Friday, December 24, 2010

Wrap it up

I've been talking quite a bit this week about ephemeral Christmas/holiday items - how about wrapping paper?

How many of you out there really take care when you wrap your gifts?  I am one of those people.  I like to either do wrapping themes (this year, all of my sister's gifts are wrapped in different nature-themed papers) or color-coordinate the paper with the gift that's inside.  I love using fancy ribbons too.

Seems like an awful lot of work for something that gets ripped open in a matter of seconds, doesn't it?  :D  But I can't help it, and now it's turned into a friendly contest!  My sister Jen usually wins.  :D

From an ephemeral standpoint I think wrapping paper ranks right up there with the tape that's used to wrap the gifts (you can see that post here).  It is sort of criminal how much of it we throw away - my family does try to reuse as much of it as we can.  Same with the bows - we use real ribbon because we know it'll get reused or saved - in fact, my mom saves every ribbon that we've ever used on her presents and ties them to her bedpost to give her sweet dreams.  :D  But remember when you'd use that funky nylon-y ribbon to make your own bows?  I think I was born at the tail end of that craze and then all of the store started carrying the bags of the ubiquitous self-adhesive ones.  I love those too, and we reuse those as well (hey, why not?).

A little explanation of the vintage wrapping paper in the photo - on the left is some Santa wrapping paper.  I'm not 100% positive that it's true vintage, but the paper is really thin and brittle and it sure feels vintage.  The polka-dotted wrap is pure vintage, and I got that at my friend Kim's shop that closed in September.  I love that you can still see the manufacturer at the bottom.  And that super-funky day-glow 1970s wrapping paper on the roll to the right?  That's a roll that we unearthed when cleaning my Grammie's house when she moved into assisted living and the house was being put up for sale.  I'm sure no one else wanted it - we were some of the last people through the house - but I just love it.  I'm afraid I just can't touch it yet - I'm emotionally attached to it and every ephemeraologist knows how hard it is to use old stuff in your art that your're attached to.  Maybe someday.

While we're on the subject of the holidays yet again, and it's 10 p.m CST on Christmas Eve, I'd like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to all of you (or belated Hanukkah or Happy Kwanzaa) and yours.  Thank you so much for your support of this blog the last 7 months or so, and I look forward to writing many more posts in 2011!  You all ROCK.  :D

And with that, I'll leave you with some of the artwork I've done with wrapping paper (the one with the funky trees was actually made by my sister Jen!):


  1. Thanks so much, Jennifer! :D Great to hear from you!! :D