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What do you do with that ribbon?


“Oh, I love these ribbons.  I have to have some!  But what am I going to do with them?”  This is one of the questions that I get most frequently from customers.  They are so inspired by the colors and the richness of the Sari Trims, but don’t know what to do with them.  So I thought it would be fun to share some ideas with you here, and to ask you all to share your designs too!  
I have a favorite pair of blue jeans that had finally gotten so beat up and ripped that they really called for some jazzing up and patching.  So I thought the trims would be the PERFECT solution!  And what I love most is that they are a work in progress.  I’m a “more the merrier” kind of gal and love to keep adding to all of my projects.  One of my projects this weekend is to add some of the newest trims to my jeans.  Here’s a picture of what they look like, and some of the new ribbons that I am planning to add:

I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on these every time I wear them.  I literally hear people talking about my jeans as I walk past!  And this is such an easy project.  I am NOT a seamstress.  By any means.  I used my sewing machine on the parts that I could reach, and hand-stitched the rest.  It is a super-fun, super-easy project that anyone can do.  So get crafty and create!  

Do any of you have fun creations that you’ve made using ribbons and trims from WomanShopsWorld?  I’d love to share them here (with a link to you, of course)!  Feel free to message me: with your pictures!

I’ll post more pictures of my jeans as they evolve.
Wishing you a lovely, creative, weekend!

Until next time,

For the love of ribbon


I feel like a butterfly at times, lighting here and there, but only for a moment.   I am quite fortunate that my currently inventory levels are at an all-time high.  There are so many goods things piled up in this warehouse that I can’t list them fast enough.  I am a “bit chomper”….I can’t do anything fast enough.  So while having all of this inventory is so awesome, it also stresses me out because I want to photograph it and list it all at once!  And so I bounce around from one box to the next, one pile to the other, pulling a few things from here, a few from there.  My goal these days is to offer you 5 new items a day.  Be they ribbons, beads, tassels, textiles, I hope to bring you 5 new treasures daily.  Today’s offerings are from my ribbon stash.  As we move towards Fall, I have chosen some richer palettes for this week.  Here are some freshly-photographed items, just listed today.

In addition to bringing you lots of global goods daily, I am efforting to check in here more often.  Many of you have told me lately that you didn’t realize I have a blog.  I don’t have much of one, but I hope to change that.  We’ve got some travels and adventures coming up here in the next few months, and I think it would be fun to share that with you all.  So I’m going to start nurturing the blogging habit starting now.

FuschiaRibbon1 TealRibbon1 Bullseye: Green, Red Festive Silk Trim, Ribbon, Sari Border, India 3"x1 Yard / Christmas, Circular, Repeating Pattern, Sewing Supplies DIY, WomanShopsWorld Blooms at Dusk: Teal, Pink, Aqua Foral Silk Trim, Ribbon, Sari Border, India 2.5"x1 Yard / Garden, Craft, Wedding, Sewing Supplies, DIY, WomanShopsWorld

Until next time,

A Stay at Home kind of a day

It was a perfectly grey and dreary day to stay at home and cozy up.  Cozy up with the computer, that is!  I have a habit of getting on the computer while I’m still in my PJ’s in the morning, and sometimes half of the day goes by before I realize that I haven’t even gotten dressed!  Yes, etsy is THAT addicting.  Normally I make it into the office in the afternoon, for shipping packages, taking pictures, and doing general office stuff.  But today was one of those days where I just didn’t feel like going.  So I didn’t!  And what a luxury it was to work here all day, look out at the grey yard, let Gypsy roam around, sip hot tea, listen to music, crank out etsy treasuries, list items, and soak up being at home.

I made this Treasury that I’m really loving.  It’s got a magic, warm, cozy Autumn sort of feeling….the kind of feeling I had running through me all day.

Have a lovely evening,

‘this will be an autumn to remember’ by WomanShopsWorld

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Namaste blog readers. I’m here to give this blogging idea another shot. I love the idea of a blog; I’m a huge fan of words- reading and writing them. But there are 2 main reasons that it didn’t seem to work out for me before:

1. I have a hard time making timespace that it takes to keep up a blog.
2. I have my hand in a lot of pots, so there are lots of steady themes in my life- so many that it’s hard to focus on just one. One day I am a web manager, one day a product photographer, one day a bookeeper, one day a jewelry designer, one day a sales rep. On all days I am a mother to my precious golden retriever Finn, wife to my larger-than-life husband Binny, a yogini, a creative thinker and a positive soul efforting to maintain a connection to the source.
So the creative voice inside of me had a brainstorm. It thought, “why are you turning these into obstacles?” With the emergence of so many “time-saving” social networking apps out there (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), there are so many ways to publish a thou
ght, or a picture, or a snippet of life, from wherever I am. Reason #1 is no longer an obstacle.
And to Reason #2, I thought: Why am I creating a boundary within which my blog entries must fall? I am the energy behind all that I do, it’s all a part of my life, it is what consumes my days. Beads, papers, Finny and Binny, yoga, jewelry, fabric, etsy, Divali Glass Jewelry, Bead Trust, Beads Forever, traveling, family, friends, bead shows….. Why can’t all of it be a part of the blog?
So as my grandfather, Art, would have said in one of his vacation videos, “Here we are, Lavinia!” (Lavinia is my grandmother). And here we are, at the new WomanShopsWorld Blog. For those of you who don’t know, I run a shop on etsy called “WomanShopsWorld.” It’s
a beautifully colorful collection of things that I find on our travels, and sometimes in the corners of our warehouse. I have an affinity for all things colorful, all things handmade, all things adorned; and I have a fascination with the vast cultures and peoples of the world. The world is way too large for me to stay in one spot. So I travel (both physically and mentally, via books and the internet) to have my mind, my eyes, my thoughts, my loves, expanded. WomanShopsWorld is my space where I share the things I love with the rest of the world.
And this blog will be the space where I will share my thoughts and ramblings. Maybe you will find them remarkable enough that you will come back from time to time and share in my musings.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pictures from our last India trip.
Enjoy your Sunday,