Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Ah, Tuesday, better all around!

So,if you ever plan a day out shopping in Portsmouth with your chum, I hope it turns out to be as nice as the long morning that Jan and I had today.  We didn't get to Portsmouth...something made us turn right too soon and we went to Winchester.  Oh yeah - it was a fabric shop...you know what she's like.  We mooched and browsed and came upon a lovely shop called Forme.  It's a gift shop.  It's beautifully arranged and the stock is carefully chosen.  The prices, given the quality, were really reasonable.  For 
example, we'd been fainting at the cost of the oil cloth bags and holdalls in Cath Kidston. Up to a hundred pounds - ouch.  And here in Forme, we found really really nice weekend bags for a third of the price.  No quality compromise, in fact, made by a luggage company and perfectly affordable.  So we mooched a bit and both found treasure to buy.  And the young man asked if I'd like my purchase to be gift wrapped.  I would, please - it's a present for another dear friend, so it's by no means a waste of time.  I came home with this wonderful looking gift.   I told the chap that did this lovely wrapping that I would be blogging about it...he was sweet enough to suggest I take the credit for it..and I was tempted for a micro second! Which is why I'm sort of advertising the shop and his wrapping...which cost not one penny extra to the price of the gift.  Jan and I watched intently, so I'm expecting to be able to repeat this beauty at a stroke, with the same flair.  But just, just, just in case, I'm not going to unwrap this to show you what I bought!  

14 comments:

Helen said...

What a beautiful parcel - much to pretty to open! It sounds a delightful shop - glad you had a good morning, better for being unexpected.

Kirsty.a said...

Sounds like a lovely day.

Angie said...

Sounds like a wonderful day out shopping ...what a gorgeous wrapping service ..and not a penny added...wow.
KC charges what?? !!!!!!! Is this not a challenge for LLJ? xx

Artyjen said...

What a delight to find a shop with old fashioned good service...and tasteful too ;)
xoxo Sioux

Wipso said...

That sounds like my sort of day :-)
A x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's always nice when you run across a shop where you can afford the prices. And it's even better when the gentleman doing the free gift wrapping is kind enough to suggest you take all the credit. What an amazing day you had. And to think, mine was buying groceries, helping my neighbor Sally fold blankets, sheets, and quilts, and work on putting my shelves together. If I'd had your kind of day, I'd blog about it, too. And next time, you'll know which way to turn and when!

misteejay said...

That is so beautifully wrapped - sounds like you had a super day.

Toni xx

sasa said...

Definitely knocked your Monday out the picture...with wrapping like that who needs a gift - empty boxes could be the new black...

voodoo vixen said...

Well, if I was heading for Portsmouth I think I might take a detour to Winchester instead too! No comparison in the shopping stakes!! (Southampton is my personal stomping ground... well I grew up there)!! Love the gift wrapping... he did a fabulous job... and I know where I would be going for my Christmas shopping and have him wrap the lot up too!! LOL

Di said...

Oh wow! Winchester is just down the road from me so a little visit is on my 'to-do' list - fab wrapping! Di xx

The Crafty Elf said...

Now that's my kind of day!! I love the wrapping Julia its gorgeous! Just proves once again....presentation is everything!

Craftilicious said...

Oh I do love a beautifully wrapped gift! Gift wrapping is one of my fave things to do - I set aside a whole day to do my christmas gifts and for me that's the best part of christmas.

fairy thoughts said...

sounds like you had a great day. I must check out that shop,I work in the fabric shop in winchester (down the road from kath kitson). I hope you enjoyed that shop too.
janet

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