Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thrifty Gifting - Basket Makeover

Do love gift giving more than your budget will allow?  Me, too!  Head over to the May Arts blog to see how you can turn this clearance basket and some wholesale club wash cloths:

into this adorable baby gift:

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine Card Banner

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!  

Bonus!  Easy enough for the kids too.  

Just check out all of these Valentine ribbons

Hang your banner and enjoy!  It's like instant decorating!

Want to win some beautiful May Arts ribbon of your own?  Just be sure to comment on EACH Ribbonista's blog.  The Ribbon Lady will be choosing 2 winners of 2 rolls of May Arts Ribbon!  

 Here's the complete list in case you missed one. 

·       Virginia Fynes
·       Tracy McLennon
·       Rhea Weigand
·       Mary Brockway
·       Mallika Kejriwal
·       Lalo IK
·       Karen Hanson

·       Karen Baker
·       Jennifer Davey
·       Jenifer Cowles
·       Jen Shears
·       Gini Williams Cagle
·       Emily Lanham

·       Charlene Driggs

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

May Arts Valentine Blog Hop!

It's time for the May Arts Valentine Blog Hop!  Here is the line up for the hop!  Be sure to comment on EACH Ribbonista's blog for your chance to win some May Arts Ribbon!

See you tomorrow!

·       Virginia Fynes
·       Tracy McLennon
·       Rhea Weigand
·       Mary Brockway
·       Mallika Kejriwal
·       Lalo IK
·       Karen Hanson

·       Karen Baker
·       Jennifer Davey
·       Jenifer Cowles
·       Jen Shears
·       Gini Williams Cagle
·       Emily Lanham
·       Charlene Driggs

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Dress Boxes

Pretty little boxes...yes, they're boxes!   They're big enough for 2-3 cake balls, mints, candy, small jewelry gifts and more!  Find out how to make them on the May Arts Blog.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Old Jeans = New Apron!

Got a pair of old jeans ready for the scrap pile?  Turn them into a gift worth apron with the tutorial on the May Arts blog!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Magic Christmas Ornament

Want a fun kid friendly kraft that's inexpensive, easy and magical?

Hop over to the May Arts Blog to see what I did with these:

See you there!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

May Arts Unique Gift Wrap Blog Hop

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.

Wrap with gorgeous May Arts Satin Ribbon and Silver Snowflakes.  You can add a tag, before tying the bow, if desired.

Want some of this yummy ribbon?  The Ribbon Lady is giving away 2 prize packs of 1 roll of ribbon and a package of Artful Accents to 2 lucky people who leave comments along the hop.

Here's the hop line up in case you missed someone:


Charlene Driggs (that's me!)

Happy Wrapping!!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

May Arts Sweet Treats and a Giveaway!

'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.

I've packaged some yummy White Chocolate Macadamia cookies in a pretty lace envelope lined with Kraft parchment paper to create an elegant cookie wrap. I added a May Arts Kraft tag and some gorgeous May Arts Silver Metallic ribbon, Silver Snowflakes to add some holiday sparkle.

Be sure to pop over the May Arts blog to check out the other Sweet Treats wraps and comment there for your chance to win one of 2 rolls of yummy ribbon for your own sweet treats!

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Not Your Typical Berry Smoothie - Williams-Sonoma Smoothie Week!

I's not Foodie Friday but it is Williams-Sonoma Smoothie Week so here's my contribution to the celebration.  

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.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Easy Christmas Centerpiece

Need a quick, easy and economical centerpiece idea for your holiday table?  Head over the May Arts blog for a complete tutorial to make this pretty candy tree.

Bonus!  The kids can help.

Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

May Arts Kids' Crafts Hop

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, 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.

Next, we decorated a small tree with May Arts White Snowflakes, Silver Leaves and Wired Beads in pretty Red for a pop of color.

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!

Here's the line up:



Thanks for joining us! 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

May Arts/Core'dinations Blog Hop Week

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.

I used May Arts White Satin String to outline the box lid and to replace the elastic closure.  May Arts 5/8" White Lace w/Pearl Center  to trim the box base.  Both ribbons were applied with a very thin stream of hot glue.

May Arts and Core'dinations have an awesome prize pack of goodies for a lucky blog hopper so be sure to visit and comment on both blogs.

Here's the MA line up in case you missed someone along the way:






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Monday, November 10, 2014

May Arts/Core'dinations Blog Hop Week!

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'!






Charlene Driggs      

See you Friday!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Easy Holiday Napkin Rings/Placecards

Need table setting ideas for the holidays?

I've got 3 ideas for you on the May Arts Blog today.  Whether your table is casual or dressy, one of these quick and easy ideas are sure to spark your imagination.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

May Arts Artful Accents

Have you seen May Arts new Artful Accents?  They're nothing short of fabulous for crafty creating!

The Ribbon Lady challenged us to use them in creative ways and if you know me, you know by now that I love Thrifty Gifting.

How's this for dressing up a plain brown bag?

Just grab a glue gun and go!  One package did the entire bag... back, front, sides and even a few on the bottom.  Just wrap, glue, and done.

A pretty May Arts Sheer Glitterd Dotted bow, a piece of foil tissue and this plain brown bag is now a glamour girl.

Want to win some Artful Accents of your own?

Just leave a comment on the May Arts Blog ..the Ribbon Lady will draw 2 lucky winners!

Thanks for joining us!

PS...Peggy, I still your snail addy for your Breast Cancer Awareness prize.  

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

DIY Macrame Bracelets

I've got an easy and super quick idea for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers on the May Arts Blog.

Be sure to check it out!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Winner!

Here's the winner of the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway.  

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-10-20 18:33:15 UTC

Peggy said...
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,
October 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Peggy, email me with your mailing info and I'll get your package out to you.

Thanks again!
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