Oh list to me softly,
I'll tell you a tale,
For stampers will buy ribbon
Time again without fail
They'll buy ribbon they want but don't really need,
Every stamper I know suffers from ribbon greed.
I'll tell you a story of a stamper named Jan.
She bought many ribbons, said she, "Cuz I can!"
"When creating a card, it is just such a bore,
That the ribbon you need is the one at the store.
It is not in your stash, or the bag still unpacked,
It's the ribbon you left on the store's ribbon rack,
And so I will buy all this ribbon for me,
Because sooner or later I'll need it, you'll see!"
She bought ribbon on reels,
She bought ribbon on cards,
She bought by the inch,
And she bought by the yard,
In multiple colors, in each rainbow hue,
From the deepest of blacks to the bluest of blue.
From websites she bought it or in stores off the shelf.
Heck, most of the ribbon she bought from herself!
But the worm in this apple,I'm sorry to say,
Is that Jan woke up from her slumber one day
And decided to make something really profound.
But the ribbon she needed was not to be found.
There were ribbons on dowels,there was ribbon in drawers,
There was ribbon in boxes and hanging on doors,
Stacks of ribbon reels teetered on shelves and on tables
To find the one that she wanted she was sadly unable.
Instead of spending time in crafting delight,
Jan spent most of the day and half of the night,
Sorting and boxing and rearranging her ribbon,
And so now she hopes that she will be forgiven,
For not posting a card that is wonderfully GOJUS
But instead posts this poem that is rather atrocious.
Yes, this is a true story. I have a card about 95% done and I can't find my 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon. Crumbs.
Getting my ribbon act together was one of my resolutions for this year. I have the stuff that is wound on bobbins under control, but the reel ribbon is another problem.
My original organizing system is a simple arrangement of dowlels and plastic chains, but then SU! came out with their ribbon organizers, and like the true lemming I am I bought some and others were gifted to me by a very nice person (thanks, Jen!) But sooner or later, I was bound to run out of room. Then the big blow fell with the introduction of the new catalog and a large percentage of current ribbon retired. So I had to move it out of my current stash in the ribbon holders and put it...where?
So I finally acted tonight and took out some of the ribbon that I acquired back in the day when I was spending like a maniac. I look at the large amounts of crafting supplies I acquired in that time period and I think, "What the heck was I thinking?" But when you're in the grip of obsession, you don't think, and that's a fact. I could have a nice house in the Poconos (or somewhere!) with all the cashola I poured out on craft supplies, not to mention yarn and fabric and...and...ah well...no use beating myself up about it now!
So here is the new rearrangment:
Mostly the current stuff.
None of this is really the perfect system, in fact, I have not found a ribbon system that is perfect yet. I like the SU! holders about the best, but if you fill them too full, it can be hard to get a reel out when you need it.
My original system has a few flaws:
- If you want to take a reel of ribbon out of the middle, you have to remove all the ones between it and the end. And if you have the flabby arms I do, spending time with your arms up over your head is something you don't really like to do.
- Gravity. Gravity has a tendency to play tricks on you. The ends of the ribbon hanging off the ribbon reel need to be short. If you leave too much hanging off, you will be startled one day by a soft sound, rhythmic, yet quiet...and you will suddenly look up and see a number of yards of quality ribbon unreeling itself from the rack and puddling on the floor. And then comes the horrendous business of trying to get it back on the reel. And you find that there is more of a reason that just sheer OCD for making all the ribbon ends come over the TOP of the reels back to front. Because as you rewind the ribbon, you are UNWINDING the one next to it because the end of that ribbon is coming from the bottom or the reel. Ack! Ack!
So now it's all rearranged and the sad thing is that I am still trying to acquire all the ribbon from the current catalog. Because something really horrible will happen if I don't have it all. Really. Horrible.
Back to looking for the perfect ribbon for this card...maybe I'll find it and be able to post it tomorrow? Ta!