Grumpy Old Woman – Or, Pam Makes Awesome Wrapping Paper!

I have a confession to make. I don’t like getting presents! There, I’ve said it! I quite like giving presents, but I really, really would rather not get any!

You see, at my stage in my life I have everything I need, and if I really want, or need, something else I can go and buy it myself. I don’t need anyone else to buy it for me. I’m not interested in clothes, or jewellery. I have enough clutter in my house without it being added to by someone giving me something that I never wanted in the first place. I know I’m turning into a grumpy old woman, but please, people don’t waste your hard earned money on me. I have all the ‘things’ I need to live my life comfortably and happily! I understand that others like to show they care, and presents can be a way of doing that, but if anyone really wants to show how much they care for me, well come and clean my oven, shampoo my carpets, cook me a meal or do any one of the other household jobs that I find so tedious.

My mother in law, on the other hand, loves presents. This year, I was super organised for her birthday. I bought the present in advance, and made a lovely card. On the morning of her birthday, I went to wrap the present, and guess what? No wrapping paper! What to do? Make some of course! Fortunately I had a roll of brown paper in the house and was able to whip up some pretty paper in no time, using acrylic paint, sequin waste,  a rubber stamp and stazon ink.

I like this wrapping so much I think I’ll do something similar for my Chrsitmas presnts.


7 Responses

  1. Awesome gift wrap! And oh, so that’s the trick. Should use almost dry stippling brush loaded with acrylic paint. =p

    And nope, you’re not the only one. I don’t like getting presents, but only from people who pretend to know me and try to “reinvent” me with their presents. I.e. I had ex-boyfriends who kept trying to dress me up, even when they already knew I totally didn’t dress that way!

  2. oh yeah! I love it!

  3. Way cool. I love making wrapping paper & this is wonderful. I will be using this idea!

  4. What a great idea for using punchinella and stamps! 🙂

  5. Love, love, love brown paper as a wrapping paper and was wondering how I could use it for my pressies this year and not seem ‘cheap’ to my non-crafting recipients! This is such a “Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaa” post Pam 😉

    Oh and btw – *cue Michael Jackson warbling* you are not alone. I am here with you and unless it’s cash for stashhhh you can take your pressies baaaaack.

    OK, maybe I’m not quite that bad *coughs and stands in front of screen to hide the Amazon wishlist* but I get what you mean. I hate the commercialism of the world at the mo. Am not rich or well off by any means but comfortable. If someone wants to build me a craft room – hey I wouldn’t complain but otherwise, am happy with my lot.

  6. yay to homemade paper grumpy old woman. way to go.

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