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  1. Linda T
    December 23, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed your instructions for making a bow. It wasn’t just about the bow, it was the humor of the whole process. Thanks for the great laugh. Am posting to pinterest as you’re bow instructions would interest others but also I hope they will enjoy you’re great sense of humor like I did. I still chuckle at some of the comments you made..
    Merry Christmas

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  2. Sarah
    December 30, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I love this tutorial, such a great way to use saved ribbon!

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  3. Linda Wise
    January 7, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

    Hey loved this tutorial! You are funny as well as creative!

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  4. Riza
    August 8, 2014 @ 2:48 am

    Hahaha. Your instructions are so much fun to read! I think this tip is full of wisdom: But at some point, you are going to think: it’s ALMOST right. I’ll do it again.
    Just one more time. DON’T DO IT. Almost is as good as you get.

    Hurray for Kenny Rogers. :))

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  5. Riza
    August 8, 2014 @ 2:51 am

    Wonderful bow by the way 🙂

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  6. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family
    September 23, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    Thank you for sharing this and I love the wreath tip too!

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  7. Deb
    September 25, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

    Great post and instruction. Still giggling at non-giant ribbon.

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  8. Pam
    November 14, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    I realize this is an old post but I just came across it, and am laughing so hard I am snorting coffee all over my keyboard. Thanks, Victoria, really needed that this morning! now I am actually looking forward to the bow-making session we scheduled at church!

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  9. Zadi
    November 29, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

    Omg you saved my life today!! I have been reading bow tutorials literally for hours. One got me and it was ok. But I couldn’t recreate the bow when I decided I didn’t like it. Found yours and voilá!! Beautiful now with bells as a center. AND you are hilarious!! Love it. You are awesome!!!!

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  10. Katrina Batchelor
    December 1, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    I actually Did read the entire post and appreciated it more than you know. Making 14 wreaths for church and with your help the bows are sure to be beautiful. 🙂

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  11. Robin Wilson
    December 7, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

    This would be awesome as a YouTube video…*hint* *hint*! Thanks for all of the tips. I sure did need a refresher course. I’d also love to see you make a bow that is smaller for a gift. I tend to think it’s a little different process.

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  12. Georgia Allison
    December 10, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    I may or may not try your method, only because I do not have the requisite basic skills! But your play by play is sooo funny!!! And I totally appreciate your honesty about practicing may or may not make perfect. It is overwhelming to see all the beautiful bloggy creations, which I love, and know how talented everyone is, and also know ……..me, not so much!! Thanks for your amusing tutorial!

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  14. Natalia Anderson
    December 16, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    Thank you! So easy to replicate! I don’t have any interest in a video, so your directions were absolutely perfect for me! Made bows for all the wreaths on my windows. Gorgeous.

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  15. Marie B
    November 8, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

    It is now 2015 and I don’t know if you will read this, but that was such an entertaining tutorial! Thank you for teaching me how to make a bow……hopefully I can do it, but I was so entertained it doesn’t really matter! I am sure I can find a less entertaining , boring, bow making tute somewhere! God bless!

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  16. Sarah@The Teacher's Wife
    November 30, 2015 @ 8:48 am

    I love this tutorial so much! I chuckled the entire time….both at your dialogue and the image of me messing this up completely. Although, you have inspired me to think seriously about giving this a try! Thanks for sharing your skill and giving me a laugh at the same time!

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  17. Brenda Satterfield
    March 26, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    Thank you for the instructions. I have been making bows for years but am glad to have a instructions sheet. You have made my day. I am new with doing post. Have a great day and thanks again

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  18. Amy Rohde
    April 17, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    Guess what I just stumbled upon today at Michaels? I couldn’t believe my eyes but it was your identical gorgeous ribbon above and it was 70% off per roll. I bought all four rolls. I was so proud! And shocked. Where have they been hiding it all these years!?!?!

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    • Amy Rohde
      April 17, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

      and my email isn’t actually @yahoho.com lol That was a typo… and a funny one.

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  19. Ida Cribb
    October 4, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

    I love your humor and your bow… I certainly will use your tutorial in the future as well with my friends so they can understand the importance of knowing when to hold fold and staple.
    I too have much difficulty in bow making. I will say though once a bow maker finds their niche…and perfects “their” bow…don’t ever stop making bows. It’s harder to learn the second time around … lol
    Oh….and don’t waste your money on the BOWDABRA. You will only be MORE frustrated with bow making than before

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  20. Ida Cribb
    October 4, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

    I too have a tote box full of ribbon that leads me right to the store every time. Lol

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  21. Samantha Stamey
    October 11, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

    I stumbled upon this tutorial in one of my bouts of incessant Googling, and I have to say thanks! I’ve laughed so hard reading this! You’ve described almost every one of my crafting ventures in this one post! I can so relate!!! I love it!

