Good morning! It's a rare occasion when you cross paths with someone with whom you instantly click...you admire that person, you share many commonalities, you can talk for hours and never run out of things to say--it's like you've known each other forever, when in fact you've only known each other a few short months. Meet my new bestie Sam Dunne of Dunne With Style...I've never actually met her (she lives in Australia and I'm in the US) but in this day and age of technical wizardry--email, Facebook, Instagram--meeting face to face has proven unnecessary to accommodate our blossoming friendship.
I think I've mentioned before how over the moon I was to be asked to participate in Wrap It. For one, I was asked by this very special lady to join her talented group of gift wrapping artists; and two, gift wrapping and embellishment kits are so close to my heart and I love to conjure them up.
There is something special about Sam and there is something calming about her kit and her photos. They are akin to a warm bath--you sit back, relax, and soak them in, all the while being infinitely inspired. Perhaps it's in all the lovely shades of mint and aqua and the cozy introduction of fabric...I can't quite put my finger on it, but her ensemble just warms my heart. She has spent countless hours ruffling the fabric wrap; she watercolored the paper rosettes and the white tag, and you will read of all the other personal touches that are woven into this assortment. If you've ever wished to delve into the art of prettying up your packages, Sam's Wrap It kit is the perfect place to start.
As part of this journey, Sam will conduct a short interview with each of us on the Wrap It team to coincide with our kit release. Being that her kit is shipping this month, I asked if I in turn could interview her. She nicely agreed to answer some questions and even sent me a few photos of her lovely ensemble in action. So please read about this beautiful soul, my friend Sam...
What is your intention with Wrap It? What do you hope customers will get out of purchasing these kits?
Everywhere! I'm always looking for inspiration and find if you keep your eyes open the world is a pretty inspiring place. I find colour and colour palettes the most inspiring, so I'm always looking at colour combinations in homewares, fabrics, rugs, bed linen - I often find the way they combine or contrast colour will inspire an entire project. And if I'm really stumped I head to the local hardware store and stand in front of the paint chip section (and often come home with an armful of them). I'm always looking outside for the way that colour and texture work in the natural world, too, as nature never seems to get it wrong!
The Wrap It idea originated when someone said to me, "I wouldn't even know where to start to wrap something like that." I instantly wanted to hand them a box of 'where to start' and inspire them to get creative.
What 3 items would you be lost without when it comes to gift wrapping?