Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thea & Sami Organic Gift Idea

Thea & Sami are happy to be joining the Designers Emporium Boutique Market. We will be offering our hand-printed tea-towels and organic cotton t-shirts among other goodies at the market every month.

I thought I would share with you this great eco-gift idea. Hemp tea-towels make a wonderful environmentally friendly gift wrap. Hemp has the advantage of being naturally resistant to bacteria and mould even after several washings. While these towels are not certified organic, hemp is a weed so grows well without the use of pesticides and will quickly regrow once cut, making it very sustainable. As the strongest natural fibre, it will last for many years.

I am going a step further by choosing a certified organic wine. We are very fortunate in Australia to have wonderful vineyards and many of the smaller ones are now growing their grapes organically, without chemicals.

So for a lovely guilt-free hostess or party gift, begin by choosing a hemp or organic cotton tea-towel, an organic wine and some hemp twine. I purchased my twine from my local organic food store.

I am using the Thea & Sami Mexican Climber hemp tea-towel as the design is reminiscent of grape vines. Fold the towel wrong side out so when wrapped, you can fold over the border (see final image).

Place the bottle inside the towel and wrap. This step is very important otherwise if you wrap the towel around the bottle without enclosing it, the towel can easily slip off and the bottle may tragically crash to the floor.

Use the hemp twine to secure the towel and fold the towel over and style its collar. You now have a very impressive gift with wrapping that will be treasured for many years to follow.

Please feel free to comment if you find a better way to wrap your tea-towel.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

bon voyage red bamboo

From all at the Designers Emporium, we would like to send our best wishes to Annie from red bamboo, who has been a fabulous part of our group for the last 6 months. Annie is moving to Tasmania next month and she will be dearly missed! Annie brought along to the markets, not only a beautiful product but her friendly, bubbly personality and she was a favourite with many of our retailers and customers alike. So Annie, from all of us ...Good Luck! We hope that your new adventure is full of wonderful surprises! We love Annie's fabulous product so much that we have decided to include her on our 'we support' section of our website, a special place for our favourite retailers, so if ever you need to find that special red bamboo gift from Annie, you know just where to find her.