We celebrated my daughter Ash's birthday earlier this month, quietly but enjoyably, with lunch and a movie. She seemed delighted with the gifts her sister and I bestowed upon her. Don't you love this pretty green and purple paper? I just happened to have a chartreuse ribbon that matched the background! After stumbling upon a blog with some terrific gift wrapping ideas -- A Gift Wrapped Life -- I've been inspired to ramp up my wrapping skills. It's fun to give gifts that are so lovely the recipient can barely bring herself to unwrap them! I love all things PAPER, do you? Once Ash managed to tug the ribbon and paper off this present, she discovered a hard cover copy of her favorite book of all time -- a book I just happened to find (or did it find me?) on the local library's sale rack just a few days before her birthday: Dostoyevsky's "The Brother's Karamazov."