Brown paper packages tied up with string

Our Christmas tree with everyone’s presents ready to go:

Brown paper packages

One purchase that we made in Brighton that I didn’t mention in my last post was a huge pile of brown paper that someone had saved from parcels from department stores in Brighton and Hove. Steven had already been considering brown-paper based wrapping (apparently I’m no longer the only person in the house who gets the crafting bug at Christmas) so when we saw the collection of 1950s paper, we decided it was fate and it had to come home with us.

I love the various old labels that were still attached. (If you click through to the larger version of the bookseller’s label, you can see it’s date-stamped 28th December 1954.) In fact, I loved the labels so much that I carefully didn’t use any pieces with labels to wrap my presents so that I can use them for something else in future — not that I know what yet!

Old department store labels Old department store labels

Speaking of stamps, Steven created some lovely rubber-stamped gift tags for us to use.

Brown paper packages Brown paper packages

I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m still amazed that something this simple looks so amazing! I foresee lots more rubber-stamping in my future.

For now, however, I’m going to go enjoy the rest of my Christmas day. Merry Christmas!

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