Thursday, December 15, 2011

What's black and white and red all over?


This year I'm replacing the fancy holiday gift wrap with newsprint.  A few weeks ago, I found a whole bolt of 1/4 inch black elastic at Goodwill for $1.99, which turned out to be a fabulous replacement for ribbon.  Not only is this holiday recycling at its best, I absolutely love the simple monochrome look.

I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas.  
I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, 
but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.

― Steven Wright

51 comments:

  1. Great idea. And I love Steven Wright. Did you know he once worked at a fire hydrant factory. He couldn't park anywhere near the place.

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  2. I used to use the funny pages
    when I was young and broke
    I guess I was a recycler and didn't even know it
    pretty photo Tess

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  3. Did you select specific pages for specific gifts? Just curious...as always. You have such a wonderful eye for composition of photographs, and I do love the look!

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  4. some greeting card company will probably pick up this pattern for themselves.

    and some dumb shmuck will probably buy it!

    great look - yer a jeanyus!

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  5. Looks nice but doesn't the newspaper print get your hands dirty?

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  6. I love this idea and Carolina's thought is brilliant!

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  7. This looks amazing! Such a great idea!

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  8. always nice to remember the three rs - especially at this time of year - reduce, reuse, recycle!!!!

    and here i always thought it was
    'what's black and white and read all over?' = the answer willow's holiday presents!

    newspaper has always been one of my prized wrapping papers but i always stockpile the comic sections for the job - your take is simply elegant!!!!

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  9. Dr. L, I chose certain pages for certain recipients...

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  10. Yes, that's good-looking newsprint! From superior newspapers, I presume? Ours are greyish, and cover everything in black.

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  11. Love this idea and I have to say that your newsprint is quite white! Nice contrast though. I have used the comics before and need to get back into that.

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  12. Somewhere in this great land a whole village is missing the elastic needed to fix their loose underpants. Love it!
    Millie xx

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  13. Hmmm... "What's black and white and red all over?" How about a Nun falling down the stairs.

    Using the newspaper is a fantastic idea! Smart, eco-friendly, and cheaper! Good one...

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  14. I've used newspaper for wraps too and also i once had a huge roll of brown butcher paper which I used for wrapping paper for years, rubber stamping on it sometimes.

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  15. Millie's response just cracked me up. It is beautiful, but what about the black ink rubbing off? Probably worse when wrapping a ton of gifts as opposed to unwrapping just one.

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  16. Haha...yeah, not any more than what you might get on your hands from reading a newspaper. My hands did get a little inky from wrapping...but I did wrap all of them...

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  17. Tess

    A great saving, looks beautiful and the recipient can dispose of easily

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  18. So long as you washed up before eating your honey crisp, no harm :-) Thanks for answering my question...I thought you probably selected sections based on recipient...really lovely, but now I have that image of a whole village with droopy drawers dancing in my head...

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  19. Yeah, remember, it takes a village...giggle...

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  20. Love the look! I sometimes pick up Korean newspapers when I visit the Asian food store and use them as wrapping.

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  21. I love it -- both your wrapping, the elastic and the poem. It would sure look cute with red ribbon, too.

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  22. That would have been a good idea for me (had I thought of it). The gift wrap paper I used this year was SO THIN, it kept tearing, and literally falls apart.

    Is nothing sacred?

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  23. Great idea, Tess. I also like Steven Wright, particularly the story of how he inadvertently inserted his car key into his front door, and started his house up.

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  24. The would fit right in with Wiener Werkstätte.
    Beautiful poem.

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  25. So will you save the black elastic to reuse next year? At what point should we decide something has been recycled enough and finally let it go "ashes to ashes, dust to dust"?

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  26. Great idea. It is always my go to when I have nothing else around... in the end it ends up looking a lot more personal:)

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  27. R.J., yeah, I'm saving the elastic...I'm sure it will show up on gifts for many years to come...it'll take a long time to lose its elasticity only used once a year...

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  28. Coolio - very Tim Burtonesque. Love Steven Wright. Saw him perform here in NY once, and he almost caused me to laugh my duodenum out in the aisle. I literally fell out of my seat at one point. Good times, good times.

    "There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." S.W.

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  29. It looks very cool- what a great idea.

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  30. Tres Chic! This is such a great idea! And I like that you selected *certain pages* for *certain people*!

    We have unusually cold weather for N. Cal.....and when I wear TWO PAIRS of wooly socks....I always think of you!

    May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas! May 2012 bring health and joy.

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  31. I'm just stopping by different type of blogs and thought id say hello folks. So greetings from an Amish community in Pennsylvania, and wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. Richard from Amish Stories

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  32. Stephen Wright is one of my favorites.
    I either use my pressed/folded stack of used X-mas wrap (have too much of it from the years when we had numerous gift exchanges), or in the past have supplemented that with the funnies.

    I like your idea much better. I subscribe to two newspapers and it would be a nice use of the paper and a tie to what many consider "in the past" but I hope we do not lose! Love your "ribbon" idea. Your packages look so classy!

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  33. Whenever we play pass the parcel at family Christmas parties and the circulating prize is wrapped in old newspapers I always get so involved in reading the old newspapers that I get shouted out for not passing the parcel. But, I am sure the same would happen to you.

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  34. It's my birthday! Stop by my blog and join the party! 8-)

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  35. Marcheline, Happy Birthday! I'm coming! Save me some cake!

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  36. what a wonderful idea....I never tire of reading your creative, witty posts...I too am a "thrifty shopper"...but we don't have the vast resources here in Canada...as you all seem to have in the US...
    good hunting!!

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  37. Yes, it looks clean and sharp....you always have such wonderful ideas Tess! :-)

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  38. Tess -- interesting -- my parents were products of the depression years. One of their left over depression practices was to wrap the presents, left by "Santa" under out tree, with newspaper. You brought back those lovely memories to me as I read your post -- thanks -- barbara

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  39. I love this look! I've had theme wrapping for years. One year was simply those brown paper packages tied up with string, another was polka dots. This year it was "getting rid of all the Christmas wrap I've had for years" but next year...newspaper and black string? Hmm...

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  40. That is lovely, I wish I had seen that before I wrapped all mine yesterday! Ah well, I´ll remember this beautiful, genious idea for next year!

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  41. This is actually brilliant!! I totally love your idea. :)

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  42. Dear Tess: You have exquisite taste; the packages look divine! Getting in the mood for Merry! :)

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  43. Looks fantastic! And that quote ... love him.

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  44. Not only practical and environmentally correct but also extremely beautiful in your hands!

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  45. I really like this idea, but sadly I read it too late for this year. What are the chances I'll remember it by 12/12? :o)

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