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  22. Sonjal woods
    October 23, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    This is the best way to make Bowe I have found so far. I hope I able to follow your instructions in making it! I have very little patience too!
    Thank you so much for pinning this!
    My friend will thank you too, she is my bowe maker for everything!…LOL

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  23. Kimberly Delgado
    October 26, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

    Omg this was hilarious. Then I took a sip of coffee and read your comment about twitching like a meth addict and it almost came out my nose! You are hysterically funny and I am your new fan <3 I am just like you obsessing over everything so I can totally identify 🙂

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  24. alicia
    November 11, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

    Haha!! “Like Spanx for your bow”!!! Thank you. Leaving Michael’s $75.00 later, I know my wreaths will be gorgeous. The bow talk down was perfect. Thanks again!

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  25. Carla Hayes
    December 3, 2016 @ 11:34 pm

    This was the most amazing how-to post ever written! I’ve never read any of your other posts, but I just subscribed because I want to read what you write!

    Thank you!!!! Thank you!!!! Thank you!!! For making crafts as fun and serious-not-seroius as they should be!

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  26. Mandy
    December 4, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

    Love your writing style. Yes yes the bow instructions were good too. Just what I needed. but your verbiage slays me:) “spanx for ribbon” — lol very clever!!!

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  27. Gay Lewis
    December 4, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

    Really enjoyed your article on bow making. Not sure I could do it by your instructions but loved the extraneous info. Great read.

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  28. Dawn
    December 4, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

    Ok…I love the banter! Just keep doing what you do best! Thank you!

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  29. L. Kern
    December 9, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

    Loved the post .. and although I know how to make bows I like to check out other people’s techniques !
    You SHOULD have a show , I was laughing so hard at your instructions .., because every word was so true ! I said ,thought and did everything u quoted !!!!
    Keep up the good work !

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  30. Kim
    December 23, 2016 @ 9:39 am

    Every time I read your posts I’m certain that we are sisters, separated by some obscure time/space continuum. I am in the midst of downsizing my stuff and trying to pare down to the bare necessities with a more mid-modern aesthetic these days, but love your style, nevertheless. Your tale of finding/buying/looking for the perfect ribbon is the story of my life! I do that with just about everything. My mom lives almost 1000 miles away and I have definitely searched for things in her zip code or a 100 mile radius and have implored her to get it for me. I thought I was the only one. My husband’s motto is “a bird in the hand” so I’ve been trying to adopt that, but now I’ve wound up with a lot of bags of miscellaneous items that need to be returned to about a hundred different locations. Guess who is going to be in charge of that?

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  31. Tari Anne
    January 22, 2017 @ 9:38 pm

    I usually never comment on blogs, but I was roaring reading this one! Thanks for making me laugh, I needed it.

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  32. Liz Mullen
    September 3, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

    You may not have the same crafty expertise as your Mother, but you can probably.kick her booty in wit and humor! Love your writing style AND your bows. Lol

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  33. Brie
    October 15, 2017 @ 9:29 pm

    I have to tell you…..I enjoyed your commentary much more than the advice on bow making. Don’t get me wrong! I loved the bow and as a person who makes millions of bows for the millions of wreaths,floral arrangements and decor I make I know how to appreciate a bow and a bow tutorial! Please overlook my tendency to exaggerate…..I’m just built that way.
    I too have gone thru the many frustrating attempts only to end up with something worse than the first….lol
    I just couldn’t leave without telling you how much I enjoyed reading this post and I can’t wait to read more!
    I spent the first 45 years of my life unable to make anything worth showing off. I was not a crafty person at all. One day however I just decided I was going to do it because I needed the income I saw other people making with the fruits of their labor. Problem is like everything I do, I’m a perfectionist. This means I work much harder and longer than most for the end product…lol. But I do it, as I have come to enjoy it very much once I get started.
    Thanks for your post andand for taking the time to read my babble.:-)
    Brie

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  34. Kellie
    November 9, 2017 @ 11:27 am

    Super simple directions made this fun and easy, once my fingers decided to cooperate. My boss asked for a Christmas bow for her planter, searched “step-by-step Christmas Bow” and wound up here. The first one I made was HUGE, like monster-big compared to the plant it was supposed to adorn, so I scrunched the poor thing up in the middle and it totally works! Plus, my boss loves it! Hooray!

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  35. Denise
    November 14, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

    I almost never subscribe to blogs, but I like you. So, there you go!

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  36. Beverly Craig
    November 18, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

    This is cute, but you were so busy being funny, I couldn’t find a how to on the center loop. Gonna guess 😢

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  37. Elaine
    November 24, 2017 @ 11:20 pm

    Really great article. I enjoyed reading and laughing as I learned about bow making!

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  38. Bridgette Davis
    November 28, 2017 @ 9:25 am

    This is the absolute best tutorial of bow making I have seen! Thank you!!! Merry Christmas 🎀🎀

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  39. Barbara Lapins
    December 3, 2017 @ 3:59 pm

    Very nicely done! Your tutorial is great. It has been a number of years since I’ve made bows (back during my wreath decorating state), but I have bins and bins of all kinds of ribbons. Use a lot of the smaller width ribbons for decorating my home made greeting cards.

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  40. sabina
    December 3, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

    I subscribed because at the end of your tutorial I was smiling from ear to ear. Your sense of humor is simply infectious and your instructions are wonderfully clear. Thank you soo much. Huge huge hug.

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