Hello everyone! I was in Berlin again and now that I’m back home I want to share some highlights! This time, I taught a gift wrapping class for Anthropologie at the amazing Barcomi’s cafe where they had a “pop up cafe” this week to celebrate the launch of their new German online shop. I was able to chat briefly with owner, author and baking queen Cynthia Barcomi (a highlight!) before I got started and then, my students arrived and we made pretty and inspiring gift packaging and tags using torn fabric, masking tape, decorative papers, maps, paper punches, rubber stamps, cocktail napkins, lace, yarn, etc.
Below is a photo of me with my dear students (I’m in the center in green). There were 8 of us, but a few others joined in like my friend Sandra Juto and fashion blogger Camilla along with Jana and Massimiliano, so there were 13 of us total and it was such a fun bunch!
On the table you can see all of the things that we made. Each student made 4 projects, some did 5 — a box, a gift tag, a lunch bag and a sheet of patchwork paper. The patchwork “quilted” paper ideas was one that I learned from my dear friend Leslie Shewring that she taught in her washi tape class in St. Paul this past Fall at The Creative Connection event. I can’t take any credit for that idea but Leslie told me I could teach them how to do it so I did and they had a good time making their patchwork sheet of wrapping paper. Above you can see me with Anna Sterntaler, Simone Haffner, Annie Raymond, Toni, Ursula Markgraf, Julianne, Anja, Urszula Lotysz-Bossart.
My idea was to show them how to make gifts look pretty without always running out to the store for the typical roll of wrapping paper and pre-made bows and tags and so I taught them how to create beautiful gifts using what they may already have at home. I thought this was very much a part of the Anthropologie way of thinking as well — to be creative with what you already have because Anthro is known to be such an inspiring place to shop since they’re very creative with their own store displays using random objects to create gorgeous installations.
Here are some pictures of the things that I made. I used basic white boxes from a discount store and applied tapes, papers, torn fabrics and even cocktail napkins to decorate them. In Germany, white paper bags are everywhere right now for Advent so I used them to decorate as well. I told students that these bags are great for giving baked goods – just wrap cookies or chocolates and place inside with a sheet of pretty tissue paper or shredded paper.
I naturally went with my soft color palette with a punch of hot pink or turquoise. I think it’s important to go with what your instinct tells you and wrap gifts in a way that not only reflects your personal style but that shows the recipient that you thought of them in a special way and made the outside look just as nice as the gift waiting within.
The gift above was topped with torn fabrics as ribbon and a silver star.
The box above in purple and orange was wrapped using two cocktail napkins. One for the bottom, the other for the top, in two different patterns to add interest. If the cocktail napkin doesn’t cover the box entirely, that’s okay — you can trim it out with tapes, found papers and ribbons and it will look great!
I had such a great time, thank you to Massimiliano (Grazie mille!) for helping organize everything and for my students (Danke schön!) for joining me and Anthropologie at Barcomi’s for a crafty class!
(photos with white borders: anna sterntaler/all others: holly becker)
I always feel a surge of energy whenever I visit the website of Danish designer Rie Elise Larsen. Her work fills me with ideas and I always feel more creative whenever I visit her site for a browse. It’s fun to see what she’s up to and her current collection is just gorgeous. I love the zing of fresh green, neon pink, hot orange and the other crisp brights. I also like seeing pastels with graphic black and white. Perfection!
I found a video (below) of this talented lady showing how to make a fun ‘Julekugler’.
I love watching people make things, don’t you? I’m a huge fan of her work and a customer, I have some lamps, cloth cords and ornaments from her that I purchased at local shop Sommerfugl owned by my good friend Daniela. Isn’t Rie Elise Larsen such an inspiring creator? I think so!
(images: rie elise larsen)
I recently wrote about decorating and shared a beautiful image of a bedroom that I liked from the home of Kirsty and so many of you wrote in to ask about the sweet pillowcases so I have to do a little show & tell! Okay so I am showing….
