...we make a life by what we give...

Hello my dear all and a very Merry Christmas to you! As from today in a few hours we are officially in a Holiday mode. 

The online shop is taking a rest and custom orders are all taken care off . And besides attempting as much as possible to be doings things we love and with love, our other "Master plan" is to try to get ourselves to Rome...oh well...exhibiting a tremendous amount of patience, as the airport in Frankfurt is cancelling an incredible amount of flights. 400 just for today....let's see how many times we'll be rebooked....or maybe we'll just get lucky :)

Before I log off for the days, I'd like to thank all of you, who have been showing so much love, support and care, by reading, commenting or simply listening. I wish there was the time to mention each one of you individually and write a couple of words for you, linking to your beautiful online & creative worlds, showing just the great poeple that you are!

Unfortunately there is not, so I just trust that you all know who you are.
I wish you to keep your hearts warm, no matter what the conditions in life might be, 
as trully, I cannot imagine a quality greater than love in life.

I'd also like to share with you a sample of the things and parcels prepared by me these days, this time mostly for presents and a couple of direct, custom orders.
At this point, let me also connect to the title... (I seem to be forgetting lately!)...I don't usally quote others and I'm afraid I have no reference to this, but I recently read it here on Kim Klassen's  amazing blog and it hit right to the center:

We make a living by what we get,
and a life by what we give...

So, I do have a wish for the New Year and this is to be able to offer so much more from myself, to myself, to others, for myself and for others, too....I hope that you are still following here....

I 've realised deeply how generous life is to me and I feel that I was a little bit lazy the past year...like I was taking a small break. 
Well, I want to share myself with the world and I want to offer the best parts of me.
I wish to be blessed in 2011 with the ability and the energy to actualise my thoughts and wants.

As I'm rambling, I'm also keeping the clock in mind, cause I should be logging of quite soon....So I should maybe let the pictures speak...I hope that they are self explicative enough.
Cards and parcels all wrapped up individually according to the person they are addressing to.
They can be maily categorised in three styles:

~ white + brown paper + classic red & white baker's twine

~ brown wrapping paper + simple white paper + wintery light blue hues
+ baker's twine in minty green + handmade woolen trees

....changing into something a little bit more glamorous with these "wrapping tools"

~ brown wrapping paper + fancy golden & turquoise glossy wrapping paper (Habitat) + vintage music sheets + minty green baker's twine

and here we are....a happy mess!

and an organised version ready to be shipped or picked up.
These (and more!) are gone since yesterday....I wish them to bring lots of joy and happiness to their receipients!

 .... wishing us all a very Merry Christmas with Joy, Peace, Health, Love and Abundance!

May the Christmas spirit work its magic!




  1. So much love!!!! Have been totally missing out on flickr and have to catch up with you.....its just so busy over here with family reunions! Loving all your uploads....love to you my dear...enjoy your trip to Rome!!! Keep positive for your flight there :-)

  2. These packages are AMAZING! I'm sure the recipients will just LOVE them!

  3. I hope you have a wonderful time in Rome relaxing and reinvigorating yourself for the new year, as it seems that you have a lot planned for the future! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next year, and wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  4. Hello Ivy!

    I love your crisp and refreshing white blog! You have done an amazing job here!
    So nice to meet you!

    Come by for a coffee sometime!
    Ciao Bella!

    Creative Carmelina

  5. I really like your blog and i respect your job. I wish love and success.

  6. they look stunning darling ... & fingers crossed you make to rome. have a truely fabulous christmas & a wonderful new year. xx

  7. just found your blog and, wow! I LOVE all your photos! great job! you're my new favorite blogger for sure!

  8. Wishing you a happy Christmas Eve wherever you are tonight... I just hope it isn't stuck in some airport!

  9. Thank you for sharing so much beauty through your eyes over the year, Ivy. :) I bid you a 2011 filled with love, laughter, peace and wholeness. xx

  10. I've just discovered: http://ikeafamilylive.com/blogs/user/231/content/6281 Nice! :)
    Happy New Year! :)
    Best wishes, Nicola

  11. Hello Ivy, your blog is magic!
    Nice to meet you! TANTI SALUTI from Italy

  12. I love the title of this post...just found your blog and, wow! I LOVE all your photos!