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About Me

Hi there! The person behind this blog is me, Valerie. I’m 28 and I live near San Jose, CA, though i grew up near Chicago. I’ve always been drawn to creative things, from writing poetry and keeping personal journals, to having fun in art class and working on crafty projects with friends and family. I […]

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Embroidery

Embroidery

Although I remember trying my hand at cross-stitch when I was a kid, I don’t think I actually completed a project then. I think I still have some projects that I never even started! More recently though, I decided to take an embroidery class and try to learn such stuff the proper way. Unfortunately, the […]

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Making Envelopes

Intro I first started making envelopes a few years ago, after seeing project suggestions about them online. I bought a wonderful book called The Envelope Mill shortly thereafter, and using the templates enclosed in it, have made some really nice envelopes since then. My template collection has grown since then, including various store-bought and handmade […]

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Sewing

Although I took a brief sewing course when I was in junior high, I’ve only recently started learning how to really sew on my own. I bought a sewing machine in September 2005 for the purpose of learning, and it’s definitely been an experience so far. I’ve never felt so intimidated by a piece of […]

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Latest Posts

How To Wrap Presents Without Tape Or Ribbon Origami Style

November 27, 2017 | No Comments

In this video I’m going to show you how you can wrap your presents origami-style without tape or ribbon All you need is a present to wrap and a sheet of wrapping paper The size of the wrapping paper should be big enough so that you can easily wrap around the present, and from top […]

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How To Wrap An Awkward Shaped Gift

November 27, 2017 | No Comments

This clever technique is guaranteed to take the stress out of tricky gift-wrapping The idea is to make a simple gift bag out of wrapping paper First, check the paper completely covers the top and bottom of the gift, then set it aside Fold the wrapping paper to the middle, leaving a little bit of […]

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How to Wrap a Present

November 27, 2017 | No Comments

Hello I’m Jennifer with Jennifer Decorates, and today I have got some easy tips on how to create a beautiful present So when the holiday season begins, I gather all my gift wrapping supplies and I keep them in one spot, from tape, ribbon, greenery, little sprigs, all kinds of things Now let me tell […]

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Gift Wrapping: How to Make a Classic Bow

November 27, 2017 | No Comments

Today I’m finishing off a gift box with a classic bow, made with wired ribbon This bow works with all types of ribbon, though, so grab some and let’s get started! Roll out your ribbon and place your box on top Don’t know how to wrap the perfect gift? Then be sure to watch our […]

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Mathematical Present Wrapping

November 27, 2017 | No Comments

I love wrapping Christmas presents, especially when it gives me an excuse to be a little bit mathematical about it So the standard method of wrapping a present is like this, you wrap the paper round, put a bit of tape on it, fold in the ends But for certain shapes of presents this method […]

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How To Save Money When Wrapping Gifts

November 27, 2017 | No Comments

This is my Christmas tip to make unwrapping presents fun and affordable I find children enjoy playing with the wrapping paper more than they enjoy actually playing with the presents So I find, if you use tissue paper not only does it make it fun for the children but also it saves on your pocket […]

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