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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I could cry

----------------Update. Problem solved perfectly.----------------
---------------------------Please read PS---------------------------



I really could.

I haven't admitted this publicly before, but I have an unhealthy obsession with gift wrap. I spend a fortune on it each year. I order ribbons and wrap from stores in New York and London because Australia just doesn't have the range.

So why am I getting misty eyed?

Because I discovered nineteen seventy-three today.

It has THE most wonderful gift wrap I have ever laid eyes on.

My heart started beating faster when I saw this Eboy design:



I swooned when I saw they'd turned Catalina Estrada's artwork into gift wrap:



I couldn't help but grin when I saw Jon Burgerman's designs:



And I nearly died when I saw this:

"please note. wrapping paper will be folded twice."

You're kidding, right?

You're going to FOLD my gorgeous lush arty paper?!
Nooooooooo!

I can buy cheap folded paper anywhere. If I'm buying paper for two pounds a sheet, I expect it to be shipped in pristine condition.


So I left the site and went back to work.


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Two hours later I was back at nineteen seventy-three.

I'd figured it out.

Surely I could iron out the creases in the paper (extreme I know, but I did say it was an unhealthy obsession). A gentle setting, a couple of towels to protect the paper - perhaps the lines could even be steamed out somehow.

After all, the paper was irresistible - and unique.

So I went back, started filling my cart and that's when I discovered problem #2 with this gorgeous site.

A full cart. Literally.



What the?

I'd only put 12 sheets in it. That's some tiny cart.

So as stunning as nineteen thirty-seven's product is and as beautiful as their site looks, I didn't buy a thing.

Nope, I left my full cart sitting near the register and wandered off to find a new favourite gift wrap site. If I find one, I'll let you know.

In the meantime, someone hand me a tissue.

xx scarlett

PS. UPDATE
The lovely people at nineteen seventy-three responded to my emails and said they'd be happy to roll my paper. And that the shopping cart is a glitch that they're looking at. So I guess my credit card's about to have a work out.

*happy dance*

13 comments:

The Great Ethan Allen said...

That's too bad they fold it on ya. my wife has the same obsession with gift wrap. and we do not live where it is scarce! I just don't understand it. every year every ocasion and even when there IS no occasion, she buys wrap and just sits there. sometimes used only once or never at all.. I just don't understand.

scarlett (kate lightfoot) said...

Tell your wife she's not alone! And let her know I'm going to post a list of my favourite online ribbon suppliers closer to Christmas. :)

xxx scarlett

*~Niki~* said...

I hope they change their site, seems silly they don't have the option for sending it rolled. Good luck on your quest.
Niki xxx

Deer Mountain Creations said...

I would contact them and see if they could send it in a tube for you as well as setup a special purchase for a bulk order. I can't imagine them being so well-off that they would rather risk losing a customer than catering to your needs - especially when they're reasonable requests!
I would hope that someone would contact me if they were having such a problem at my store!?
Good luck! :]
Freida

Jenn said...

I agree with deer mountain creations. You should let them know. I'm a webmaster for a mail order company and I have NEVER heard of a shopping cart being full. They might not know it does that.

scarlett (kate lightfoot) said...

The lovely people at nineteen seventy-three responded to my emails and said they'd be happy to roll my paper. And the shopping cart may be a glitch of some kind, but that was not the way they intended it to work. So I guess my credit card's about to have a work out.

*happy dance*

marcia furman said...

Oh my... That paper is...magical.
wow.

Haute Goat said...

wow - you're right, this is INCREDIBLE giftwrap! And yes, rolled not folded please. Thank you for sharing with us other addicts...no really...ugh, ok, I'm going to check it out in their store - but I'm not going to copy you...really, I'm just window shopping...ugh.

pssst - found the link to your blog on twitter :)

scarlett (kate lightfoot) said...

Haute Goat said...
ok, I'm going to check it out in their store - but I'm not going to copy you...really, I'm just window shopping...ugh.
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Copy away...unless you're giving presents to my family too!

They were incredibly helpful in their email. I feel a bit bad for my rant now!

Meekiyu said...

yeah folding the paper stinks.. =/.. but lovely cute designs! I've never seen wrapping paper quite like that before!

daydream lily said...

hehe great post, I was having a little giggle over my morning coffee......a full cart?? what the?? oh Im so glad they rolled the paper for you!!

I'm tempted myself to get that Catalina paper, I adore her work.

diona said...

i would love to do a link exchange with you if you're intrested.

♥ diona
http://hereinsilence.com

JSchwa said...

I think I have the same obsession, too. If it's folded, I want to chunk it. I'm glad you figured it out. I think I need to order some now for Xmas. :) Thanks for reminding me.