Wrap With Love, Decorate With Abandon


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Slim Paley Photo

I don’t know why I photographed this table before it was finished- I think I was losing the natural light, but in any case, you get the idea…try to use objects that reflect a lot of light on your table- get inventive- there are no rules (except where the cutlery,dishes and stemware go- but ya, other than that, knock yourself out!)

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Slim Paley photo

It’s a nice idea to tear particularly beautiful photos of flowers, or holiday scenes from magazines and incorporate them into your gift wrapping.  Am I the Queen of Recycling or what?  I keep all of this stuff in clear plastic shoe boxes from Target.  Don’t for one second get the idea that I am organized though because I’m NOT.  I’m always wrapping right up to the last second, no joke.  Every year I say the same thing- “Next year I WILL be organized” but I never am. Nothing makes me more jealous than people who are ready for Christmas well ahead of time…like the day before.  What’s up with that??

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Slim  Paley photo

Sugared fruits are a fun, old- fashioned way to bring some natural sparkle to the Christmas table. In candle light they look positively gorgeous.   Making them is relatively easy. Separate the white of a few eggs and mix lightly with a dash of water in a large bowl.  Pour some sugar into  another large bowl.  You may use fine sugar (but not powdered) for a delicate look, or a larger grain sugar for a more snowy effect.  Simply dip the parts of the fruit you want sugared into the egg white mixture, letting any excess drip away (a light coating works best) then roll very gently in the sugar.  I prefer to dip only part of the fruit, as if snow has fallen upon it.  Cutting some fruits in half, such as kiwis or starfruit and sugaring the cut sides looks very pretty.  Place your fruits, un-sugared side of course, on paper towels til set.  How long your decorations will last depends on the fruit -harder ones such as apples, citrus and pears will last a few days, softer,  such as grapes and figs are more perishable.  You can always sprinkle more sugar on them if the fruits start to absorb it.   You may also put them outside at night which definitely helps.

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Slim Paley photo

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Collect vintage ribbon, silk flowers, buttons, feathers, dried leaves, old postcards,black and white photos, tiny pieces of driftwood from the beach…there are countless ways to wrap with love!

8 Comments

  1. Not sure which displays the most talent – the writing, the photography, or the myriad ideas and suggestions! All very,very impressive. Long trying to puzzle out your real identity SP – I’m guessing your real initials are MS. Am I right?

    • Hi Canuck,

      You might like this place for great gift wrapping supplies –

      http://www.essentialpackagingstore.com/about/

      (Not exactly in your neighborhood though)

      Beautiful selection of satin, silk, wired, grosgrain, organza and tulle ribbon. Good selection of boxes too; they even have little chinese take-out boxes and clear plastic boxes which are handy for packing up the Christmas cookies you give away. Lots of giftbags, cello wrap and filler for gift baskets. My favorite things are the organza gift bags and boa bows. There is also gift wrap for the favorite dog in your life. Soooo much fun … just like a big trip to Costco except you are buying ribbon and tissue paper.

      LC

  2. i love these beautifully wrapped presents–they strike me as being “gifts” to the senses-i’m happy just gazing at these pretty little things.

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