A Very KMART Christmas

Every year in October – I know not which exact week – could be the first week but definitely before Halloween – the major chain stores reveal their Christmas theming, decorations, wrapping papers and embellishments. The moment it is out, I am there. This week, I was in full KMART mode. KMART Australia has done […]

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Seven Christmas Wrapping Trends You Need To Know

It appears there is no official dictionary definition for a person who is obsessed with Christmas but there are plenty of unofficial descriptors and my favorite is yulephile. I suspect I am a yulephile which means I’m well into serious preparations for my Christmas styling, theming and wrapping. Early September is the perfect time for […]

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Grosgrain Campaign

Gift Wrapping is like fashion, interior design and hair styles. Trends come and go. Some of the trends I connect with. Some not so much. But one trend that I am definitely loving at the moment is the use of bold striped grosgrain ribbon placed with a detailed patterned or floral wrapping print. It is […]

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Elderflower Power

I am not ashamed to say that I can remember when Price Charles married the then Lady Diana Spencer. We had a party and everyone had to bring a plate. My favourite was the trifle with a Union Jack painstakingly piped on the top. It was scrumptious. I watched the wedding of Prince William and […]

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Be My Valentine

It’s Valentine’s Day today … a time to spoil our loved ones with special thoughts and treats.  With Australians spending around $1.09 billion on Valentines Day (according to IBIS World Research) – that’s a lot of special thoughts, treats and loving sentiment! But because my world centres on gift wrapping – I simply have to […]

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Graphite Gift Wrap in its Element

Earlier this year my daughter chose a graphite coloured paper as the signature gift wrapping paper for her new Brisbane Retail Store. I was very dubious to say the least. I was worried that it would be a little too dour and that it would not be suitable for a wide enough range of recipients. […]

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Ribbon Roll Out

This early October Ribbon Roll Out features open weave metallics, a few thoughts on matte curling ribbon and great value extra wide ribbon finds. Open Weave Metallics Lead the Way Metallics are on a roll ( pun intended) in ribbons this Christmas and open weave metallics are leading the way. I love Lumi in antique […]

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Twine Finds

How much fun is twine? Yes… I do love my ribbons but there is something about twine that can be quite enticing – it can be rustic or functional or colourful or playful or sophisticated or any combination of the aforementioned. Plus, there are some stunning twines around at the moment and they simply cannot […]

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Green by a wide margin

Well today it’s the Queen’s Birthday holiday here in Australia and that means that we get to learn who of the good and the great have been recognised with a Queen’s Birthday honour. Of all the worthy recipients in 2017, one stands out for me, with an Officer of the Order of Australia going to […]

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Heroing the Carrot

When my children were much younger, I ended up in hospital with viral meningitis. It was no fun let me tell you and it was a while (understandably) before I was allowed visitors. When people were allowed in, I was very touched by the gifts they brought but after all that time, there is one […]

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