Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing Everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

See you all in 2009 !

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mrs Madden Makes ..... a resounding success!

It was the first Mrs Madden Makes @ Home Gift Fair last weekend and what a success it was.

Bev banished her poor husband to the loft (!) and opened up her magnificent home to host the event. Christmas music, the intoxicating aroma of oranges and ginger oils filling the air together with all the wonderful products for sale got us all in the mood for buying the first of our Christmas gifts and Diane (of Di-Stress) kept us all calm throughout the afternoon with her taster holistic massages.

It was a wonderfully relaxed afternoon and we all enjoyed ourselves enormously - lets hope Bev decides to repeat the event in the Spring - what a treat that would be.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Christmas is fast approaching !

Well, after a fantastic weekend away at Swinton Park in North Yorkshire to celebrate my good friend Nadia's "Big" Birthday, I am busy, busy, busy getting on with making my Christmas range.

I've been preparing some of my very popular Pre-Wrapped Gift Boxes as well as a full range of gorgeous Gift Bags.

My Gift Bags come in various sizes:-
Small = 17cm x 12cm x 9cm
Medium = 24cm x 14cm x 9cm
Large = 45cm x 20cm x 7cm
Wine = 32cm x 12 cm x 9cm

All my Gift Bag sizes are approximate as they are all handmade and will therefore vary slightly.

The prices of my Gift Bags range from £2.00 to £3.50 each and my pre-wrapped Gift Boxes start from £3.00 each.

If you are interested in any of the items on my blog please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail. Also, I am always happy to do commissions so if you have something specific that you would like wrapping or a specific size Gift Bag or Box you would like making please do not hesitate to contact me.

I have also been preparing some wonderful Christmas Cones which you can fill with your favourite pot pouri or chocolates and use to decorate your Christmas tree.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rayon Rose Vintage Fair & Tea Party

Bev Madden (of Mrs Madden Makes) and I had an brilliant time at the Rayon Rose Vintage Fair and Tea Party on Saturday 18th October. The atmosphere was great with 1950's and 60's music echoing round the hall and everyone sporting their retro look and entering into the spirit of things.

To keep with the retro and vintage theme I used a vintage Mrs Beeton's recipe book along with some old atlases and roadmaps to create my vintage range. I also managed to get hold of some really good retro gift paper to make these fab gift bags. Take a look at the photos below and let me know what you think !

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Explanation !

People often ask me "Gift wrapping? ... What do you do ... exactly?"

Well, I do anything and everything to do with gift wrapping. From providing the wrapping paper, bows and embelishments right through to handmaking gift envelopes, gift bags, pre-wrapped gift boxes and decorated gift boxes plus I also offer a bespoke gift wrapping service and provide "how to" demonstrations.

People spend an great deal of time chosing and selecting that perfect gift. Quite often those same people are either uneasy about wrapping their gift; just don't know where to start with that awkward shape or simply don't have the time to spend selecting paper and bows etc.

To cover just these eventualities I have created a series of Pre-wrapped Gift Boxes, Gift Envelopes and Gift Bags.

My Pre-Wrapped Gift Boxes are boxes which I have hand-wrapped using a wide variety of different papers, bows and embelishments. I leave one end of the box open so that the gift can be placed in the box. I have already pre-folded the end of the box and added double-sided tape so, once the gift is in the box simply re-fold the paper, peel the backing from the double-sided tape and seal the gift - Voila, a beautifully wrapped gift without any of the hassle ... what could be easier ?

Gift Envelopes are an idea I came up with to make giving gift vouchers/cards, cd's, dvd's and other small gifts much more interesting. When ever I send or receive a gift voucher I think it is such a shame that the recipient knows, before they have opened the gift, exactly what it is. My Gift Envelopes disguise the gift so it isn't quite as obvious what it is. I hand-make my Gift Envelopes from card or paper which is slightly thicker that the usual wrapping paper then I decorate them with bows and other embelishments.

I have made many different kinds of Gift Bags but my favourite ones are the ones I made from recycled household items such as old roadmaps and atlases or old cookery books and sheet music. These have proved very popular as, not only do they recycle and reuse items otherwise destined for the dustbin but they are also unusual. I make both "open topped" and "closed topped" gift bags. Open Topped Gift Bags generally have handles and Closed Topped Gift Bags are folded at the top and tied with a ribbon or bow.

If you would like to contact me for further information or to discuss your gift wrapping needs my contact details are:-
email: parties.gifts@gmail.com
mobile: 0779 306 1263