My father has never been the kind of man to sit down and have a heart-to-heart with me.  Our phone calls are brief and consist of talk about the weather, plans for his garden (if during the winter months), and the progress of his garden (if in the growing months).  He’ll update me on Mom and my sister.  I’ll update him on my little family.  It's just a little exchange between a girl and her dad.  He’s not the talkative kind.  He never has been. Show. Not tell. When...

Step-by-step to a perfect-for-a-patriot paper wreath: 1. Gather your supplies. You'll need:one 6-inch cardboard circle coordinating Innisbrook wrapping paper, cut to the following sizes and specs:16 6-inch squares (Batik Scroll) 8 6-inch squares (Christmas Red) 4 4-inch squares (Silver Metallic) 4 4-inch squares (Gold Metallic)one 3-inch cardboard circle (for center medallion) one 2" x 24" long strip of wrapping paper (for center medallion) (Christmas Polka Dot Reversible and/or Batik Scroll) pen, pencil, or marker hole punch string, ribbon, or monofilament for hanging tape hot glue gun Optional: buttons,...

Baby Fever.  It's contagious.  There's nothing like a baby, even the mere thought of a baby, that starts my temperature rising.  Just the thought of sweet little leg rolls, cheesy toes, and even that intoxicating fragrance of sour milk babies wear around their necks and behind their ears makes my heart putter!  To be honest, all this baby fever has me thinking about having another one.  I have baby thoughts sweet-talking me in one part of my brain and the logical, bean-counter counting beans on the other drawing me back...

Who doesn't love pretty paper?  Pretty paper makes me happy.  I'm always looking for ideas that allow me to liberate my stash of paper from its dark storage box and bring it into the light and out into my world.  I came across a tutorial for an Origami Fox Box and thought I'd give it a go.  These clever little fox boxes are quick and easy to work up and would make great boxes for party favors.  Maybe I can incorporate these sweet little gems into Kelly's baby...

I've changed a lot over the years.  There was a time when I couldn't imagine ever being a mother.  Not only that, I could not fathom why in the world anyone in their right mind would ever want to be a parent.  As a 21 year-old, I had every reason not to want children.  Fast forward a few years to age 28, when I started to sing a different tune.  With the benefit of hindsight, as the mom of a fantastic 11 year-old, I've put together my list...

Hey there, Y’all!  Since February, we have been sitting on some big news!  The news is not about our website-warming (coming up soon!).  The news is not about the fact that you can get Innisbrook’s renowned wrapping paper at our Amazon or Facebook store any time you want it-- right now.  The news is we are having a baby!  Welcome aboard the Innisbrook Baby Train! We're having a baby! Well, not “we” so much as Kelly and her husband Chris (which is not “we” at all).  But still—we are having...

A project so easy, a classroom full of 5th graders hopped up on sugar can do it. Last year, my son's fifth grade class did a project to mark the festivities of the winter holidays.  While the other three classrooms in the fifth grade pod contended with you'll-be-finding-this-stuff-forever glitter and smears of glue, his dear teacher and a very clever parent decided to make this pretty spiral star decoration craft with the class.  It took five minutes to demonstrate, was easy enough that the kids caught on right away,...

Together, we have more. If you've been reading along with us over the past few weeks, you already know how awesome each member of the Innisbrook family is.  Well, perhaps awesome is overstating things just a little bit.  At the very least, each member of our team is unique.  Shelby is the photographer, the mover and shaker, the product selector.  I'm the writer, crafter, outside-the-box thinker (when it comes to wrapping paper, that is).  Tetley's the tech, the behind-the-scenes superheroine who manages to make life easier for everyone.  And Kelly...

What do you want most in life? As I prepared for the earlier post, "Looking Back and Moving Forward," I came across an old employee handbook from 1966 in which the company's founder, Mr. Alex M. Worth, posed a simple yet profound question: "What do you want most in life?  Is it good health, a better education for your children, self confidence, a higher standard of living, a happy family?  Most likely it is a combination of these and other things.  Whatever it is-- you can gain it.  But if you...

Welcome! Welcome!  We're glad you're here.  If you've followed the blog over the past weeks, you should be getting a better idea of Innisbrook-- who we are and what we do.  If you haven't, you can catch up on a little Innisbrook history in Looking Back and Moving Forward and can start to put faces to names by reading about Shelby, Innisbrook's Product Marketing Specialist, photographer, and comic relief.  By the end of the month, you'll know the core members of the Innisbrook team-- Shelby, Tetley, Kelly, and me.Allow me...

Over the past couple weeks, you have gotten to know a little bit about Innisbrook as a company (and if you haven't, you can catch up on everything Innisbrook by reading the previous blog posts "The Elephant In the Room" and "Looking Back and Moving Forward").  We thought you might want to find out more about the people behind the scenes-- the Innisbrook family.  Together, we are like most other families--  weird and wonderful!  We've got a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of love!  Over the...

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." --Winston Churchill There's much to be said for the study of history.  Confucius encouraged, "Study the past if you would define the future."  In that spirit, as the Innisbrook team sets out to define our future, I was interested to find the answer to a pretty basic question—how did Innisbrook get to this point in 2016?  Where did we come from?  What are the roots of this tree?If you read last week’s post, The Elephant In...

 Although we no longer do fundraising, we still support it  As you may or may not know, Innisbrook was born a fundraising company.  For more than three decades, we helped schools and civic groups raise money for their passion projects-- scholarship funds, playground renovations, books and textbooks, school supplies, extracurricular activities, mission trips, hunger projects...

It is nearly spring!  The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the bleak North Carolina winter landscape is returning to Technicolor life.  The happy chattering of birds has already begun to replace the alarm clock and the daffodils are sprouting like sunbeams from the earth.  Spring is springing!  Here, at Innisbrook, we are so excited that all of creation is waking to light, life, and glorious color!Over the last few months, it may have seemed that we’ve been hibernating, right?  Not so!  In...