Gorgeous gift wrap
I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas. The colour, the glitz, the food the decorating and simply the ostentatiousness of it all. I never tire of it from year to year. For me the excitement begins late October I love the preparations and anticipation almost as much as the event itself. Each year I choose a theme for my wrap and decor deciding on new layouts for Christmas paraphernalia around the house and accessorising overload I just indulge in it all. The gift wrap is also an integral component to this, I love to decorate my presents with a theme or idea so that when they are stacked up under the tree it creates a stunning visual display. Here are some of the ideas I’ve explored to create truly gorgeous gift wrapping.
Stimulate all the senses, use sweet smelling herbs or flowers to create decorative features along with ribbon and twine. Explore rosemary ( I grow this in the garden so it’s free too!) really you could use sprigs of any herbs, lavender dried roses/flowers, bay leaves, twisted twigs, dried oranges, cinnamon sticks (the year I did this it did cost a little more) Think organic, pine cones with wire can also work well too and the good news is you can collect most of it on an outdoor walk. This works best with white or brown papers keep it simple and let the ribbon accessories do the work.
Explore papers layering papers looks good and can create a co-ordinated look. Wrap the present in one paper and then select a co-ordinated paper to create thinner strips and bands of paper around the present explore different widths so that you can see the original wrap underneath. Explore which papers work best together you can mix patterns too, red and white stripes looks great with red and white spots for example- candy cane inspired.
This is quite indulgent, but great for luxury gifts rather than stocking fillers. Create hand block printed paper by printing your own design. I used my wooden vintage Indian blocks for this but you could use sponges, rubber stamps or even potato printing techniques. Some ideas could include gold paints onto brown paper or white onto dark blue or black with glitter, it's lots of fun -you could get your kids involved too if you can face the irregular prints and mess!
Plain and simple elegance
Keep it simple, brown paper and string, newspapers yes I did say newspaper, this looks fab if you use some really over the top ribbon. I’ve also used music papers as background wrap even better if it carol sheet. Map books work well tear up an old atlas (everyone uses sat nav now anyway) This looks fabulous with silver ribbon.
Go for highly patterned beauties. The bigger and darker the print the better it looks. Flocked or textured designs also look very dramatic this does call for a wider glitzy ribbon too for over the top glamour
Ribbons and trims
Linking your trim to the wrap and overall look is key. If you have gone more naturalistic by way of theme better choices would be for string, raffia or bakers twine ( this is available in so many colours choices. If you have gone for a more extravagant look go for wired ribbons braids cords and trims feathers also look fabulous.
Hope this has given you some ideas.
P.S. If this all sounds like far too much effort, why not leave it to me- remember you can give the surprise gift of painting or print via my website which will arrive beautifully gift wrapped ready all for you and it will solve the problem of what to buy that special person at the same time.
I’ll be doing special promotional offers on gift wrapping too in November keep your eyes peeled via Instagram
Faffing, unicorns, creating energy and the stylists dream.
This morning I woke up to a small unicorn slipper in the middle of my living room, those of you with little people will relate to this story.
I spent last weekend rearranging furniture trying to configure the best way to create more space. After dragging and moving furniture around the room in various layouts I finally came up with a solution. I then moved on to faffing with what my husband refers to as knickknacks; vases, pictures, flowers arranged into various groups for aesthetically pleasing displays. Cushions were plumped up and positioned and stacked according to size and colour and all of this was conducted with brisk enthusiasm. It is this desire to re-organise which continually refreshes my home, I have since explored three other possible options just for this room and it's only Thursday! I have read over the years the theories of Feng Shui and Whilst I am sceptical of some of the significant concepts behind this, I wonder is there something in this? One thing I do know is that a little bit of faffing energises both me and my home. This also causes much amusement to some of my family members who think that this level of faffing is uncalled for, whilst I have maintained the stance over the years that these are not mere knickknacks but integral to creating a home. The coordinating accessories such as paintings photographs pictures vases, flowers are also fundamentally important to creating an individual sense of style. The occasional unicorn encroaching on the pursuit of an insta perfect vista reminds us that the home is indeed a reflection of oneself. Go one indulge yourself rearranging, try new things and re energise .
Hello there, it's me Sophie owner of Sophie's emporium. A little creative world on a planet far away that time forgot. Sophie collects, Sophie searches for treasures and Sophie creates just for the sheer love of making. I hope you like what you find. Together it's a creative journey of discovery.