Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving............and a season of gift wrap begins

As it turned out, this collection of gift wrapped samples had an autumn feel with some festive touches just starting to make their way into the mix. Perfect for wishing my American readers Happy Thanksgiving. They weren't intended to go together, it just happened that I piled them together to get them out of harm's way.........harm being a 6 lb. canine companion who was a bit too intrigued by the berries we cut while walking this morning. As you know, she also steals ribbon. One of those helpers you really have to watch, possibly probation.

I have been playing around over here, getting ready for the biggest gift wrapping season of them all. Using up wallpaper sample sheets from outdated wallpaper books, bits of shorter ribbon. Getting close to figuring out exactly what this year's gift wrapping theme will be this holiday season. Started hunting for the sparkly bits that will add the festive touch. That decision, that colour direction, that theme is a process, I rarely end up where I started so it likely won't be what is shown today. Though this could certainly be used as inspiration for recycling things you already have and jump starting some ideas of your own. The next month I will focus on gift wrapping of many styles so I hope you will follow along. 

I used a trio of short fringe trim samples to make these pom poms for a male gift sample. More interesting than ribbon. I don't think men care if there is ribbon on their gift but I do think they like to see a presentation effort more than we would guess. It means keeping your eyes open for more unusual embellishments that don't strike men as too feminine. 

I also like the "deer" ribbon used in a flat layered treatment for a guy gift. The plaid background paper is also a wallpaper sheet. Wallpaper sample sheets can't be used for larger gifts but they do work well for smaller gift presentations. Don't be too quick to throw out wallpaper sample books if you are a designer or know one, they are an great gift wrap source for petite gifts at any time of year. And some of the male-based patterns too. The same goes for the trim books as you can see by the pom poms. All kinds of embellishment possibilites for women or male gifts.

Had I been invited to a Thanksgiving feast this year, I would have brought this as a hostess gift, fresh berries and all. So I think more of you should have invited me since I am not a big eater, bring really good gifts, and help with the clean-up too. Remember, here in Canada we celebrate our Thanksgiving in October. We are just a bit envious of Americans this is such a great start to the festivities ahead. Happy Thanksgiving and have a most wonderful day with your family and friends. 

All photos by Sande Chase


  1. Blessings and much love.
    We all have so much to be thankful for.

    Love Jeanne♥

  2. Absolutely beautiful Sande and so Autumnal and inviting. I would be overjoyed to receive a gift so stunningly wrapped.
    Wishing you a wonderful time today. XXXX

  3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh... I love that box with a velvet ribbon so so so much!!! I've got to remember this one - it's gorgeous, just beyond beautiful and chic.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Dear Sande, I will wish a ( belated) Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    The colors of wrap and trimming are so luxe!

    Love and Hugs

    Art by Karena

  5. You're welcome at my house for Thanksgiving any time!! Love that last beautiful gift!!

  6. Your photos are really works of art Sande. I'm sending you some virtual roast brussels sprouts:).

  7. Loving the velvet, berries and festive!

    That little Daisy, you would have to have eyes in the back of your head I'd imagine!
    love DJ

  8. I love the reindeer with the red!

  9. They are all so lovely, you are the male look! What a great approach for a male gift!

  10. first time commenting i am totally overwhelmed bu your creativity. i decided to share it with my readers and put you in my today's post

    thx for sharing with us

    greetings from france

  11. The deer ribbon is just gorgeous!

  12. Sande, the girls are going to Beaune last week of the year, one of these days we are going to bring you along....sending you all best wishes~

  13. Sande, you always
    inspire me to think
    outside the regular
    gift-wrapped box!
    Here's to the start
    of a wonderful season
    just made for relishing
    gift-wrapped moments!

    xx Suzanne


Your comments are such a lovely addition to my day. Thank you.


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