Pillow Gifts – Family Weekend Away

By | May 9, 2017

Hi there

This past weekend we have had the final 80th birthday celebration for my Mum (her birthday started back in March).  We all went down to Rotorua for a family weekend.  It was so much fun being together – my sister and her family were over from Australia.

I decided it would be nice to make little ‘pillow’ gifts for everyone so I enlisted the help of my niece and this is what we made.

Everyone received a covered notebook and pen, a tissue box and a packet of mini Tic Tacs.

The notebooks are the standard ones kids use at school cut in half and covered.  We used the soon to be retiring Moroccan DSP to cover the notebook and then added the sentiment ‘A Special Note’ which comes from the Floral Phrases stamp set.  The actual stamp has some other words but we just inked up the first three words – markers are great for this.  I found some retired Candy Dots and matched those to the colours in the paper.  The sentiment was punched out using the Classic Label punch then we punched a background piece in Delightful Dijon, cut it in half and added it to the ends.

The tissue box uses the pocket tissues – great for your bag.  I love the bright colours of the Festive Birthday DSP – the guys got the design on the left and girls the one on the right.  I went through my ribbon stash and managed to find coordinating ribbon – a great way to use up retiring ribbons.  The little Tic Tac boxes also use the Festive Birthday DSP.

One of the activities we did while in Rotorua was the Rotorua Canopy Tour.  I’m not one for heights so wasn’t that keen to do this but when your parents (aged 80 and 84) say they’re keen what’s a girl meant to do.  Once I got over the fear of stepping off perfectly good steps and leaping into ‘nothingness’ it was heaps of fun.  Here’s a photo to prove I did do it – this was 15m off the ground.

Have a great week everyone.

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