HBO Gift Wrapping Masterclass – Blogmas Day 23 – Take 2!

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A couple of weeks ago Catherine and I were invited to the offices of Premier for a HBO gift wrapping masterclass. As I LOVE anything to do with Game of Thrones (geeky I know!) I jumped at the chance to see an expert at work wrapping a present that I would be ecstatic to receive as a gift (did the subliminal messaging work there guys?!). And yes that is a condom in the above picture! The TV series of Girls is quite raunchy in places but playful with it and the wrapping above perfectly portrays such characteristics. Personally I wanted the pouch for a clutch bag but sadly that isn’t possible.

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Arona Khan is an international gift wrapping expert known for her scintillating methods that will make you want to actually preserve your wrapping paper this year rather than just ripping it off to get to your present. From Game of Thrones to a bottle of wine this lovely lady has a whole host of handy tips for us mere mortals of the wrapping world to jazz up our run of the mill gifts and make our recipients awestruck at our new and wonderful techniques. A big bow here and a little bauble there and poof the job is done!

Check out a couple of videos made by the lovelies at Premier for the afternoon session we attended.

How much do you want to snuggle under that lovely piece of fur.

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As I have already (badly) wrapped my gifts next year will be the time that I test out this wonderful technique unless of course I bust my new moves for someones birthday – we shall see!

True Detective is a show that I have yet to watch, however that does not stop me loving this nifty idea of wrapping and all from scratch – Handmade wrapping right!

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Arona has been kind enough to put together her five top gift wrapping tips that should see you through any tricky wrapping situation that comes your way. Just remember tips for life not just for Christmas!

The one thing I always have an issue with is making bows as like most I do not possess the power to grow tentacles in order to wrap well. Arona of course had a solution that consisted of making many loops and a small twist. Check out her webpage for some handy hints but for the process in motion check out this picture of Arona showing me how its done.

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Since passing the legal drinking age many years ago a present that seems much appreciated by myself and friends is a lovely bottle of alcohol (I would say wine but that isn’t always the case!). Wrapping said present is always an issue as it is not an easy shape to navigate. Of course Arona was on hand for such troublesome wrapping.

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Whilst watching Arona at work the ladies at Premier supplied us with coffee and mince pies.

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Not being hungry at the time I did not indulge in a mince-pie but Catherine was happy with hers so they must have been very tasty.

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How awesome is the finished product – a little tip that Arona gave was to put tissue paper inside the cellophane so the actual contents isn’t obvious to the recipient.

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I would like to take this chance to say a massive THANK YOU to the lovelies at Premier and Arona Khan for her expert advice also to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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To Do Tuesday – Blogmas Day 16

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Last Weeks List

– Write Christmas cards and send for Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

– Wrap and bag Christmas presents

– Put up Christmas lights

– Schedule 1 week of posts

– Comment on 10 news blogs

– Put together gift basket for mothers

How Did I Get On?

Still working on the Christmas gift baskets for our mothers however it is taking longer than I anticipated due to lack of time to go out and shop for the contents. Bit by bit I am getting there – it will happen. On the wrapping side of things the other day I got into a bit of a wrapping frenzy put my audio book on and got cracking. With only 3 more presents to wrap and a couple more to buy I am pretty much all sorted.

One thing I do regret this year is not planning ahead enough to participate in The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa – such a shame but next year will be a good one! (Not wishing the time away of course!).

Commenting has not been my strong point this week but I have visited almost 10 new blogs and let me tell you there are some awesome bloggers out there – as if you didn’t already know.

This Weeks List

– Edit Christmas baking blog and put on You Tube

– Comment on 10 news blogs

– Find 5 new blogs on Bloglovin’

– Organise 2 Pinterest boards

Once again I will be on Twitter & Instagram this afternoon whilst out and about!

See You There 😀