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New How To Guide, New Products & Whatever Else Comes to Mind

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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How To Make Korker Ribbon for Hairbows

Posted by Kimberly on October 26, 2007

Korker Ribbon from The Ribbon ShoppeKorker ribbon hairbows seem to be all the craze these days!  Cheerleaders love them because the bounce from korkers while tumbling and stunting gives the appearance of more spirit.  Gymboree fans love them because they add flair to those adorable outfits.   Korker bows are made for every holiday, every occasion because they are just so darn cute!

Korker ribbon is actually very simple to make.   It just takes a little patience and practice to get it perfect.

The first thing you need to make korker ribbon, of course, is the ribbon.  You can make korker ribbon from any type of ribbon (grosgrain, satin, jacquard, etc.) with the exception of wired edge ribbon or outdoor ribbon.  For starters, I would recommend using 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon.

Next, you will need wooden dowels.  You can purchase these at home improvement stores, hardware stores, or craft supply stores.  I recommend using a 1/4 inch or 3/16 inch dowel.  (As you get more practiced with making korker ribbon, you can use different sizes to get get the curl you want.)  In addition, you’ll need clothespins.  While many people use the tiny craft size clothespins, I recommend using the regular sized clothespins found in the laundry section of your local department store.

Chances are the dowels purchased are one yard in length.  If so, you will need to cut these in half to fit into your oven.

Now that you have all the items needed to get started, let’s begin!

First, you will need to cut your ribbon.  For beginners, I recommend cutting your ribbon into one yard lengths (36 inches).   Cut as many pieces as you would like to practice with. 

Preheat your oven (making sure that it is clean to avoid getting any “leakage” on your ribbon) to 200 degrees.  (If the heating of your oven is off, you can adjust this up or down as needed.)

During preheating, begin twirling your ribbon around the dowel.  Begin by take one end of your ribbon and clothes-pinning it to the dowel.  Then proceed downward in a spiral pattern around the dowel until you’ve reached the end of your ribbon; then clothespin this end to the dowel.

Once you’ve completed the “twirling” step with all of your ribbon, you’re ready to bake!

This is where I will differ in opinion from other korker ribbon makers because I recommend thoroughly soaking your ribbon with water.   Once the ribbon is wet, spray the ribbon with starch.

I recommend placing your korked ribbon on a large cookie sheet.  If you don’t have a cookie sheet available, then line your oven shelves with aluminum foil.  Place the ribbon in the oven.   Allow to bake for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, carefully remove one dowel from the oven (it will be hot!) and allow to cool for about one minutes.  Then, using your hands to feel the length of the dowel, check for any remaining wetness.  If there is none, remove the clothespins and, in a downward motion, slide the ribbon off the dowel.  (Newer dowels will not allow ribbon to slide easily and make take a little more effort to remove, but this will change the more times the dowels are used in the oven. ) 

If the curl of the ribbon does not seem tight or any wetness remains, return to the oven and repeat the above step every ten minutes until ribbon has a dry, tight curl.

That’s all there is to it!  Keep in mind when making your korker ribbon that lighter color ribbons will take longer times in the oven.  In addition, your lighter colors, such as white or light pink, are more likely to show burn spots from being in the oven too long; so keep a close eye on them, allowing them to air dry after the 20 minutes if necessary.

Have fun making your korker ribbonfor korker bows!  As always, when using ovens or other electrical appliances, use precaution and never leave the house with ribbon in the oven.  🙂

Korker Ribbon in Solids, Stripes, Dots, and M2MG Themes 
available at The Ribbon Shoppe!

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A Seasonal Mistress

Posted by Kimberly on October 21, 2007

University of Tennessee VolunteersI knew it when I met him.  The orange cap, the orange t-shirts, the license plate on his truck; they were all clues to the identity of his first true love.

Yet, somehow, I thought I could replace her.   I was so wrong!

I’m not the player that she is.  I just can’t hold his attention the way that she does.   She lures him with her seductive song of “Rocky Top” and the promise of a National Championship.   She beckons him with her orange and white, and he follows like a small child, eyes opened wide, roaming the aisles of a candy store.   From August to January, he belongs to her.   The remaining months, he is mine; but she is never far from his thoughts.

Who is she?  Tennessee football!  That’s right, my husband’s “mistress” is alive and well in Knoxville, Tennessee.

When my husband, Brian, and I first married, I thought I could change him; that our lives didn’t have to revolve around Tennessee football.   That was my first mistake.

I finally resolved myself to the fact that he needs this love affair, that he is lost and empty without it.  Sshould I try to separate him from her, he may be forced to make a choice; and I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I would not be pleased with his decision.

So every year as the seasons began to change from Summer to Fall, I move into the shadows and wait.  Because I know that he will return.

M2M Theme:  University of Tennessee Volunteers Grosgrain Korker Ribbon Lot
available at The Ribbon Shoppe

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