Our favorite Ice Princess is back AND introducing Minnie!
Our favorite Ice Princess is back AND introducing Minnie!
Get this sale before it turns back into a PUMPKIN!! Through midnight TONIGHT, Wednesday 7/30 EST. Share with friends, spread the good news, and enjoy the benefits of Crafting Karma when your friends later inform YOU about awesome sales
Long time / no talk! Hey Ribbonistas. We’ve been busy here at the RABOM labs – we got Polka Dots back online (woo!), a new print for Back to School, and we’re getting ready to head to the Atlanta Market to look for the latest and the greatest in home & gift trends. So busy. But please enjoy these *glamour shots* of our 2.25 inch Polka Dots. We’re excited to have them back! And watch the blog because pretty soon we’ll have some videos for you… SO exciting. Take care, friends, and have a great Thursday!
Limited Edition Sunshine + Grey Chevron and Modern Honeycomb! We’ll run them for TWO weeks only then they’re back into the RABOM vault But to celebrate their release, they’re 15% off for the duration of the two weeks. Enjoy! You can shop them here.
Dear Followers – I hope you follow us on Facebook and receive our newsletters so that this does not get to you a day late BUT here it is - 20% off EVERYTHING at RABOM is happening right now. Everything! If you need some bow-making inspiration, here are some color match-ups for Gymboree’s latest line Red, White & Chic. Happy Thursday, all!
… and a little humor can help almost any scenario Happy Monday, friends!
Weddings are an endless source of inspiration for people who work in the wonderful world of color. That’s probably a lot of us, right? Bowmakers think about color, photographers think about color, creative directors think about color… if you’re selling a product, chances are you’re thinking about color a LOT! Well, weddings aren’t exactly a product, but they’re a hugely creative endeavor and visually speaking, they are organized almost entirely around color.
After the success of our Modern Honeycomb color contest, I became so aware of just how popular Pink + Orange is. I see it everywhere now! And it’s not a new combo – it’s been around for awhile! – but the shades have changed We’re no longer in the era of Sherbet Orange and Mauve… we’re all about saturation, mid-tones and pops of a contrasting color like Mint, Navy and Mystic Blue.
So I took to the internet to look for Pink + Orange photo inspiration and of course I ended up seeing so many wedding bouquets! There’s seriously no better place to find a wide range of oranges and pinks than in a wedding bouquet. So I took to the RABOM Ribbon racks and created some inspiration photo collages… enjoy! (Oh! And all florists and photographers are credited and liked at the bottom!)
1. Inspired by This Blog, KT Merry Photography, Fifty50 Creative Services, Nuage Designs Custom Linens and RABOM Ribbon
2. Ben Pigao Photography, Zest Floral and Event Design and RABOM Ribbon Ribbon
3. Callie Rose Photography + RABOM Ribbon
We ran a color contest for our most recent geometric print Modern Honeycomb and WOW. RABOM customers seriously delivered on the color suggestions that look great on a ribbon. You can see the final RABOM selections here but pictured below are three customer suggestions we chose at random.
Coral + Navy, Teal + Lime, Kelly + Navy. Do these look great or what! We’ll say it again, this won’t be the last time we ask our customers for color suggestions!
Today’s Motivation Monday (from our Pinterest!) coincides with some thoughts I have about the RABOM Email Newsletter.
You guys probably receive these newsletters – thank you in advance if you do! We send them out three times a week: one sale announcement, two sale reminders. We do this regularly so a customer never misses an opportunity to stock her/his collection at a better price. Which is great! But sometimes I wonder what I could be doing to make our emails better?
I’ve been thinking about this all day and based SOLELY on my personal email-reading habits, here are some observations on the good and bad newsletters of my Inbox:
So what makes a good email newsletter? Is it pretty photos? Or an easy-to-spot discount? Regularity? Or a combination of these PLUS something I haven’t thought of? Hmm…
I invite you to weigh on on your fav newsletters! I’ll go ahead and tell you that I love updates from Anthropologie, Terrain, Refinery29 (Hello! I’m ready to be click-baited with catchy headlines like “The fashion mistake EVERYONE needs to avoid.”! Seriously, I’ll click on Refinery29 headlines ALL day with no shame.)
All Solids and Hardware are 20% off right now. Woohoo! Excellent news for bowmakers! I always overshoot my ribbon photos and end up with TONS of pretty pictures with nowhere for them to go. I hope you guys don’t mind ribbonspam! Because …
Everyone’s favorite sale! Unless you count the “Free Shipping over $10!” sale… which may be tied for first place
Here we go!
You’ll need the following:
1. Wrap your wreath with at least 4 yards of fabric. I’ve used a solid 2.5 inch Grosgrain in Red but a pattern base or Sparkle Tulle base would look neat.
2. Cut your ties between 20 – 17 inches for your thicker ribbon, 14 – 12 inches for your skinner ribbon. You can always trim your wreath down when you’re finished so you want to give yourself a little wiggle room with your ribbon length. TIP: Keep in mind that the amount of ribbon you need for each tie will depend on how thick your wreath is. I measured mine to be 8 inches so that’s 8 inches of wrapping + 2 inches for my double knot + 4 inches of tail on each side of my knot = 18 inch strips of thicker ribbon for my wreath
3. Start with the thicker ribbon ties and sparkle tulle. Double-knot each piece if you’re using un-starched grosgrain. I have not tried this using grosgrain treated with stiffener but I imagine that that may eliminate the need for a double knot and ALSO help you create a wreath with more loft and depth BUT PLEASE trim, pink and seal your edges before treating with stiffening spray. TIP: Overlap the edges of your thicker ribbons so you can get a LOT of ribbon on there.
4. Go back in and fill in the spaces between with thinner, sparkly ribbons and more Sparkle Tulle. NOTE: Once I finished my wreath, I went back in and just added about double the amount of Sparkle Tulle pieces over and in between my ties. You may want to even do a base of Sparkle Tulle or 2 to 3 pieces tied together between each larger piece of ribbon. It’s up to you! But it definitely helps the wreath “fill out.”
6. Pink, trim, and seal your ends!
All done! Spray with stiffening spray, should you like. Just make sure you do this AFTER you’ve sealed your ends… otherwise you will have a flaming ring of ribbon which will be glorious and exciting in its own way… but maybe less cost-effective than proper fireworks
The possibilities for ribbon wreaths are so endless! Holiday wreaths, monochromatic wreaths, 100% sparkle fabric wreaths, Ombré wreaths… whoa! This is a cool craft for kids, too, as it does not involve any hot glue (scary) or sewing (impossible). If we aren’t too bored of ribbon wreaths already, I think we’ll try an Ombré Summer Sunshine wreath for the next tutorial < That’s just what I’m calling it right now. You can see my inspiration for this on our Instagram.
Happy Tutorial Tuesday!
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