Book Review

Book review: Giftwrapped by Jane Means

If you are anything like me, you probably take a lot of time deciding what to buy someone as a gift, whether it be for birthday, Christmas or just to say thank you. However, do you spend as much time in selecting the wrapping? I know I don’t always do this and just use any spare paper I have in my draw at the time.

There is something almost breathtaking to receive a gift that is beautifully wrapped and this gift will give as much pleasure on the giver’s behalf to see the recipient’s response. Why not, therefore, go that extra step and spend a little time in turning your simple gift into a glorious gift? Even the most plain present can be transformed into a sensational gift when wrapped in interesting paper and tied with an intricate looking bow.

Jane Means is a professional giftwrapper and has a fabulous blog http://janemeansblog.com full of ideas to wrap even the most intricate shape, as well as a website http://www.janemeans.com which sells a myriad of ribbons, tissues and papers to name but a few items. Jane also runs courses across the country on giftwrapping. You can even buy course vouchers to give as gifts, and I bet if you look on the website you will find an interesting way to wrap the voucher!

Can’t afford a course, or find the time? Then all is not lost, Jane has written a book called ‘Giftwrapped’ which is due to be published by Jacqui Small LLP on 20 November 2014.

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There are no end of suggestions on how to wrap the oddest of shapes. One particular idea I love is for a magazine subscription. Choose your magazine, buy a current copy, roll it into a tube shape and wrap it up in a vintage scarf.

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The book provides detailed guides on wrapping, tying and great ideas for special occasions, accompanied with wonderful photographs.

At this part of a book review post I usually give away the book in a competition. Sometimes, I find it hard to part with a book I particularly like, and this is one occasion where I am going to disappoint you as I am going to keep this one for myself!

I thoroughly recommend Giftwrapped which is published on November 20th and retailing at £20.   The publishers are offering a special discount at £16 including P&P to the UK  . Telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG252.  Please add £2.50 if ordering from outside the UK.

Garden blogging, National Trust Gardens

Autumn Colours – NT Property: Sheffield Park East Sussex

I am over a week late in posting this but several boxes of tissues, copious amounts of Vicks Vapour Rub and cough linctus I am now back in action.

Sheffield Park, East Sussex, is a National Trust property near Haywards Heath, West Sussex.   With its four lakes, Capability Brown and Repton influences and the River Ouse running through, it is a magnet at this time of the year for photographers.   The trees turn fabulous russets and on a still sunny day the reflections in the lakes are magnificent.

To appreciate it to the full, you really need it to be clear, no wind for the reflections and a blue sky for the contrasts of colour. Saturday the 1st of November was one such day when I went with my friend Kate to view the autumn shades.  We were there for several hours drinking in the views and colours, and in particular the Swamp Cypress which adds fabulous tones of rust and orange throughout the estate.

Rather than post a number of photos I have decided on this occasion to make a small movie for you to watch.  Somehow I believe it gives more of a feel of being there for you.   It’s just under 3 minutes long, so sit back and please enjoy.

The music is from the Ultimate Wellbeing Album and called “Fluorescent Glimmer” by Floetry Faction.