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The Old & New of a Colorful Spring

Posted by Kimberly on April 11, 2007

M2MG Theme Freshly Picked Korker Ribbon BowIsn’t spring just beautiful?  The green lawns are waking from their frozen, brown-filled winters.  The rainbow colored flower beds are starting to show the first signs of regeneration.  Color is everywhere!

One of my favorite things about spring is seeing the Bradford Pear trees bloom.  The subdivision in which I live is full of them.  Unfortunately, being that the Bradford Pear is not a long lasting tree (average of 15 years), many of them are disappearing.   Being that my home sits on a corner lot, I, of course, had more of these trees that most other lots in the same subdivision.   I’ve lived here since April of 1994 and one of my first indications that my winter hibernation should end was seeing the first blooms on the nine Bradford Pear trees in my front and side yard.

Yet with the pros always comes the cons.  Every year when April showers (and thunderstorms) work to bring those May flowers,  our trees, now considered to be senior citizens in their world, would lose several of it’s long, reaching limbs; leaving large, gaping holes.  And that was with any luck; often times, we would lose over half or the entire tree to strong, breath-taking winds.   Generally we could find these misplaced branches and leaves either blocking our neighborhood street, laying against the house, or, as in one occasion, sitting atop an automobile parked in the driveway.

So, this year we made the decision to put these poor trees out of the misery and fear of the winds that are sure to come soon.   After a couple of days worth of tree surgery, our view of the world beyond our lot was clearly opened with a barren yard.  Soon we will replace these bittersweet trees with the more popular Maples mixed with a couple of Weeping Willows and Magnolias.

Even though I’m glad that the days of fearing a tree crashing into my home, leaving a large, open hole in the roof, I’m sad that I won’t have that refreshing feeling of seeing the Bradford Pears bloom without craning my neck to a neighbor’s who has yet to rid themselves of their home’s orginal landscaping.

Yet, along with giving other trees a chance of living in my yard, I intend to take the time now to seek out a special spot for that beautiful flower garden that I’ve always dreamed of having.  The one that surrounds a soft-sounding, steady-flowing rock fountain.   And, maybe with some real acreage now I’ll be able to find a little piece of earth to create my vegetable garden; something I haven’t done in many years.

While I’ll always miss the trees blooming, maybe I can fill my world with many wonderful colors of flowers and fresh vegetables.  Maybe, just maybe, a bit of change will do me a bit of good.

Pictured Above Right:  M2MG Theme Freshly Picked Korker Ribbon Bow 
available at The Ribbon Shoppe


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When I Was A Girl Scout in 1983

Posted by Kimberly on April 10, 2007

M2M Girl Scouts / John DeereIt’s official.  I’m growing old.  In my mind, 1983 seems like yesterday; but in fact that was 24 years ago.

I remember that year.  I was in the third grade, attending Centertown Elementary School (now better known as the school at which infamous teacher Pamela Rogers Turner taught – and, no, she wasn’t there when I was there…she’s younger than I!).   I was a quiet, shy girl (so contrary to what I am now) being taught under the guidance of one Ms. Orrick; the meanest teacher in my the memory of my school years.

One day, all the little girls in class received a flyer announcing girl scout registration.  Being just a rural country girl, I have never considered joining; yet when my best friend, Jacquelyn, decided to join, of course I had to so too.  After all, if girls (even later as women) go to the bathroom in pairs, why wouldn’t we join scouting activities the same way!

After convincing my mother this was something that I really wanted to do, we made our way in early 80s model Buick Le-Sabre to the registration location.  On that evening, I officially became a girl scout.  I was, to say the least, so excited!

In my mind, I envisioned so many fun things:  hiking, camping, giggling with my girlfriends, baking, sleepovers…the list could go on and on.  Truth be known, I was much off the mark with what we would do, just how they would take place and the frequency with which they would be done.

