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Japanese Koi Wrapping

Japanese Koi Wrapping You know those papers that you hold on to forever? You love them so much, you're hesitant to use them because then that would be it, you wouldn't have them anymore. That's how I feel about this koi paper from Cavallini. In fact, I think I may have bought it when I lived in Vancouver, which is almost 10 years ago. That's a long time to hold on to a piece of wrapping paper.

What you see on this gift is just one panel of a grid of various koi that make up the pattern of the paper. (I had cut off a strip of the sheet so I could fit it on display in my house.) It seemed only natural to pair the single panel with some Japanese paper from The Japanese Paper Place; the fibres and dark green-blue are reminiscent of water I think. I stayed with the Japanese inspiration by keeping the design minimal — the panel is attached to the top with double-sided tape with no additional decoration. Very Zen.

Shopping: Swan and Shears

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I was going to select one of the fabulous items from McMaster and Storms Swan and Shears as a Friday Find, but the Etsy shop carries so many lovely things, I couldn't decide! Based in Arcanum, Ohio, Swan and Shears is run out of an 1860s farmhouse and sells "curious supplies for all your crafty endeavours." Owners and friends Darcy and Kara offer a beautiful selection of  ribbons, tags and various sweet sundries, many of them from France. I'm particularly enamoured with the cyclist thread cards (top left, $19 US/set of 6), which would make lovely gift tags, as well as the foil paper Dresden Fish (top right, $3 US/package of 3) for humorous yet elegant toppers (they also com in gold and pink). Bottom row, from left: Vintage French celebration ribbon (6-1/8" wide), $14 US/yard, is thought to have been used for the sashes worn by French mayors. Sign language hand tags, $9 US/package of 15. Equestrian stampings, $6 US/set of 5 (as shown).