ahhh anna’s granola gifts! with or without the honey, she thinks up new packaging each year. yummy for a new neighbor as a housewarming gift, and so easy to throw together: the trick is using old ball jars or any recycled glass jars you have lying around, and a heavy canvas or muslin to iron on images, notes or even recipes.

potted planting gift

we’ve been giving these little potted planting gifts for the last year. valentine’s day, hostess gifts; they are perfect for an aspiring cook or someone with a new home. each pot has a ceramic white fruit or veg with matching seeds that we repackaged (one of our easy tricks to make ANYTHING look good) the seeds are in glassine envelopes with the planting directions printed on kraft paper stickers.

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living in chicago during these cold winter months makes you want to hibernate a little bit. make a fire, knit, drink tea. our grandmother is a big tea pusher and has always given us wonderful teas, teapots, antique tea spoons and an appreciation for a good cup of tea. an easy way to put together a lovely gift is to pick a selection of your favorite bulk teas and repackage them in bags or tins with customized labels. you can even add a pretty silver spoon!

pickling gift

a childhood friend of ours lives in la with amy and is a pretty great gift-giver herself, and she’s one of those “has everything” types. she’s a master chef (check out her new blog, apres fete !) and so amy put together this pickling kit for her to give food gifts to others: a book on pickling (jam it, pickle it, cure it by karen solomon) a few jars and some helpful packaging ideas (yarn, stickers and muslin emblazoned with her logo), a pack of recipe cards and voila!

  1. Islia Orloff says:

    I LOVE YOUR IDEAS. Where did you get the images for the utensils. Can you share how did you glue the fabric on the jars? THANKS A BUNCH

  2. Lynnie says:

    Hi Anna, I found you off pinterest and am wondering where you got the tea tins for this project?

  3. dasha says:

    Where did you buy the stickers that were place on the jar covers?

  4. Milly says:

    I love your ideas. could you please share how you did it?

  5. Yuriko says:

    Hello Ana!! I loved your ideas!! Can you please tell me how you print the logo in the linen napkins? It is such a wonderful idea!


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