About Us

Welcome to our blog!

The purpose of this blog is to showcase The Ribbon Retreat ribbons and fabrics in creative ways. You can also find out information about the store like what we’re up to and what we’ve got in the works. Let’s not forget about our Giveaways and Link Parties!!
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This blog is also another way for YOU to interact with us! We want to hear what you’re making and how you’re doing it. You can also give us suggestions! This blog is your invitation to CREATE and share!

Our Blog Contributors


I am a wife to an incredibly supportive husband, and a mom to two boys, Ryan, 2 1/2, and Brady, 5 months. I love to create using anything. I don’t necessarily call myself creative, but thanks to The Ribbon Retreat, I keep myself busy! I am beginner/intermediate in the sewing/crafting world, so hopefully my posts will be easy to follow. I am interested in beautifying my home, my wardrobe, making things for my boys, and trying to do it on a budget! I hope that the projects I choose give you more ideas to create and grow your own skills. And please, if you have any suggestions let us know! We love to hear from you.


My name is Cherie Mortimer. I am married to Lanae’s brother, Kevin. Together we have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. I have enjoyed crafting since I was a little girl. The only problem is a lot of the time I make things without following a pattern. For example in 6th grade I thought it would be a good idea to use hot glue to make myself a skirt. Needless to say I had to call my mom half way into the day before I had a major wardrobe malfunction! I am learning to follow directions and still put my own personal spin on things. I would put my skill level a couple notches above beginner. But the old saying rings true: “where there is a will there is a way”. I am very excited to be a contributor to the Ribbon Retreat blog! I hope we can share ideas and let our imaginations go wild! There is ALWAYS a fun craft to be done!


“Hi, I’m Brittany, wife to, Robert and mom to 3 silly monkeys, Daisey, Isaac and Maggie. I’ve been a crafter for as long as I can remember. Growing up I remember watching my mom sew clothes for us on her sewing machine. I watched my grandmother crochet from her rocking chair. Another grandma took me to art classes. They all encouraged my creativity. I tend to craft in phases and jump from project to project. I call it my crafting A.D.D.! I love creating new things and I look forward to sharing some of my craftiness with you!”

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  1. sabrina
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I love this website when I get stuck on ideas I just go through picturs here and it helps get motivated. Thanks

  2. Rica
    Posted June 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I also love to create things and save money. I’m excited to read your blogs and make things! I recently bought the bow maker and I love it!!!

  3. Sherrie
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I need help with storage of your ribbon. I love buying it from you guys but my rolls from b4 ribbon retreat are on spools and I have them on dowel rods. Any suggestions for storing yours so I don’t have to pick the ribbon up out of the storage container which causes the others to shift into that ribbons place. Yes a little OCD and they are organized by color. Thus prompting the question.

    BTW your blog is awesome!

  4. Sacha
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Hi I was wondering where you got the wooden rod bow making stand at? (it’s two dowl rods and a flat piece of wood on the bottom)?? I love all you ideas so very creative!!

  5. debra sims
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    i would like to buy a headband holder made out of oatmeal box,if anyone will make and sell me one

  6. Donna Adams
    Posted November 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I have a question regarding the Flip Flop Bow: How to attach a French Barrette. The tutorial is great – however, I am not seeing when/if the “springy thing” of the barrette is re-attached. I just “happened” upon The Ribbon Retreat website yesterday and already enamored! I have a list compiled to place an order next week. I am so excited. I am on permanent disability so funds are really limited – I intend to make my precious 8 year granddaughter a plethora of bows and hair do-dads for Christmas as well as a magnetic board for her to keep them on! And, I got all of these ideas from this wonderful site.

    • Shirley
      Posted November 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      Hi Donna! I am so glad you found us! It is hard to take pictures when something requires two hands. 🙂 Play around with the French Barrette in taking off the spring and then you will see where it needs to be attached. If you still have questions, we have a video tutorial coming in the next month or so. When it is finished, I’ll send you an email. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  7. Maryellen
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    I love this site….it goes along with my Craft Bible! Thanks to all of you talented people who share with the rest of us!

  8. Doris Abraham
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink


    I’m trying to vote on the best March ribbon. However, it is not letting me. I have never voted before. Could you list my vote for #1.

    Thank you.

  9. Carol
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Is it a pattern for purchase on the let’s fly a kite dress. Would love to purchase. Its so different and cute.

    • Shirley
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      This is a free tutorial on how to make this dress. Let us know if you have any questions! 🙂

  10. abby
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I am very exited that I find this website. Everything I was looking for, that is here. I can not wait to look around all blogs in here.

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