It's time for another fabulous May Arts Blog Hop! I'm rounding out the two days of hopping inspiration with a fun way to create a banner AND use up your ribbon scraps as well. I was inspired by a banner I saw on Pinterest for $25. I knew I had a deck of cards and lots of scrap ribbon so I knew I could make this pretty banner for nothing by recycling my cards and scraps.
Just measure the width of your doorway or mantle then cut ribbon to span the width plus enough for streamers or bows, if desired. Punch holes in your cards, thread onto the ribbon, spacing evenly. Now just tie on your scraps...any size or style works. If you prefer pink or black...go for it!
Need a quick, easy, elegant and unique way to wrap up jewelry, homemade candy or handmade creams, balms or scrubs?
Check out this elegant and super fast wrap up using metal tins. You can stack as many tins as you want. I chose 3 for a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a necklace.
I just love how this looks. I grabbed 3 varied sizes of tins from my stash. As you can see, they're not new. There are a few dings and I actually roughed them up a bit more with some sandpaper because I wanted a slightly shabby elegance to play off that gorgeous ribbon.
Line the inside of the tin with batting if you're packaging jewelry. Apply stick on magnet strips to keep the tins together.
'Tis the season for baking and giving Sweet Treats! The best gifts come from the kitchen and the heart. The Ribbonistas at May Arts have put on our aprons and our ribbons to create some creative ways to gift your sweet treats.
I absolutely love baking for the holidays and creating pretty packages to present the goodies is part of the fun. One thing our family likes to do is give visitors to our home a little surprise to take home with them. I think this lacy cookie pocket is perfect for one large or several small cookies or other treats.
Yum...that's all I have to say about this yummy smoothie I whipped up for breakfast on Saturday.
We had a lot to do and not much time for cooking so the freezer and pantry came to the rescue for a quick and delicious breakfast.
I was able to make this totally organic, thanks to berries we picked and froze this summer and an added bonus was the protein punch I gave it with the addition of...are you ready? Organic Whole Rolled Oats! It was a risk throwing them in there because I wasn't sure if I'd end up with a gloppy thick mess but they blended up perfectly and added delicious flavor!
If you look closely, you can see the oats all blended up in that beautiful berry goodness.
This quick and easy beauty kept us going from breakfast until mid-afternoon.
Here's the recipe in case you want to try it yourself. This makes two generous smoothies.
Berry Oatmeal Power Smoothie
In a blender, combine:
2/3 cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2/3 cup Blackberries (fresh or frozen)
2/3 cup Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup uncooked Organic Whole Rolled Oats
1 cup Organic Greek Yogurt
3/4 -1 cup Orange juice or more to taste
4 teaspoons Organic Honey
1 Tablespoon Organic Flaxseed Oil
6-8 ice cubes
Mix at high speed until well blended. That's it!
What? You don't have a blender? Well, Christmas is coming so I can't think of a better time to ask Santa for one of these beauties from Williams-Sonoma. Every kitchen needs one for whipping up everything from cool drinks to delicious soups and salad dressings.
Thanks for popping by, I'd love to know if you try it.
Welcome to the May Arts Holiday Kids Crafts Blog Hop! I'm first up on the list of 2 full days of kid friendly, ribbon inspired crafts.
I think Christmas is the season most kids look forward to the most. Decorating the tree, baking cookies, lights,shopping and making that all important list for Santa.
Christmas is also the season of giving and celebrating the most important gift of all, the gift of the Christ child.
I think one of the most important things children can learn is that the most valuable gift we can give someone is the gift of our time and our hearts.
I was inspired by Shel Silverstein's book, "The Giving Tree". If you haven't read this sweet story to your children yet, it's well worth adding to your library. You can find gently used books for a tiny price at half.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. Many are in gift worthy condition.
Even the littlest crafters can help with this project.
We used Spellbinders Heart and Star dies to cut big and small shapes from Core'dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock. This cardstock is perfect because the back of the stock is white, perfect for writing, while the front is pretty glittery color. We punched holes in the hearts and stars and strung them with May Arts Metallic String in Silver, Gold and White.
Then we wrote on the back of the hearts some things we could give this Christmas season like donating a toy to Toys for Tots, volunteering at the local homeless shelter baking cookies for our mail person, raking the neighbors' leaves, and taking a meal to a sick friend . We thought of others too, but that should give you a start for your own "Giving Tree".
You know the Ribbon Lady is the Queen Giver of good gifts, so leave a comment on each Ribbonista blog as well as the May Arts blog for your chance to win some May Arts Ribbon and the new Artful Accents!
It's the last day of the May Arts/Core'dinations Blog Hop but that doesn't mean the fun is over. Be sure to check out the list below in case you missed anyone and check out the Core'dinations Blog for even more chances to win. All you have to do is leave a comment!
I started with this simple paperboard and wood box that I picked up at Michael's for just $1. With the help of Core'dinations Core Impressions Fancy Pants designs and May Arts ribbons, I turned it into an elegant gift box perfect for gifting jewelry, gift cards or cash.
First, I removed the knob (it screws on!) and the elastic) Next, I cut the Fancy Pants cardstock to fit the top and sides of the box.
I painted the box inside and out with white acrylic paint for a nice finish. It dries super fast so there's really no down time. Then I simply sanded my cardstock with the Core'dinations sander and applied it to the box with Mod Podge.
It's time for the May Arts Ribbon/Core'dinations Blog Hop Week! There's a Core/May Arts prize pack up for grabs just for commenting. You're sure to find some paper and ribbon inspiration along the way and the Ribbon Lady may just have a few other surprises up her sleeve...just sayin'!
Thank you for the chance to win something that is near to my heart. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor of 1 year. My grandmother also had breast cancer and I have many friends who are currently battling. Thank you for the chance to win. God bless, PeggyA
Peggy, email me with your mailing info and I'll get your package out to you.