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over the past couple years i’ve seen many drawing challenges on my facebook feed, as well as on pinterest.

this year for my cousin’s twin girls, emma and gracie, i decided i’d make up my own drawing challenge for their eighth birthday. they are always getting me to draw with them when i’m home visiting, so i thought this would be a hit.

it’s always fun for me to come up with a creative gift idea that doesn’t break the bank- but one of the best parts of this for me was the packaging. i hand-lettered a card for each of the thirty days and wrapped every day separately. for thirty days, they will be unwrapping a new drawing challenge.

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this was day 2 | emma’s self-portrait

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and gracie’s self-portrait – she’s got a picasso vibe going on with this one.

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to finish off the gift, i got them their very own eco jot sketchbooks that i am so find of.
wrap them all up in my pam garrison paper from papayaart.com

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the time has come to start designing the 2013 gift guide for trove!

i pitched  the concept of a gift guide two holiday seasons ago as a change from the regular newsletters i design for trove. the owners at trove, carolyn and barbara, loved the idea that it could be made into an online flipbook (sadly for me, no real printed copies).

i’m just ramping up to start the gift guide for 2013 and can’t wait to see what goodies make it in to the book. in the meantime, check out a few pages from the 2012 guide below.

check back in december when the guide is ready for your little elf eyes!

trove 2012 gift guide

only 43 days until christmas… get your shopping lists ready!

laura

so i’ve been thinking that my family and friends might hold an intervention for me any day now for my wrapping paper “hoarding”. with only 63 days left until christmas i had a thought- what about offering ¬†wrapping as a service this holiday season?

to me, wrapping is the part of the gift giving i enjoy most, i have a massive stockpile of wrapping goodies, plus i could always use some extra cash to buy the actual gifts.

have you paid for this type of service before? would you pay for it? are you in toronto and want to pay for it?

talk to me!
-laura.wrapping service $5 per small gift