Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I wrapped up one of my Jo Malone boxes {click here to go to original post on regifting logo boxes) for someone lovely and special. A heartfelt and virtual thank you to Anne Harwell at Annechovie for the lovely mention on my Oooh la la Cadeau website in her blog post yesterday {click here to read }. Just so you know, I won't put just anything on a Jo Malone box (to cover the logo and re-use) but I love the idea of using Anne's chair card on the front, it certainly is Jo Malone worthy and it's striking image can carry this gift all by itself. I simply glued the card right to the box and wrote my thank you inside. I placed my bows and ribbon "tails" off to the top so they wouldn't interfere with the classic Annechovie chair image. I folded a bit of stitch ribbon to make a little bolster cushion (just for fun Anne, it really doesn't need it). Sometimes the cards are so wonderful that it's a shame not to show them off a bit from the get-go and make them part of the presentation. Certainly the case with any of the gorgeous cards from Annechovie. If you haven't taken a peek, you must do so, you'll be inspired. If you missed my post last month, click here to read about Anne's generous style and talent. I know, lots of links today, but if you want to get up to speed on her story.......off you go.

You can see the card flap open a bit and it doesn't bother me a bit. The more I think about it, the more I like this variation......see her artwork has inspired me to look at this recyling-boxes in a whole new way. The card becomes part of the gift in a way that isn't possible when it's off to the side in an envelope. When the card is this fabulous then let it help you along in your gift wrapping palette. I do like to have long ribbon "tails" on some presentations, makes it a bit decadent but not wasteful, they will hopefully get re-used when you are generous with your ribbon lengths.

Here I took the same box, centered the card and used a stitch cotton ribbon on top and bottom for a simpler version of the same idea. I do this because I know what you are thinking when I use lots of ribbon. And yes, I like both versions.

Thank you Anne, again. You really are the best.

All photo images by Sande Chase ~ A Gift Wrapped Life/Oooh la la Cadeau


  1. Such gorgeousness Sande! Love the colors, the ribbons and the card...just heavenly. Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my page, I'm always blossoming when I see you stopped by. Much love: Evi

  2. Anne is one of the most beautiful inside and out. She has been a good friend to me and helped me start my blog. I enjoy her so much and getting to know her makes me like her work even more than I already do. She radiates such spirit! Your little gift looks lovely.

  3. So Beautiful Sande! Love the colours and the ribbon tails! What a lovely gift for Anne who is so sweet and SO TALENTED!!! ~Miss Kris~

  4. Sande,
    Beautiful! What a great idea you have, a card on a box! So simple and yet never really ever done. I think you are a true genius. Love your style and so special for Anne~

  5. SANDE!!! You are too sweet! What a gorgeous package - I love the way you've done it! I can't say thank you enough. Thanks to the rest of you for your super kind comments also - you guys are the best!

  6. Sande I love it! Even your hand writing is perfect. You are the complete perfect package! All those bows... How can anyone ever open your packages?

  7. Simply gorgeous! I love the idea of 'recycling' Jo Malone boxes which are so sturdy and great simple colours ~ I never thought of this before! I think the addition of the card and ribbon is beautiful ~ the pink ribbons are perfect!
    I so enjoy reading about all your wonderful, unique ideas!
    Ali x

  8. Sande, I'm so happy I found your website (and now blog!)....you're gifts are lovely and I love the concept. All your gifts look like they were so thoughtfully assembled (and packaged); definitely a lot more personal than so many gift store items. ~Averill @ Odi et Amo

  9. Very clever Sande & oh so beautiful. I adore Anne's art. Everything you do is wrapped up with 100% class!

  10. What an adorable way to say thank yoU!


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