See the rectangular box in cream with red dots, bow on top?) She has a new beau that she is just crazy about, so it's appropriate, don't you think? It smells lovely AND it was on sale, leaving me lots of extra $$$s in the $20-$25 budget! I wrapped it in a retired piece of Designer Series Paper (from last year), so that it would match the overall color scheme. The round container is a candle in a can....in a gingerbread scent......altered, of course, to match. An adorable store-bought snowman ornament is in the Kraft box; decorated Peppermint Patties are in the home-made box tied with the Wild Wasabi Ribbon; an altered date book (from Target $ Spot); and a hard-covered journal and matching little pad and pen are from Michael's dollar bin.....just added a bit of ribbon and her initial for personalization.

Here's the basket, all assembled. I picked up this oval tin months ago from the Target dollar spot, although it was slightly more than a dollar. Added the snowflakes, which were simply punched out using the Snowflakes Sizzlets from my Big Shot. To add them to the tin, I simply used glue stick....and, yes, it worked!! Amazing, isn't it? I just love the way they kind of "pop" against the green tin. Guess I should have used Very Vanilla CS instead of the Whisper White, since it would be more in keeping with the whole color scheme....but, what is done, is done, and I like the look anyway!
So, all of the above were added in, along with that cute stuffed snowman decoration (from an outlet store), some chocolate pretzel sticks that I dipped and decorated myself. Then added in some shreddie, of course, and for a little added color....and for her infamous "sweet tooth"....sprinkled in a handful of Cherry Cordial Hershey's Kisses. They are so yummy!! Then everything was tied up with that scrumptious Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla Grosgrain (from the Holiday Mini) and that cute oversized tag from this post.

I stretched that money as far as I could! Hope she likes everything.....I know she has a sweet tooth. Of course, she's thin, thin, thin!! Can't wait to give it to her this Wednesday at our office party!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll stop in to see what the others have been up to.
NOTE: I am not going to list the stamps and accessories used since there are quite a few items in this basket. BUT almost everything used is from SU (except the gifts, themselves), much is retired. PLEASE feel free to contact me if you have any questions!!

21 comments:

StampingSelene said...

Too Cute! I love all the packaging options! Great ideas!

tonistamps said...

It's all gorgeous Barb! I love it. She's a lucky girl to be receiving this basket.

Lynn Mercurio said...

oooh, what a lovely gift basket It's filled with all kinds of lovely things and so well decorated.

Nikki Bond said...

What a feast for the eyes! You've created some beautiful treats! Love them! {SMILES}

Lisa Bohler said...

What a beautiful basket of goodies! I'm sure that she'll LOVE it!!!

Connie said...

This is really, really cute and I'm sure she will LOVE her gift! Awesome! (I feel like you do when purchasing for my sons' girlfriends!)

Claudia said...

I know she'll just LOVE all of your thoughtful and cute gifts! Great job!!!

Wendy said...

these are Lovely, I would be very happy to receive something like this from my secret Santa.
well done
Wendie

Christina said...

I think this is fabulous!I am sure she'll love it!

wendy Groszkiewicz said...

What a beautiful gift basket of goodies! I love it! And what a lucky recipient....

Robin Merriman said...

This is fabulous, Barb! I can't imagine her not loving it. Great job!

MJ said...

I am sure she will love it, what a great gift.

Ida P. Krause said...

These are wonderful and so pretty. Who wouldn't want such a lovely gift basket.

Judy H. said...

Oh, Barb, that is WAAAAYYYY cute! I think anyone would love that! It's all in the presentation! TFS. Judy H.

Annette said...

Barb - what a beautiful basket full of wonderful gifts! She is just going to love it. It looks great!

Leona said...

really really pretty i love it all....

Some beautiful ideas here wtg you!!!

Shelly Koskinen said...

These are gorgeous!

Dee Jackson said...

These are wonderful!!

Chrissy D said...

Anyone would LOVE this basket, regardless of their age! I know what you mean though. LOL I hope you have a very Merry CHristmas. This is a beautiful gift!

Ed said...

Wow - what a lucky lady to be receiving all those goodies, you have worked hard making something so special...

Kerry D-C said...

What a fab gift set, Barb!!! Do you need my address to send it to me?? LOL!!! JK!

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