Friday, October 14, 2011

 My entry in the Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop!

I've had my ribbon in the drawer for some time. When I would open the drawer, it would whisper to me..."use me....use me".  I could hear it calling even after I shut the drawer.  I would take it out, hold it, admire it, then tuck it away..."no, I'm saving you for something special".  I thought it was soooo beautiful.  Then I happened across the Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop and inspiration came crashing into my brain. I thought of my little bundle of ribbon and just wanted to make something!  I was in love with the color of this...from red, to purple to gold.   So I opened the drawer and she screamed at me..."USE ME NOW, I'm a sari ribbon"  and so I did.

It's never been my style to crash a party...I usually sit quietly and wait for an invitation and then ask what I can bring, or who I can bring, but that day I just went full steam ahead...because the ribbon told me too, it demanded attention and the ribbon really wanted to go to a party.  So, I grabbed the ribbon and my clay and got to ribbon blog hop!!!  that's cool!!!  Not to mention, I've been totally inspirationless when it comes to jewelry, but somehow when I opened the drawer and the ribbon spoke, can you refuse a talking ribbon....really!
Now I wanted to go to the blog hop too! In fact, I've been neglecting the blog and thought the blog might enjoy the party also.

 I wanted to be in a room full of artists with all those pretty ribbons..all the luscious jewel colors, I imagined myself with ribbons streaming through my hair like Medussa's snakes, all flowing and blowing in the wind...but know.   I stayed up til midnight, stamping, gilding, cutting, tying, and before long, I had a cute little ribbon necklace...I put it aside and went to bed. 

Next morning I woke up and thought, hmmm, this is not really finished...I think I'd like to add some more ribbon to my necklace, I think I'll go to the store and buy some. (I couldn't send off to B'Sue for it, as there was not enough time...which is the story of my life, but I digress.

 I took my project along and went off on a quest to find some ribbon.  From store to store, I asked for Sari Ribbon...and no Sari Ribbon.  How can there be no Sari Ribbon?  If there is a blog about it, it has to exist.

I'm not really a ribbon person, did I tell you that?  I'm sure you can all tell by now.  Neither is half of my little town, no one and I mean no one knew what sari ribbon was...... the last place I stopped (why is it always the last place and not the first) I was stearnly informed by the little grey haired a much too condescending tone..."dearie...that's NOT Sari Ribbon.  I rushed home and thought what am I to's Thursday night and the party starts at midnight, I looked at the ribbon crying....why didn't you tell me?

I've just become a party crasher!  I've barged into a room with some awesome jewelry artists, none of whom I know and crashed their party and embarassed myself."

The ribbon just sat there a while and finally she spoke..(as if a ribbon could talk..geeze.). She seemed rather mishievious too me... But I did tell were so excited to use me, and I wanted to get out of that drawer, and you were so excited...and I did say....USE ME...I'M JUST A SORRY RIBBON....and she laughed.  Hope you all are laughing too. 

I will visit you all and say hello and enjoy looking at all your beautiful projects.  At least I got out of my jewelry making slump and mixed ribbon and my polymer clay together for something frivolous and fun and hopefully I will make a few friends too!

The beads are a mixture of white and translucent polymer clay, stamped with Lisa Pavelka stamps, baked and then colored with Adirondak alcohol inks.  The focal bead is an old thread spool covered with a layer of stamped antique gold Premo clay that was accented with bronze Pearl Ex powder and then baked.  the only findings used were the pins inserted into some the clay charms and a few base metal gold spacers.  I used knots to tie it all together.  It slips over the head and is approximately 20" to the end of the tassles.  And the truth is....I really didn't know this was not Sari ribbon until today...the rest of it is pure fiction (just so you know...ribbons can't talk, they only only sing in the shower...or something like that).
I had a lot of fun making my necklace!  And looking at everyone else's will be so much fun.  Leave a comment if you stop by.  Let's party!!

Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop Participants

 Vickie Wills

Susan Kennedy

Michelle Mach

Michelle Lee Hardy

Ruth Crawford

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

Diana P.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

Connie Rios-Relyea

Jennifer Justman

Deb Davis


Cathie Carroll

Rosemary Cowit

Georgene Lockwood

Cathy Buckley

Harry Wood

Sonya Stille

Mary Deis

Heather Goldsmith

Susan Rouleau

Terry Matusyk

Pam Chesbro

Mary Shannon Hicks

Janice Everett


Kristina Johansson, Maneki

Kris Binsfeld



Catherine Jeltes


Sharon Palac

Deb Beechy

Jean Yates

Patrice Pfeiffer

Dorcas Midkiff

Lynn Perry Bennett

Linzi Alford


Cynthia Wainscott

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp

Alice Craddick

B'sue Boutiques Creative Group
If you couldn't play this time, no worries. Please come on over on Friday and cruise the blogs and see all the pretty jewelry!

