Today is my cousin’s Birthday.
He and I have been pen pals since we were 12. He has always lived
several time zones away. I was lucky enough to celebrate my cousin’s
Birthday when I was on vacation in Canada. I actually had all of his
presents done and ready to go a month early. Usually he gets a package
from me about a month or two after his Birthday, so this was truly a
big feat for me.
All of his presents fit perfectly into a shoe box I had. With the help of a label maker, I personalized the box. It would make me giggle every time I looked at it.
I wrapped all of his presents in butcher paper that I had inherited from somewhere. I didn’t want to use fancy paper since we were on vacation and there was no way of saving it. Yes, I do save and re-use wrapping paper…all the time. To make the packaging fun (wrapping is always part of the present) I arranged the presents in the order I wanted him to open them. Then I stamped each present with numbers and corresponding stars. He had twelve presents in all.
One present I thought turned out well was a CD holder for music. We have been making each other mixed tapes since we were old enough to work a tape recorder. This is a tradition for us. I couldn’t find a cute CD holder; they don’t seem to make them anymore. I didn’t like this plain black holder even though it was all I could find. So I decided I needed to add some flash to it.
I glued a little square sponge to the end of a chopstick and used that to stamp squares all over the cover. I had no plan of attack so I just jumped in and did it.
Here is the finished product. I think it turned out well. I also made him a necklace (I forgot to take a picture of it) and fixed a bracelet he had given me last Christmas to fix.
Truly for me the best part was being able to watch him open presents. We only get to see each other every few years or so, so this was a rare treat. He is such a huge part of my life. Rarely does a day go by that we don’t email. That friendship and support is something I treasure dearly.