Jane Means launches Gift Wrapping Collection in Singapore

Its been a busy few days behind the scenes and we’re delighted to announce the launch of our Gift Wrapping Collection in Singapore at Spotlight Stores

With glue guns, papers, ribbons, crafty accessories and staple guns, it’s been a busy few days styling the ‘Wrap Love’ window displays in the busy Singapura Plaza

Jane Means ribbons and wrap accessorised with Spotlight Boxes, seals and decorations

Within the first hour of products going on sale in Orchard Road, the response was overwhelming. Jane who is partly based in Singapore said “I’m delighted to be stocking one of my favourite stores which is brimming with crafts in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district”


Reversible papers are now available in store as well as online

Contrasting ribbons by Jane Means

Jane Means has been busy in her Singapore studio designing the next collection of Winter Gift Wrap soon to be launched at the store

We will keep you posted x

Jane Means at Spotlight Stores
Level 5, Singapura Plaza
68 Orchard Road
Singapore, 1 238839
(Located at the Dhoby Ghaut MRT)

Telephone 6733 9808

 

 

 

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10 Easy Fall Craft Projects for Autumn

Autumn is now upon us, I’m looking forward to the myriad of burnt orange and reds in our woodlands. I often use these spice colours in my gift wrapping services and Fall craft projects.

With the chilly nights approaching and some winter walks planned here’s a few Fall projects for you to try at home.

Some of these projects make great gifts too.

 

wood logs

 

1. Fall Mason Jars

fall mason jars with raffia

This is such a simple idea and very inexpensive to do. You can use either real foliage or decorative leaves (available from a craft store)

Simply add your leaves with PVA glue on to a mason jar, or clean jam jar, and tie a raffia bow to finish

These will look stunning in a fireplace or as a table centrepiece

via Spark and Chemistry

 

2.Rustic Fall Wreath

autumn wreath

If you have a glue gun the world is your oyster.

With some fresh twigs like dogwood (approx 80cm long) you can bend them around and wire them in to a circle.  You can then glue various decorations on to the base including pine cones, sticks, feathers, berries, artificial decorations.

I then love to add a pretty burlap ribbon bow to add the finishing touch. This can be hung from a door or can be used as a stunning table centre piece

Via Sweetsomethingdesign

 

3. Autumnal Gift Wrapping

brown and orange ribbon

Add presence to your presents with some sticks and dried oranges. Just slice your oranges and place them on a wire rack in a low oven.

Tie the decorations in with some pretty orange autumnal ribbon and your gift will look so much more luxurious

Via Jane Means

 

4. Rustic Table Centrepiece

Autumn table vase

 

On a country walk you can collect pine cones, feather and dried sticks.

Place them in to a vase or decorative mason jar and this can look stunning as a rustic centre piece on a mantlepiece or dinner table.

 via Love my dress

 

5. Twig Candle Holders

twig candles

Give jars and vases a new lease of life by adding some moss and sticks.

These can easily be picked up from country walks or bought from florists. Just add with a glue gun. You can also decorate by adding a string or raffia bow

 via Dawn Wedding Designs

 

6. Glitter Acorns

Glitter acorns

Decorate some cones or acorns with paint and glitter.

These can be placed loose in to a vase or you could make an easy garland by gluing them along a length of twine

via Pinterest

 

7. Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf project

We love this idea. Paint a handful of large dried leaves with gold paint, then write your message with a sharpie pen.

They make great gift tags and place settings

via Elements of Style Blog

 

8. Book Page crafts

upcycle book pages project

The big trend at the moment is to upcycle old books in to works of art with some clever cutting and folding techniques.

 

Pages can be slightly burnt at the edges with an iron to give an antique look and you will be overwhelmed by the projects on Pinterest

 

9. Autumnal headpiece

Autumn headband

Wearing flowers and decorations in your hair is very on trend, so decorate an old hairband or slide by adding some Autumnal flowers and leaves

via Etsy

 

10. Make your own Sloe Gin

Sloes

The Autumn is the perfect time to pick Sloes from the hedgerows and make your own flavoured gin (it is one of my favourite tipples!).

If you can’t get your hands on Sloes you can always use damsons or blueberries as an alternative.

Add a good handful to a bottle of gin and leave it to distill for at least a year. I also tend to prick the berries to get a more intense flavour.

This also makes a great present and I will be sharing my special recipe later in the year.

via Hello Magazine

Sloe Gin

 

Image by Rock My Wedding

Need more inspiration and ideas? You can also find lots more ideas on my Pinterest Craft Loves Board

Enjoy x

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Creative Ribbon DIY Project: Covering a Stool

