At the end of my last post I briefly mentioned that my new Dapple Design Shop is up and running on Etsy. I'm actually pretty excited about this new venture. Ideas fill my head. Too many to execute, so I'm starting off simple with a product that I think everyone can appreciate: gift bags.
I've been dabbling in alternative gift wrap for a while, mostly because I can't stomach the wastefulness of single-use, disposable wrapping paper and ribbons. For years we wrapped gifts in nothing but the plain white paper scrap that the wide-format printer at my husband's office spit out. That may sound dull, but it wasn't. The bright white paper presented an ideal backdrop for stamping, painting, collaging or simply tying ribbons. Sadly, a new printer at the office has dried up the flow of paper scrap, leaving me in need of a new, non-wasteful way to wrap presents.
My husband's birthday was earlier this week and these three presents were for him. Don't they look nice? The wrappings belong to my new line of fabric gift bags that can be used again and again. Unlike paper gift bags -- which some people hang onto, while others chuck -- these cloth bags look and feel like part of the gift, not just the disposable packaging. That makes them far more likely to be re-used.
These images are from the Dapple Design Shop. I've only just begun, but I'm working to add a deep variety of fabrics -- something for everyone. If you haven't already, please drop in for a visit.