Bow #2

First of all, I wanted to say:


I had a wonderful day with my husband, son, and my mom and siblings. Isn’t it wonderful how a day that is supposed to make YOU feel appreciated, makes you appreciate everyone else? I felt so grateful for my little family. Here is a picture of me and Bubs. He wasn’t in a picture mood, but I absolutely adore this little boy. Being a mom is the best thing in the world!

OK, onto the post!

I am totally graduating from the beginner bows.

I made my big bow all by myself! I didn’t use the awesome instructions or video to follow along. I remembered how to do it!  The instructions really are amazing and help give so much confidence.

I bought a new glue gun. She is amazing! I am LOVING at how little glue I can put on my ribbons. I think this bow turned out much better because of her. I heart her.

Here is my yummy bow!

Bow #2 - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I used another Ribbon Retreat ribbon mix called Apple Berry mix. I had so many options with the ribbons included. I think it turned out pretty cute! I love that no matter what I chose, the colors all complimented each other, and it turned out great.

Bow #2 - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I learned something this time around that was VERY scary!

After watching others seal the ribbon ends with lighters, I thought that ribbons were fire proof. Silly? Yes. But how else can you explain burning them with nothing but amazing consequences? Well – other people may have amazing consequences, but I should have realized I might not. 🙂

After I cut my ribbon, there was a little fray on the end. Normally, when I don’t have a lighter, I would cut it off and be extra careful. Now that I have a lighter, I decided to burn it off. Stupid? Perhaps. But if you recall from above, there are no bad consequences. Until now. I am sure you can guess what happened. My ribbon caught on fire. Who knew that was even possible! I don’t even know what happened. I didn’t freak out, but I don’t really know how it got put out. People say your life flashes before your eyes when you think you might die. For me, my mind went blank. Maybe it’s better that way! Luckily, I am still alive, and I have learned from this!

Use scissors, not lighters. Maybe that should be my motto! 🙂

I am not the type of person that wears bows. I am happy to announce that is going to change. With a little boy and no little girls, I am afraid all my bows will go to waste if I don’t wear them. And hey, I look pretty good in it, if I might say so!

Bow #2 - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}


1. I love bows. I love how easy they are to make and how fast they are to make. In a few minutes, you create something beautiful. I can see why so many people love to make them!

2. Scissors, not lighters.


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  1. jami svoboda
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    love your website. big selection. great prices

  2. Mandi
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I would be interested to know the name of your glue gun/sticks!!! I’m in the market for a good one!!!

  3. Trish
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Love the blog. And I’ve been buying ribbon for hair bows for at least a year from The Ribbon Retreat. Very good service and great products. Thanks.

  4. Melissa
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    FYI – It’s the polkadots that are causing it to catch fire. I have a spool of hot pink ribbon with white polka dots and they flame up every time I use my lighter.

  5. Posted June 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    You should use either FrayCheck on the ends which is a fluid that you just paint onto the ends that keep them from fraying, or you can use a wood burner and just quickly run it along the edge. Your bow looks great!

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