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January Awareness

Author: Flower Lady
January 1, 2013

The United States Congress has designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Teal is the awareness ribbon color associated with this type of cancer. Often you will see the teal ribbon combined with a white ribbon.  Many types of awareness ribbons are available to wear to bring awareness to your causes that are made of all types of materials.  The easiest type is to use a grosgrain ribbon or satin ribbon looped and held with a safety pin. You can also add some beads to the safety pin to add a delicate touch.

Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 lives are lost as a result. There are also many more women who have cervical abnormalities and abnormal Pap tests for reasons other than cancer, but who still undergo follow-up exams and treatments.

There are vaccines that block the types of HPV most often found with cervical diseases, and screening tests (such as Pap tests and HPV tests) can online trading platform identify women most at risk. Cervical cancer can be prevented. Early vaccination (females and males ages 9-26 are eligible) and regular Pap tests beginning at age 21 are the best ways.

 


December 26, 2012

This is beautiful!  Candy canes are a huge part of our Christmas celebration.  Who doesn’t love roses?  I made a centerpiece similar to these years ago for a church party.  Instead of flowers, we used a pillar candle.  The candy canes were turned upside down to look like a “J” J-for Jesus.  The ribbon was still a red satin ribbon tied in a bow. 

The amount of candy canes needed depends on the container you have for your flowers.  A rubber band can help you assemble the candies around the vase.  Make sure they all fit snug.  The rubber band can remain.  Use a wide satin ribbon to finish off the beautiful festive decorative vase and fashion a perfect bow.  This will be a lovely centerpiece for any table during your holidays. 


December 14, 2012

This post is continuing on with the twelve days of Christmas.  Day two is two turtle doves.

A fun way to represent the two turtle doves is with candy.  You can use a Dove candy bar and a package of Turtle candy.  Wrap them up in a pretty little package with decorative ribbon.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

 


December 14, 2012

The twelve days of Christmas is a well-known Christmas song.  For some people it is also a fun Christmas advent, a time to count down the days until Christmas.  For others it is a time to count the days after Christmas always ending on January 5th. Some recognize it as an ancient English carol used to allow Christians to openly celebrate their faith since they were not permitted to do so openly from 1558 until 1829.

My family celebrates it in a fun way with little treats in a bag or box to open each day. Some treats are crafts, some are snacks but all represent a Christmas memory or tradition in our family.  The next twelve posts will consist of ideas for you to use in your own fun way of creating a Christmas tradition.  Some ideas will be fun ways to decoratively package the gifts.  This one uses curling ribbon.

The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

The partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus Christ;The two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments; The three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love; The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; The five golden rings represented the first five books of the Old Testament; The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation; Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit; The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes; Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit; The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments; The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Apostles; The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.


Grosgrain Ribbon Looped Bow

Author: Flower Lady
December 13, 2012

While doing research for interesting ways to use ribbon to decorate and wrap packages, I ran across this super easy idea!

I plan on using this idea on several gifts this year.  I am sure it works best for square boxes but the same idea can be adopted to work for any box. 

This single faced satin ribbon that is used here looks lovely.  I have a bulk of grosgrain ribbon in many colors.  I can’t wait to try this style. 

Cut a length of ribbon; sit your box in the middle of the doubled ribbon.  Lay the looped end of the ribbon on top of the gift.  Bring the loose ends up through the loop and tie a bow.  It’s just that simple!  Notch you ribbon ends like shown for the finished look. Now every gift can look beautiful and not just have a sticky bow.  This way to embellish a gift is just as fast as a peel and stick bow.   


Hi crafting friends, 

A friend of mine was so gracious to send me the instructions on how she crafted these great ornamental trees.  I just couldn’t wait to share them with you!  Thanks Darla :)

The directions for those trees are pretty simple- the most difficult part is not getting burned by hot glue. Sadly, I cannot seem to keep my fingers out of it.
I came up with these on my own (shocking), and since I am not a professional art-person, I don’t know if I committed any artsy-booboos or not, but this is how I did them:

 

(others may have a better method)
You need a Styrofoam cone-shape (I also have done balls and wreaths for ornaments)
Buttons, assorted sizes and/or colors you prefer;  hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks;  holiday ribbon bow for tree topping or tree skirt.

