Last Minute Valentine’s Day Idea

rosesI’m not about Valentine’s Day.  As a kid I loved the whole exchange of cards in the classroom, in High School there was flower delivery in home room, but as I grew into adulthood, I realized Valentine’s Day is a number of things I really hate:

  • A Hallmark Holiday: A commercialized date for guilting lovers into showing their affection with cards, flowers and other red/pink/heart shaped gift items that are way too expensive;
  • Amateur Night: A night when restaurants overbook, overcharge and make you eat off of a prix-fixe menu of things you don’t want to eat; and
  • A Day of Overblown Expectations: If you are in a new relationship you could be with someone who wants far too early declarations of love, if you’ve been together a while you could be with someone wanting more of a “real commitment” like moving in together or meeting parents , or even worse, if you’ve been exclusive for quite a while, you could be with someone looking for that cliché “Valentine’s marriage proposal.”

I’m not your normal hearts and flowers girl.  Don’t get me wrong, I love romance, but when it comes to the Hallmark holidays, I’m not the girl that wants a guy to go spend excessive money on that stuff.  I did see something simple and thoughtful that I (and pretty much any girl, I think) would love though!

Wrap a Bottle of Wine in a Scarf!  Two Gifts in One!

When making a wine bottle wrap, Bordeaux-style bottles, like those used for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and other medium- to full-bodied red wines, are easiest to wrap because they have higher shoulders. It’s also important to use a fabric another than silk due to the weight of the bottles. A pashmina style, like the Jones pink or Collection XIIX paisley from, will work beautifully for under $40. Next time you’re out shopping for wrapping paper, just pick up a few scarves instead and keep them stored at home until it’s time to wrap that next wine bottle or gift box.


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Dress up Holiday Hostess Gifts

8I love bringing wine when I am a guest for a meal or an evening of other treats and libations, but hate to bring the boring wine bag I grabbed on the way out of the grocery or wine store.  I know that they are cute and people don’t really expect more, but they are putting in a great deal more time and expense when hosting, so I like to make the effort when I can.

There is just one problem: I have very limited creative skills.  I can’t draw, paint or do any type of art.  I can build things and my grandma did teach me to sew, so when time (and fabric on hand) allows, I love whipping up a quick & fancy wine bottle gift bag to add that little personal touch.


  • 1 piece 14″ by 16″ Holiday or other themed (if you want) fabric
  • 1 piece 14″ by 16 ” Contrasting fabric (of a heavier weight if you have it on hand)
  • 15″ to 18″ piece of Ribbon, Jute, or Fabric for tying the bag


  • On both pieces of fabric, press the right side of top raw edge about 3/8″ onto the3 backside (like a hem). You will be leaving this top part open.
  • Fold each piece of fabric right sides together the long ways so that each piece measures 7 x 16 inches. 1
  • Sew down the long raw edge and across the bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  • Trim to 1/4″ 4
  • Pinch in from the corners and sew across at about 1+1/4″ to form a box bottom.
  • Take a pair of scissors and clip both corners off making sure not to cut through the seam you sewed together earlier.5
  • Turn the fabric that will be the outside of your wine bag so that it is right side out.
  • Leave the inner fabric so that it is still wrong sides out (You want the right side to be the inner bag).
  • Place the inner fabric bag inside outer fabric bag making sure the seams match up6
  • Then fold each raw edge inward about 1/2 inch and pin together. I did this starting at the seam so that I knew they would be matched up as I pinned around the circle.
  • Topstitch along the edge – I stitched about 3/8″ down from the top and let a bit of the pleather inner fabric peek above the top.7
  • Insert your bottle in the bag
  • Tie your ribbon, jute or fabric around the bag.
  • Fold the inner bag down so the top of the bottle and your liner fabric are exposed

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