…i’m a wrap star…!


What an amazing couple of weeks! Leading the way towards Christmas was one of the most wonderful happenings for me and my business – being interviewed by Ron Orozco of The Fresno Bee. Of course I was a bundle of nerves, but it was such a thrill to be a part of my city’s local paper.

Here is the link for the article:


My picture in the paper (!!!):

Courtesy of The Fresno Bee / Craig Kohlruss

Courtesy of The Fresno Bee / Craig Kohlruss

Additionally, I am honored to be included among an established business like Not Just Paper! I wander around their beautiful shop regularly, dazed by all the fabulous paper, ribbons and gifts that are arranged.

Reflecting back onto 2012, I have loved every minute. I cannot wait for the New Year, but feel blessed that this past year has been so wonderful. I have already begun a list of resolutions for myself and the badly guarded girl – understandably, perhaps not all of them will be fulfilled, but where one door closes another one always opens!




…let’s talk paper…

Oh, I could wax poetic on paper.

dizzying amount of paper!

I love to touch paper – hold it in between my fingers and feel the softness of the flocking, or the threads of woven paper, or the texture of pattern. This is same routine I do whenever I go into a fabric store (but that is another day and blog post!).

There is one element to gift wrapping that I cannot emphasize enough – use quality paper! The thickness and pliability are essential to a gift’s final look. Thin, flimsy paper will wrinkle and tear easily – that wastes not only time and money, but is also not aesthetically¬†pleasing.

Understandably, not everyone wants to purchase expensive paper, but there are some great alternatives:

Butcher paper is one great way to wrap a gift simply, then add fun embellishments like ribbon, feathers or jewels. Additionally, you can paint or draw on this paper – set up an easel and have your child go paint-crazy! Grandparents, aunts and uncles will love to not only receive a gift, but to keep memento of their loved one.

Newspaper is another wonderful alternative (and you will be recycling!). You can highlight words to create a fun saying, or wrap using the crossword puzzle (maybe filled in partially!).

Washi Tape is a way to wrap and tape together a gift (not paper, per se, but wonderful all the same). There are so many bright colors and fun patterns – get creative and make zig-zags, or spell out your recipients name!

Now, for those who want to splurge on paper, my favorites is handmade Lokta Paper. It has texture, is durable and the designs are amazing. Sometimes I hold a piece of Lokta paper with the intention to wrap a gift, and it pains me to cut a swath through it (but ultimately the end result of the wrapped gift is reward for the paper’s demise!).

variety of lokta papers

Happy wrapping!!


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