Monday, October 19, 2009

13 Days of Halloween, Day 1

I truly believe that how a gift is presented is such an important aspect to the art of giving gifts.

Hope Malott presented me with a splendid array of music sheet wrapped goodies. Some were wrapped in old book pages, then machine sewn on three sides. But, the most important thing was that she was thoughtful and they were an extension of the gift inside.

I tried to do the same by wrapping my presents in reproduction advertisement paper bags in black and dark beige tones, with a touch of contemporary. I purchased these beautiful ghoulish children tag images from Kirsi. Then I embellished each tag with the required dates and glued clocks to the underside portraying the "witching hour."

One thing, that Hope did, that I should have done was recycle too, both for the sake of our planet, and to acquire a potpourri of different kinds of items and styles for potential creative situations later. I systematically cut away the musical paper. I knew that at some point I would want to put it to use again. I even saved the pretty vintage seam binding ribbons that wrapped her lovelies too.

How exciting it was to receive an "extra" gift for the 18th! Thanks, Hope for the sweet gifts that came my way on the first day. I am sure I will be enjoying the fruits of your paper punching techniques by using these adorable vellum bats and posies. I sure love those Dove dark chocolate candies! I am very happy to be part of the next 13 days of celebration. Hope that everyone was as fortunate as I was! Here is my first gift to a very generous partner.

These were some of the Halloween postcards I created for her. She tells me she has been sending them out already to her friends. Lovin' that!


Christine Edwards said...

It is amazing how that extra little detail of wrapping the items does make a difference. I was debating whether I would wrap my Wicked swap, and was glad I did in the end. It adds to the excitement when you open the box. Hope you're having a fantastic day, and enjoy your chocolates.

snowbear said...

I am enjoying the anticipation along with you Nancy! And I agree about the packaging!! It all looks so inviting.

Sophia said...

I think adding extra wrapping to a gift adds extra excitement. I often wish I could be at the other end watching the person opening the box! :)

Hope you had a good Monday! :)

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Suz said...

hope is pretty amazing!