Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 3: 12 Days of Christmas: Ribbon!!

The thing about holiday decorating...
it doesn't have to be expensive to look beautiful...

That's the good news.

Even better news??  
Yes, there is even better news.

Ribbon is the answer.

True Confession:

I once did this with ribbon...

I tied a blue ribbon
Yes, and actual ribbon...
(as in... a first place looking... royal- blue colored ribbon) 
around a resume I was submitting...

(Was this smart marketing or a recipe for disaster??)

It worked!! 

So welcome everyone!
Warmest holiday wishes to you today...
on this, the
  third day of our 12 DAYS of Blue Ribbon Kitchen!!

Below you’ll find a variety of my favorite ways to include ribbon in decorating… from hand-wired bows to flowing garlands… the ribbon done right can add so much to the setting.

Pretty wins in my book when
it comes to decor choices... even if
else is doing it... if you LOVE it and think it
looks good...go with your gut.

For my too much...over-the-top, 
beautifully tied, blue-ribbon wearing resume...
Or a ribbon-clad wreath… if you love the look… that’s the most important element at the end of the day.

 If you are not using ribbon in 
your decorating... don't be shy
about trying it...

 Consider ALL the amazing possibilities it offers...

10 Reasons to LOVE Ribbon
  1. Ribbon comes in every style and you are never stuck...endless possibilities.
  2. Ribbon is versatile...can be used indoors, and out.
  3. Wire or without wire... which might matter depending on the project...Perfect for bow making.
  4. Ribbon can be dressed up and dressed down...
  5. It's reusable... take it off projects/tables carefully and you'll have some for the next project.
  6. Adds a polished look to gifts... nice ribbon can liven up even the silliest of white elephant gifts.
  7. Ribbon...tied around my resume...landed me a fantastic opportunity! (I just KNOW it was that ribbon)
  8. Ribbon adds so much to table settings...added to a centerpiece or tied around a napkin.
  9. I always incorporate ribbon as garland on some of our Christmas tress... it's lightweight.
  10. Budget friendly...use a coupon, wait for a sale, or buy off season...ribbon is always in style!

I use ribbon ALL the time:
You'll see it regularly on FOX19
recipe segments to add 
a pop of color and movement to my displays
Floral arrangements
Treat bags
Christmas Garland
Eater Baskets
Napkin Holders
On Curtains and Draperies
Sometimes in place of curtains
Table Runners
Jar Lids
Gift Cards
As Seasonal Garlands
Chandelier Decor
Urns and Outdoor Decor
Fence Posts
Light Posts...

Seriously, ...add a pretty ribbon to almost
 anything and it takes it up a notch... 

I once added a ribbon to a bottle
 opener at a very casual party... 
I tied the bottle opener onto a small galvanized
 tub of adult beverages.

 One of the guests was so impressed.... 
the ribbon kept the bottle opener in place 
and from falling to the floor... 
She said  "It's such a nice touch...the ribbon hanger..."
 I agree... It was...  ribbon WINS again!!

I will say in reviewing this fine piece
 of blogging work/photo essay...
I do have a propensity for the red and gingham 
during the holiday
season. Wow!

I can promise you, I do branch out into other 
colors and other patterns the rest of the year...
I do however stick to reds... in December.

--if a color speaks to you...
I think you have to go with 
what makes you feel the happiest.

Clearly, I have a thing for red and gingham.

Cutting Tips:

Buy good ribbon...with a nice feel and made well.

Do not use good scissors to cut wired ribbon.
Instead...Use a pair of wire cutters or a
designated pair of "wire ribbon"
scissors so your good scissors stay sharp.

Use good sharp scissors to make cuts on the ends.

For large projects, buy an extra roll...
So many times, I was just a few
 inches short and then could not
find the same color... Measure twice... buy once!
If you end up not needing it... return it.

Well...what do you know... a green ribbon!!

This was actually from a St. Patrick's Day
post...but the ribbon garland is super-cute and so easy to make!!
Perfect for any celebration.
(A great kid's craft)
The tutorial is in a link at 
the bottom of this post...

Here are a few ribbon tutorials for 
some of the projects featured above:


Click Here:

Ribbon Garland

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