April 15, 2014

Happy Days..Loving Creating...and Blogging


Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

Since I started blogging in 2008 I have looked at thousands of blogs...
Women who are amazing at everything you could think of.
I kept thinking...I know how to sew....


But I wished I could decorate, own a business, a vintage shop, or maybe design jewelry....no?
I just keep thinking...all I know how to do is sew! 

Hahaha...sewing seemed a bit boring when looking at blogs where the women seem to have entire staffs helping them 
paint, wallpaper, 
spray paint, beadboard their walls....
and create delicious meals while 
posting on their blogs daily!


I love making little quilts, throws. different bedding sets. 
All of them for dolls of every size. I decided that I love to sew and I wanted to open an Etsy shop and just try my hand at the Etsy business. 
Etsy has an online handbook how to do everything so why not!

Blogging has led me to meet several wonderful people...which encouraged me to step out in faith so to speak and do something I just love...
if they could do it, surely I could try!

So  little by little I started a business... and I am now sewing doll bedding, making miniatures, creating little things...https://www.etsy.com/shop/RibbonwoodCottage
And I am loving it.
I create doll bedding, little quilts and sheet sets.
I do custom orders for people who want me to use the fabric their designer used when decorating their little girl's room, and make doll bedding to match!
My favorite is to use vintage fabrics, sheets, laces...etc....
Floral and cottage style fabrics make the sweetest little patchwork quilts.
 Blythe dolls have quite a following....they love comfy bedding too!


I've made doll bedding for people all around the world, and they send me pictures of their dolls sleeping on the bedding. One gal from Australia sent me a picture of her CATS sleeping on the French inspired linen comforters I created with pillows and shams....yes it was for them!

 I get inspired by looking at vintage bedding, Pottery Barn bedding, Pinterest decorating boards-Bedrooms, blogs.

 American Girl Dolls Bedding....I get new ideas every day. I told my husband I needed some staff...you know to get the housework and bills done. Mr. Farmer just rolled his eyes...so I did the dishes anyway! hahahaha


I am also taking care of my little 86 year old mother, so I needed to quit my job and be home. 

All I could think of was...
I know how to sew....
so I started sewing.

I had an offer from a doll company to create for them and they would sell my doll bedding...which was exciting...but they wanted rights to all of MY DESIGNS...
So I graciously said no.
We will see where this next year leads.
But I feel like I am on to something.
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In the next few weeks I am going to start sharing some of my Etsy ideas...and things I do that helped me and maybe can help someone too.
Stay tuned!

Blessings!
Debbie

March 10, 2014

A little Cottage Style Tea and Scones Party Affair!

Hello Everyone!
This has been a happy week, I just became a first time grandmother to a sweet little granddaughter named Emma Joy!
She is lovely in every way...
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Emma seems a bit English sounding...which led me to a miniature  English table setting....
Tea, hot baked scones...home made jam, cream...
all in miniature of course!

I find little plates and decoupage Shabby or Cottage 
style roses on them,
canisters for coffee and teas have the tiniest rose buds on them too.
Fresh blueberry muffins on a tray are waiting to be served on the table...a fresh berry  tart...
Silverware is bundled up with napkins made from cottage 
style prints...ready to be placed on the table for guests at 
the tea party!

 Tablecloth and linens are freshly pressed for the table setting. 
 I have made scones for years, my family loves them. So it seemed fitting to make them in miniature for the little tea party!


Thank you for stopping by for a visit!
Blessings,
Debbie

February 27, 2014

Lemon Tarts and a Miniature Lemon Colored Cottage Patchwork Quilt

Hello sweet ones, I have been baking (polymer clay food & real food) little lemon tarts, lemon curd, lemon bars....
My sweet mother-in-law has a Meyer Lemon tree (part lemon and orange) and it has amazing lemon juice. California is blessed to have these lemon trees everywhere!
So I have tried to be creative and use up this delightful lemon juice.
It seemed fitting to make a little quilt with cheery spring colors including yellow!
And for anyone who has an urge to bake these fabulous tarts...
here is a recipe below.

First I whipped up a bundt cake and covered it with lemon glaze, made some pie crust, and added some lemon curd to make little tarts....

 Oh yummy! I love all the goodness fresh fruit brings in the spring-time.
Enjoy!


Blessings.
Debbie


February 18, 2014

Baking Zone in the Cottage Kitchen

Hey everyone!
 I lay in bed at night with too many ideas fluttering past my eyes...even though they are closed.  I have been thinking of baking zones....organizing the kitchen more...I have all my baking supplies in one place to make baking and cooking more streamlined.   But I needed more...a little miniature inspiration above!
I found these ideas on Pinterest  when I looked up Baking Zone, Baking Organization, Baking Armoire...Pinterest has ample ideas, pictures, DIY projects...so I went from there.
I listed source for you...
 source: ChezLarsson.com
 source: http://dustjacketattic.blogspot.com.au
                                            
 source: JennySteffens.blogspot.com
 source: Farmchicks blog
 source: hgtvremodels.com
 source: livesimplybyannie.com/blog
 source; unknown...found on Pinterest
  source; unknown...found on Pinterest
            
My miniature baking zone below is finished!
Canisters for baking ingredients...
a kitchen aid style mixer...
fresh eggs and other ingredients for baking...
kitchen towels for cleaning up messes...cookbooks and recipes,
bowls, pots and pans...all stored in one place for easy access. I love it! Let's bake a pie!


I will show my baking zone that I am working on at home very soon...it is almost completed.
Blessings,
Debbie

February 15, 2014

French Country Decorating-Miniature Scale

Hey Sweet Friends...I wanted to share some things I have created recently and that are in my shop. And thank you for coming by to 

visit my little world!
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 I am in love with making little signs. We live on a farm, with hundreds of chickens, many sheep, cows, pigs....so farm signs are one of my favorites. I have little vignettes around my home with these as backdrops.
 and then kitchen utensils..I can't get enough of them. I have 3 crocks in my kitchen filled with wooden spoons and spatulas...love them!  So of course one would need them in a miniature kitchen!
 Fresh baked bread, freshly churned butter...we actually make butter weekly using our kitchen Aid mixer...from the milk we get from our cows. Yes the farmhouse is alive and well here in S. California.
 I love sweet little hutches filled with all this farm goodness, stacked plates and napkins ready for guests to come in , sit down and visit over a hot cooked meal...



 Tiny little vintage rooster is from my collection. I added him to the newly created French Farmhouse prep board.

 Then I love to get old vintage dollhouse furniture and re-work it so to speak. Paint, distressing, sanding...Next comes tablecloths, table runners, placemats, napkins, pillows....all for comfort while you are eating your hot cooked meal.


 Pretend there is stew in the copper pot to eat with the fresh baked bread and butter on the table. Sit yourself down and lets visit!

Here is a link to my Facebook albums with miniature creations
Thank you for coming by and visiting!
Debbie
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