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The Ribbon Retreat Blog

May 17th, 2012
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The Ribbon Retreat Blog is the place to go for all of your fabric and ribbon needs. They also offer various other crafting supplies. Even more, this site is chock-full of great ideas and tutorials, with lots of photos to guide you through creating your hand-made masterpieces!

Other than replacing a button, I know next to nothing about sewing. Since discovering The Ribbon Retreat Blog, however, I seriously wish I did! They have so many cool project tutorials, and they are explain each one so well, that I think even I could make a lot of these things!

Here’s one terrific example, a circle skirt tutorial. Isn’t it adorable? I think this skirt would look great on little ones, teens, and even adults. Of course, you could always give it a totally different look by using various fabrics and more–or less–tulle to vary the puffiness. The circle skirt pattern seems super easy to follow, perhaps even simple enough for people like me, who have only the basic sewing skills.

Model wearing a turquoise and white circle skirt.

Looking around the site really makes me wish that my daughter was little again (I can see her cringing!). They show you how to make the cutest headbands, hair clips, pom-poms, flowers, bows, etc. Oh, the fun I could have had if I had access to this information about fifteen years ago! And the money I would have saved by making them myself! (Having a girl after having three boys, you know I went a bit crazy with the girlie stuff!)

I’ve also been inspired by their for the home crafting projects. There are tutorials for a really nice nautical wreath, pretty potholders, and a button picture frame (which, say it with me, is as cute as a button!). I think my crafty side is about to be revived!



We left off with the mystery photo yesterday. Today, I will reveal just how we spent $150 at AJ Wright!

Before I forget, I just have to show you a shot of the shoes! Look how organized they are! And some great styles!


Because I am a Real World Mom!


I met a fellow blogging mom, Natalee, from Raising Normal Kids. What a sweet and funny lady! Stop over and read about her adventure and say hello!

Natalee & Me

Here’s a photo of Kiesha (Marketing Supervisor for AJ Wright) and me. She was a blast!

Kiesha & Me

Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!



The total was $151.39 for ALL that stuff!

Here’s what I got (four pairs of pants, two tops, socks, panties, a candle, a reed diffuser, a set of two Wilton cake pans, a blow dryer, and a hot air brush):

My Loot

And here are some things Tim picked out for my daughter (two pairs of pants, four tops, and the really cute jean jacket that was only $7.99:

B's Loot

I’d say we did damn good!! Thank you Mary, Ashley, Keri, Kiesha, AJ Wright and sbc advertising! Tim and I both had a great time, met some wonderful people, were introduced to a terrific store, and found some amazing bargains!

I’ll leave you with a photo of our driver, Ralph, and myself:

Ralph & Me

* Once again, thank you to Tim for being my assistant for the night! It wouldn’t have been the same without you there with me! *

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

A few days ago, I was invited to take part in previewing an event for a new AJ Wright store opening in Paterson, NJ.  An offer to combine shopping and blogging?  How could I resist?!

The challenge? How much could I buy for $100 at AJ Wright?

The journey began when they sent a car for us:

The car and our driver, Ralph. There’s a sign in the window that says, “Ms. Stacey”.

I enjoyed the ride:


We arrived at the store:


AJ Wright

There we were met by Ashley and Keri, the friendly PR folks! Here’s a photo of Ashley and I:

Ashley & I

They made us feel right at home, and even fed us delicious food, catered by a local restaurant.


We also received a goody bag, which included a snappy (purple!) Sony Webbie camera (woohoo!), a pad and pen to take notes, a calculator to tally our loot, and a $100 gift card (not in the photo, cuz, of course, I spent it!)!

Goody Bag

Tim was such a trooper, they also gave him a $50 gift card! Thank you again, guys!

I have to say, I was immediately impressed with the layout of the store. You can pretty much stand anywhere and see where everything is (convenient, yes?). The signage is up nice and high, the store is brightly lit, and the aisles are wide enough to get a cart/stroller/wheelchair through without a fight. Love it! And, ladies, this is one of the best parts: the handbags are arranged by color! How awesome is that?!


As if that weren’t enough, each item has the price marked right on it!! I didn’t think anyone did that anymore!

Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans
Yes, these are Gloria Vanderbilt jeans for $9.99!!

I had a lot of fun shopping–especially with no guilt about the money I was spending!

Me Shopping

Tim appreciated the way the men’s department was set up. Apparently, guys like to be able to see things at a glance, so, having the clothing hanging on the wall is a big plus for them.

Men's Department

So, how did we do?


Tune in tomorrow to see how Real World Mom–and Tim–spent $150 at AJ Wright!

*Special thanks to Tim for his love, support, and photography skills!*

The Bridge

August 24th, 2009
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Tim was home Saturday, and I was worried he would interrupt my usual routine of cleaning/laundry, etc.  (I don’t know why, I’m just a creature of habit, and when something changes in my daily procedure, my feathers get ruffled!)  Anyway, it turned out to be a blessing for me, because he helped me clean!  :-)  Perhaps becoming engaged has brought out more of his domestic side?  ;-)  (This may be working both ways though, because I actually cooked dinner tonight.  Maybe we’ve both become more domesticized??)

So, with some free time on my hands, I finally got around to doing the review I promised a long time ago a while back, for a product from Teak Wicker and More.  They sent the item quickly (FedEx), but I was very slow in doing my part.

Let me tell ya right off, I was sorry I was so lazy took so long to open the box!  It is so cute!  Oh.  I haven’t even told you what “it” is yet, have I?  Oops!  I chose to review the Garden Bridge Lawn Ornament, and it is just the perfect accent in my garden!

Let me show you, step-by-step, the process I went through to build my bridge!

The box:


The pieces:


The very simple instructions:


Step 1 finished:

Step 1

Step 2 finished:

Step 2

All done!

All done

Another shot:


I forgot to pay attention to how long it took me to put it together, but I’d guesstimate it was about half an hour. (Would have been less than that if I had paid better attention to the directions!) Other than my own mistake, it was very simple to do.

And here, my friends, is the final result:

bridge 1

Doesn’t it look purty?

bridge 2

If you’re looking for something really cool for your yard (or house), be sure to check out Teak Wicker and More, because they have a HUGE selection of everything from statues and fountains to sheds and outdoor furniture. I’m thinking I need at least one more bridge for the backyard! Oh, honey… ;-)

Upcoming Review

July 23rd, 2009
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Recently, I was contacted by Teak Wicker and More about doing a review for one of their products.  After checking out the website, I quickly agreed!  They have beautiful outdoor furniture, garden accessories, outdoor fireplaces, etc.  It was difficult to choose only one item to review!  Stay tuned for my post on the product I will be reviewing!

Have a happy day!

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