Thursday, July 31, 2014

Announcing the A-to-Z Back to School Series

Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
 Hurry, hurry...the school bus is coming! Grab your lunch box, your back pack and those good lookin' school smiles because the bell is about to ring! Can you believe that in just a couple of weeks, school is starting and our kiddos will be out the door racing to the bus, skipping to their brand new classes, running around with their friends at recess and meeting their new teachers? Crazy!!! This time of year brings so much excitement...including new school supplies, new clothes and super cool shoes (that of course make you run faster and jump so much higher!) and don't forget new teacher gifts that requires our creative minds and juices to run wild! Speaking of...have I got a surprise for YOU! I can't even wait!!! This month we have creative minds and juices running more than wild!!! All of August we are going to brush up on our alphabet skills creativity at it's finest with 26 of the MOST creative and FABULOUS ladies I have ever met! I have teamed up with these blogger buddies to bring you the funnest series ever!!! We are celebrating the alphabet one letter at a time Back To School style!
Back To School, A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Here's how it works. Starting tomorrow, these lovely ladies are going to be getting crafty with their assigned letter of the alphabet! Their homework assignment was to come up with and to create a super awesome project that celebrates their letter. One day at a time, these innovative ladies will share their letter project with us, right here, front and center!! I can't even tell you how much fun this is going to be!
  Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
 Are you ready for the letter line-up? Hold onto your hats!
"A" - Amber, Crazy Little Projects
"B" - Becky, Patchwork Posse
"C" - Christine, I Dig Pinterest
"D" - Amy, Ameroonie Designs
"E" - Bev, Flamingo Toes
 "F" - Kim, Seven Thirty Three
"G" - Kimbo, A Girl and A Glue Gun
"J" - Sky, Capital B
"K" - Emily, The Benson Street
"L" - Adrienne, Free Time Frolics
"M" - Michele, The Scrap Shoppe
 "N" - McKenzie, Girl Loves Glam
"O" - Janica, JaniJo
 "P" - Melanie, Find it, Make it, Love it
"Q" - Elizabeth, Simple Simon and Co.
 "R" - Michelle, The Ribbon Retreat Blog
"S" - Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts
"T" - Natalie, The Creative Mom
"U" - Becky, U Create
"V" - Kami, Sweet Charli
"W" - Terra, Mama Says Sew
 "X" - Jessica, Running With Scissors
"Y" - Lisa, Mabey She Made It
 "Z" - Emily and Jaime, Everyday Art
Wow, right?!? This is going to be spectacular and full of yummy creative goodness! So get those rulers out and your scissors sharpened because you are going to need them! Your assignment??? Make sure to check in every day of every week in August, Monday - Saturday, to help us celebrate and learn more about our alphabet and how these incredible ladies transform their letter assignment into pure crafty genius!!! And...what is an awesome series without an awesome giveaway??? Hehe...don't you worry because this series is totally jammed packed with inspiring creativity and an INCREDIBLE giveaway too!!! But, you are going to have to be a little patient, because the giveaway won't come until a little later, so stay tuned and make sure to check back every day!!! See you tomorrow class, where we will learn all about the letter "A"!
Back To School, A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Happy Creating & Happy A-Z Series!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ribbon embroidery hoop

 I mentioned the other day how much I was enjoying doing some embroidery

Well, this project isn't embroidery at all, but it does use a cute little embroidery hoop (and your stash of leftover ribbons and such)

 Super easy and quick--just pick out some somewhat-coordinating ribbon, got glue it to a fabric and put it in the embroidery hoop.

 I decided to add a little pizazz and decorate the hoop with some contrasting ribbon. In the end I discovered and imporant thing: it is extremely difficult to wrap the ribbon around the hoop when your hoop is one of those (lame) old-fashioned metal ones with the dent around it. SO tricky to do and have it look well. 
Oh well, it was a quick craft I did in an hour or so. It was fun to try something different.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Embroidery Sampler

For a long, long time now I have wanted to do some embroidery. I love embroidered clothes, I like the embroidery hoop movement, and just pretty much all things embroidered. But it has always been on the back-burner; always off my radar because I have so many other things going on. 
Until one fateful day...
I was getting a wood-working book for my husband at the library and came across the book Hoop-La! 

SO CUTE! I went crazy. Most of it is not actually embroidery but just really cute ideas for embroidery hoop art. Well, I loved it and immediately started a pinterest board.

I decided to not wait any longer to try out embroidery.
I had embroidery floss already because my daughter likes to make friendship bracelets (OK, OK, and so do I, so we have quite a lot).
I had quite a lot of scrap fabric I could use.
But, I did not have any embroidery hoops, so I went to my local thrift shops and bought quite a few old embroidery hoops.

Now I was ready to go.
I decided that doing a sampler of lots of different stitches would be a great way to start--that way I could practice all sorts of different stitches for fun.
Feeling inspired by a modern sampler on Comfort Stitching, I decided to go with a lot of different stitches at right angles to each other in no particular organization or plan. This also helped in making the project fun--just do whatever stitch I felt like.

I went with a warm color scheme: reds, oranges, pinks and yellows because I *think* I might be decorating our almost-finished basement playroom in these bright, playful colors.

It was so fun to just google image search "embroidery stitches" and see what kind of pretty patterns came up. I'd do the stitch for as long as I felt then find a different one to give a whirl. 

I REALLY like how embroidery is SO easy to put down and pick back up. Truly, it is perfect for a mother of young children. I've been trying to learn how to spin wool also, but that is more of an endevour that requires me to block out some serious time. Embroidery, on the other hand, five minutes here and there is easy to accomplish.

Look at all these fun stitches! So, so many.

Now I need another project, because I'm thinking that embroidery is here to stay. :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sidewalk Chalk Painting

I couldn't resist Emily's fun ideas earlier this week--so much so that we went right out and made some sidewalk paint ourselves. :)


It was such a pleasant afternoon, sitting in the shade, sucking on some suckers leftover from the 4th of July parade, and painting away. They were a bit skeptical once we started because you have to wait for it to dry a bit before it is REALLY chalk-ish and clear. They enjoyed it though. 
I think my youngest enjoyed it the most.

Fun afternoon. 
Thanks Emily!