Designing Florals

Floral Design Day is observed in the US  annually on February 28th. It’s a day to celebrate floral design in a garden, a painting, on fabric, in a floral arrangement or bouquet and of course on wrapping paper. And design really is the word because floral design like other artistic pursuits uses space, structure, colour and brightness to create a […]

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Blue Polar

Take time today to acknowledge the world’s largest carnivore -the Polar Bear (aka ursus maritimus, nanook, nanuq, nanuk, ice bear, sea bear, eisbar, isbjørn or white bear). When fully grown, polar bears can be 2.7m in height. That statistic alone should qualify any animal for its own day. International Polar Bear Day  is organised by Polar Bears International (PBI) and is held every February 27 to raise […]

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Plum Blossom

We’ve all heard about Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, but towards the end of February, the plum blossoms start to bloom in Kyoto, preceding the cherry blossoms by a few weeks. The fabulously named Kyotoites welcome the arrival of the plum blossoms with something approaching religious fervour and why not? From early February, Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, first […]

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Stay hungry stay foolish

It’s the birthday of the late great Steve Jobs today 24 February. Many words have been written about Mr Jobs and his progression through Apple, Lisa, Xerox PARC, Pixar, back to Apple, iPods, iPhones, iPads to innovation and design guru and finally business icon with an attributable quote for every leadership dilemma. His passing on […]

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Water Music

George Frideric Handel, was born on 23 February, 1685 in Halle, Brandenburg.  Even though Handel was German-born and educated, the English like to claim Handel as their own (cheeky Brits). He was the star of the late Baroque era producing operas, oratorios and instrumental compositions.  The biggie and the most famous of all oratorios is of course The Messiah (1741), but I prefer his occasional […]

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Advance Bunny Party

Just back from being out of town this 22 February and so a trip to the supermarket was desperately needed. As I wandered through the aisles in search of jumbo eggs, stain remover, avocados and bleach (don’t worry they won’t be used together) I kept falling across piles and piles of Easter Eggs in all […]

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Kiss from a rose

  Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel aka Seal was born in London, England, on February 19, 1963. Seal, who is of Nigerian heritage, earned a degree in architecture before pursuing his passion for music. Seal likes a self titled album. He made his first full-length, self-titled album debut in 1991  and released his second self-titled album […]

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Day of the mandala

Shapes and patterns come in and out of vogue but none is bigger at the moment that the mandala so I have decided to self-declare 18 February mandala wrapping day. Mandala is a Sanskrit term (my brother in law is currently in India learning Sanskrit among other things so I am noticing all things Sanskrit plus I […]

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Geometric Joy

Today 16 February I am loving geometrics and not just any geometrics but black, gold, silver and white triangles. Add a gold chord (aka mouse tail) and you have a wrap that packs a punch. I am drawn to these tesselating triangles because they  combine order and precision with a bit of metallic bling – […]

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O Canada

Today 15 February is Canada Flag Day. When I think of Canada I think of red. I think of Maple. I think of leaves. I also think of Ryan Reynolds, Michael Buble and Mike Myers but not in a wrapping sense. My wrap today uses a Kraft bag. I don’t wrap much with Kraft bags but […]

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