This year for the very first time I have been involved in a Secret Santa through an on-line book club which I was able to join this year.
My Secret Santa parcel arrived this morning and with it a dilemma. As you know paper is important to me. My present was beautifully wrapped in Art Deco type paper. Black background with small bronze Christmas trees in a line. The next line was bronze zig zag with angular corners. So reminiscent of the Art Deco period. Each bronze decorated line was followed by a pure white straight line. The pattern on the paper was a work of art.
Oh my, but I was torn. I wanted to find out what book I had received but I did not want to damage this beautiful paper. A mug of coffee later and it was time. With a scalpel, extra light on my work table and a steady hand I began the job of opening the paper. Thank goodness, my Secret Santa had not used double sided tape. With care I actually achieved removing this beautiful paper to reveal my book.
However, before scrutinising the book, the paper was ironed to remove the creases. Yes, ironing it does work. Just make sure it is a dry iron at low temperature. I already have a few ideas for using it. It definitely could be used as background for a greeting card but I think for the moment it will be placed in my drawer containing “special paper” to be used at a future date, possibly.
The book I received wrapped in that wonderful paper was “he said she said” by Erin Kelly and published by Hodder and Stoughton. I would have walked past this book in a book shop. The dust cover would not have attracted me nor would the fact that it was termed a “psychological thriller”. Like everything else in life there are times to try something new and I look forward to reading it during the Christmas period.
Happy Christmas reading especially if it is a genre which you don’t normally read.