Whenever I cut a new piece of clothing, I use brown kraft paper and inevitably, there are always large pieces leftover. I save these scraps and keep them rolled up, standing in a basket and use them for gift wrap I take the small pieces and cut pretty scalloped edges with a decorative edging scissor to make a gift tag.
I used leftover silk bias as a ribbon here for a sweet and simple presentation:
A few months ago, I saw one of these beautiful soy candles perched on a bedside table in a friend's guest room and was entranced. The lush patterns on the lovely packaging reminded me of mixed prints I use in my clothing line and it didn't hurt that the candle itself had a heavenly fragrance. Even the hammered copper vessel was elegant and unusual. I made a mental note to find the candles for my store.
Happily, a few months later in New York, I met the creator, Manuela Testolini, a charming and smart beauty who told me a little more about her company.
I didn't realize until after we met that Manuela was formerly married to Prince. And while this may be notable to some, I was more impressed by her beautiful presentation and delicious fragrances with names like, Harmony, Artistry and Integrity. More importantly though, I was won over by Manuela's warm and generous spirit. She donates a percentage of her proceeds to a children's charity, In a Perfect World, which is focused on arts and education.
Now that makes for a wonderful gift and I am delighted to have them at the shop.