* Spoiler for Donna, Maija, Merry and Julie*
I love a good surprise and I love making a good surprise! One of my favorite things to do is to buy one of those sturdy photo boxes from JoAnn's or Michaels and fill them with little treats. They are often on sale and almost cheaper than a mailing envelope! I buy tissue paper and ribbon to match and, lately, even some of that colored packing tape from the dollar bin at Michaels. Then I start gathering "treats" that I think would be appropriate for the person. It might be crafts supplies or candy or little rummage sale items. Often I put in a few things I have made. This Halloween, I made boxes for several lovely people: for Maija, who had a fiftieth birthday and it one of the sweetest people in blogland; for my dear friend, Donna, who has been the best of friends for many years; and for Merry and Julie, my Little Sisters for Silver Bella (and sisters, themselves, in real life!)
The outside of the box is "decorated" with an Ugly Doll who is tied up. The little sign says, "Help me, Donna." Donna then knows she is to free the doll!!!! Bizarre? I know. I think I have a rather quirky sense of humor but I thought is was funny.
The box is filled with treats that I hope she will enjoy. I try to wrap about half of them because, unwrapping presents, even if it Halloween napkins, is FUN, right? You can pack a whole lot of stuff in these boxes!
I also put a composition book and a whole bunch of Halloween graphics to embellish the book in a couple of the boxes. Each box is a little bit different. Usually, I make several things but this time, I just didn't have enough time.
Always, always, there is chocolate.