After an epic stretch of crazy working I have returned to my natural home environment and am back to a schedule of reading, watching bad tv on my laptop and pottering around at home. The upside of this is that I am available to do all those twee Cath-Kidston-y things that home blogs make look like a second nature. I’m not that great at presenting my life in a series of nostalgia-tinged, soft-focus photos (oh to be Tartelette) but I do love wrapping stuff and sending it to people.
I would be a professional wrapper if there were such a thing. I foolishly didn’t photograph the mailing box before I sent it out but its a Marimekko postage box with a blue poppy print on it. This is a very belated birthday present for my friend Jenny who lives outside of London somewhere (!). It contains a book (Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti), cards, biscuits, sweets, face masks, letters from me and some underwear – she asked for me to send any cute pants if I saw them, I’m not a knicker-sending weirdo.
Off it went last week (I didn’t want to post this before she received it).
More wrapping shenanigans came my way in the form of birthday presents for my boyfriend’s family. Their birthdays are not all at the same time, it’s just that he leaves sorting out presents until the last possible minute, i.e. about halfway to the next birthday.
This first present looks like the interior of a Soho gastropub and contains The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and a book about a character called Flashman, which is from the olden days and I bought because it was recommended by the guy in Waterstones, who looked like the guy who played Ned in Pushing Daisies. In real life this is what we call Very Handsome.
I found the gold pen that we used to make the labels for our birthday party last year so everything got gold ink on it to go with this cool card. This packet contains the book Wolf Hall, which is also one of the best books I’ve read in the past year. It’s on 3 for 2 in Waterstones you know. I’m linking to so many books in this post you’d think we knew how to make money of the blog.
This is my favourite. I got the wrapping paper and cards from Oliver Bonas and they turned out to be by a designer called Sanna Annukka, who has designed packaging for M&S and Marimekko (my life is like a wheel within a wheel, like a circle neverending, like an ever-spinning reel that brings me back to Marimekko). By chance, I had some sticky ribbon in my wrapping boc that went with the dotty part of the paper and with some beige Ikea ribbon and obligatory gold pen action, I made this package, which looks very nice and tonal. Inside is the Hummingbird Bakery book and some Cath Kidston stationary, just to keep it well West London.
While poking around Oliver Bonas I saw something I’ve been looking for for a while now: a water bottle that doesn’t pretend it’s going to be taken on a hike anywhere. I bought this lovely Celia Birtwell bottle to take on the tube with me so I won’t have to get thirsty/buy bottled water anymore (expensive and bad for the environment kids).