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Gift Wrapping 101

DIY, BusinessKat RainwaterComment

I’m not going to lie…I’m a pretty skilled wrapper. (Not to be confused with rapper…which would be kinda awesome.) I don’t have too many bragging rights but if I had to pick one, wrapping presents just might be it. My gift wrapping skills were perfected when Cason got me a job at Swoozie’s as the seasonal gift wrapper while I was home from college for Christmas. I had obviously wrapped presents before but I was in no way qualified to be a professional “gift wrapper.” I had a whole table set up in the back room with wrapping paper and ribbons galore and that’s where I perfected my craft.  To be totally honest though, these techniques are not my own…I went through an intense Swoozie gift wrap boot camp and I think it’s safe to say the student has officially become the teacher.

Without further ado, here are my steps to wrapping the perfect gift! *BUT before you hit play- it’s a little blurry and not up to professional standards but it’s the first video Cason has ever done so it’s definitely not perfect. (Side note: Is there anything worse than hearing your voice on video?! UGH.)

There you have it! All my gift wrapping secrets in one short video. Turn up the Christmas tunes, pour a glass of wine, and get to wrapping!

This year you’re bound to have the prettiest gifts under the tree!

Velvet Hammer Ice Cream Recipe

RecipesCason RainwaterComment

Forget the fruitcake and figgy pudding. There’s no room for the cliché Christmas desserts when your recipe bank includes velvet hammer ice cream. My aunt made this ice cream to go along with our dessert last Christmas and I’m not naming any names here, but some of them got seconds AND thirds. Serve alongside your Christmas cookies, brownies, and cakes because I promise you – THIS is what your guests want.

Velvet Hammer Ice Cream

Ingredients:
:: 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
:: 1.5 oz brandy
:: 1 oz triple sec
:: 1.5 oz creme de cocoa

1 | Allow ice cream to thaw at room temperature just until soft. (NOT melted.) Scoop out ice cream into large mixing bowl.

2 | Stir in all liquor and mix to even consistency. Put back into ice cream container.

3 | Re-freeze ice cream and serve!

Call me crazy, but I think Santa may want to replace his cookies and milk this year with cookies and velvet hammer ice cream!

Wallpaper Wednesday

Business, Free DownloadsCason RainwaterComment

Around this time of year I feel like I have Buddy the elf whispering in one ear and the Grinch whispering in the other. “Pull out your tree!” “People will judge you.” “Watch Christmas movies!” “Get a life.” If you’re like me, your DYING to deck the halls and decorate every mantle, nook, and surface you can get your hands on. While we wait for the official post-Thanksgiving safe zone, why not at least give your personal tech devices a festive makeover? Nobody even has to know. I created 3 new wallpaper designs to help get you into the holiday spirit!

Happy wallpaper Wednesday and happy (ALMOST) holidays!

When it Rains Paper Updates + Giveaway!

BusinessKat RainwaterComment

Happy November friends! We haven’t done a When it Rains Paper update since June so I figured it was about time to catch you up on our current happenings. (Especially since this occupies about 90% of my life so if we’re being honest this is a true life update.) As much as I love cooking, reading, traveling, and everything else in between- this is what I’m doing all day, every day!

So, what have we been up to since June? I’ve got one word for you, Christmas! Cason and I have been discussing this years Christmas line since good ol’ pool Fridays. We wanted to totally revamp Christmas this year and it was quite the undertaking but the results are fabulous! (Am I allowed to say that about my own products? Because I’m truly obsessed with them.) Keep reading for details on how to win 25 FREE personalized Christmas cards! We added new Christmas card designs

Once we got all of our Christmas products in the shop we finally had some free time to work on the “gifts” line we’d been dreaming of. One of our biggest goals after we quit our jobs was to develop products and gifts that compliment our paper goods. For example, we already offer return address stickers but we wanted to expand into stylish and modern rubber stamps.

We’ve also been swooning over circle monograms and love how they turned out on our new acrylic trays! I wish I had taken a picture of our house during the acrylic tray photo shoot. It looked like our make-up, jewelry, and desk drawers blew up in the kitchen. We couldn’t eat at our table for days. The things you’ll do to style a cute photo…

On top of all of that, Cason and I have been diligently working on our Amazon shop. Yep, you read that right, you can now get When it Rains Paper products on Amazon! If you didn’t know, Handmade at Amazon recently launched in October. Here’s a little blurb about it…

"Whether you’re looking for that perfect charm for your charm bracelet, custom party invitations, or a new piece of furniture, Handmade is proud to bring Amazon customers products from hand-picked artisans. Discover something new for yourself or find a special gift for family and friends. Buying handmade is about more than the finished product. Connect with the artisan through their profile page and discover their personal story to feel confident your piece is genuinely made by hand."

We’ve been so thankful to have another channel to sell our products on and we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the traffic!

All in all it’s been a busy 5 months but Cason and I couldn’t be more blessed to be doing what we love every day. Some days are harder than others but we have to remind ourselves how far we’ve come and who knows what God has in store for us! To celebrate all of our updates, we’re giving away 25 FREE personalized Christmas cards. The only way to enter is on Instagram so be sure you follow @whenitrainspaper for all the details!

Chocolate Mice Recipe

RecipesKat RainwaterComment

I made a batch of these chocolate mice for Bupper Club last week and they were SO good! I was a little hesitant for obvious reasons (Such as, who wants to eat food that looks like a mouse?) but it turned out to be one of my favorite recipes! Lucky for y’all it’s Halloween week and I can totally justify sharing a chocolate mice recipe with you. These would be the perfect addition to any Halloween party or fall festival you’re headed to this weekend. The kids will love the way they look and adults (and kids) will love the way they taste!

Chocolate Mice Recipe

:: 4 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate
:: 1/3 cup sour cream
:: 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (any chocolate cookie will do)
:: 1/3 chocolate cookie crumbs
:: 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
:: sliced almonds for ears
:: pull apart licorice for tails
:: decorating candy for eyes

Step 1 | Melt chocolate squares according to package directions. Once chocolate is melted stir in sour cream, 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs, and confectioners sugar. Refrigerate until firm.

Step 2 | Roll into 1 inch balls and mold one end to a slight point for the nose.

Step 3 | Roll ball into remaining 1/3 cup chocolate cookie crumbs until covered. Decorate with eyes, ears, and tail! Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm. This makes around 12-15 mice.

These mice are chocolatey goodness. They’re the perfect combination of fudge and brownies and honestly, you really can’t go wrong with that kind of outcome.

Happy Halloween!