Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Latest and Greatest

Hello All!

It may seem like I have dropped off the face of the earth and indeed it has been an extended hiatus from the Ribbon Wand world. I'm in the process of gathering all my bits and bobs for a giant week of photographing and uploading a bunch of ribbon wands I currently have in stock. Lots of designs that were made for weddings as samples and I didn't quite fit the motif of the event but are still super cute!

Yes, that's right I would hand make, sometimes up to dozen different wands for the bride to choose from. That leaves quite a bunch of left over wands! Time to match these little bases with some lovely satin ribbon and give them a life of their own. I'm calling this upcoming store blitz...my always a bridesmaid, never a bride sale. Gee, I should get one of those dating sites to sponsor me! Haha.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Celebration Streamer Wand Tutorial

Really, you can look at this photo and probably figure out what you need to do, but I get so many requests for wands like this for weddings, that I thought I'd show you a simple version you could whip up in no time all by yourself.
This type of wand is a great addition to weddings, birthdays, parades, and firework events on Canada Day and the 4th of July in the United States. It's super easy to make and will have you wand waving in no time.

Here's what you need:

  • A selection of 4 ribbons. I prefer double sided satin and in my example I'm using ribbon that is slightly thicker than 1/4 inch. I'm using white, gray, garnet and teal.
  • Scissors
  • A big tack
  • An eyelet screw (sometimes called a steel eye) usually found in the picture hanging section of your hardware store.
  • Round nose pliers (or other long nosed pliers)
  • A dowel cut to 12 inches in length. Mine was 1/2 inch dowel.
  • A hammer ( only necessary if your thumb struggles with pushing the tack in)
They're are more technical ways of doing this, but for the basic, use what you've got method this works in a pinch. A sturdy tack is pushed into the center of the dowel. This is the hole you will be using to turn the eye screw into. I use my pliers to do the turning, but those of you with strong fingers can probably just do it by hand. Depends how many you want to make. More than a couple and the pliers are a must. Decide on your ribbon length. I used 4 feet of ribbon in each color. Gather them all together and push through the eye screw. I pulled the ribbons until they were equal on both sides, so that was an equal two feet, with the eye screw in the middle. I then tied a double knot and I was good to go. If you want to seal the ends of the ribbon, heat with a heat gun or use a basic non toxic glue to seal the ends against fraying. A super simple celebration wand that will keep the kids happy and entertained and they'll look cute while they do it. Enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

the RIBBON WAND shop

The shop will slowly but surely be filled throughout this week. Expect to see around 20 wands by the end of the week! Definitely something for everyone on your gift list.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ribbon Wands for MS

I'll be filling my etsy shop with some new, limited edition ribbon wands. 100% of the proceeds from each sale will go directly to the MS Society of Canada. So buy a ribbon wand and support a great cause!

New wands will be available soon!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Shop In the Park

I'm here today!

At Festival Place
Feb. 7 from 9am-4pm.
Join us for an awesome shopping experience!
Free admission.
Over $1000 in raffle prizes!
40 vendors selling cupcakes, purses, jewelry, health and wellness products, kids book, baby items, etc.
View our website at http://www.sherwoodparkshop.com .

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009

I'm looking out the window at blue skies. Let's hope it's a sign of things to come for all of us in 2009! Well, Christmas break is almost over and I'm back in the studio tomorrow putting the finishing touches on my shop theme for January and February:

I'll be cavorting in hot pinks, reds, blushes, and oh so soft baby pinks the entire two months. Sounds like fun for me! I'm also excited to be presenting my Ribbon Girl Wedding Wands for 2009. This year I'm going to take on less custom work for weddings and offer a few distinct lines that hopefully will work for a multitude of wedding palettes.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

One week away

The final countdown to Christmas. I'm squeezing in a few last minute projects, how about you? Today I finished two tutu's for my daughter. I had a great time making them and know they will be well loved as they join our ever growing dress up trunk of frilly things and various costumes. I have oodles of baking that I would love to find time to do and of course some much needed Christmas cleaning. As my schedule slows down over the next few weeks, I hope to add some new project ideas to the blog, so stay tuned and enjoy the upcoming week!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ribbon Wands for Christmas

Thank you for supporting the Ribbon Wand shop this year! I appreciate your business and trust and it continues to be my goal to meet and exceed your expectations. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your ribbon wand purchase, I'd love to help.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The 8th

If you're interested in ordering a Ribbon Wand for Christmas, best get it done today!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stuffing the Shop!

Really pushing myself to get the shop stuffed for the last blitz of Christmas shopping. All the items listed are pre-made and ready to go!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Eye Candy

The season is just delighting me with all the wonderful colors and wrappings! More Christmas Duets coming this week in the shop...stay tuned...