Here's something a little different than my usual routine - a warm drink gift set! Included in the box are several packets of Land O Lakes hot cocoa, On the Go Vanilla Latte drink mixes, TAZO tea bags, and some chocolate dipped peppermint sticks.
I couldn't find just the right shape/size box to hold it all, so I built this one using cardstock. Sorry, I don't have a template or photos of construction ... it was late when I made this! I can tell you that the box is 4" square, and was easy peasy! I'll try to put together a quick tutorial tonight.
The wrap around the box was made with first a layer of patterned paper, which I inked and did some faux stitching on. Then, I wrapped that layer with some felt ribbon from Stampin' Up. I punched two small 1/16" holes through the box (and ribbon) where I wanted to tie on the embellishment. Using twine, I tied the snowflake embellishment to a cinnamon stick, poked the twine ends through the holes punched in the box, and tied the ends of the twine inside the box to hold everything in place. Worked like a charm! As a final touch, I tied the red and white vintage striped ribbon around the twine beneath the cinnamon stick. That helped to keep everything snuggly in place.
The matching note card is small... about 3.5"x4.5". I used images from Winter Schminter, including the falling snowflakes as steam rising from the cocoa.
In other news, yesterday Kathleen reminded me that she'd asked for an update on the wee little kittens. I don't have any recent photos, but they're all doing well! Their mama moves them around the farm and neighboring pastures (we wish she wouldn't take them so far) teaching them to hunt. We did settle on some names for them. A young man suggested the name Sparky for the cute fuzzy butt kitten I was sharing photos of here on my blog. Alan liked the suggestion, so Sparky it is! The other male is Squirrelly, and the two females are P1 and P2. We can't actually tell them apart. It's amazing!
Alan WAS going to name them Precious 1 and Precious 2, but I won't allow it. Why, you ask? Well... I used to have a baby sitter named Precious. Yes, it's true.... it was her given name. I won't tell you what the rest of her name is, but I will say that her name (as well as the names of everyone else in the family, aside from her mother) has to do with rocks. Or stones. So... "Precious" is not allowed as a name for one of our critters. *grin*