Merry Christmas

A Ramblings post written by on December 24, 2013


“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa


There’s strange Christmas weather around these parts and I’m doing my best to sport my Christmas jammies despite the heat and sweat, it’s definitely warmer than a ferocious summer day in San Francisco. I’m also celebrating a feat of sorts – my ability to get my shit together to make wrapping paper, tags, and complete our trimmings before Christmas Eve, which is why I am able to share these photos today. It’s snapshot of our holiday affairs, all tied up prettily, unlike the real thing, because right now, I’m supposed to be shopping for Christmas groceries and making fresh pasta, and packing. I’m sure I’m forgetting a million and one things, but that’s so far away from me right now because I have lovely gifts all tied up in strings.


DIY Wrapping: great for Christmas, or anytime when you need gold in your life, which is always.

Gold splatter paper: I used an acrylic gold paint diluted in water to make it drippy enough to splatter. I had to wet the paper (I used cheap butcher paper) first with a large brush soaked heavily in water (not doing this will cause dark water circles to appear around your gold dots). Then, using a small brush, I got a small amount of paint on it, tapped it a bit to remove excess, then flicked it vigorously onto the paper.

Gold dipped tags: I used the same water diluted gold paint and dipped the bottom of the paper tags (cut from watercolor paper) into the paint multiple times, allowing to dry in between. I used a gold calligraphy pen to write the names.

Gold Leaf: the leaves were painted using the same paint – they take several coats, just let it dry in between.

White Yarn: I used white cotton yarn to tie it all together… no ribbons, just some extra berries from the Christmas flower arrangement I put together.



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And of course I wanted to say a special thank you to my lovely friends who always come by here to visit. The year’s been amazing, and while there’s only one week left, I am already counting the blessings from 2013, the ones that brought you all to me in this lovely space. I have so much planned for the coming year, more recipes, bigger projects…but for now, Merry Christmas to you and your’s.


See you in the new year!


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5 Responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. Phi – I found you through 101cookbooks. Your blog is gorgeous. Would you like to join a 7 Day Ayurvedic Cleanse? I’d like to invite you for free – it launches Jan 10. Email me if you want more info! Love. Adena

    • phi says:

      Hi there! I don’t do diets or cleanses… I’m too lazy. Plus, I love cookies, cakes, and butter too much. Thank you for the offer though. Best of luck!

  2. Medha says:

    Congratulations for your feature on Food and Wine Magazine! Such a lovely interview! I am a big fan of your photography – You are a big inspiration!

    • phi says:

      Thank you so much for those kind words! I’m in shock/disbelief – you know, it’s weird when the internet talks about you.

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