I’ve developed many quick and easy ways to wrap presents or create gift baskets since then and now, if there isn’t time to watch a DVD or attend a training course people around the world watch my pay to view videos.
My passion for this art form has taken me around the UK and Europe, across the United States, to India, and Japan where I was described as the world’s foremost gift wrapping expert. What an honour. So too was an invitation to train the Prime Minister’s staff at 10 Downing Street.
I offer training courses, workshops, seminars and demonstrations for corporate and private clients around the UK and overseas. Recent clients include the Harry Potter Shop at King’s Cross, the WI, Highgrove, home of the Prince of Wales and P&O Cruises.
I have operated gift wrapping services in several locations. In Hamleys toy store in London my way of wrapping a teddy bear proved so popular that customers started buying them so they could have the wrap! The prize for the oddest item to be wrapped goes to a box of Kleenex at Heathrow Airport. The reason why it was wrapped would not be out of place in a thriller!
I design and create wrapped ‘gifts’ for a variety of projects. Two of the most challenging involved working with the director Daniel Barber on campaigns for VISA. Wrapping a shoe while retaining its shape stands out as do the mugs for the winter Olympics. I thought I was being so witty wrapping them with a feather trim around the top to look like fur. I forgot that the scene involved four burly skaters. Oops!
I’ve shown lots of quick and easy ways to wrap presents on television in the UK and overseas. I’ve appeared on many programmes including This Morning, BBC’s The One Show and BBC Breakfast but the scariest was live when I had to wrap a bottle of red wine on the arm of a chair. What were they thinking! Luckily I didn’t drop it. On Ready Steady Cook I was the first and possibly only person to bring on their ingredients in a wrapped box rather than a carrier bag!
I’ve added another string to my bow: Fascinator Masterclasses for hen parties, girly get togethers and birthdays. I also create bespoke designs for weddings, other special celebrations and days at the races. Most recently I created fascinators for the mothers of the bride and groom who got married in Tuscany.
Paperworld in Frankfurt, Germany is the world’s largest trade show for paper and stationery supplies. In January 2013 I was delighted to be the first person ever invited to give presentations at the show – 15 in four days! In 2014 I will be returning to share more of my tips and techniques both at Paperworld and at Christmasworld.
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