Mother's Day

My DIY Seed Packet Tutorial on CanadianGardening.com

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DIY Seed Packets Are you a gardener? Feeling crafty? These DIY seed packets are a cheerful way to share seeds that you've collected from your own garden. Made from wrapping paper, the packets make lovely host gifts or wedding/shower/party favours. Or, of course, Mother's Day gifts. (And if you're not a gardener who collects her own seeds, there's no rule against repackaging store-bought seeds!) For the full tutorial, visit CanadianGardening.com here.

+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen

Packaged Goods: Cheery Yellow + Grey for Mother's Day

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Mother's Day Yellow + Grey PUTTING IT TOGETHER Sometimes you want to keep gift wrapping simple — some paper, some ribbon and a card. A graphic print like this yellow and grey wrap from Ink + Wit paired with a grey plaid ribbon is striking on their own, without any extra embellishments. The blossoms of this letterpress Mother's Day card stick with the same colour palette (even the silver envelope works), while the shapes of the petals and dotted stamen are reminiscent of the paper's pattern. The result: a fresh, contemporary gift for Mom.

THE GOODS (1) Walnut gift wrap, $10 US per 2 sheets, Ink + Wit. (2) Solid/Plaid ribbon in grey, May Arts, click here to find retailers. (3) Wonderful Mother card, $4.95 US, Kate's Paperie.

+ Collage by Corinna vanGerwen. Images property of their respective companies.

Spring Workshops

Cookie Exchange and Packaging Workshop I have three workshops coming up over the next few months, and I'm hoping some of you Toronto-area folks will be able to make it.

The first, March 21st, is a Cookie Exchange and Packaging Workshop at The Paper Place. Come out for a fun night of sharing baked goods and learning lots of ways to package them up all pretty.

In April, I'll be teaching an all-day workshop at Harbourfront Centre — Spring Wreaths. Come make a beautiful wreath from Japanese watermark tissue. It's a great Mother's day gift or wedding decoration.

Then on May 12, just in time for Mother's Day, is my Paper & Petals workshop, also at Harbourfront Centre. Come learn how to wrap corner-store bouquets to look like they're from a high-end florist and surprise Mom with a budget-friendly arrangement. Or bring her along from some quality time together.