When I was putting together a post for Laura Ashley with five super cute ways to use offcuts of wallpaper, wrapping and gift boxes seem to be an obvious but really useful choice. In fact, having wallpaper samples littered across various rooms of my house has saved me from many a lack-of-wrapping-paper crisis over the past few months (not really a crisis ... that's quite dramatic ... more of an 'argh, we need to leave for the birthday party right now and I've got nothing to wrap the present in' moment - Top tip: Marvel wallpaper is cheaper than wrapping paper in the long run and you can do so, so many other things with it).
Since I started joining in with Styling the Seasons five months ago, two things have become very apparent. Firstly, there is no surface in our house that my two boys cannot reach if they put their minds to it. Chairs will be dragged and climbed upon if standing on tiptoes doesn't reach the desired goal. They're quite the little climbers. And two, I cannot undertake a single project in daylight hours without their assistance. This is sometimes infuriating but often, very, very cute. So, in summary, I've stopped fighting it and this lovely monthly project has become a family affair. Still, I'm learning as I go so why not the little ones too? A future career in design is no bad thing. It's got to be more interesting that Finance and Communications where I spent too many years, right?