I am taking part in this year's Blogging from A to Z Challenge. This is my submission for P...
... or its all about the wrapping and ribbons! I always thought I would make a great personal shopper, because I gain pleasure from matching the gift to the receiver ... and I'm also very good at their presentation. I used to enjoy shopping, but slowly my pleasure has waned. With children grown up, gifting has become decidedly less is more - with the exception of the presentation!
Did I ever mention my mother ... or Martha Stewart? Damn both their eyes, they influenced me. Even when young, I received beautifully wrapped and be-ribboned packages. My Mum used to spend hours (or so it seemed) in turning ribbons into amazing creations. I felt over awed by her creations, but slowly I developed my own style.
What works for me is fabric ribbon. I add to my collection in regular but unfrequent buying outings. But I've been re-cycling and re-purposing used ribbon for years. When a gift is given, if the receiver isn't going to appreciate the ribbon and use it again, it always manages to find its way into my bag or pocket. One simply cannot waste good ribbon. Some years ago, I discovered a haberdashers that was a pure aladdin's cave - the magnificent V V Rouleaux. Previously a florist, the owner decided that she preferred the trimmings. Oh, a woman after my own heart! Its the only place that has - almost - overwhelmed me. It can certainly break the bank if self-discipline is absent ...
I'm fussy about wrapping paper too. Good quality paper is important, so it doesn't tear or look bashed and battered. I don't re-cycle paper ... it doesn't handle re-use the way ribbon does. The smaller the package, the more I can go to town on the wrapping. I love hand-made paper on something small, even though its thick and can be difficult to use. I like a solid colour, without much pattern. Spots, stripes and checks can be fine, if used with a plain ribbon. I generally prefer my ribbon to be the star ...
Gift bags and boxes are good for when the gift is an awkward shape, or time is limited. Colour co-ordinated tissue, a ribbon trim and you're done. A friend gave me a gift once and said: "don't worry about what's inside, the real present is the box." She was right, I still have the box and cannot remember its contents!
Do you share my passion? Or do you think I'm barmy?