Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I hate to say it, but I'm going to need to take a blogging break.

I haven't been able to dedicate enough time to post the quality that I would like. I'd like to take a minute to focus on my new derby duties and my family.

I'm on Twitter as chiquitabandita if you want to keep up with me. I'm also on instagram as banditaxtcdg.

I hope I can return with some fabulous posting! Thanks for the love, you all are too sweet :)



Wrapping Paper Shmapping Paper

I'm into retro stuff.

So why shouldn't my gift wrapping follow that trend?

My Christmas will involve shopping local, handmade, or thrift as often as possible. (I was aiming for 100%, that hasn't entirely happened I'll be honest.)

Locally, there is a lil shop called the I.D.E.A. Store. It is a bit of a trash/salvage store to be honest but if you are creative, you can do some wicked stuff with what they have to offer! I'm only mildly creative, so when the shop owner suggested using maps as gift wrap I was on board!

I paid about $.60 for 3 maps. 1 map ($.20) wrapped 3 small/medium sized gifts. Not a bad deal, eh?

Then I got sassy and used some sheet music to make my mom's gifts more feminine and fancy. It worked well and was equally cheap. Being a band geek, it made me a bit emotional to cut the music (yes, I had the urge to pick up and play the flute I sold years ago..) The sheet music (and maps for that matter) are nice and sturdy and easy to wrap. This will be good for transport. In the past, I have found that wrapping paper can tear a bit easily.

Fruit nets provided a new texture to a couple of my gifts. I'm still experimenting with this concept, I saw it online somewhere.

What are your creative gift wrap ideas?