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Give a Special Thank You to Those Who Have Helped You

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 | Permalink

Has someone been particularly friendly and helpful towards you lately? And you want to give them a special thank you? Why not do something a little more original than writing out simple thank you cards? You give them the card, they read it, then they may stick it on the fridge for a few days or weeks, but after that they usually get packed away or thrown away.

To say thank you and show someone that they really made an impact in your life, step outside the box. Show your appreciation to your family, a neighbor, or even your mail man or teller at the bank by giving them a little thank you gift and wrap it up in some personalized ribbon saying “Thank you for your kindness” or “A gift for your thoughtfulness”.

The gift doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. You can give them a little jar of candy, or a bag of cookies. Showing that you thought of and took the time to do something a little more special than writing out a card lets them know how much they mean to you.

Know someone who likes to bake? Give them a jar of cookie or cake mix. Maybe they’ll even give you some once they bake it!

And once they goodies are gone, they can still use the ribbon. A piece of ribbon makes a great book mark! And every time they open that book they will remember how kind you were to give them a special thank you when they helped you.

 

Gift Bows: Featuring Crafty Texas Girls

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Permalink

Christmas is almost here! And many of us still have some gift wrapping to do, and maybe even a little shopping…

When wrapping your gifts why not make the outside just as special as what’s inside? As the Crafty Texas Girls said “you’ve spent a long time planning and shopping for the gift. Why not ‘present’ it in a beautiful way? And beautiful wrapping doesn’t have to be expensive or overly time-consuming. You can actually use what you have around the house.”

The Crafty Texas Girls have done a tutorial on how to make a few bows to wrap up your gifts, and we would like to share it with all of you.

So let’s start with the bows- find some ribbon and get going! My favorite is a really good satin ribbon.
It looks beautiful when tied in an easy bow like this….

 

Or if you’ve got a bit more ribbon to work with, then try this…

Measure out enough ribbon to make 4-5 loops, each one 6 inches long.

Pinch the middle and tie it with a snippet of ribbon.

Then fan out the loops. And attach it to your gift!

Personalized ribbon comes in handy for holiday gift giving.
And throughout the year it adds a bit of luxury to hostess gifts, birthday treats, or even sweet Valentines.
It looks great wrapped around a bottle of wine or a bouquet flowers!
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2012 Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango – Pantone 17-1463

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 | Permalink

Tangerine Tango - Pantone 17-1463, image courtesy of www.pantone.com

Pantone is one of the major color trend setters for the fashion, home décor, and a variety of other industries. It influences many of the industries that license art. Using “on trend” colors in their art can help artists get deals. But not all manufacturers are influenced by trendy colors. For instance, home décor products and ceramic dinnerware are not frequently replaced by consumers. And those manufacturers tend to use art on their products that have tried and true color schemes. Thus, artists must be selective in using trendy colors, know the products that use or do not use them, and know what individual manufacturers want – trendy or traditional colors. In other words, do their homework! (more…)

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