Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Gift of Black

Earlier in the year, I posed the question to my sisters and brother—if you won the lottery, what would you do with the money? Their answers involved establishing a charitable foundation and general good deeds.

I said our mythical lottery rules require their shopping for something special for themselves. And that’s how I learned my sisters' secret interest in designer stores. Neither of my sisters would normally spend money on themselves without the dream lottery winnings—which is pretty much my point in doing these extravagant gift sets.

Today I’m sharing the gift for my sister Carolyn. She’s Chanel while Connie is Tiffany’s—very much in line with their individual personalities.

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This project echoes yesterday’s Tiffany & Co. theme. I started with the gift basket base, a simple wood tray. Sand and then paint a wood tray (from Jo-Ann’s or Michaels) black and trim it in white. Seal with a clear gloss.

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Carolyn also gets a large bath powder puff, bath mitt, and a framed monogram. The Minky for the powder puff was purchased via Etsy at The Sproutz Store. The black-and-white print fabric came from Jo-Ann’s. It’s perfect in my opinion as the flourishes in the design look somewhat like the Chanel “C” logo initials. Speaking of initials, I also made a framed monogram for Carolyn.

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Here’s the therapeutic neck wrap. The ribbon used is black with white “stitches” along both edges—unifies the overall effect.

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“C” is for Chanel. I used Naturally Caron Spa silky soft bamboo blend yarn in the color Naturally (#0007) to knit the drawstring bag to hold the reusable eye make-up remover pads I made.

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A few Chanel items were added to the gift set such as eye makeup remover and Chanel No. 5 soap. I need to add stuff like that to Connie’s. Otherwise, what’s the point in having items like a bath powder puff if you haven’t any powder to fluff about? The red Chanel tissue paper in the shopping bag adds a nice color contrast to the starkness of the black and white.

Tomorrow’s gift project will be different from Connie and Carolyn’s. My brother has radically different ideas regarding pampering.



Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

I want to be your sister!!!:) You are up for sister-of-the-year award. I love the items you chose, and the thought you have put into it is admirable.

Happy Tuesday!

rohanknitter said...

It looks so great! I'll be interested to see what you come up with for your brother!

meg said...

Beautiful. And I love how it's the same as the Tiffany set, and yet totally unique. Round of applause, June! Can't wait to see the male version of the lottery winnings.

dutchcomfort said...

Wow, that’s such an elegant set of gifts! And like rohanknitter and Meg I’ curious to see the male version!

Anonymous said...

what a thoughtful and elegant gift -- one that anyone would surely love to receive!!

Storybook Woods said...

I am loving how you use a tray to hold your gifts. By the way the knitted bag is really stunning. I love it. CLarice