gift wrap: polka feather // anastasia marie

Remember my original feathered gift wrap post? Well, I’m recycling the paper feather for another gift wrap post because I love how paper feathers look on packages. Supplies needed:

White polka dot wrapping paper + tape (this paper was found at Target)
Translucent sleeve
Mini card
Mini glitter clothespin
White paper
Chunky glitter
Iridescent + white twine
Glitter glue

Start by making your glittered paper feather. Cut out a feather in a shape you prefer from the white paper; it can be super simple or more intricate like mine. Apply a line of glitter glue down the middle and cover with the chunky glitter. I personally love chunky glitter because it has more texture than fine glitter, but if you prefer yours fine, that’s perfectly fine.

While your feather is drying, begin wrapping your package in the polka dot paper and secure with double sided tape. We never want to see tape on a wrapped gift (unless it’s washi tape, of course). Using the twine, wrap it around your package a few times and secure in the back with a knot. Insert your card into the sleeve, slide it underneath the twine, and pin your paper feather onto the sleeve with a mini clothespin. I used the same color of glitter clothespin as the glitter on the feather, but if you want to play around with color, the power is in your hands!

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new in the shop // anastasiamarieshop.etsy.com

I’ve recently added some new packaging goods to the shop. More are still on their way and I will share about them next week. See anything you like? Find these things and more here: AnastasiaMarieShop.

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This week I’ve spent putting together lots of new items to put into the shop. I’m pretty excited about them! Some of them will be those long-promised items that I think I was planning on having available before Henry was born (it’s never too late, right?) and I can’t wait to show you. I just need to snap some photos of them and get them listed. Henry is turning one soon and is getting more and more independent. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the time when he’s more than happy to play without me so I could use that time to get more things done with the Shop and blog. I think that time has finally arrived! Let’s see how this goes!

blossoms

On a personal note, remember when I mentioned Henry going through some major teething pain? Well, it turns out it was much more than that. The poor guy had a case of Roseola and a cold/flu following — all on top of his teething aches and pains. Knowing all this, I have a much higher appreciation for my little guy. Through all the suffering, he certainly was cranky, but not as cranky as one would expect. I know I certainly would have been much more cranky than him if I had all that tumble upon me at once. I’m happy to say that he’s been super chipper for a week now. Love seeing him back to his old self.

henry mika blossoms

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custom card: pediatrician // anastasia marie

This card was custom created to thank a pediatrician for finding the reason behind a child’s illness when no one else could. For parents, not knowing how to help our child is a scary thing and finding getting some answers was a huge relief for these parents.

custom card: pediatrician // anastasia marie

See more of my custom cards here.

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It’s been a while since I’ve been active on here and I just wanted to give you all an update. Spring has been in full force over here for a few weeks now even though it doesn’t officially start until later this month. The hubs and I started spring cleaning and I’m dreaming up how I want to start landscaping our yard this spring/summer. Nothing like spring to get you excited and inspired. I hung up our spring wreath a couple weeks back (a quick diy project for myself, results shown here) and it’s certainly keeps things spring-like around here, even when the weather is pretty blah for a bit. We have a few DIY home projects lined up and I’m hoping I’ll remember to take photos to show you guys the results. We’re excited to try new things out and I’m crossing my fingers for success.

pink blossoms

On the other hand, Henry has been suffering. His top teeth have been coming in for nearly a month now. He’s been having fevers on and off, mostly in the middle of nights. Needless to say, he’s cranky during the days and sleepless during the nights. We’re all exhausted and looking forward to having our little guy feeling comfortable and happy again. I’ve beens spending my days snuggling with him, taking him on outings outside, feeding him his favorite blackberries, napping with him with every nap time — anything to take his mind off the unhappy. The teeth finally broke through four days ago and I’m hoping the sensitivity and swelling will go down soon. I’m definitely looking forward to that break before the next set comes.

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PS: Aren’t these cherry blossoms amazing? I snapped these photos last week just after sunset.

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