Club W June 2015

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.”

― John Keats

I joined Club W a few months ago, and have mentioned it a couple of times. I thought you might want to see what sort of wine I’ve been getting from them. Usually, you start with 3 bottles, and pick from a selection they offer you based on your original taste profile, and then later, the wines you buy, and how you rate them.

However, if you buy 6 bottles, you get free shipping, and since they produce small lot wines in collaboration with various farmers and vineyards, you get some really lovely wine at a lower price than for a similar quality wine at the store. I thought today you might like another video. Sadly, I made the mistake of shooting this the wrong way. Hopefully, I remember to NEVER do this, again. Oops.

“Without bread and wine, love goes hungry.”

― Latin Proverb

I hope you click on that link up there, and give this subscription a try. If you start with the referral, you get $13 to spend on a bottle (yes, they’re that low), plus, I get one, too! I’ve really enjoyed it. So far, it seems like a good deal with the option to try their higher-priced curator wines, as well. Let me know what you think, and as always:

Much Love!



I’m probably a closet Martha Stewart

I buy a few nice ornaments every year.

O Christmas Tree

When I was going to school at UNT, some friends from England taught me how lovely hand-crafting things as simple as cards and wrapping is, and if you’re broke, using ingenuity made it even more gorgeous. Back then, all groceries were packed in brown paper bags, so we had an endless supply of kraft paper, but these days, I tend to use them for my paper recycling or re-use them as shopping bags when I go to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

Regardless, there’s something really special about receiving a gift wrapped with thought, especially if you took some time to make it unique. Usually, I’ll use the technique taught to me by Alun and Andrew in my 20’s and carve stamps out of raw potatoes, and using water or poster colors, stamp a few designs onto the kraft paper-wrapped gifts before ribbons or glitter or other bits. I was really pressed for time this year, and the extra hour or so meant I’d be up wrapping instead of relaxing a bit before bed.

I also forgot to take a picture of the gifts under my tree, so I asked for the families to take pictures for me before unwrapping and one of them is slightly blurry. Sorry about that, but I promise when a birthday comes up, I’ll do better.

Much nicer than neon paper that just gets ripped into anyway.

See, aren’t they sweet?

Isn’t this better than elf paper?


I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts and snagged a bunch of ribbon and two rolls of kraft paper for 60% off. I still have quite a lot left, too. My only complaint is that the paper seemed to be coated, so tape had an awfully hard time sticking to it. I should have just plugged in the glue gun, but I knew that I would end up reopening a couple of the packages to make sure I got the right gift to the right little girl since the boxes were identically sized.


For boxes, I wrapped re-used boxes from different subscriptions with kraft paper so they look like plain boxes under the wrapping.

I wish you could see the glitter tape better in these photos (will show you better shots next gift time) but I took double-sided tape and sprinkled snow (irridescent glittery flakes) on one side and taped it around the box all the way around as an accent.

Those tiny little ball ornaments I find at Target in plastic tubes in the dollar section in the front of the store, so I snag a new tube every year or so since I use them for just this sort of thing. The same with the tinsel, but make sure you get the stuff that’s attached to a strip at the top so you can use it to decorate gifts more easily without it going absolutely everywhere.

For tags, I took pieces of kraft and folded them into a tag shape, punched a star-shaped hole at the top with a shaped punch, and tied them on with some skinny ribbon with an ornament attached. Since “auntie Gloria” knows little girls, I also knew that at least one of them was going to end up with a craft box of odds and ends to play with.

I think the look missed a stamp or three in various Christmas colors. My friends, however, still loved the outsides, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw their hand-made wrap designs at some point.

Hopefully you have all your holiday shopping finished, and only need to wait for days off, relax and sip an eggnog with your loved ones.

Much Holiday Love,