Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pretty Bows and a Sneak Peek

I finally got to the fabric store for some pretty ribbons.  I posted a few weeks back on the proper way to wrap a gift, and then that post sort of fell all apart when I didn't have pretty ribbons!  I have never loved the look of designated Christmas ribbon from the wrapping section of the stores; have always preferred the more lavish look of fabric bows on packages.  Here are a couple of samples...

These boxes were wrapped with Kraft paper.  The first one has a band of pretty, patterned scrapbooking paper (colors go with my theme.. link to my 2014 Christmas Pinterest board, click here) taped around it, and then I wrapped the blue satin ribbon* around the opposite way.  

*It helps you in making pretty bows if you use wired ribbon.

I kept this one simple and just tied a one-loop "bow" in teal moire' ribbon.  I also like to cut the ends on an angle or ...

...notched, like a bird's tail.

Well, my ribbons are all tied up now, so I guess I'm ready to do some baking...Are you all finished with your gift-wrapping yet?  I did, at least, get mine wrapped this year as they were purchased, even though I had to wait for good ribbons until the last minute!

I'm working on a post about a really special new business that just opened nearby.  Here's a sneak peak, because the pic is pretty in this post (smile), it matches my Christmas decor color scheme (hmmm, maybe I should have bought it!) and it's GORGEOUS!

Well, that baking is not going to bake itself, so I'm going to go try to get it started...See you in a couple of days!

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  1. I like that color scheme! I adore anything other than the typical red and green colors for the holiday season. I like to use kraft paper for wrapping and I also save the Sunday comics for wrapping gifts as well. Pretty vase!!!

    1. Well, thank you, Lorraine!
      I used to use comics for birthday gifts for the kids...I had forgotten that. Thanks for the reminder!
      More about the vase when I post about that great new place...we actually visited her again this morning for more Christmas gifts!