My Love Affair



DSC08809It's hard to say exactly,


DSC08809when I started to fall in love.


DSC08809Was it when I lived in Manhattan and would walk down streets along Fifth Avenue.  On my way to the Garment District to browse for ribbon, as I listened to Burt Bacharach on my walkman?


DSC08809Or was it when I had my favorite ribbon and button shop nearby when I lived in  Princeton, New Jersey?


DSC08809Maybe it was when I would visit the "Ribbon Lady" on Ladder Street in Hong Hong.


DSC08809Oh, I know it was when I visited that wonderful ribbon shop on Queens Street West in Toronto.


DSC08809 Most recently a recipe for inspiration after discovering Kaari Meng's new book.  Then again, I knew that the feeling was there all love affair with ribbon.

My creation

My Grandmother 1918I found some Vintage ribbon treasures, which I sent over to my shop,  Aunt Adelaide's Attic.

My Grandmother

The song for this post is The Look Of Love, by dreamy Burt Bacharach.  Have I ever told you what a crush I had on him when I was in my twenties?  sigh.


Today is Mosaic Monday and Mary from Little Red House is hosting.  Stop by and visit all the lovely mosaics.
Elyse said...

oh, karen! what a charming post!

so fun how your love of ribbon is easily weaved throughout your many adventures.

i can imagine a crush on burt b. -- he was kinda groovy back then!

with lots of love, health and happiness for the new year ~


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

lovely post karen.....

thank you for your well wishes,,,,

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen what anamazing array of ribbons.
Thanks for the congratulations on Evie's arrival. I was going to email you but seem to have lost your email address when changing over to a laptop
Take care

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I don't know what it is about ribbon, but I too am smitten, always have been!


Snap said...


Always a beautiful post. Love your LOVE AFFAIR with Ribbons!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Karen,

Well, these ribbons are awesome!
And the song...OMG! Love it!
But I have to say that I am huge fan of Diana Krall.
You should also listen to her version...

Sunny skies in Toronto.

~ Gabriela ~

Vee said...

Such a beautifully done mosaic on a unique topic. Burt B? Well, no, I don't believe I knew that interesting fact about you! :D

Karen Taylor said...

Happy New Year!
"Beautiful BLOG! I love your adventures!! Your art is wonderful you are a true creative soul!
I am now following your blog. (I hope you will visit my blog too and follow if you like what you see. :)"

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What a wonderful post - and the photos are yummy! I have quite a collection of ribbon, too. Of course, I use it sometimes in my work, so I can justify it LOL.

You lived in Princeton?! My first job out of college was at the Hunterdon Art Center, and I lived in Clinton! Maybe we met at some time!

I admire your courage and strength to admit you liked Burt Bachrach. There were several things about Burt I loved: A) Dionne Warwicke; B) Promises, Promises; C) Angie Dickinson

Kathleen Grace said...

I certainly understand the attraction (to ribbon, if not to Burt Bacharach, Lol!) I have a basket full and still when I see a pretty new ribbon I have to have it:>) I hope your new year is filled with beautiful things!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A lovely mosaic of ribbon and roses.

A Garden of Threads said...

Karen, a wonderful post. Beautiful pictures of one of my favorite things. Happy New Year.

Gwendolyn said...

What a refreshing walk through your lovely post! Just gorgeous. Thank you and blessings to you in this New Year Karen!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely post, the ribbons are all beautiful. A rainbow of colors. I wish you and yours all the best in 2011.