I started with the bigger more attractive buttons and placed them where I wanted them on the “tree” , then glued them, and continued gluing other buttons at random to fill ion the spaces. For the green tree, I used a green cone, and for the others, I used white. BE CAREFUL of the hot glue! The glue tends to ooze up through the buttonholes and burn your fingers!
Once you have the cone covered, use a larger button to cover the top of the tree. I also had some metal star-shaped buttons that I ran some wire through, then I stuck them into the top, you can also use a holiday ribbon bow for the topper and let curled tails run down each side, but you can “top” your tree any way you want.
I then used different lengths of wooden dowel rod for the trunk, and more Styrofoam in a little clay pot for the base. For really teeny cone trees, you could use a spool as a trunk. I did that on one, but it kind of looked like a mushroom instead of a tree….
To cover the foam in the pots, I glued additional buttons around the base of one, used a round white ball for one (to resemble a snowball), and I even made a tiny patchwork tree skirt for the large one. You could glue dried moss or raffia or whatever you think looks good. Have fun!!!


Taffeta Ribbon Wedding Cake

Author: Flower Lady
December 11, 2012

This beautiful wedding cake is just a hint of how beautiful this wedding was.  The bride is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  This elegant cake is perfectly coordinated to the theme of the wedding.

Black taffeta ribbon trims each layer of butter cream iced cake.  Of course it would not be complete without the fondant pearls strung along the bottom edge of each ribbon.  I wonder if the cake was alternated with white layers and dark chocolate layers to match the black and white theme.


December 10, 2012

This wreath is sure to add a festive flair to your home while making it smell yummy!  This is super easy to make but will just take some time to assemble. 

You will need a flat wreath form, or a heavy cardboard ring in a size that you can work with.  You will also need a hot glue gun, lots of glue sticks, a bulk of cinnamon sticks, a wide ribbon to hang the cinnamon wreath with, and some wired gingham checked ribbon to fashion a pompom bow for the final decorative touch.

Begin by laying out your wreath form and all your supplies.  You will want to have a protective layer between your work and your work surface.  Begin hot gluing the cinnamon sticks one side of the wreath or board.  Align the ends of the sticks with the inside edge of the ring.  Once you have completed the ring very tightly spaced and glued, turn over and begin gluing the sticks on the other side. 

Once the glue is set, you can wrap a wide ribbon around the wreath and make a loop to hang it with.  Make a poufy bow like this one with gingham checked ribbon and tie it on the hanging ribbon.  The house will smell festive and the wreath will look wonderful hanging on a window or door. 


Satin Ribbon Angel Ornament

Author: Flower Lady
December 9, 2012

These cute little angel ornaments’ are so easy to make.  You only need three things, these specific paper clips, narrow satin ribbon, and a white pearl bead with a hole large enough to thread ribbon through.

 

Cut a length of ribbon about eight inches long.  Loop the ribbon around the center intersection of the paper clip and tie a knot with even ends of the ribbon. 

Thread both ends of the ribbon through the bead and tie another knot.  Tie the last knot about a half inch from the end of the ribbon to make a loop. 

These will be great to use for tree ornaments, or gift tag ornaments.  You can make the ribbon longer and use them as a bible book mark.


Velvet Ribbon Santa Jar

Author: Flower Lady
December 8, 2012

Here is a fun Christmas craft.  This is the type of gift that anyone will love.  Your mail carrier, bus driver, teacher, and Sunday school teachers would all appreciate it.  It won’t cost a lot of money, and just a little time to show you appreciate all they do for you. 

My mom loves to drink those little frappachinos that you can get at the grocery store like you would a soda. They are sort of expensive so she doesn’t get one very often.  The bottle has a wide mouth on it and looks very similar to this bottle.  A yoo-hoo bottle will also work great.  Any bottle with a wide mouth will work for this craft so you can put candy inside and will be easy to get it out.

Wrap a piece of wide velvet ribbon around the middle of the jar to represent Santa’s furry coat.  Double stick tape or hot glue can be used.  Add a narrow strip of white velvet ribbon vertically on top of the seam for the red.  Black satin ribbon can be used for the belt.  Cut a proportionally sized square for the belt and cut a square hole in the center, glue it on. 

Fill the jar with your favorite candies.  Add a satin ribbon or grosgrain ribbon around the neck of the bottle for a tie.  You can add a festive sticker to the lid to cover up what it says. 


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