The Complete Pleat

I have spent the last few days leading Gift Wrapping 2.0 workshops in three capital cites and that means I have been working with wonderful wrappers who have been to one of my workshops before (good to see you back Alumni!!!) or who are in confident wrapping presents and gifts. It also means we can […]

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Pleasing Pleats

Today 5 July we celebrate family days when generations get together, everyone brings something and the children run around having the time of their lives. We’ve wrapped a beautiful homemade strawberry jam that didn’t last long when the scones came out. It gave us an opportunity to use our skills in wrapping a jar or […]

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Going to the Source

If there is one thing that I like nearly as much as gift wrapping, it is talking about gift wrapping with specialist gift wrappers. And so it was that I found myself on New York’s Upper West Side talking all things wrapping with the lovely Melissa from Paper Source. Melissa has gift wrapping cred. She […]

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The Trick with Geometrics

It would be fair to say that my wrapping preference is for fabulous florals, kraft paper or plain colours with textures as well as ribbons and bows. But from time to time it is important to move outside your comfort zone to something that really captures your eye. For me, that is the wonderful world […]

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Bigger is Better

I am a bit drawn to the manipulation of shape and form. I love normal things in large sizes and everyday items in miniature. That’s why there could be no better summer holiday road trip for me than a grand tour around Australia’s big icons. There just comes a time when bigger is better. I […]

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Love Your Towel

Today I am continuing my quest to get in shape for my walk across England from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay. I am trying to get some serious miles under my belt so my feet are ready for eight straight days of walking with my dear husband literally up hill and down dale. I […]

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My friend the Cylinder

One way to look  at gift wrapping is as the art of making three dimensional objects beautiful. Given a choice, I would always wrap a rectangular prism with its neat edges and hospital grade folds, but I have to admit to a soft spot for the cylinder. A cylinder is more challenging to wrap and certainly […]

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Predominantly white

Today 30 June and we are well into the first week of the The Championships. Of course I am referring to the All England Club Tennis Championships played at Wimbledon. I am a bit sad that I have never attended the Championships. I have been fortunate enough to attend other major sporting events – just not Wimbledon. […]

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Japanese Wrap

My husband came back from a business trip to Japan today 24 June and with him came an array of business gifts from his Japanese hosts. Of course they were all beautifully wrapped in that precise fantastically folded way  for which the Japanese are famous. You know what I am talking about  – a wrap that […]

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Top Ten Looks One Year In

How time flies when you’re having fun!! It’s been 365 days since I decided to wrap a gift every day for a year, each one to a daily theme. My aim was to explore the world of wrapping with different looks, techniques, papers and embellishments. It was all about trying new things and to push the boundaries […]

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