Friday, May 22, 2009

Feather Fronds

Something about these blue shutters and all this folige had me hunting down a more unusual gift topper. I wanted to capture the breezy look of the palm fronds without using the green silk leaves I already used in a gift wrap post this week. Surprise, surprise, look what I found in my storage room.

These feathers are actually about 2 feet long, way too big for a normal size box. So I cut them quickly (and I mean quickly!) and wrapped the cut base with a silk ribbon before the cut feather edge started to float all over the room. I'm not sure I've used these two colours together before, but I am lovin the kelly green and turquoise blue.

Here's how the feathers look with ribbon wrapped base before tucking them into the bow. Done this way, it's a topper the recipient can display or regift. I have to think of a way to use up the other 1" that I cut off, but it won't be today. I'm back doing my outdoor cycling with my new Gary Fisher Marlin GT mountain bike that I picked up early this morning. My smokin new upgrade ( I earned it cycling last year) is gender-specific, designed specifically for women cyclists. Not only is a dream to ride, it positively makes me feel young again. The weather is gorgeous so I slipped in two rides today and got up to 9 miles total. My goal is 15 miles a day, but still....... I'm kind of lovin myself today.
Gary Fisher bikes are a great choice for women and available at all price levels. Their gender-specific frames are designed to tilt your pelvis comfortably and properly to reduce back strain. Women are built different so it's an important distinction when you are trying to trim those hips by clocking in lots of miles. I've shown you this bike before ........but I am absolutely lovin it today.

Have a wonderful, outdoor weekend. Take a bike ride, you might get hooked.

Top photo via Flickr/2nd and 3rd photo by Sande Chase ~ Oooh la la Cadeau/Bottom Photo from Gary Fisher.


  1. Sande,
    you always have a way of tickling our fancy with such a special ride!
    Loving the addition of the feathery touch. I have some peacock feathers to grace a gift!

  2. Sande-Are you trying to make me feel guilty with the 9 miles? LOL I love the feathers and the wonderful color combination. Have you used silk fern fronds-like fiddle head-I think that would be really pretty. Places like Michaels sell every size-I know because I glue gunned hundreds for a Halloween costume-I was a fern!

  3. The green with the turquoise is wonderful - I love where you find your inspiration!

  4. What a crisp combination! You amaze me! Isn't it interesting what will inspire a new color combo! This turquoise and kelly green is Beautiful~ Love the Gary Fisher bike too!
    Have a fun week-end!

  5. I know people must say this all the time, but really, how would anyone be able to open your packages? Do people ever ask you.. "if I open it will you wrap is back togehter?!" haha, Sooo pretty Sande! Have a fun weekend! Looks like your going for a bike ride!

    xoxo Noel

  6. Sande, blue and green are always my favorite color combos. Loved both the photo at the top and the wrappings! Great bike too. Will have to look further into this!
    Happy weekend!

  7. That inspiration photo is gorgeous and I LOVE how you translated it to gift wrap. Great job!

  8. hi Sande! your right, the cake does match! this is so beautiful! i love the colors. have a good weekend!

    God Bless,

  9. Sande It's so beautiful how you can translate any beautiful image to something tangible and completely different and beautiful.
    Have great weekend!

  10. What lovely FEATHERS Sande! So pretty! And yes, I do plan to exercise my TUSH!!! ;o) I think we need an annual monthly BLOGGER BUTT day! Oh you make me LAUGH!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    ~Miss Kris~

  11. Sande,
    Where did you find such a unique feather? I LOVE it! Congrats on the 9 mile bike ride! I know it must feel good to accomplish this! Bon week-end, mon amie!

  12. You are an inspiration Sande - I am hitting the pool this weekend and trying to do some laps and maybe the bike this afternoon. (If I don't fall off - I am really hopeless at this but the thought of you riding 15 miles might just get me back on the thing.) xv

  13. You should still be able to hear my sigh of delight wafting across the plains heading towards Ontario as you read.
    Stunning box.....

  14. Oh Sande!!! I'm such a sucker for feathers and for Turquoise! Perfection! It is just beautiful :)

    You are making me feel guilty about my bloggers butt now!

  15. I just found your blog looking for gift wrapping ideas for my macarons and I am completely smitten! Fabulous ideas and great work!
    This feather one is no exception. Bravo!

  16. Designing with a lot of lime right now. Was great to come upon this post!


  17. such a very nice gift. i appreciate it.


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