Monday, August 18, 2014

Owl Ouchie Pack

 I am so delighted to be a contributor for 

Whoooo's ready for school?

I was given the letter 'O' and, as a mom, immediately thought of how my school-aged children hop off the bus with tales of their "OUCHIES"! 

Recess is fun, but sometimes those monkey bars can be dangerous. (wink!) 

I am going to share a pattern and tutorial for an Owl Ouchie Pack 
that you can heat or freeze to alleviate those little 'ouchies'!
 I used 1/4 yard of Riley Blake's "Orange Rain Drops", a scrap a fabric I had in my stash,
 a Ribbon Retreat ribbon mix, and two large buttons.

You will need to print off the pattern below:

From the main fabric, cut two pieces for the owl body. 
Cut two 'wings' from a scrap piece of fabric.

Use a ribbon section (approximately 4") to cover the top of the ribbon loops.

 Here is a close-up of the 'topper' ribbon section...

"Whoooo" loves this finished owl?
I do!
This happy owl will comfort your aching child just by looking at it!
But if you freeze the owl pack,
it works well to calm their inflammations...
Do you have a child that suffers from Growing Pains at bedtime?
Warm-up your Owl Ouchie Pack for 1-2 minutes in the microwave;
the heat will take the edge off of muscle and joint pains.

**Note: do not over heat!  This will hurt little hands and possibly melt the owl "eyes"**

This Owl Ouchie Pack is the perfect size for little hands.

Make one for each of your kids.
They will love using their own 'owl pack' to comfort their ouchies received  at school recess 
or bounding around at home.
Here's hoping for a safe school year!
Whoooo-ray for Learning!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ribbon Macrame Luminary

 Hi, it's JaniJo here to share a fantastic summer craft!
I have memories of my grandma's ornate macrame art via a plant holder in my grandma's home;
it wasn't necessarily 'pretty' with its' orange and brown matted tufts.

However, this tutorial offers a modern twist on macrame using my favorite supply....RIBBON!!!

 I used The Ribbon Retreat's 3/8" ribbon in Neon Pink, Ansi Yellow, and Mystic Blue.

 Stabilize the knot using a clip board, a chair leg, or even your big toe!

 I made some Ribbon Macrame Luminaries with 4 rows of knots and some with 5 rows...
you decide!
 This is a sequence of how the final knot placements should look:
I trimmed and heat sealed the ends of each ribbon strand.

In all my crafting history, I would say that this SIMPLE project has the biggest WOW factor!
 The fancy luminaries look so striking when hung in a group, like this.
They would be a great decoration for a backyard BBQ or bridal shower!

 And the fringe at the bottom dances in the breeze.... lovely!
Considering the inexpensive supplies and the minimal time commitment,
you have no excuse NOT to try these beautiful Ribbon Macrame Luminaries!

Your summer will be happier with them involved!
Thanks for looking at the Ribbon Macrame Luminary tutorial!

Spring Chick

I am so thrilled to be back on The Ribbon Retreat blog 
to share this adorable, plush Spring Chick!
Let's get started!
The specific products I used from TRR:
*Robert Kaufman's Celebrate Seuss2 "Rainbow Dots"
*Riley Blake's Summer Breeze "Yellow Main"
*Riley Blake's Tonal Dots "Small Green"
*Printed Korker Ribbon, Chevron Yellow
*7/8" grosgrain in "Mystic Blue"

You will also need these pattern pieces: (click on pattern to print)

To form ribbon beak:

1.  Cut chick's beak and seal the edges.
2.  Sew onto chick's body.
3.  Heat corners of beak--pinch to seal sides together.
4.  Beak shape is formed.

Your Spring Chick is born!
 I used bright turquoise bows to turn my Spring Chicks into the new "Mr. & Mrs. Cluck"!
They are a happy couple of birds!
 You can also use the same pattern pieces to make "Mr. & Mrs. Hopper".
 To make the cute rabbits, put the 'wings' on the top of the head for 'ears'.
And instead of korker ribbon hair, use korker ribbon to make rabbit whiskers!
If you wish, add a button nose.
 The Clucks and Hoppers are already welcoming Spring!
I can't wait for each of my kids to receive a plush buddy in their Easter basket!
They will be cherished gifts & decorations for years to come.

'Hop to it'....make your Spring Chick or Rabbit today!