At last, my favorite time of the year has arrived! Winter coats, hot cocoa, warm fires, decorated streets. It’s such a wonderful season in New York City. Of course with Christmas approaching, I’m searching for the perfect treasures to gift to my friends and family. I put together a bespoke PANDORA Essence and Christmas Collection bracelet for a friend… but I couldn’t find a wrapping paper that I loved. I wanted something special because the wrapping is just as important as the gift itself! So with an artist’s mindset, I went home to my drawing table to create my own gift wrap.

Follow along as I guide you through my process below…

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I like to use white craft paper (brown is nice too), which you can find at most craft stores. I pick a color theme (in this case, wintery mint!), and prep my supplies to get ready to paint. You can also do this with markers, pens, and really just about anything! Use your imagination!


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Stringing personalized charms onto a PANDORA double strand bracelet to complete the gift.


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Next, I like to mark the size of the box on the paper with light pencil marks. That way I know how much area I’ll need to paint (don’t forget to include the depth and sides of the box). Also, this helps me judge how large or small I should paint the pattern so that you’ll be able to see it once the box has been wrapped.


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For this paper, I’m going to paint rows of ladies in mint green holiday gowns. I begin by painting their faces, arms, and torsos – since it’s the only area of skin that will show.


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Next, I paint the gowns. I like to vary the mint color between dark and light to make it less flat.


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Once the gowns are painted, I go back and add little dotted details with a light mint or white paint. Before it has a chance to dry, I sprinkle some matching glitter over it to add some holiday sparkle.


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Once the glitter is on, let your paper dry completely. When it’s dry, funnel the excess glitter into a bowl to clean it off. Tap the back of the paper to ensure you get all of the loose glitter off (there will be less of a mess when you’re wrapping!)

When the paper is dry and the excess glitter has been dusted off, you’re ready to wrap your gift!


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Voilà! Wrap it with a box, and it’s ready to be gifted!


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Sometimes seeing one beautiful color can spark an idea for a dreamy gown. Lately, I’m into shades of mint greens. Soft, airy, light and fresh! Especially when I think about this gownPayPal_1

I was stocking up on my favorite colors at Blick last week and ordered some Ash Green, Mint Green, and Cobalt Green Pale. I love shopping on Blick because I can checkout hassle free with PayPal (which literally took less than a minute!).

I love sketching under timed challenges. Setting a limit of 5 seconds, 30 seconds, 5 minutes, etc. It’s an amazing way to loosen up your pencil… and spark new ideas. 1 minute to #paypalit for supplies, and a few 5 minute sketches.

As soon as the paints arrived, I squeezed them onto my palette and got straight to painting!

5 minute Ladies in shades of winter mint…

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Last week, on a bitterly cold and rainy night, Caldrea invited me to warm up at a Secret Garden Party on the terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel… and oh, what a wonderfully scented secret it was!

Entering the Garden Party was how I imagined Mary Lennox felt when she discovered her Secret Garden. I was greeted by a glowing red and pink room filled from floor to ceiling with roses, serene models in whimsical gowns with oversized florals blooming from their hair. All of this to the angelic sounds of a harp playing in the corner. But the most wonderful thing? The scents! The room was filled with the unmistakable scent of blossoming rose bushes… Caldrea candles filling the air with scents that made you forget the wind and rain just beyond the windows.

As I walked through the room of roses to the next garden, the scenery suddenly transformed to a fairy-like land full of greenery, glowing lights, fruits blossoming from the trees, and the scents of pear blossoms and agave. And I can’t forget the ceiling made of lavender bundles

It was difficult finding a reason to leave these secret gardens, but lucky for me, I’ve brought the scents to my own home. To relive the scents of summer throughout the winter that has barely begun…

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