Monday, May 18, 2009

A Gift of Blue

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s one thing to give a gift; it’s quite another to present it in a special way. That’s what I’m trying to do with a series of gifts I’m giving my siblings this year for Christmas. And this year I want to do something over the top. The purpose is to remind them to take time out for a bit of self-pampering—my sisters and brother work so very hard and think of themselves last.

Today I’m sharing a Tiffany-themed gift basket set slated to be under my sister Connie’s tree in December. And most every item stems from a tutorial I found online (see Resources at the end of this post).

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First, I created the base of the gift basket. In this case, it’s simply a wood tray (you can find them at Jo-Ann’s or Michaels). Begin by sanding the tray, painting, and then sealing with a clear gloss. The paint is Eddie Bauer Sea Breeze EB8-2 for the Tiffany color and simple white for the trim, both purchased at Lowe’s. My inspiration was found at Chez La Vie blog.

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The large bath powder puff is made using Minky fabric on one side. The idea and instructions come from The Natural Beauty Workshop. A tutorial written by Joanna Armour for Michael Miller’s blog Making it Fun was used to make a bath mitt. The fabric is exactly the right shade of blue for my project (found at Jo-Ann’s).

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I made a therapeutic neck wrap using the fabulous fabric I found, flax seeds, and an inner bag made of white muslin. The outer bag can be removed for washing. This project also came from Making It Fun.

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"T" is for Tiffany. I knit a small lace bag using Naturally Caron Spa silky soft bamboo blend yarn found at Jo-Ann’s. The color is Ocean Spray (#0005) and matches perfectly. The pattern is a free offering from Tina Hilton at Craft Stylish. I laced the top to make it a drawstring bag to hold the reusable eye make-up remover pads I made using a Sproutz tutorial.

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A fun way to tag the gift basket is making a small 2 ½ by 3 ½-inch framed monogram. No tutorial was used for this, I simply created the monogram on my computer and printed it on glossy presentation paper before cutting out and framing it.

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Here is everything together. I mentioned my planned trip to Tiffany’s on Saturday. Connie and I did indeed drool over all the wonders to be found and I got an idea of something she’d love to have. While she ventured into another store, I quick bought it to include in her gift basket. I may be utilizing Tiffany’s as my theme, but I really feel I should at least buy something from the store to thank them for their inspiration.

At Christmas, I’ll bag the whole gift using cellophane and tie it with a wide piece of ribbon found at Jo-Ann’s in the Tiffany color that matches the set. I’m not ready to seal it yet as I may add a bit here and there over the year. Sometimes I don’t know when to stop.

Amazing what a series of tutorials can look like if we find a way to give it a special cohesiveness. Tomorrow I’ll share my gift for my sister Carolyn. No worries, neither of them read my blog.


  • Bath Mitt
  • Bath Powder Puff
  • Gift Ideas may be found at One Pretty Thing blog
  • Gift Ideas may also be found at Whip Up
  • Lace Sachet Bag
  • Reusable Make-up Remover Pads
  • Therapeautic Neck Wrap
  • Wood tray inspiration from Chez La Vie blog


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, June! I'm sure Connie will be thrilled to receive it at Christmas, plus the little surprise from Tiffany!

Connie W said...

Your ideas are so creative and fun. So pretty.

Jennifer said...

Wow - such a beautiful, coordinated, and thoughtful gift. Love it!!

Niki RuralWritings said...

How absolutely beautiful, June! Can I please be one of your sisters?? ;)
Have a wonderful day

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

How very lovely! I agree with another comment, a very thoughtful and creative gift.

meg said...

June, I was so looking forward to this post, and you did not disappoint (as usual). What a beautiful and thoughtful collection, and so useful! I tend to fizzle out by the time it comes to packaging and presentation, so the inspiration is appreciated. I bet your sis will love it!

Taiya said...

That is a really great idea! I might start this for my best friend, who deserves some pampering. Thanks for sharing!

shenry said...

I can't believe you are already thinking about Christmas.

rohanknitter said...

Wow, that is fabulous and beautiful!! She will feel so special when she receives that!!

kim said...

Yuo are so creative! I love this :)

Thimbleanna said...

Very cool June -- what a lucky sister to have a sister like you!

Patty said...

What an awesome idea! I hope I can steal/copy/borrow/modify at least some portion of your idea for my own sisters :-) I have been lurking and enjoying your blog especially since I'm a fellow Arizonan (south of you, near Sierra Vista). Thanks for offering so much inspiration and pleasure!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift, JunieMoon! Your sis is sure to be tickled pink!
Smiles, Karen

nicolette said...

I love the blue gifts very much!

albertaphotography said...

I'm reading these in reverse order, but I love this just as much as the rest. I love these colours too because this is very similar to one of the key colours in my logo. June, you're a special person to create these amazing gift trays for your sisters -- and brother.

Storybook Woods said...

Gosh June, I wish I was in your family. These are wonderful !!!!!!!!!!! Clarice

Shauna said...

Oh June, it's wonderful! I especially love the knit bag - it's adorable and classy at the same time. Mom is really going to love it (I promise I won't say anything!). If I was half as creative as you, I'd be three times as creative as I am now. Great job!