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Posted by Kimberly on November 4, 2007

It has been a busy, busy weekend! 

When I wasn’t running a child to an activity or trying to complete my own errands, I started my latest craft project:  making my own appliques. 

Amazingly, even with my limited crafting skills, making my own appliques were not difficult at all.  With the help of Free Appliques.com, I printed the “School Spirit” letters (also known in many programs as Collegiate lettering) I wanted.  Later, I found some perfect fabric for my idea for $1.00/yard at Wal-Mart!  Then I gathered up some web fusing, felt, and fabric paint and I was set to get started.

As it stands, I’ve completed my appliques to the point that they are ready to apply them to the t-shirt I’ve chosen to use.

If everything goes as planned, I will have this new How To guide listed within the week.  So, if you’re looking for another idea for craft fairs or Christmas gifts, this will be one to look for.   If I screw this up….well, I’ll just post a link to someone who really knows how to do it.  🙂

Moving along….there is some great products coming up this week; including M2M themes Park City Luxe and Snow Blossom, both part of the 2006 line.  These 30 yard and 28 yard, respectively, themes are absolutely adorable! 

This week will also see the addition of Black grosgrain ribbon with White Dippy Dots, Emerald Swiss Dots, and Black Swiss dots.

The Halloween sale was such a huge hit, that I’m working on another sale idea; so stay tuned, you don’t want to miss out!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I’ll see ya next week! 🙂 

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The Truth About the Blended Family That TV Doesn’t Tell You About

Posted by Kimberly on October 23, 2007

In 1969, America was presented with the first television version of what has become known as the “blended family”; better known as The Brady Bunch.  Almost forty years later in 2007, the American public is wondering why one out of two marriages fail.

It’s simple.  Since 1969, television sitcom producers have been selling us on the idea of the blended family.   Whether it be by widowhood or divorce, producers have convinced us that blended a family comes with relative ease and, in the end, everyone is part of one big happy family.

Look at, for example, CBS’ popular sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.  While this show is hilarious in context, quite frankly there are very few exes who sit around and discuss new relationships with one another or even reminisce about the past with their new significant others present.   In real life, it would be a 30 minute episode of nothing more than a cat fight with the guy standing back wondering how the heck he was going to get out of this mess; or, in many other cases, the guy jumps in defending his new girl while verbally blasting his ex-wife about child support, alimony and whatever else comes to mind.  (These roles are also often reversed with the guys fighting and the gal playing the role of thinker, defender and insult blaster.)

One of the better portrayals is the WB’s now cancelled sitcom Reba, wherein viewers were subjected to the repeated battles of blending an ex-wife and the new wife.   However, in the end, they managed to make it work.  

Being divorced and remarried myself to man also divorced, I can say with certainty that life just doesn’t happen as portrayed on television.  With divorce, child support, alimony, and visitation issues swirling around you, life with the exes is seldom (read never) a 30 minute barrel of laughs.

Just take a look at the message boards at such sites as DivorceSource.com and DivorceNet.  It’s clear that the situations in the aforementioned television shows are the exception versus the rule.

When I decided to remarry, I never expected it to be simple; and I was correct in my assumptions.   Yet it never ceases to amaze me the number of people I hear say, “Why can’t it be like Reba?”  Too often I find myself replying, “You’re kidding me, right?”  Only to see from their expression that they were not. 

If you are divorced and thinking of remarrying, realize that not everyone is going to be friends and problems will not be resolved in thirty minutes; not even, in most cases, thirty days.   The term “blended family” provides the false assumption that, eventually, everything will fit together with no indication of what was the foundation and what was added. 

No, the term “blended family” is a farce.   Families created from divorce are more like “taped families” or “glued families”; you’re stuck together but you can still see the cracks.

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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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