[Gift wrap images my own.]
Right now I'm reading Debra Shriver's Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard (more on the gorgeous book to come). In her last chapter, Shriver talks about 'lagniappe' (lan-yap!), a Creole word describing that little 'something extra.' One of Shriver's examples that made my mouth water: when a waiter generously adds an extra beignet to your order of a dozen.
For me, gift wrap can be a kind of lagniappe. Obviously if you tie a found seashell or sparkly ornament to the box, that's a tangible extra. But the trimmings can be a visual lagniappe. In the spirit of waste not want not, I try to use materials that can be easily reused by a bowerbird recipient.
The hammered gold mesh I mentioned yesterday is working well. Not prone to wrinkling, it can be recycled many times over. Here it is shown layered onto a humble-yet-sturdy recycled kraft box.
No tape was needed; the reusable velvet ribbons, also from Anthropologie, are securing everything.
Among the creative New Orleanians featured in Stealing Magnolias is artist Amanda Talley. (She shares with Shriver her terrific recipe for the cooling Crescent City Elixir.) Coincidentally, stay tuned here for news this week of a special art sale including the work of Talley and Hayley Gaberlavage.
BTW: In 2008, Talley shared with us her thrifty-but-soulful gift wrapping style. At the time it encompassed tea paper from Pearl River bound with twine and a twig painted gold. She said, "I just get a small limb, spray it gold, and then break off a little piece for each present."
Related past posts: Amanda's Handmade Gifts, Good Morning Sunshine, and Practical Magic.