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It’s the annual warehouse reorganization time which really means it’s the annual clearance sale time! We’re picturing what’s on sale right this moment, but things leave and get added constantly. To see the current crop of offerings, visit the Sale section of our Etsy shop.
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Santa has already dropped off the first few shipments of Christmas ribbon for 2017 here at Cottage Crafts! There are so many to show you, sparkling metallics and glittered patterns, icy blues and sophisticated blacks, woodsy naturals and playful peppermint candy designs. Let’s start with a style that’s a favorite every year: tartan plaids in traditional reds and greens.
The fall and holiday wreath making season kicks into high gear as we ease into September. The palette of colors for fall wreaths and arrangements is vast and not limited to the reds and oranges (as gorgeous as they are). This fall wreath mixes muted greens with creamy ivories and touches of apricot and brown for a nice transition from the brighter colors of summer.
Ribbons can accent the colors in your wreath, tie them together or make a stronger statement for a color you want to use but your floral choices are limited. In the bow on the “Verdant” wreath, three ribbons are used.
One is a 1 1/2″ width green plaid and two others are 2 1/2″ wide, a solid and a sheer. The solid is a wired taffeta, while the sheer is a simple cut edge ribbon without wire. Looking at the photos, I’m not sure the plaid ribbon is wired. The wreath was made a few years ago and moved on to another home, so I can’t double check. It’s the straightness of the tails that makes me believe it isn’t. By varying the width and textures of the ribbons, you add richness and interest to your design. It’s one more way your wreaths will carry your own design stamp — the combinations you choose are unlikely to be duplicated.
Another thing this bow illustrates is that one or two wired ribbons can “carry” unwired ribbon, especially if the unwired ribbon isn’t floppy or too heavy in comparison. It also shows the way the plaid brings together the creams with green, while the other two greens pick up shades from the flowers, foliage, and embellishments.
Your wreaths and arrangements stand out from the competition when you use color and embellishments wisely. Subtle color transitions and repetition unify, making a design that’s easy to live with for an extended period of time.
Embellishments can help bring colors together, add texture and create a one-of-a-kind design. Notice the variegated coloring of the pomegranates. They blend apricot, green and even the yellow green and golden cream colors of the florals while adding a bit of contrast. The twig and string balls contribute natural textures and the larger pussy willow ball echoes the greens with a soft velvety texture.
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This has been a busy week here at Cottage Crafts Online, where you find a world of ribbons and craft supplies!
We’ve been hard at work for several days this week talking with our wholesalers and working out new, lower pricing on several popular ribbon lines. You, our loyal customers, make this possible! Your support and continued purchases allow us to negotiate lower wholesale costs as we increasingly require more stock. These savings in lower wholesale costs directly translate to savings for you! You save again, as our selection of major brands gives you one place to fill all your ribbon needs!
That’s the #1 reason to shop the Cottage Crafts Online shop on Etsy, but there are plenty more!
#2. Many ribbons are offered as cut yardage in units of three yards for your smaller projects. Choose these when you need only 3 or 6 yards.
#3. Need more than 3 or 6 yards? Larger rolls of 10, 25 or 50 yards offer a much lower cost per yard. Most listings will provide a link to other lengths available. ALWAYS check these out to get the best pricing for what you need!
#4. Need an even larger amount for an event? We’re happy to provide quotes for large orders of a single ribbon or craft item. We will always work with you to get the best price possible for case level quantities.
#5. Domestic orders over $35* automatically ship Priority Mail — no need to choose the upgrade! (*prior to shipping)
#6. Orders ship within one business day or sooner! Virtually all orders ship the day they are placed when the order is received by 2 pm EST, M-F. And it’s not uncommon for an order that arrives at 5 pm to make it into the shipment that day. Anything we can do to speed your order to you, we do and without special rush fees.
#7. Do you need to check the color or feel of a ribbon? Free samples can be provided for most ribbons to domestic addresses. For international addresses, a sample can be sent with a small fee to cover postage.
#8. Need a special color to coordinate with your wedding or event theme? In addition to the ribbons in stock, we have access to hundreds of additional colors, especially in nonwired double and single faced satins and wired sheers.
#9. You can get notices of any sales, including the weekly “Friday Frenzy” specials going on now through Spring, sent directly to your mailbox. Simply sign up on our e-mail list. Do it this week and get a special welcome thank you offer!
#10. Superb customer service. We will help you find the perfect ribbon for your project, answer questions about how ribbons work together, give you suggestions and tips on how to best carry out your project, including time and money saving ideas. We love crafting and crafters and will always take the extra step to help you! With many decades of experiences crafting, designing displays and florals and event planning, we can offer you short cuts and fresh ideas for your project.
Here are some of the ribbons we lowered prices on this week….
The complete weekly top five will return next week. Here’s the week’s most favorite items
The first of a new line of ombre ribbon, “Blended”, has landed in the shop, a soft blue and green combination that evokes spring gardens. Light sky blue fades into green, equally pale and with a hint of yellow, the green of new leaves and grass. The fabric of the ribbon is medium weight, perhaps more flexible than our Morex Ribbon ombres or the taffeta ombres by Reliant Ribbon and lighter bodied than our other Offray Ribbon ombres. Other colors in the “Blended” ombre ribbon line include Green and Yellow, Pink and Green, Pink and Orange, and Pink and Red and will be added soon.
Recently, we added a stretch lace to the shop offerings as a test. It not only passed the “entrance exam” but quickly became a leader. The 2 1/2″ Navy lace was purchased in every length offered: 1 yard, 3 yards and a 10 yard roll. With a classic rose floral design and scalloped edges, it has a myriad of uses. Make a simple headband, use it to create lingerie, a trim for a boho chic look or to adorn a pair of boot cuffs. Embellish a wedding cake or wrap around mason jars for a shabby luminaria. Lay it over burlap for rustic chic and over satin for an elegant look. The initial offering of Navy was quickly augmented with White, Champagne, and Pink. Today, black joins the line-up and soon ivory, lavender, light blue, and brown will be added.
For spring and summer projects with a rustic, cheery look, choose these bright spring burlap colors! Made by Morex ribbons, you can read more about them here in an earlier post where we discuss our two main lines of burlap ribbons, Morex and Offray. Each color pictured below is available in 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ widths. Click the picture or here to see the entire line in our shop.
As wintery March gives way to an April spring, thoughts turn to weddings and the Memorial Day Holiday coming in May. There’s a common theme uniting four of last week’s top five viewed ribbons in the Cottage Etsy shop. Check out the new weekly top five and then click on the photos for the details and more pictures.
#5. Six inch wide tea stained American flag print
#4. Navy blue burlap twine
#3. Pewter grey burlap wire ribbon — only a few left!
#2. More navy blue! Stretch lace, 2 1/2″ wide.
and the most viewed ribbon is….
#1. Still navy! This time in wired burlap.
The week’s top three favorites were
This week for the weekly top five, we’re looking at the top “favorited” items in the Cottage Crafts Online Etsy shop. “Favorited” is Etsy lingo for liked and the likes this week ran to cheery spring prints. You can click on the photos for the details and more pictures.
#1. A sunny glittered polka dot sheer
#2. Blue denim embellished with old gold bead trim
#3. Perky yellow and orange floral print
#4. Classic gingham check in pink and white
#5. Peter Cottontail races through the garden
The week’s top three most viewed items were