Happy Thursday! According to my Christmas countdown App on my iPhone, it is exactly 51 days, 14 hours, 46 minutes until Christmas. (It was a free app and sings Silent Night when you open it.) I know Thanksgiving is still to come but I couldn’t help but check in on my little gift wrapping station in the basement!
We finished our basement years ago as soon as we moved into the house. My husband built my little craft corner in one of the closets. It has a work surface and shelves on both sides. The louvered doors conveniently close to hide clutter or open all the way for easy access. This is the perfect nook to wrap gifts so last year I went one step further and added a wall mounted gift wrap organizer.
I found this one on Amazon. It was around $70 and perfect for my needs! It holds 6 rolls of wrapping paper and ribbon. The rolls need to be 30 inches or less in length to fit. There are two hooks on each side so I added a thin curtain rod to hold extra ribbon. The instructions that came with the organizer were great! They gave detailed hanging instructions and told how many inches apart to hang each of the four screws and wall anchors. I put it up on the first try! No spackle needed. (for once).
My only complaint about this unit is it is tricky to change the rolls by yourself because of the screw-on finials on the ends. I keep a razor knife handy to cut the paper which makes it really easy to cut in a straight line, too. I keep peel and stick bows in a large glass container for when I get tired of making my own bows. Plus, I like the way these look in the jar. 🙂
I had a cute white chandelier over the desk area, but the bulbs get very hot and pose a bit of a fire hazard. Not to mention I burned my hand pretty badly last year on one of the bulbs while cutting some paper. So today while taking inventory of the gift wrap station, I switched out the chandelier for a smaller one with less wattage. Also, the replacement has crystals, which you know I LOVE. Win-Win! I think the white one might look sweet on the Veranda…..
This is a better picture of this sweet little chandelier. I had this one rewired and put on a plug: