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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Family Christmas Cards on: October 01, 2009 12:53:54 PM
Anybody start thinking about their Christmas Cards? I've been designing them at work for a while, but thinking about my own is different somehow, right? I'd love to hear other ideas of what you all are planning to do.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Lots of Pregnant Friends! looking for fun (easy) gift ideas to make lots of! on: December 16, 2008 07:18:14 AM
It always seems that when you are entering a phase of life, so is all your friends and people around you. Maybe it's just because you are aware of it in your life that you notice it more...But Anyway...

I have an ever growing list of friends that are announcing pregnancies and I would love to have a fun gift to give that is easy to make multiples of but can be customized to the couple or even the baby...if we know gender or name...

I want to spend a little more time making the gifts versus just buying something.

Any ideas?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I don't even know what to call this, but I want to make my own on: November 04, 2008 06:38:34 AM
I found this on a blog and loved it so much I grabbed the picture and totally forgot where I got it from...It's not that complicated so the difficulty shouldn't be that bad...Though I did wonder if anyone has any good tips for what materials to use. I was thinking initially to use a foam base and then just make stuffed tines with batting and sew the whole thing together piece by piece...Thoughts?

I think it could be a toothbrush as well, mounted on the wall with the thingys sticking out.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Design your own wrapping paper in Word on: October 23, 2008 01:20:50 PM
Found this last year around the holidays and thought I'd post it here...

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Thanksiving Traditions on: October 21, 2008 08:54:21 AM
What kind of traditions does everyone have for Thanksgiving...Is your family different or the same as your in-laws? My family is all about hanging out and talking, my in-laws are way more into the preparation of the foods, then eating...quickly, then napping. I can't really say which I like more because I look forward to doing both and it is nice that it's predictable.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Anyone have ideas for a Christmas Card or Gift relating to a first grandchild? on: October 09, 2008 05:53:52 AM
So my wife is pregnant with our first child (15 weeks) and I've been trying to come up with a clever gift/card idea to give to family and close friends. We've already been telling people so surprising everyone with an ultrasound is out, but really I want to give people something that would mean something but still not be completely useless. I know I'm probably over thinking it, but I'm excited and I know my dad is excited to be a grandpa (1st).  Of note: my baby will be the second Great-Great Grandchild but it will be the first to retain the Family name (5 generations of living Dixons). So there may be an idea there...

Great-Great Grandma
Great Grandpa & Grandma
Grandpa & Grandma

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments on: October 08, 2008 07:25:08 AM
This recipe went around at my work last Christmas for making homemade ornaments. My boss spent a few evenings with her kids doing this and then giving them as Christmas gifts to close friends and family members. We posted the recipe on our website. http://www.printmyribbon.com/1131/articles/Salt-Dough-Ornaments.html or get it below...

Salt Dough Ornament

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cups hot water from tap
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (optional)

In a large bowl, mix together the salt and flour. While mixing, gradually add the water and continue to mix until dough becomes elastic. (If you would like to add the optional vegetable oil, do so at this point.) Add more flour if your mixture is too sticky and add more water if the dough is crumbling and not holding together. Knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and elastic.

On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about thickness. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and place on a cookie sheet. Use a toothpick to form a hole at the top of each ornament big enough to thread a ribbon through. Bake at 200 degrees until ornaments are no longer soft and doughy. If the dough begins to darken before cooking is complete, cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

To add color to ornaments, either paint them after they have baked and cooled or mix food coloring into the water before adding it to the dry ingredients. Ornaments can also be decorated with glitter glue after they have been painted. Seal ornaments on all sides with a clear varnish or polyurethane spray.

After ornaments dry, attach them to gift packages with personalized holiday ribbon. Unused dough can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about two to three days.
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Mediterranean comfort foods on: October 06, 2008 12:57:05 PM
My wife makes this amazing Mediterranean dish by mixing boiled Lentils and bulger wheat with green onions, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. The recipe originally came from the "Everyday Food" magazine. For me this is my goto dish as it is relatively easy to put together and tastes great every time...

I'll try to dig up the recipe we use.

What favorite foods really get you going, yet are simple to make?
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / We've gone pink for the month...Can anybody tell? on: October 03, 2008 05:57:09 AM
We decided to convert our website (www.PrintMyRibbon.com) over to a more pink shade in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  We do sell the Awareness ribbon as well as other ribbon, so we decided to run a promotion whereby 5% of all proceeds for the month will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

The question is can anybody tell that we've made our site more "Pink" and is this promotion we're running anything people care about?

Myself and another person in our web dept. came up with this idea and really felt that it could make a difference as well as create some goodwill for our company.
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