Today I got a copy of the approved press release that finalists are being allowed to send to local news outlets. I thought this was as good an outlet as any. (Note that they’re using my mundane name–ugh–so it doesn’t say Shalanna, but it’s me. Google Alerts found a model today who shares my mundane name, and she isn’t me, but people will THINK so. . . .)
“Gifted” Guru from Richardson, Texas, to Compete in National Gift-Wrapping Contest: Denise Weeks Vies to “Wrap Up” $10,000 Cash Prize
New York, N.Y. (November 21, 2008) — Thinking “outside of the box” is one thing, but gift wrapping a set of golf clubs and a baby grand piano (yes, a baby grand piano!) would leave most with shaky scissors and reams of ruffled gift wrapping paper. But not Denise Weeks of Richardson, Texas, who will be wrapping these and other unusual, odd-shaped gifts at the 12th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest. On Friday, December 5, 2008 at Rockefeller Center in New York City, Weeks will vie for the coveted title of the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper and a $10,000 cash prize.
Weeks’ skill in wrapping odd-shaped gifts and disguising them for the recipient’s surprise has become part of her signature wrapping style. She once turned a hat box into a wedding cake and disguised a Frisbee as a foil-wrapped skillet topped with “fried eggs” made from felt. Starting with a bow maker at the age of eight and graduating to handmade styles, Denise has amazed friends and family with her sturdy, yet inventive, gift packages.
Christine Fritsch, 2002 winner of the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest and author of Gifted Wrapping, selected Ms. Weeks and seven other gifted wrappers – three additional amateurs and four professionals – to participate in the contest based on a brief essay describing their talent and experience in the art of gift wrapping.
Denise Weeks is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and writes novels under her own name and her pen name, Shalanna Collins. She was awarded fourth place in the 2008 Robert Benchley Society Essay Contest by the final round judge, comedian Bob Newhart. She is a former baton twirler and the founder of the Semicolon Protection Society. Buy her books at Amazon.com or visit her LiveJournal at shalanna.livejournal.com for blogtastic fun.
(Okay, that last paragraph wasn’t part of the OFFICIAL press release.)
Y’all got any gift-wrapping tips for me?