Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gift Wrapping for Good Causes

GIVE BACK Gift Wrapping Workshop

Wrapping with Cavalleni Paper

I am participating in a Give Back Wrapping Workshop this year and would love if people can take the class, learn both basic and creative, not so ordinary techniques to wrap for the holidays and volunteer with me afterwards in 
wrapping the donated gifts for the homeless and foster youth of Larkin Street Youth Services.  
 (Please take the time to read about this wonderful organization- see above) 

Date:  December 18, Thursday 
Time:  5:30-8:00pm 
Place: 1150 Sutter Street 

Here's the link to sign up: 

Appreciation goes to Jess Shain of Fullosophie for her wonderful idea and inviting me to be part of
such a worthy cause in their lineup of wonderful, experience worthy workshops.  Happy to be part of this!  
Special thanks goes to Cavalleni for generously donating their beautiful papers!  Have always loved the beautifully designed and high quality papers of Cavalleni so what a treat to be wrapping all the donated gifts with them!  
Learn to make this Sleeve Gift Bag
and Floral Accent repurposing cupcake liners
at the Give Back Workshop.
Great for packing things on the Larkin Street Youth Wish List:
socks, scarves, undergarments, shirts

A shout out to Scotch for their donation of supplies and tape-- their generosity continuing beyond my
days participating in their 3M Scotch Most Gifted Wrapper Contest!  Can't do without the wrapping necessities.  THANK YOU ! 

I just know this project was meant to be because of the immediate and kind support from everyone.

Know its a busy time for everyone but if by chance you are free and want to take part in a worthy cause, please come and join me!   Would love and actually need the support of everyone on this one! 

For those who cannot make it to San Francisco, there are also other ways to support the 
Larkin Street Youth Services during the holidays.
Here's the link for more information:


                                                         GIFT WRAPPING to support Ruth's Table

Join me for a relaxing afternoon learning different ways to wrap presents including how to repurpose your everyday materials into artistic wrapping creations.  Ruth's Table is a Creative Learning Center named in the spirit of renowned artist Ruth Asawa.  It's a place where people of all generations come together to explore their creativity. 

It's fitting that just last week, as I was getting out my holiday boxes, I came upon origami ornaments I made together with Ruth years ago, just sitting around a table and talking.  It brings back such nice memories. It's this same feeling I know Community Programs Director Lola Fraknoi hopes to capture at the Center ("as a hearth for creativity" as was Ruth's wish" in bringing artists and creators to the Center-- interacting with the seniors and the community together creating, sharing artistic visions and discovering a sense of purpose.  My friends Monica Lee is the Artist in Residence there and Dorothy Yuki is a regular Volunteer Artist as well as Artist Aiko Cuneo are all an integral part of Ruth's Table.  Program Director Lola's son and my daughter Maddie went to the same High Schol and share the same circle of friends so its a small world that brings us all together.  

Please come join me in this warm gathering of friendship, creativity and learning. 

Here's the link to sign up for the workshop at Ruth's Table 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014: Wrapping Gratitude

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
-William Arthur Ward-

Thanksgiving this year was about both feeling gratitude and expressing it, wrapping thoughts and 
sharing.  As a lover of gift wrapping, one would think my favorite holiday is Christmas but actually I love Thanksgiving.  It's a day about being together with family, cooking and eating together and often not done enough, voicing gratefulness to the blessings in our lives.  This Thanksgiving I walked the talk wholeheartedly of my saying gift wrapping is my vehicle of expression, of a thought, an intention, a sense of gratefulness to share with those we care about. 

My photos of wrapping  "A Note of Thanks" 
placed at the table for my family to share their thoughts of gratitude. 
Unexpectedly it became a moving moment for us all.  

My daughter Mel's note of gratitude.
Touched us all! 
Love this scene of my kids cooking Thanksgiving Day.
Michael made an awesome stuffing. Maddie is our ultimate baker!
Mel is all about the Louisiana Yams. 
Here's to packaging and honoring the gift of words.