Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ruby Star Wrap-Along....It's My Turn!

There must be a forecast for snow....I have blogged two days in a row!
But for a very good reason...
Today it is my day to share with you the fantastically fabulous new book from Melody Miller and Allison Tannery!
Ruby Star Wrapping
Creative Packaging To Reuse, Regive and Relove

First, I must admit I have been known to judge a book by it's pretty pictures...I am a sucker for all those close-up shots of trims and stitching...
But Melody and Allison have combined a beautiful book with excellent content!

The concept is brilliant! Create creative wrappings {for any package} that incorporates reusing fabrics and items we have at home. Items that would ordinarily end up in the waste can.  
Brilliant, right?

Make your gift even more special with the wrappings you choose and help the environment...perhaps even pass on some of that fabric you have been hoarding in your closet....but I wouldn't know about that :)

As I said, it is easy for me to get the proverbial, 'thrill up my leg' by the pretty pictures in a book....but I want you to know this one is so much more than pretty pictures.

Between the covers you will find instructions for creating clever gift card envelopes, how to turn that empty food box into a great gift wrap, stitching up some drawstring bags, and fabulous trims.  And if that wasn't enough, Melody and Allison, have included yummy recipes and instructions for totes and a work apron! Heaven's to Betsy!!!

I was very fortunate to receive a copy of the book and, of course, I had to give a few projects a whirl around the block!

As many of you know, my daughter is getting married in April.  We will use an old suitcase which belonged to my mom as a drop off point for any cards or small gifts brought to the reception.  I thought perhaps filling the bottom of the suitcase with fabric flowers in the wedding colors would be a nice way to fancy up my suitcase.

I followed the easy instructions for a newspaper flower and made a few fabric flowers.

Spray starch helps make the petals a bit simple and so lovely! These would be sweet toppers on a package too!

Who doesn't love a clever envelope?  This book includes instructions for any size envelope you might need.


I made a out of felt....I didn't even have to get out my sewing machine!  I love it!
My felt envelope is adorned with a cute little embroidered bird in a hoop {transfer from Aneela Hoey}.

I could go on and on....but I want you to know that this Blog Hop includes a couple of ways for you to win your own copy of Ruby Star Wrapping...PLUS a bundle of fun extras. You can read more about the prizes in yesterdays post on the Sew To Speak blog

All you need to do is head over to SEW TO SPEAK and leave a comment...
Be sure to leave your comment there :)
You may leave one comment per post per day!
and please be sure you are not a no-reply blogger so we can find you...or leave contact information in your comment.   

Continue following all the fun on this Hop!
Here is the schedule....what a line up of talent!!!

Monday, Nov. 26 - we will kick it off with the first post on the Sew To Speak blog.
Tues, Nov. 27 - Mary Dugan of Molly Flanders
Wed. Nov. 28 - Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated
Thurs. Nov. 29 - Kara of Me and Elna
Fri. Nov. 30 - We will announce the first winner on the Sew To Speak blog
Sat. Dec. 1st - Amanda of Sasikirana Handmade
Sunday Dec. 2nd - April Rhodes
Monday Dec. 3rd - Sew To Speak again ;)
Tues. Dec. 4th - Made by Rae
Wed. Dec 5 - Ericka of Low Beam Studios
Thurs. Dec. 6 - Emily of The Boy Trifecta
Friday Dec. 7 - and finally the second winner announced on Sew To Speak blog!

Be sure to visit Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated tomorrow!

happy tuesday! 



  1. Now *that* is what I call a book review. Not "it's nice to look at", not "isn't my friend clever?" but Look What I Did! Well... you did A LOT! Very inspiring - I gotta see that book up close!

  2. Would love to win this prize

  3. It is a gorgeous book..I will always love your packaging though!
    Those flowers could almost make a bouquet!

  4. Thanks for sharing your projects from this book. I left a post at Sew to Speak also!

  5. i left a comment there :)
    this book looks great, i'm a sucker for great photos too-love your envelope !!

  6. I was going to say what Clare said... Those flowers would make a sweet bouquet for the bridesmaids!!! And what a sweet felt envelope! This book will be on my Christmas list! Thanks for the comprehensive review... No wonder you've been busy!

  7. The book looks good, and those flowers are going to be perfect for your daughters wedding! :)

  8. Thank you so much! Your projects are wonderful. I love making the newspaper flowers out of fabric too:)

  9. What a great review!! I had the same thought as the others as soon as I saw your flower- they would make a great bouquet!! Such a cute envelope too!!