I love to wrap presents. In fact, I like to wrap presents much more than I like shopping for them. Though, technically, I like to decorate presents--the actual wrapping, like any thing that requires precision, is not really my speciality. In fact, the less exciting the gift, the more time and effort I spend on the wrapping. This gift is for the fabulous Visual Vamp (here), who is having a birthday party. I'm very excited, not only to see Valerie and Alberto, but becaue the party is in this beautiful home (posted at visual vamp). I hope she'll like the present, a vintage gardening book written by socialite C.Z. Guest, with illustrations by Cecil Beaton and introduction by Truman Capote, but since it's only a small token, I tried to jazz it up with a bow substitue, a wooden cross accented with bottle caps from a local brewing company similar to ones I've seen in local boutiques. After painting the cross with metallics and attaching the bottle caps, I found a beautiful handmade paper at world market with similar colours. I felt that the parasols ecohed the bottle caps. I used a ribbon I already had to tie it all on, and voila, a present is ready for presentation.