A Few Things About Gift-wrapped Walls, Some Vintage Etsy Goodness, and a Winner~

First...I have a few questions that came up on yesterday's post that I wanted to answer.

1. The most asked question....Where did I get that fabulous paper? I purchased the wrapping paper for $7.89 from Tai-Pan trading - a local store in Utah with one location in California. Unfortunately, I don't remember the brand and I threw the packaging away (what kind of blogger am I?) I'll see if I can find out for you all the next time I'm at the store. (I checked out their website and they don't offer online shopping...sigh.)

2. I have used regular desk staples to do similar projects in the past - and they work great - but this time I used my staple gun. I only stapled around the edges, and then once or twice where the seam is. The staples may have shown on a more subdued paper, but as luck would have it, the pattern really hides them. (If you click on the photo below to enlarge it, and look carefully, you can see one of the staples...but it's not that noticeable.)

3. I didn't consider using mod podge to seal the paper, or applying fabric with liquid starch (although I love that idea) because I want to avoid anything that might make for a messy removal process since this is a rental house. Does anyone have experience with removing wall coverings applied with liquid starch. Is it really as easy as they claim?

4. The bag is from DownEast Basics. They don't have this particular style anymore, but they do have a fabulous line of clothing and accessories (their clothes just keep getting better each season! Love them!)

And finally, not a question, but my favorite comment from yesterday's post was from Mary who says, "Personally I LOVE the juxtaposition of the bold wall pattern to the sign that says 'simplify.'" I hadn't thought about it at the time, but boy is she right!

Next, I wanted to share two of the latest vintage goodies that I will be adding to my Etsy.

First up! This sweet little turquoise vase in a funky blossom stand. I just love this! And, you know, turquoise is Pantone's color of 2010! I personally, think this vase would look fabulous with some Gerbera Daisies sticking out the top! It has some serious personality!

And if you're like me, I have a soft spot for vintage silverware...especially when it's been engraved. This sweet baby spoon bracelet features an engraving on the ladle portion of the spoon that appears to be a name. I can't quite make it out, but you know it was important to someone once upon a time. I just love imagining the stories behind sweet pieces like this one.

Finally, the winner of the Lisa Leonard $75 gift certificate giveaway is... Twig from Twig Decor! Drop me an email Twig...and we'll get you set up with your prize!!

Thanks for being such great readers!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday~


M.O.T.B said...

Wow you were right the Downeast Basics Website was incredible. Several things I would love to have. Thanks for the link. And I loved the wrapping paper on the walls.

Kasey said...

did i really miss a giveaway!!!
i shouldn't have gone to florida huh?
congrats on your millionth visit girlie.

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Oh how I miss Tai Pan...although strangely the last couple times I've been "home" I haven't gone there.

I also love DownEast. I'm actually doing a giveaway with them next month! They're clothing line has really evolved into something great.

Thanks for the fun post!

Twig said...

Woohoo! Thanks for having this wonderful giveaway!!! :) I am gonna SCOUR the web for that bag...you don't know how hard it is for me to find a purse that I like!! But that one...oh boy :) Anyway, I'm going to find your email now! Thanks again!


Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Thanks for the clarification! I was walking around my home last night wondering where I could try this and I really haven't a spot...so I'll enjoy looking at yours!

LuLu said...

Still completely loving your wall....
hee hee
congrats to the lucky winner!!!

Anonymous said...

Re: fabric on a wall with starch...yes it is easy. The only challenge I had was that a red color bled through to the paint--which I was able to fix with some bleach to the wall.

Anonymous said...

The paper looks a lot like one that I used in my craft room, it was either from Hallmark or Wal-mart (but I am pretty sure that it is Hallmark brand)

The Harkers said...

I loved the idea for wrapping paper on the wall and was searching the internet for some cute patterns when I found something definitely cool. Hallmark.com has ADHESIVE wrapping paper. Not sure how sticky it is, but probably just enough to stay on a rental's walls but come off nicely without taking the paint with it! :)

prashant said...

..although strangely the last couple times I've been "home" I haven't gone there.

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Jane said...

I've starched fabric to wall several times and it just peals off- no problems what so ever! It really is the perfect adhesive for renters and home owners alike. I'd try it if you are worried about your seems catching.
Great project!!

Rosalita Mamacita said...

I used starch to apply burlap to my walls in our "Tiki" styled den. It was such an easy process going up and I will be using this method again soon...I started taking DOWN the burlap today. It literally does just peel off. Ridiculously easy. I was timid at first, worried there would be problems, but after the first piece came right off w/out a hitch, I just started ripping away at the rest of it. The only recommendation I have is once you have it all taken down, to wash down your wall with some warm slightly soapy water to get the starch residue off. But it leaves ZERO damage to the surface of the wall. Another plus: since I used a fabric, I can just run it through the wash on a gentle/cold cycle and then reuse that burlap fabric for another project sometime. Fabulous!!

My only thoughts on doing this with paper is that, depending on the thickness of the paper, it might get too wet and tear when you're smoothing it out.

sanjeet said...

Thanks for the fun post!

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