packaging. It makes us look twice at a product on the grocery shelf. Excellent packaging makes us wonder over, while browsing in a gift shop to a beautiful display of ordinary bars of soap that are packaged and presented in a snappy or elegant way, that somehow tied with a fancy ribbon and a feather, makes me want to buy. That special added swoosh.
I think of it as garnish. You make a beautiful, elegant dinner and to add that final swoosh, you choose to place a long piece of chive with the flower gently over the amazing mushroom risotto. Swoosh. Yeah, I like that. You make a little sachet and you tie it up in clear packaging and add garnish of velvet ribbon.
No, I am not talking about going out and spending oodles. I am talking about picking a piece of greenery from your yard to tie onto a piece of slate and a wedge of cheese to take to your neighbor. garnish, swoosh. I am talking about adding a lime green pipe cleaner and making wild cork screws sticking out in a jaunty fashion.
A swoosh is a jingle bell you tie on a gift in May. A garnish is a scratch lottery ticket you tape to the ribbon. A fancy swoosh is a baby picture you copy of the receiver and use as a gift tag. Silly, fun, happy and unexpected. A plastic glitter snowflake and some white feathers or silly elegant ribbon with chickens and roosters marching along might just be the perfect garnish.
Why not crown the gifts you make for your friends and family with a swoosh? When wrapping a Valentine’s Day gift of a book, why not add a special touch to say you were thinking of them? Sometimes, I write the person’s name or other times I use an initial.
No, I am not talking about spending oodles of money on the “perfect” Hallmark card. While there are occasions when a card is perfect, sometimes, you want something extra. More meaningful, way more fun and happy. Wrap an elegant gift with beautiful wrapping and lacy ribbon …. then unexpectedly tape a silly comic strip on the back of the gift. Get it? Use your imagination to make the other person snort or giggle.
Make some tags. This week I made heart shape and circles. They can be any shape you want. Go to the craft store, armed with a coupon, buy yourself a little square of clay. It costs $2.99. Bring it home. Roll between two pieces of waxed paper (you don’t want the clay to get dirty at all), cut out with cookie cutters, put a couple holes in the piece to tie ribbon through, bake at 230* for 30 minutes. done.
That was the craft. Yes, that easy. I used some letters and stamped out different names or words. On a couple I just stamped XOXO It was fun and quick and inexpensive. I ended up with a little box of garnish.
I tied them onto different gifts I was preparing to mail out. Valentine gifts, birthday gifts, I even tied one onto a vase of flowers.