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


  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

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

  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!

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

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

  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?

  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

  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!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  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.

  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!!

  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!

  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.


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

  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!

  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.

  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.


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