5.20.2011

Gift Wrapping

If I could run a business wrapping people's gifts, I would be in heaven.  I believe that presentation is key!  No matter what you are bringing to someone (flowers, food plate, gift box), if it's wrapped appropriately and beautifully, it will be far more appreciated and enjoyed.  I think so, anyway.  This is why I sometimes spend an equal amount of time selecting the perfect wrapping paper, ribbon, bow combination as I do the actual gift.

In the last two weeks, I had three gifts to wrap for three different occasions:

1. Birthday gift for grandma. I started off with simple Kraft paper and added some color with a textured jewel-toned purple strip.  Finished it off with a rope-like white ribbon, tied in a bow.


2. Mother's Day gift for my mom.  Loving that the paper is not too "baby girl" and not too "shocking pink"... just the right shade of pink.  Decided to add a bit more sass with a leopard-print wide ribbon and matching bow.


3. Baby Shower gift from a friend.  Even though we knew the baby is going to be a boy, I stayed neutral in my wrapping.  Neutral, but still very baby-shower-appropriate!  I started off with a fantastic black polka dots on white paper.  Since the gift was bath related, I wanted to incorporate an adorable rubber ducky (the water temperature gauge kind), so I opted for some yellow ribbon and tied the ducky to the top, in lieu of a bow.  Sooo cute!

 
And, I totally have a "Gift Wrap" pin board, to store all those great ideas I see online.  You know it! 

5.17.2011

Pinterest Obsessed

So I know that I have been MIA lately. I blame it all on Pinterest. If you haven't heard about it yet, get ready to be addicted. Don't say I didn't warn you :).

If you are like me, I constantly bookmark websites of things I like or tear out pages from a magazine of ideas. Anything from fashion to home decoration. I will admit that I even have a notebook filled with little scraps of things I love (and I KNOW some of you have those too!).

Pinterest is an online catalog of all things you love. You can create as many different pin boards as you'd like (one for each category, such as "Outfits I Must Wear" or "My Future Gift Wrapping Station Ideas" or "Appetizer Foods for My Next Party") and then "pin" things to that board. There are a bazillion (yes, bazillion) photos already on Pinterest for you to "repin" to your own board or you can install their bookmarklet to top header in your browser, which allows you to "pin" ANY image off ANY website.... so when you are browsing at West Elm and you fall in love with an owl candle, click the "Pin It" bookmarklet, select the image, add a description (like "must buy, from West Elm") and it will appear on your Pinterest pin board, for easy future reference! Too easy.  Imagine all of your ideas, all in one place.

For some reason, Pinterest is still an exclusive, invite-only website (doesn't make sense to me), but here is my invite if you want to get onto it immediately (and not wait the standard two weeks!).

So Follow Me and I'll follow you and we'll all be merry. BONUS: if you have an iPhone, Pinterest just released their app, which makes is super easy to bring all of your ideas along with you on shopping trips. And it also allows you to snap a photo of something you see and instantly pin it to your board.  Fabulous!


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