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9 Ladies Dancing. This post should of been yesterday but I’ve had some technical troubles and spent time learning the inner workings of ‘the cloud’. Father Christmas now has a last minute wish list to fill with a new digital camera but until the 25th I have to put up with the camera on me phone and do battle with it not ‘talking to the computer.

Not spending money should not mean a lack of luxury at Christmas. Nana had the habit of keeping a ‘Save-it-for-later’ cupboard. A collection of things, nothing fancy, just left-overs, bits and bobs to be re-used again one day. Paper, fabric, ribbon, lace, boxes, glue, yarn, kept just because they are liked, because they were fancy and nice and too good to be thrown away. I have kept the habit, inspite of it no longer being fashionable, to carefully un-pick the sellotape and carefully fold the paper for another time (vividly remembered having to do it in childhood) but I still do!

I now keep a selection of fabrics, sheers, old curtains, rolls of ribbons and a selection of tissue paper. Why? because you can wrap gifts (as the japanese do) like this.

a yard of bronze organza a sheet of tissue paper and a  hand made gift tag

a yard of bronze organza
a sheet of tissue paper
and a hand made gift tag

my gift to be wrapped in tissue 1st

my gift to be wrapped in tissue 1st

neatly wrapped but no sellotape

neatly wrapped but no sellotape

begin to roll the organza, corner to corner

begin to roll the organza, corner to corner

keep it tight and straight ready for the magic

keep it tight and straight ready for the magic

pull tight, ready to tie a bow

pull tight, ready to tie a bow

with care you can get it very neat and very tight. This will help with the last bit

with care you can get it very neat and very tight. This will help with the last bit

dress the bow for maximum effect

dress the bow for maximum effect

and add a hand made gift tag

I will apologize for the quality of photos again. The japanese do it so much better with different ways of tying the fabric up.

and here’s a tutorial to learn how

http://t.co/HL9sR9Efip

Bobo-Reusable-Gift-Wrap

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