So… we had a pet Armageddon this year leading to a total absence of furry loveables in our house. After a period of weeping and wailing we decided it was time to start again and start we did with the addition of Fitz the (Fabulous and Tiny) Tonkinese.
A cross between a Siamese and a Burmese they really are an amazing breed. Doesn’t everyone say that about their cat? “Really…we have the most amazing cat”.
But in our case it’s true. Honestly. He FETCHES. Like a dog.
And he’s a bit of a dude.
Okay… yeah… well… *shrugs*
So it’s been a while. Where does the time GO I hear you all cry. I don’t know either.
Hey, I joined Facebook. You can see my Look Mama page here. Universe, please like me. I like you.
I have been there for about three days now. My usual state of being is this….
I think I’ve accidentally spammed my friends, I messaged someone I didn’t even know, I liked something so stupid I can’t even tell you what it was and then couldn’t make them disappear forever… and who knows what else.
My kids just look at me and laugh. Oh how they laugh.
Everyone loves a beautifully wrapped present. They do. I, however, find that the shoddily wrapped present is also adored, especially by the children who have no appreciation of finer points and just want what’s inside. There is a certain joy in being able to tear through the wrapping and rip it to bits in unbridled eagerness to get to whatever is inside — plus, the big pile of shredded wreckage is the perfect present for the cat. Bargain.
I also feel chuffed at having saved myself $10 on designer wrapping paper and special ribbon. I know, how tight is that? But I’d rather spend $5 more on the present. Then that’s $5 extra for you and $5 extra for me. You know it makes sense.
Whilst my favoured wrapping methods may be cheap, there is no excuse for them not to be fun. Top five wrapping tips are:
- The very best wrapping paper is newspaper. Kids particularly appreciate the cartoon section.
- Use much tape. In fact make your present look like it is laminated. Will guarantee lots of whining as people wait for their turn.
- When tying ribbons always use double or even triple knots. Hide the scissors on Christmas morning and watch people gnaw through the ribbon. Those shreds stuck in their teeth are hilarious. Extra points if Nana’s false teeth come loose.
- Disguise the gift. If it is an Eiffel Tower money box probably handy to use bubble wrap or a box so it is not immediately apparent as being the Eiffel Tower. Note: If the gift is a puppy or a kitten, bubble wrap is not recommended.
- Prolong the unwrapping experience. Wrap one box inside another, inside another > repeat. The excitement is palpable, especially after the third or fourth box. Of course the best present after all that effort is something really little. Like a peanut.
For an unintentionally amusing video of how to wrap a gift “professionally” see here. Personally I think sticking the paper TO the present to get the creased “I paid for this wrapping” look is cheating. It also wrecks the box.
Luckily they have chosen to wrap their gift in a crappy Amazon box instead of taking it out first. Good to see I have some standards.
The beautifully wrapped gift image is from the Flickr stream of Premier Packaging
Note to family: none of your presents are going to look like this.
Lucky I can type this …. because I can’t find my lady pen.
If I ever wondered why I love Ellen I only need to look at something like this and go “yep, that’s why”. Ellen is awesome.
So I get myself set up to do a little product photography…
I’ll give you a hint. It’s a tail.
“Oh hello. There you are. I’ve been freaking INVISIBLE behind here.”
So, not much actual product photography, unless I decide the product is the cat. In which case most productive, well done me, I deserve applause. Not that I had any say in it. This particular model was calling all the shots. I was hoping for a Blue Steel look to seal the deal but not this time.
Okay this one is not too bad…a touch of Blue Steel. But then he got stroppy, demanded to eat something, and stalked off in a huff. Good talent is so hard to find.
I decided the lightcube whatsit would have to get packed away if it was to survive. I’m all for leaving things out forever so this was a major decision. Man, have you ever tried getting one of those suckers folded up again? It’s nearly as bad as the beach shades except there isn’t any wind, sand and people standing around laughing at you.
Well, there might have been people laughing at me but I gave up and stashed it behind the bookcase. I got it flat. Don’t judge me.