Super cute Halloween Decoration!

I just wanted to show everyone this super cute decoration that one of my clients created using ribbon from A Paper Palette.

Here you can see Spectacular Jack-O-Lantern (the orange and black ribbon) added to a little broom that has been tagged and adorned with cheesecloth.  Isn't it adorable!?!?  I just love it!!  What a great way to customize your decorations!! 

Thanks for reading!

See ya later!

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After all that back-to-school shopping, you deserve a SALE!!! 

Ten percent off ALL orders using code AUG16, no minimum order!  Stock up for your Fall and Christmas crafts now at A Paper Palette!  Die cuts, hand dyed ribbon, Tim Holtz, Graphic 45, 7 Gypsies... ALL on sale!! 


Hi everyone!
I have been working on higher end ribbons for wedding decor and floral bouquets and have opened another store - A Ribbon's Nest. I have all my hand dyed silk ribbons listed there.

Here's a sampling:



I have been having an absolute blast dyeing these ribbons!  The entire process is done by hand.  I'm ripping the silk into ribbons, hand fraying them, and hand dyeing them.  I'll tell you one thing... I am going through the rubber gloves LOL.

I am attempting to source as much supply as I can from small business.  I want to support those of us who actually feed our families with what we do! 

Thanks all!  Go check out my silks at A Ribbon's Nest!

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! 

What can I do with all this ribbon???

Happy 4th of July!!  I slept in a little on this Independence Day, and now, while the rest of my household sleeps, I thought I'd give examples of what can be done with all this ribbon.

The first and probably the easiest is ribbon wands!!  Megan over at Somewhat Simple has simple instructions for creating these lovely ribbon wands... perfect for kids or teens. Or for weddings!!

Ribbon Wands
Ribbon Wands

Colin Cowie Weddings

Aren't they gorgeous??  And what a great, eco-friendly way to send off the bride and groom! 

Next up: Home Decor!  From Midwest Living - look at how easy changing up your boring old lampshade is!  And you could do themes: orange and black for Halloween, pink and red for Valentine's Day... or just use your accent colors!

Lampshade Redo

And now for some romance... how about adding ribbon to your wedding bouquet???  Look at some of the examples... they are stunning!!

from Southern California Bride

from GreenWeddingShoes
from 100layercake
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Take some time for yourself this week - whether it be 10 minutes before else wakes up, a 10 minute solo car ride, or even folding laundry!! 

Teddy Bears

Hi everyone!  Today I'd like to show you a few pictures of an artisan created teddy bear that uses my ribbons!  The artist is Kim Endlich and I cannot begin to describe how talented she is!  Her bears are absolutely adorable!

The above bear is Chance and Kim used my Nest ribbon to finish him!  Isn't he adorable?  I just know I'm going to have to break down and buy one.  Kim's bears range in size from 6 inches to 28 inches!  Wowza!

If you're a teddy bear lover (and come on, who doesn't love teddy bears???), check out her Bearpile site and her ETSY store!

Ice Dyeing

As promised, here's my ice dyeing experience...

I purchased Dharma Trading Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes in 4 colors.  I knew I just wanted to test out how to ice dye, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money. 

The dyes arrived in larger containers than I thought.  I was expecting a little larger than nail polish size containers, and what I got was Nutella sized containers. Great!  More for me to experiment with!!!  The lids were taped shut with black electrical-like tape.  So I removed the tape from all 4 jars and set them aside to get my ribbon and ice ready.

I already had one of the large aluminum pans and the cookie cooling rack.  Luckily, the cooling rack fit perfectly into the aluminum pan.  So I unrolled about 20 yards of ribbon and put in on the cookie rack.  What I failed to consider was the size of brackets in the cookie rack.  Each was approximately 1/2 inch apart... which was exactly the width of my ribbon.  But I piled the ribbon on to minimize how much fell through. 

Then I grabbed the ice bucket thingy from the freezer.  I used regular ice maker ice and covered every inch of the ribbon as best I could.  Then I chose three of the colors and sprinkled each, one at a time, over the ice.  Then very carefully took it outside.  I knew the ice would melt much faster in 85-90 degree temps.

Here's what it looked like:

After about an hour, I went out to check on it.  Here's where it was then:

You can see a little of the color starting to take effect, as well as the colored water in the bottom of the pan from the ice melting.  It was pretty cool. 

After about 2.5-3 hours the majority of the ice had melted so I brought it in and use the hair dryer to melt the remaining pieces of ice.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT!  The hair dryer blew the tiny ice chunks around.  So I left it alone for another 15 minutes and then poured out the colored water.

I put my gloves on and rung out the ribbon as best I could.  I did NOT rinse it.  I wanted to see what it looked like and how well the color held without rinsing.  Then I used my heat tool to dry it.  The results:

I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  It's very vibrant and pretty. 

A few things I learned:
  1.  If dyeing ribbon, make sure to use something small enough that allows the water to fall into the container below the ribbon but wide enough that you don't have ribbon falling into the water too.
  2. Use colors that differ enough from one another that you can easily tell the difference.
  3. Try to have patience and let the ice melt thoroughly.  Don't be like me and try to help it along with a hair dryer!
  4. I did feel like I wasted a lot of the powder dye, so if I continue dyeing this way, I'll experiment with different amounts of dye.  Seems like a little goes a long way.  
If you have tried ice dyeing, let me know what you thought and if you learned anything.  I'm always looking for ways to do things better!!

See y'all later!