One thing you can say for me . . when I do something, I jump right in with both feet and don’t stop til I’ve passed the point of obsession.
Denise is getting 100% of the blame for these packages of ribbons that keep arriving, and for the amount of time I’ve sent online looking for the perfect ribbon.
This all started several weeks ago, maybe a month ago, when I asked her if she sewed plastic buttons on the backs of the sweaters when she was adding buttons, to help stabilize the fabric so the buttons didn’t cause the sweater fabric to droop and sag. She told me that she’s been using ribbon on the back as a stabilizer. Then I remembered having seen ribbon on the back sides of button bands and I remembered that I thought it was a grand idea because it’s kind of a place to add a little whimsy, or class for some people – whimsy for me.
I found ribbons to order. Most of the 5/8″, 7/8″ and 1″ ribbons come in three yard pieces. I asked Denise if she ever uses all three yards, even if she’s putting the ribbon down the button side and the buttonhole side of the bands and she said no so we decided we’d split our 3 yard pieces with each other. Yesterday the last of my ordered ribbon arrived. All the ribbons I’d ordered for sweater bands were split and half were mailed off to Denise.
As I was shopping with Addie recently, I realized that hair bows are right up at the top of her priority list, just below bras. Yes! Bras. Part of her back to school wardrobe included at least four bras. She thought the sorts bra was the coolest and it helped that it was neon orange. The first day of school, she told me that she had to wear it because they might run while out of the playground. What? I wanted to say . . I don’t think there’s much there that needs to be secured when you’re running . . and I do know from experience, but you go, girl!
Anyway, about all that matters was her bras and her hairbows. So, while looking for ribbons for the sweaters, a few ribbons for hair bows popped into my cart.
And then there were narrow ribbons needed for assembling the bows. And, the little clamp things.
All the ribbons went into various sized glass jars and I have them sitting on my little chest of drawers by my chair. Even if I never make a bow, or never add a row of ribbon to my sweaters, just adding these jars of colorful ribbons next to my chair makes me happy . . all day. Every time I walk by this area, I smile.
The two jars in the back on the left have leftover yarns from knitting projects. The jar on the right back is where all the ribbons are that are candidates for sweater bands. The ones Denise sent should arrive in a few days and they’ll be added to that jar.
On the front left are the 1/4″ ribbons for Addie’s hair bows and on the right front is a jar with the 1-1/2″ ribbons for the bows. There are a few more of those on the way so I’m going to need to dig up a larger jar . . probably another one with a wider opening so I can stick my hand in there and reach whichever one I need.
Collecting these ribbons is fairly inexpensive and I’ve enjoyed it. Tomorrow, I’m going to sit down and watch a couple of Youtube videos I’ve found and try making a ribbon or two.