Sunday, 24 November 2013
Tracey asked me to join her for today's installment of her 25 Days of Christmas Tag series.
I don't usually make tags. A few years ago, my mom gave me one of the best gifts ever - she made each of us a set of different-sized fabric drawstring bags for wrapping Christmas gifts. This is an eco-friendly tradition that my mom has had in her house for ages - we each have a set fabric pattern, so we don't need tags - we know who each present belongs to.
I don't sew, so this gift of these bags is so appreciated - especially every year when it takes me about half an hour to 'wrap' everything and place it under the tree. And I tell my kids that I have a special way of tying the bows so that I would be able to tell if anyone tampered with them!
So having told you all that, I do need to make tags for the teachers' gifts. Because Kate attends a school that is very multicultural, the gifts and tags need to be gender neutral and religion-neutral. Usually, we give them Tickleberrys. (Chocolate covered dried fruit), but I didn't have any on hand for the photo, so I used leftover Halloween Candy!
I love the long shape of the tag - it allows for the colourful message on the front and lots of room on the back for Kate to write "From Kate". I used CSS' Alpha Duo, overlapping the letters as I went. Coloured with Copics, edged in Stickles and quickly tied with silver cord.
I think it's ok for tags to be cheap and cheerful - unlike cards, I suspect they get thrown out with the wrapping.