Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A Box of Cookies for Giles


Today I sent off the last box of cookies for Giles this term. He'll be home from college in a week for spring break, then back for one more ten-week term. He's worked a lot harder this term and produced some really beautiful black and white photos.

I've started using thrifted sewing patterns as packing materials for my weekly boxes. I look for ones on the ten cent table, preferring uncut patterns, and of course never destroying a pattern that is cute in any way. The big sheets of tissue are so pleasing with their soft buff color and their iconic graphics.

23 comments:

Nan said...
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YayaOrchid said...

That sounds like a great 'green' idea! Would have like to see the cookies, LOL! :)

Nan said...

I love your idea.

JMS said...

What type of cookies are they?


Julie in Australia

Tracey said...

I love patterns.. I think your idea is wonderful and thrifty. I'm sure your anxious for your son to come home. I know I will miss my daughter next year as she heads to college.

Toby & Kelly said...

That is such a good idea. What a clever egg you are! I'm going to start doing that - duly giving credit where it's due, of course.

Suzanne said...

I love the vintage touch that the pattern paper lends to a package! Wonderful Idea!

Meg said...

I visit your blog quite frequently and your ability to create beauty out of the most every day items inspires me. You have me looking for the lovely in every day.

It is truly a gift you are blessed with.

Blessings to you for sharing.

Joseph said...

What a good idea - you really don't want to waste anything, do you? Something to definitely remember.

Dove Knits said...

My mom used to pad my care packages with single packets of oatmeal and granola bars, and new socks. That wouldn't work for weekly ones, though!

The Wolfepack said...

Great idea!!

Hopewell said...

I always pack cookies in air-popped plain popcorn! They don't break or crumble and stay nice.

Sage said...

How lovely! I love the simple elegance of the things you do.

Amanda said...

That is a lovely idea.

Connie said...

Looks so classy!

Erin said...

It appears that I am the only reader whose stomach turned when I first realized you were wrapping cookies in pattern paper! It seems like such a waste! Then I realized you're probably using a pattern that you would never make something out of, so I calmed down.

Good grief, I have such a sentimental soft spot for patterns that I just can't bear seeing them used like that even if they are for ugly clothes, haha!

It really is a great idea. I might even take it one step further and wrap gifts with it instead of newspaper or regular wrapping paper!

Heather said...

Great resourcefulness Anna! Your post brings back so many fun memories! College care packages are the best - I remember my carefully packaged goodies with great fondness!!
When I worked at a fabric store, I hated 'discard day' when we were required to go through all of the patterns and cull the discontinued ones. We were told to remove the innards - pattern and instructions - and send the envelopes to the pattern company to prove that we had indeed removed the discards. We were instructed to throw away the tissue and instructions - horrors! I took it all home for packing material - my dad used to send small engine parts and pressure washer accessories wrapped carefully in sewing patterns! I often wondered what the guys who in remote Northern Ontario mining shops or truck stops thought of their packages!

Polly said...

I am about 65 patterns into a massive vintage pattern stash (120? 150? we shall see...) I found in my grandmother's Charleston attic. Packing paper is sounding really good right now....:) Well. Off I go to bag and catalogue.

rileyranch said...

Cute idea, thanks for sharing!
~Nadine

Anonymous said...

My son Evan is in college----what kind of cookies do you send your son? My son loves the PB ones with the kiss in the middle. Your packing idea is so awesome! None of the thrifty stores near me have patterns.....you are one clever lady with much elegance and grace. God bless you!

Genevieve said...

Does Giles still keep a photo blog? Would love to see more of his photos, as a fellow photographer.

Hill upon Hill said...

Everything you do is done with such beauty.

Mrs. U said...

Yum!! I'm sure your son (and his friends!!) happily welcomed these cookies!!

Our family was in Savannah this past weekend and I thought about you and your son as we saw oodles of SCAD students around town. :)

His,
Mrs. U

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