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4 Must-Have Bags

Hand bags (free clip art)

Hand bags (free clip art)

A bag is a woman’s best friend. You are never without it. As you would choose a friend, it’s important to choose a bag that is reliable and that will last you far into the future. Here are four bags every woman should have in their closet. Thanks to Groupon Coupons, you can stock up on all four and still make big savings. You don’t have to spend any money upfront to use them. Neimanmarcus has a wide selection of good looking bags to serve you far into the future.

  1. Cross-body Bag

The cross-body bag is perfect when you want to use your hands without having to worry about the safety of your bag and its contents. The reason why you can wear it across your body is because it has a long strap. Your hands are free to carry things, and to eat and drink while walking, for example. You won’t lose sight of your bag at any time and it can’t easily be snatched from you in the street. It comes in lots of shapes and sizes and you can have your pick at Neimanmarcus.

  1. Clutch Bag

These bags are particularly suitable for either a day or evening occasion when you are going somewhere by car and only need a few essential items in your bag like identification, cell phone and credit card. They come in a variety of colors and shapes, and many are simple but charming. Be sure to save some coupons for one of these. In shape they can be round, square or rectangular. If they do come with a handle, it can be tucked away or folded.

  1. All-in-One Bag

This kind of bag can double up as gym, shopping or college bag. You would stuff it with your laptop, files, magazines, books and other bulky items you need to have at your disposal all the time. They usually have two straps and are slung over one shoulder, but to avoid shoulder strain, swop them from one shoulder to the other regularly.

  1. Compartment Bag

This is usually a roomy bag whose interior has a series of compartments and zips to make it easier for you to find what you want at the click of a finger. People often have problems locating their pens, keys or cell phone at crucial moments.

 

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer (free clip art)

Dog Days of Summer (free clip art)

I truly do believe the scientists that say that global warming is real. Each summer seems to get hotter and hotter. Trying to stay cool without running up the electric bill is a real challenge! I am not a big fan of wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts because my pets scratch me up with all of their loving! But I am finding myself wearing these types of clothes now just to try to passing out from heat exhaustion!

Fabulous Feathers

Feather boa centerpiece (free clip art)

Feather boa centerpiece (free clip art)

If you think feathers are for the birds, think again. The following are just a few of the ways you can bring the natural beauty of feathers into your life:
Fashion

Today feather boas are enjoying a renaissance in the fashion world. In addition to their use as costumes in the performing arts and in period clothing, boas are finding their way into weddings and onto runways. Of course they are still popular fixtures in Halloween costumes and bachelorette parties, but the availability of high quality feathers such as coque, chandelle, ostrich and peacock is making the boa a must-have for fashionistas. Feathers are also finding their way onto shoes and into earrings, hair extensions, hair pieces and fascinators.
Crafting

If you’re the DIY type, feathers can be perfect for making jewelry, accenting clothing, and even scrapbooking. Feathers are also ideal for decor ranging from photo frames to stunning object d’art. Need a little light in your life? Take a clear mason jar and place a plastic, non-flammable tea light in the bottom. Fill the jar with feathers of your choice and voila! You now have a beautiful decorative light perfect for a romantic dinner or quiet evening in.
Function

Feathers aren’t just beautiful, they’re also functional. Consider these uses:
• Quills. Long before there were ball point pens, people wrote with ink and quills made from turkey, peacock or guinea feathers. Channel the spirit of Shakespeare and write your next missive with a quill.
• Placemats. Available in peacock, pheasant and guinea, feather placemats add elegance and sophistication to any table.
• Flies (for fishing). Feathers aren’t just for frivolity. Fly fishermen (and women!) use feathers to make their own lures. Rooster, duck and guinea are popular feathers used for fly tying.

No matter how you use them, feathers are a soft, sensual, beautiful option.

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How to make an elastic bow tie out of ribbon

bow (free clip art)

bow (free clip art)

Making an elastic bow tie from ribbon is simple, fun and thrifty. These ribbons are suitable for all lengths of hair and can be customized to pair with any outfit or look. Several ways to make these bow ties exist, here are some of the ways:

First, the type of ribbon needs to be selected. Many types of materials are available but for beginners, grosgrain is recommended because it is the easiest to work. When becoming more advanced, smoother materials such as silk can be used.

Second, you will want to decide how you want to ribbon to attach to your hair. Headbands, pins, elastics all work well.

Here are the steps for tying the ribbon:

Basic Bow-

  1. Fold the ribbon around chosen accessory.
  2. Take the left piece and cross it over the right.
  3. Then take the left piece and go under the right.
  4. Now take both ends of the ribbon and make them into loops.
  5. Next, cross the left loop over the right loop.
  6. And then put the left under the right loop and pull tight.
  7. Make it to where the loops are the same size and then cut the ends to make them even.

Faux Bow-
This is an ideal bow for a barrette and can be made with one, two or three loops.

1. Start with two 8-inch pieces of ribbon.
2. Next, make one of the pieces into a loop with its ends overlapping, and place on the barrette.
3. Put the ribbon through the barrette and tie it around the barrette and the loop.
4. Turn the knot around so it’s underneath the barrette.
5. Arrange the tails to look uniform.

Ribbon Ruffle-

  1. Finish the edges and let dry a 1 1/2 inch piece of satin ribbon.
  2. Next, sew a line of stitches along the edge of the ribbon, roughly a 1/4 inch long.
  3. Gather the ribbon so that’s it’s twice the length of the barrette.
  4. Backstitch twice, and then tie off the thread.
  5. Make it into a “U” and sew the ends together.
  6. Lastly, sew the ribbon onto the barrette.

This last bow looks elegant yet very girly.

Rosette-

  1. Paint both ends of a 24-inch piece of a least 1-inch wide ribbon with clear nail polish.
  2. Fold one corner down to meet the edges.
  3. Sew along the corner of the entire length of the ribbon, starting at the corner.
  4. Grasp the ribbon firmly and tie off.
  5. Curl the ribbon around, starting at the pointy end, it should now start to take the shape of a rose.
  6. Sew the layers of the bottom together.
  7.  Glue to chosen hair accessory.In order to get the exact type of ribbon that suits your project, the differences between the two major ribbon suppliers is extremely helpful to know.

Here are the notable differences and similarities between Offray and Schiff solid grosgrain ribbon:

Similarities:
Made in the USA of American polyester.
Large selections of colors and sizes.
Very similar color palletes.
Both can be ironed, washed and dried and curled.
Differences:
Schiff has a higher thread count, therefore it is thicker and heavier.
Schiff has a matte finish.
The edges of Schiff ribbon have more pronounced selvedge.
The colors Schiff offers rarely change.
Offray ribbon has a slight sheen.
Offray colors are bold and change often.

7 Must Follow Ribbon Boards on Pinterest:

1. Sharon Heidlage
2. Lisa Kennedy
3. Paper Mart
4. Craft Outlet
5. Fransisca Karsono
6. SVboutique
7. Hair Bow Supplies, Etc.

BIO

The Ribbon Retreat provided this guest contribution, supplier of a large assortment of crafting products.