The day of our first troop meeting I was so excited.  Of course, prior to this, my mother and I had went on a shopping excursion, purchasing all the things a new girl scout needs; i.e., uniform, socks, and sash.  My mother had even sewn on my first patches.  You know, those patches that aren’t earned, just simply for identifying your troop and serving the purpose of keeping you from having a big barren sash draped across your body.

Our meetings took place immediately following school.  When that last bell rang, instead of scurrying to the bus, I dashed out the door headed just 500 feet down the road to our meeting place inside the community’s CIC (Community Improvement Club).  Although I was accompanied on my mad dash with several of my friends, walking into the room I joined up with many others that I knew from my small school.  It felt great to be a part of, in a 8 year old’s mind, this important society group!

Immediately I noticed “small” people (even at 8, I thought I was grown) dressed in brown; later identified to me as the Brownies.  Essentially, the younger girls who we were supposed to mentor but just actually wound up torturing in the way that little girls do.

As the old girls, we were dispatched to the creepy, smelly basement of the building for our meeting.   As our  meeting got underway, I found myself wondering what I was doing there.  Come on, already!  Why are discussing the things we’ll be doing instead of just doing them.  Where’s the camping equipment, the hiking maps, the stove to bake with??  Are we just going to talk about it?!

And, truth be known, that’s exactly what we did for the first several meetings:  talk.  Later, we did make one trip where we combined camping and hiking.  And for our annual banquet, we did cook deserts.  Of course, we earned other badges along the way for selling cookies (which I still LOVE to this day!), sewing a little something here and there, or putting together some little useless craft item that our mother’s pretended to just adore. 

What I didn’t realize, however, was that Girl Scouting wasn’t about what you did, it was about whoyou did it with.  That you’re not earning the badges because you learn to do something, but because you learn to do it with others.  Many of those that I shared my Girl Scouting experiences with are still ones I consider friends to this day.  Not acquaintances as so many friendships turn into following adulthood, but actual friends.

Although I did not opt to join scouts again the following year, I am glad that I took the time that year to participate.  Apparently it served some purpose, I still remember 24 years later.  🙂

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Children’s Korker Ribbon Flip Flops / Sandals

Posted by Kimberly on April 9, 2007

Children's Korker Ribbon Flip FlopsA hot new fad among those little princesses is the korker bow flip flop!  These adorable shoes take standard flip flops and adds a bit of pizzazz with the addition of a multi-colored korker bow.   By popular demand, we are now adding these to our products available at The Ribbon Shoppe.  We invite you to check out our entire line in our Ribbon Fashions department.  Be sure to check often as we’ll be adding more Korker Ribbon Flip Flops, in a variety of styles and sizes, often.  And because our items are one of a kind (OOAK), you better get ’em before they’re gone!

Or, maybe you would enjoy making these yourself; create a pair that’s a bit more personalized.  Korker Bow Flip Flops are fun and easy to make; making a great “together time” craft project.  You can find easy to follow instructions in our How To Make Korker Ribbon Flip Flops guide at The Ribbon Shoppe.

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This Thing Called “Blog”

Posted by Kimberly on April 9, 2007

I keep hearing that I should start a blog for my website?  For a while now I’ve fought it; thinking, “What’s the big deal?”  Especially when your business is ribbon.

Then, in an eBay Stores forum discussion about MySpace, a user made a comment that really got my attention: [paraphrased] “You’ve either got to keep up, or die with those who won’t.”  That one simple statement really got my attention.

My first step was to step up a MySpace account. Wow, easy but, boy, did I feel old mixed among all the teenagers with their phrases such as “Pimp Me” and “Whore Me.”   In my day (and I won’t specify which decade that falls into), you didn’t want to be called a “pimp” or “whore;” apparently now, though, it is cool.  I’m just not ready to be that cool!

While I have managed to meet up with old friends at MySpace, will keep visiting my small piece of the web there, and keep things updated, I decided that it was time I found a location where I was little more among my peers.  And that is how I landed here, at WordPress, with my Spool of Thought.

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