Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ribbons & Bows, Oh My!

One of my first jobs was as a gift wrapper during the Christmas season and I was in heaven!  Ribbons and bows, oh my!  I got in trouble for putting too much ribbon or too big a bow on my packages, but I didn't care--it was worth the "high" I got from wrapping them for the customer and seeing their response.  People  appreciated my efforts, and I loved hearing their sighs of delight!  Little did I know at sixteen that I had found a loved that would last the rest of my life!

Today, I've wrapped for a few hours and it is almost done.  Whew!  But, boy doesn't a gorgeous package almost reach out for you?  Aren't you just crazy-curious about what is in such a beautiful wrapper!  That's the way my mind works.  So, I have always tried to create packages that go with my Christmas decor and draw my family and friend's curiosity to them.  I must add, though that I spend very little money to create this look--I am the horder of the ribbons from all gatherings and I love wading through a sea of ribbons! 

The pictures below cost me nothing to create--my hoarding skills served me well--I had everything in my stash.  Enjoy and be curious--great wrapping elevates a candy bar to something gourmet!

I have no fancy skills.  I wrap packages the old-fashioned way--in paper, I just go a little crazy with ribbon!  I don't always put all the packages under the tree.  I love seeing the individual packages and so I put them in plain view so they can be enjoyed and anticipated!

I am not afraid to combine different ribbons.  When I do purchase ribbon, I try to buy good ribbon so I can reuse it--sometimes I ask for my ribbons back if I know it will be thrown away!  Some of my ribbons in my stash are 10 years old or more!

 This is just a simple satin ribbon in a light gray--couldn't you just swim in a tub full of it?  
I was raised with a seamstress for a mother and her love of textiles was passed on at an early age.  
Thanks Mom.


This one's for my hubby and he doesn't mind my ribbon fetish--too much.


Who knows if I'll blog again before Christmas--not me, so I always want you to know how very much you are appreciated and blogging provides a break from life for me that is sometimes desperately needed--know what I'm saying?  I enjoy you all and wish you another Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Solstice!  Robin

16 comments:

  1. That paper is amazing. what beautiful touches with the ribbon. If my packages looked that pretty, I'd leave them around the house too! Have a wonderful Christmas, Robin! xoxo

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  2. Merry Christmas! Your packages are very lovely! I wish I could make pretty bows like yours.Gorgeous!

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  3. Robin, these packages are absolutely gorgeous! I can only imagine what they look like in person! What a great talent to have! Merry Christmas to you!

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  4. How beautiful Robin! Your pics are fab. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  5. Who wouldn't love to recieve a gift wrapped so
    elegantly looking as those? Beautiful....Kathi

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  6. I know what you're saying! You're very good at wrapping. Perhaps you could go into business wrapping gifts for people as a home business?
    Brenda

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  7. Such beautiful Christmas presents! They are gorgeous with all the lovely white bows....Merry Christmas!! I have joined your followers list and would love to have you join me as well. Hugs, Gayle
    http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

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  8. Your packages are lovely, Robin! And you're right; dressing up the gifts make them even more special.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  9. I am one of those who loves receiving a beautifully wrapped package and yours are amazing! There's just something about it that elevates whatever happens to be wrapped inside.

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  10. I love giving and receiving beautifully wrapped gifts, as you said it enhances the whole experience. I remember one year seeing a gift a friend had wrapped for another friend of hers, someone she wanted to impress, and it was so lovely. Imagine how crestfallen I was when she handed me my gift in a plastic carrier bag. I guess that told me my place!!

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  11. Everything looks so lovely and you can tell they are wrapped with love! :-) Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Vanessa

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  12. Your wrapped gifts are fabulous. One of my first jobs was as a gift wrapper as well...However, I hated it (I lasted 2 maybe 3 days). But funny enough, what I learned at that department store wrapping gifts has served me well all these years. Each one of your wrapped gifts is truly a work of art. I would love it if you could share it at this week's linky party on our blog. Hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  13. Beautiful wrappings! You have a beautiful home! Merry Christmas!

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  14. These are beautiful, Robin. They are so luxurious!

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post at Potpourri Friday! Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

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  15. Hi Robin, Your gifts are beautifully wrapped. Thank you for joining the Open House party and a Very Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  16. Robin, These are gorgeous! I don't make the time to visit your blog often but I'm glad I did this time. I do have to confess that I started viewing the pics before reading and thought you had posted pics of wrappings found on the internet. Then after reading I discovered they are "yours". WOW !! Very Nice.
    Larry

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