Now I am telling… these beauties are from Salvation Jane, a homewares company in Melbourne, Australia that is owned by Jane Hall who is an actor with a design background. Other cutie cases with hearts and crosses are available too and are shown below. I love how modern and crisp they are.
If you like what you see, you can shop for them (and more nice things) here.
(images: kirsty and salvation jane photos by mike baker)
Hello friends! First, I’d like to thank those of you who entered my gift wrap class (& etc.) at the Anthropologie Pop Up Cafe at Barcomi’s Deli in Berlin (posted here). I know many of you cannot make it because Berlin is no where near where you live, but I wanted to do something locally (to me) because I really want to support Anthropologie and their new German website – it’s exciting to see them making their way into my new home country as I’ve really missed having Anthro stores nearby, especially after living in Boston for so many years. I hope these pop up events lead to a few stores in Germany down the road, I know they’d be a huge hit! But I digress… it’s now time to announce the 8 winners so you can arrange your schedule to join us on Friday – because that’s coming up quickly! And my 8 special guests will be…
If your name is above, I will contact you via email today with details and to confirm your attendance. If you cannot make the event please let me know today so I can select another winner and give them your seat. Cake, coffee, the class and the Anthropologie gift cards are only valid to those who attend on Friday so it’s important that you show up!
If you entered the contest but DID NOT win, I invite you to stop by anyway between 4-6 p.m. because you can always observe our class and if there are extra supplies and a few spare seats, I certainly don’t mind a few guests sitting in – though we cannot guarantee you a seat at our table – and you wouldn’t receive the freebies, but please do stop by to see Barcomi’s beautiful cafe in the “Anthropologie” style and of course, to say hello to me. I’d like that!
I’m really looking forward to this Friday! I’ll see you soon Julianne, Simone, Anna, Annie, Ursula, Anja, Toni and Urzula! Oh and yes, a VERY special thank you to Cynthia, Massimiliano, Claudia and Anthropologie for making this event possible – I can’t wait!
(images: claudia wünsch)
Hello everyone! I’ve been out and about today and enjoyed it so much! It felt good to get my errands done but above all, to connect with a very good friend of mine and to go shopping together in her store! Fun! I found some great Danish clothes and a pretty dress that I will wear to Berlin on Friday. It’s always so nice to be with a sweet girlfriend – so energizing!
I came home home with sweaters, shirts, knee socks, leggings and a dress – and that post-shopping guilt, “Oh dear, I exceeded my shopping budget for like five years!”. But they I realized that I did need the clothing but that I also supported two shop owners today who have sweet stores that they love and manage with such care – that really means something to me more and more. It’s also a great way to ease the guilt (wink). As I was wrapping (and unwrapping!) myself in clothes all afternoon, I started to think about gift wrapping in general because that’s all I see in stores everywhere right now – Christmas things. I thought it may be helpful to you to round up a bit of a best of series for you now featuring some of the most beautifully wrapped presents that decor8 contributor, photographer and stylist Leslie Shewring, has shown over the past few years.
Try neon colors, paper doilies and baker’s twine…
Use watercolors to paint your own gift wrap. Add sequins to a simple white gift tag.
Try different textures, velvet ribbon is nice.
A natural touch is always nice.
More watercolors in geometric shapes to dress up plain white paper.
Kraft paper in brown with simple touches goes a long way.
Combine a punch of your favorite shape (butterfly, tree, snowflake) and paper that you love to create a gift tag using a little glue.
Coffee filters, why not, right!?
More watercolors on white tags that you can buy in packs from a store like Staples.
Less traditional ways to wrap gifts – from tea tins to a stack of books tied together with ribbon and topped with a handmade greeting.
And speaking of gifts, this little post is my gift to you today and perhaps it has inspired and delighted you. I hope so! A special thanks to Leslie for all of her inspiration over the years!
(images: leslie shewring)