I’ve always had a love for upcycling and there’s nothing more I enjoy than doing up an old piece of furniture. Many years ago I did a furniture restoration course but sadly due to work commitments I have very little time nowadays to do these hobbies.
We have an old stool that we use for our exhibitions which you will find us perching on at the end of the day and I decided it needed some TLC
DIY stool
I wanted to give it a creative finish and somehow incorporate ribbons, so I dusted down the sewing machine and got to work…
ribbon tea towel
I decided to cover the seat pad and back support using an old linen tea towel as a base and remnants of ribbon
ribbon unscrew stool
Firstly I unscrewed the seat pad (making sure that I didn’t lose any of the screws)
ribbon seat
I cut the tea towel in a slightly larger template.  I then arranged my ribbon remnants on top of it
DIY ribbon project
When I found a design that I liked, I took a photo of it (unless you pin the ribbons in place they will probably move whilst you are using the sewing machine)
 ribbon red sewing
One by one I then stitched the ribbons on to the tea towel with my sewing machine, trying to keep my lines straight.
ribbon back
I then unscrewed the back support and cut my tea towel into a slightly larger template
ribbon blue sewing
This time to make it a bit more quirky I decided to use an alternative colour of ribbon.
I then stitched this on with the sewing machine
ribbon stool
To help with the covering process, I used double sided tape to keep the fabric in place
ribbon seatpad
Finally I screwed the pads back in place…and voila I have a creative ribbon stool.
ribbon chair
At the end of a long day on our feet, we can now perch on an elegant stool which reflects our brand and creativity.
ribbon creative stool
If you have used ribbon in any similar projects we would love to hear from you…
DIY ribbon stool
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A summer photo shoot

I was utterly delighted when photographer Lyndsey James wanted to pop over to do a feature at the Haberdashery Closet. Her photography workshops caught my eye earlier on in the year as they are designed for anyone who creates or sells small products who want to showcase their work with eye-catching photography.

haberdashery closet ln42ta

I couldn’t wait to meet her and pick her brains. I do a lot of my own styling and photography and we had a morning playing around with ribbons, trimmings, raffia, gift wrap and all sorts of decorations.  I got to work in the studio whilst we chatted away, and the time flew by.

jane means raffia pink

I spoke about how I started in business with the ups and downs I’ve experienced.  So many times I nearly gave up my dream but persisted with the hard work and long hours.  It was great comparing notes with a fellow business woman and we chatted away about marketing, running workshops and creative photography which are huge parts of our businesses.

jane means ribbon lampshade

 

I am always trying to dream up new ways to use ribbon.  So many people who buy from us transform mundane items in to brilliant creations.  I had a go at recreating the ribbon lampshades that Bay Designs do (although my effort is no where near as perfect as theirs) and plan to make a chandelier from wooden bobbins for a future shoot.

jane means ribbon roll

In the Haberdashery Closet you are never short of ribbon and we had piles of pretty trims everywhere.  Currently we have over 10,000 rolls of ribbon in stock and I’m always dreaming up new designs and keeping an eye on forthcoming trends, and new crafty projects.

jane means ribbon shelf

I have a real love for depth and textures and soon pulled out the velvet collection for Lyndsey to photograph.  I love velvet as it seems to have that quintessentially British luxury and royal feel about it.

jane means ribbon stockroom

The stockroom is a huge part of Ribbon HQ, we spend a lot of time in there busy packing up our online and wholesale orders on a daily basis.  I’m often rummaging through the stock when I am heading off to do a show or course somewhere.

jane means tying raffia

Wrapping gifts has always been a huge part of my life and I always left the nicely wrapped gifts last to open as a child.jane means raffia pink

I’ve always said you can add a few small touches to a gift to give it a huge transformation.  Here I’ve made a Fabric Rose just by using half a metre of wired ribbon and you can see the video tutorial on how to make your own.

jane means vibrant pink ribbon

I found this great cake stand from TK Maxx and threaded some of our ribbon through it for a dramatic effect.

vibrant pink ribbon

On the day Lyndsey and I managed to find some biscuits and cakes to go on it. I couldn’t resist a purchase when I popped in to Fortnum and Mason a few days earlier for a meeting!


jane means at work

After lunch I did a few step by step wrapping projects and you will be able to see these on the Lyndsey James blog over the next few months

jane means bow tying copy

Vibrant wired ribbons were being added around luxurious gift boxes, with recycled Christmas decorations being tied in as a feature.  I found these glass heart baubles in a florist in Paris and couldn’t resist them!

jane means bow tying

 

To add extra luxury I decided to layer several ribbons around gifts.  The recipient needs to be very special for this kind of treatment!

jane means lincoln studio

 

Wallpaper remnants, jars of buttons and more decorations were found…I got completely carried away with Lyndsey and her SLR camera clicking away.  She was such a joy to work with that the day was over before I knew it.

jane means papers

One of my favourite decorations are rustic orange slices.  They have that rich citrus smell and look great tied on to rustic and vintage style gifts.  I also love to use old music sheets in my gift wrapping projects.

jane means paper straws

The Haberdashery Closet is always full of quirky products, with some of them that you can try out.  Papers straws in an old milk bottle go down a storm when customers pop in and enjoy a glass of cloudy lemonade.

jane means pink stripe ribbon

One of my favourite products are wooden spools.  I’m a huge collector of anything vintage and I have been lucky enough to source some old bobbins from old silk mills in the UK. They are a great way to display your ribbons even if you only have a few remnants in your bottom drawer.

Jane Means Haberdashery Closet

 

If you have a small craft business, great photography is an absolute must and can be done on a tight budget.  I always remember a PR agency in London telling me that advice years ago and it has always stuck.  I always spot poor or dark photography and when you sell online or create your own adverts or marketing material it is so important to have clear photos in daylight.

Lyndsey James photography

All in all it was a fantastic day and I will be hiring Lyndsey in the future to help with our product photography, and hope to enrol on one of her courses soon.  If you have a small craft business, great photography is an absolute must and can be done on a tight budget, with the help of free photography software and apps like Instagram.

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