Friday, February 19, 2010

Flying to the land of the long white cloud...and chip packets

Well, my OWOH giveaway is all finished, and popped into the post this afternoon, off on its way to Sheree at the very tip of the land of the long white cloud.  I took lots of photos, and REALLY want to post some here...so I thought maybe a couple more little teasers wouldn't spoil Sheree's surprise.

a few words....
...a little pencil scribbling...

...all wrapped up and ready to go.

Speaking of wrapped up, I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging.  I don't mean excessive, 'lets see how many trees we can waste to make this (probably) pointless piece of junk look desirable'.  You know the kind of thing I'm sure, where the item inside is about a tenth of the size of the packaging, which itself is an annoying mixture of recyclable and non-recyclable materials rendered inseparable through some secret nuclear fusion procedure.  With some wire ties thrown in for good measure.  No, I'm talking about things that serve their purpose, are simple and functional, and yet beautiful.  I think the Japanese are the best at this, they have, quite literally, taken wrapping to an artform.  So I just HAD to rescue this gorgeous...chip wrapper.  Yes, this delightful piece was wrapped around a cellophane bag of...Octopus crackers.  Kind of like Prawn Crackers, only...Octopus.  My cousin lives in Tokyo at the moment, and he came home at Christmas bearing gifts, mostly edible ones, and this was among our presents.  The crackers themselves were quite nice, but it was the wrapper I coveted.  I have no idea what it says, probably something entirely inane like "Crispy Octopus Crackers, baked not fried", but I don't care, it's a beautiful thing, and the world would be a much better place if all chip packets were this delightful!


5 comments:

Julia Kelly said...

I am a sucker for pretty paper too! Read that wrapping in the Victorian era got started to "pretty up" the new trend of store bought gifts- replacing the more desireable handmade!

Kayla coo said...

Beautiful drawing.x

sheree said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeee!! I cant wait, I feel so lucky!!
I am driving myself to exhaustion with this exhibition art, so a nice little surprise is going to be just what I need. I love when you know something is coming in the post like shopping off the net or its your birthday...it makes going to the mailbox so exciting, that is gonna be me the whole week!!! thankyou for my excitement woo hooo!!

sheree xxx

Carousel Dreams said...

Thankyou for visiting my blog...and, you are right, this chip packet is gorgeous!

Jackie said...

Absolutely!
I always feel woefully inadequate with my etsy wrappings but you have given me justification not to go overboard with loads of paper and plastic. Hmm..I wonder if there is a Japanese supermarket anywhere near here?

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