Have you joined B'sue Boutiques Creative Group? If you didn't get in on the hop but would like to post a sari ribbon creation over there, join up and go ahead. PARTICIPANTS: if you're members of the Group, please feel free to post your photos at the Creative Group as well as your blogs, as that way we'll have an album of sari crafted jewelry.


  1. Hey Patrice, WOW!! That's one unique piece of art! Too cool:-))))

  2. I really love your story! It made me smile...
    What a cool, joyful piece you made with the ribbon that wanted to be used...

  3. What a fun and well done design! Beautiful!

  4. The color is just gorgeous. You brought it out so well with your clay components. It says Indian Summer to me in a big way. Super!

  5. I think it turned out very pretty, whether it was Sari ribbon or "Sorry" ribbon. LOL I love your clay components with it.

  6. I am so glad you jumped in on this...and with polymer clay focals, too. AMAZING....wearable! I LOVE IT. I love your polymer clay work; I did a large body of work in the organic style around 03-04 and fell in love with polymer clay. I never did PMC or any of the metal clays yet as I was always satisfied with polymer and its unique versatility. I am so happy you posted and your post is BRILLIANT. Please accept my invitation to come and join us at B'sue Boutiques Creative Group where we welcome with open arms photos of polymer clay jewelry. One day you might like to branch out and try it with some of B'sue Boutiques special vintage style metal caps, findings, et al....they go together beautifully. joining the group is fun, fast, free and easy, and there is a lovely little community growing there. I am sure we could learn MUCH from you. This is a personal invitation, please join us at your first opportunity.

  7. YES...Party on! The necklace is so fun who cannot laugh when wearing it. Fabulous job.

  8. That is absolutely fascinating! And gorgeous! I love how you used the ribbons, and the clay components are a perfect contrast to the ribbon. Love the little brass beads at the ends! This is one of my favorite color combinations--orange, red, purple. I'm not really a fan of sari ribbon, but this makes me want to use it!

  9. nice colors and I love what you do with the clay.

  10. Aww, what a funny story! Well, sorry or sari.. it is beautiful! :)

  11. Such a beautiful piece full of glorious fall colors <3 ~J-Lynn

  12. Very pretty, great beads you made yourself! Love the fall colors!

  13. You saved your ribbon for something special and that is what you made! Great job!

  14. Yes, it is a bit tricky, the fact that there's sari ribbon and then there's Sari Ribbon the Louise Harding novelty yarn. It can be an easy mistake to make if one isn't very familiar with the recycled kind of sari ribbon.

    But on the other hand I love the look of the ribbon yarn with its golden sparkle and rich colours. It's on my yarn and ribbon wishlist even since I spotted it when googling for sari ribbon. So I really enjoyed seeing your fab necklace even if it isn't the right sari ribbon. Love the colours and design! Great job!

  15. Love the colors and great polymer clay work!

  16. What a wonderful story! We gladly accept your sorry ribbon along with ours. They are sisters in spirit now. Your beads and necklace are gorgeous. I think your town needs a sari ribbon and bead fest!

  17. Your clay work is lovely!! What a beautiful piece of art!!

  18. That looks like happy ribbon to me :) I love the piece - even though the ribbon isn't sorry. The clay pieces are wonderful! Your blog post had be laughing along with you all the way through.

  19. Love it! Gorgeous! Great workmanship.

  20. It may not be sari ribbon but it sure is pretty. I love your polymer clay beads. Glad you joined the party!

  21. Copper is just a wonderful color, and you really outdid yourself with all these charming charms. I love it!

  22. Wow this is so amazing, in color and design! What a treat to view!

  23. Very nicely done, no matter what kind of ribbon it is! I love your clay work...and your post was so entertaining.

  24. Your necklace is very pretty...LOVE the colors. Funny story, I am glad that the ribbon spoke to you! ;o)

  25. I wanted to apologies if you have passed through my website to leave me a comment in this splendid Blog-Hop!
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  26. Great post. Can't wait to see what you create for the next hop, Love your "sorry" ribbon piece! Thanks for playing along.

  27. I loved your story--it made me smile! Your adopted ribbon is beautiful, no matter who its parents are! :)

  28. Your polymer work is amazing. And the sari ribbon is such a great compliment to it -- you did such a great job with the color palette!

  29. I like the polymer clay on the wooden spool. Very cool! I'm glad you didn't give up on your ribbon and that you embraced the spirit of the challenge. Cute story!

  30. What a wonderful post! Your design is like a live wire--so vibrant and full of perfect for autumn.


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