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If there is one thing I adore about the Holiday season, it's wrapping presents!  In my family, I am known far and wide as the go-to girl for gift wrapping.  I just have the most fun.  It's sort of my own personal version of origami.  In fact, my mother-in-law used to save all her gifts for me to wrap.  It used to be one of my favourite activities.  I'd plop myself down in the middle of the living room with a wall of presents and rolls of wrapping paper.  What ensued was a frenzy of ribbon, tape and scissors.  I was in my element. 

Now that the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone it is time to begin thinking about decorating the tree.  Here are some of my suggestions for handmade Christmas ornaments.

USING EXISTING ORNAMENTS

One of the best things about my job is when I get to collaborate with my young clients.  For the past 4 years, I've had the great pleasure of creating new and interesting Halloween decorations based on the suggestions of the 3 young ladies who reside in what my office has come to call, "The Spooky Tree House".  

 

Right now, if you visit my home city of San Francisco, you won't be able to walk 1/4 mile without seeing some sort of construction going on.  There are high rises going up faster than Jack's beanstalk, arenas taking over waterfronts, and enough scaffolding to make our city look like one giant jungle gym.  When I cross the Bay Bridge from Oakland or Berkeley I play a game called count the cranes...my lowest tally so far was 15, the highest was 32.  

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