La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France at the time. We chose it while on the road, moving house the first time round, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like we did and like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, after yet another stint in Ireland, we're back in France @ Le Mas d'Ayen

Monday, March 28, 2016

My Tip for Wrapping a Birthday Present.

Make it bold and blowsy ! Make it count !

Especially if you have to wrap something bulky and you only have brown wrapping paper and a few scraps of pink tissue to do the job.

It was our friend Sophie's 50th birthday on Good Friday. With five couples we chipped in and bought her a large stockpot, for Sophie to make her cheese.


The stockpot.

We didn't have a birthday card, so I found another way to 'sign' our names to the gift. Birthday cards, lovely and beautiful as they are, either get thrown away or find a place in the darkest corner of a drawer for the next 10 years.
Sophie loves flowers and herbs, so I took a dive into my seed stock and came up with seeds from five flowers and five herbs.
 I made sachets from brown wrapping paper and Bert had the responsibility of printing the labels.

For an extra layer of protection I used tin foil to contain the seeds.
The tin foil then went into the brown paper sachet. Sealed it.

I had scrapbook paper lying around (never done scrap booking in my life, but can't resist buying beautiful paper every now and then) and made the cover sachets from that.

Bert made the labels that went onto the envelopes, with the name of the herb/flower and the friends who gifted the present.

I then attached florist wire to each of the packets of seeds.

Wrapped the stock pot with brown paper, embellished with pink and green tissue, lots of ribbons and fastened the seeds at the top.

And there you have it!

The party was amazing ! Great food, great music, a lot of dancing and many many people.

And there was some booze too. ;)

Till next time
Patricia xxx...x


  1. I agree, always good to make a pressie as fancy as possible. Love what you did here.

    Party looks good too :O)

  2. That is a really good idea with the seeds, might try that one x

    1. Perfect for an enthusiastic gardener. xxx...x

  3. What a great idea.The seed packets look lovely and that stock pot is fab. I hope she had a wonderful time with her very thoughtful friends. Happy Birthday Sophie. X

    1. I've already asked her if I can borrow her pot for when I next make brawn. Ha ha !

  4. What a beautiful and thoughtful present. Hope she loved it?

    1. She loved it and has christened the pot 'Big Mamma'.


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