Brown paper packages tied up with string… These are a few of my favourite things! Ooh, how I wanted to take my own pictures for this post, and write an ode describing (and entailing) my love for wrapping presents the old school way… BUT I DID NOT. Okay, but pish posh! Brown paper lends that old, vintage touch to otherwise regular gift paper; I love the rustic feel, and there are so many ways with which to decorate your present.
Because I’m fond of moonlight and roses, lover-ly thoughts, the 1920s and all things Parisian and vintage – I felt most inspired by this D.I.Y idea that I came across on Green Wedding Shoes – for me personally, brown paper looks lovely with deep red and dusty gold tones… I am certain that you can find some silk flowers lying around at home, or old ones that your mother wants to discard, and refurbish them a little bit (before using them to fasten on top of the gift) by painting them gold.
Artwork by Roanna Fernandes, and picture by Jen Campbell
Look, I love to romanticise people and things okay? Er, I mean, like the fact that I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting excited about a favourite month coming along (even though it comes every year!). You already know that February tops my list but October is a special month as well. Plenty of kooky reasons, but I like ’em. Let’s raise our hats to a happy October? Yes? Yes! Okay.
“Lavender-scented baths. Birthdays. Candied apples. Halloween. Witches. Red lipstick! Orange. Nutmeg. Pumpkins. Jack-o’-lanterns! Librans. Mysteries. Witchcraft. Voodoo. Scooby-Doo! Sweater dresses. Americano. Cardigans. Best friends. Moroccan lanterns. Drops of Jupiter. Boxy blazers. Starbucks. The Darker Half. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. Apple pie. Bubble baths. Romances. Books. Love potion. Costumes. Wool. Legends. Coffee dates. Gloves. The Forbidden Game. Writing. Espresso. Autumn. Charcoal pencils. Trench coats. Pink ribbons. Dressing up. Moonlight. Shea shower cream. Cinnamon. Creepy stories. Holding hands. Graveyards. Conversations. Elle by Yves Saint Laurent. Black. Letters from strangers. Ruby Woo. Think of You by MS MR (RAC Remix). Frankincense. Sleep Balm. Music. Wolves. Scents. Celebrations. Scarves. Caramel toffee. Warm breezes. Scented candles. Pumpkin spice. Guys. Oh, October!”
P.S If you’re interested in my work and are thinking of a collaboration or project, please write to me and direct your queries. Just please DO NOT BRAND, LABEL, STEAL or USE my work as your own. It would thoroughly anger and disappoint me, to say the least. Translation: Pilfer my stuff, and you could die.
Artwork by Roanna Fernandes