Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Big Things Come in Small Packages

Beaded Cross Ornament
Have you ever received a gift that you didn't want to open because it looked so pretty?  Of course, you eventually open it, but you have a twinge of guilt when the package is wrapped just right. You take your time opening it being careful to tear it gently, you even save the ribbons/ornaments that it came with.

I absolutely love wrapping gifts! I take special care when I am wrapping, thinking of the person the gift is for and only using colors and paper styles that I think they would like. I use silk ribbons, ornaments, sparkling rhinestones and anything else that will make a package beautiful. I learned very young how to make ornaments and to tie ribbons on wreaths and packages.

Snowflake Ornaments
People automatically determine the worth of the gift by the package it came's human nature. If there were a bunch of packages lined up and you had to choose just one (like that yankee swap your forced to do at work), you'd choose the one that is most attractive to you. Often times people go for the largest package, but of course, there's the old saying "big things come in small packages" and I'm sure whoever came up with that saying received a beautiful piece of jewelry! 

At we have several accessory items that can be used to decorate packages, but if you're just the throw it in the bag kinda gal but you want to try something different, then we have gift wrapping available with your purchase. 

Hit 'em with a great first impression and make your gift beautiful inside and out. If you're brave enough to try it yourself Martha Stewart has some great gift-wrapping ideas. If you don't know how or just don't have the motivation to wrap your own gifts, most retailers will do it for you and there are places who specialize in just that. Be sure to ask. Now that's a wrap!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Konnichiwa Kumihimo!

Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands.  In Japan, braids are also used for religious ceremonies, on kimonos, ornaments on festival carts, tea ceremony containers, ribbons for mirrors, and fans, and most recently for attaching cell phones to belts, purses, etc.

When I first saw a bracelet made using the Kumihimo technique I was intrigued. I just knew I wanted to learn how to create this beautiful piece of art. As I researched the internet to see how it was done, I was floored! I thought I would need to hire someone to build me a bamboo stand (pictured right) just to make projects! My instincts told me this couldn't be the only way, so I decided to add Kumihimo Braiding to my course schedule.

In class I was excited to learn that I only needed a foam disk to begin creating. The class was interesting and the technique is not as complicated as it looks. I picked it up right away, and I now have my first Kumihimo bracelet (on the left) created. So, say hello or konnichiwa to my brand new technique and stay tuned to see lots of Kumihimo pieces sold on!