Today 2 June I am wrapping goodies that I picked up at the Lifeline Bookfest which is currently being held in the cavernous exhibition halls at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. I chose the Bookfest over the Federal election as the Daily Wrap because it is far more interesting and worthy.

I have been going to the Lifeline Bookfest for many years. It really is a fabulous event to raise funds for the vital work that Lifeline carries out in our Community. It’s the largest second hand book sale in my home state of Queensland and the biggest fundraising event that supports the 24 hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line – a life-saving service which offers suicide prevention and bereavement support over the telephone as well as family and crisis support – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

On entering the Bookfest, Bookworms are greeted by 4km of tables with millions of books, magazines,  records, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and sheet music for prices as low as a dollar. The books are divided into signed categories – so I headed straight for the Lifestyle and Humour section where there were an unnerving amount for books  by Jeremy Clarkson, possibly outnumbered only by titles by Shannon Lush – Spotless, Spotless Pets, Spotless Babies and of course the must have Stainless.

I was on the lookout for beautiful books for staging, books full of quirky and interesting facts as well as biographies for my mum. I rummaged and rummaged and found heaps of titles in my signature pink, some of which I might actually read. I also picked up a copy of “The Bathtub Reader : An Amusing Miscellany for the Discerning Mademoiselle” which included the fascinating fact that one of Cher’s wigs was valued at $8000 when it was stolen in 2003. Crikey.

But all that was before I found the jewel in the crown – A lovely edition of “Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives” by Helen O’Neill going for a song. It contains plates of the stunning patterns for which she is known. I am in heaven. No wonder Kate Spade did a Florence Broadhurst collection. More on Florence later this month when I have firstly read the book and also to celebrate her 28 July birthday.

Feeling more than a little pleased with myself I jogged over to the sheet music section – because as we wrappers well know – sheet music, particularly old sheet music makes absolutely wonderful wrapping paper for smaller gifts. There I found books of beautiful sheets of music from Beethoven to Bach to lively polkas and Singing in the Rain all for $1 a pop.

So that’s what I am wrapping with today – with my Lifeline sheet music from Beethoven. I love its dark cream colour. I have paired it with a thin pink grosgrain ribbon tied three ways – single bow, crossover bow and corner bow. I must acknowledge that I first saw this look from the wrapping guru Jane Means in her book Giftwrapped that I have referred to many times before. It was she who introduced me to wrapping with sheet music and also the little touches like the tiny sheet music roll.

I can’t claim credit for the look but I can claim credit for the implementation. And Lifeline can claim credit for doing an outstanding job in our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Thank goodness for their work.



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