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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

November 24, 2022

Dollhouses, Dollhouse Ideas - What to Get

Hello everyone. Happy Thanksgiving. We are so grateful to have our son, his wife and 3 sons for Thanksgiving this year. It is a time we will always treasure.

I want to share some dollhouse ideas, dollhouse kits, pre-made dollhouses and a few of my favorites What to get with dollhouses. Where do you start? I have several ideas for decorating and budget friendly decorating ideas for dollhouse scale rooms. (I'm an Amazon affiliate which means if you find that you want to purchase any items I am sharing I may receive a small amount as a result).

Here is a beautiful dollhouse kit.  3 story house, with rooms that can be easily decorated with beautiful dollhouse furniture.

It is a Greenleaf dollhouse kit. One of my favorites.

I have put together Greenleaf dollhouse kits before. I find them to be very simple with directions that are not confusing but easy enough for a beginner to follow.

Another option for a pre-made dollhouse is the 
The furniture is sold in sets, and sold separately but it is a wonderful dollhouse with perfect rooms to get started playing in.

I didn't get a dollhouse of my own until I was 50 years old! I had always wanted one, but growing up we traveled all over the world and didn't live in a place where a dollhouse was feasible. Years later a friend encouraged me to get one. I had told her I'd always wanted one.  So I bought one (it was pre made) that was quite a bit older. I painted the inside (painting over the wallpaper) and began decorating it and filling it with dollhouse furniture and accessories.


It is the best gift to myself I've ever gotten. I had always wanted one and never had one.  Looking back I am so glad I did. 
Whether a ready made dollhouse, or a kit, it is worth the investment if it something you have always wanted to get.

Now I create decorating and diy miniature project books with budget friendly ideas for decorating little dollhouses. The furniture and accessories can add up. I learned long ago to buy what I couldn't make, and make what was in my skill set.

Here is ready made dollhouse that is one of the nicest dollhouses I have seen. It is beautiful and would be a joy to decorate! Available HERE

Le Toy Van - Gorgeous Cherry Tree Hall Large Wooden Doll House 

In my workroom I have been putting together new dollhouse rooms decorated for Christmas. With each dollhouse and room I decorate I create an ebook filled with projects, patterns and ideas so that others can decorate with my budget friendly ideas. I remember my first dollhouse I started decorating when I was 50 started adding up and I exceeded my budget in just one room. I knew this wasn't going to work so I began making things, sewing, creating semi homemade dollhouse furniture, accessories, and food. In my miniature decorating ebooks I share all my tips for decorating rooms, seasonal decor, filling sparse areas and filling the dollhouse!

Here are a few of my ebooks I have created over the years-

100 Decorating Ideas


Miniature Christmas Decorating Ideas Holiday Style: Decorating Ideas and Projects for Dollhouse Scale Rooms

Miniature Christmas Decorating Ideas Holiday Style: Decorating Ideas and Projects for Dollhouse Scale Rooms


Ribbonwood Cottage's White Christmas: Christmas Projects and Decorating in Miniature


One thing that was helpful to me was to realize when decorating a dollhouse room, I needed to choose the wall color, the furniture pieces I needed and wanted first. I started with the kitchen. Here is an excerpt from my decorating ideas book- 100 Decorating Ideas


FURNITURE, KITCHEN CABINETS, APPLIANCES and NECESSITIES

Decorating a little room is much like decorating a big room. Start with the necessities first and

then fill in.

-Decide on wall and floor color.

-Choose larger pieces like furniture, cabinets, appliances and necessary items for each room.

*Most dollhouse furniture pieces, like kitchen pieces are 3" wide. 

-Accessories and decorative items come last like curtains, window coverings, rugs, bed linens,

pillows and throws.

Here are four basic rooms to start with and their necessary components.the3

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM, LIVING ROOM, BEDROOM, BATHROOM

11. KITCHEN & DINING ROOMStove

Sink

Refrigerator

Upper and Lower cabinets

Pantry

Center Island

Table and Chairs

Shelves or Plate Rack

Other Appliances

Rugs/Additional floor coverings


When decorating a dollhouse room, usually no more than 3 furniture pieces will fit. 3" wide stove, sink and cabinets will fit a 9" wide wall.


The most important reason that I create all these decorating ebooks, projects and patterns is because I found a lot of joy when playing with miniatures, creating and putting together little dollhouse rooms. Because it can add up and be expensive I started creating budget friendly ideas to compensate for the cost of items. Like a fancy bedding set on a dollhouse bed. Or a beautiful tablecloth, placemats and napkin set. 

I wanted others, new collectors, young collectors and serious collectors to be able to make simple things with beautiful fabric and be happy with the end result.

Later this week I will share dollhouse furniture and ideas for decorating dollhouse rooms with store bought, ready made, or semi homemade dollhouse furniture.

Always check back here on my blog as I will share ideas, free patterns and printables with everyone that comes by for a visit!

Blessings to you.

Debbie Booth


















I love this time of year and love to decorate, and add festive touches to my little rooms.

I wanted to share with you some dollhouse ideas. Some budget friendly, and some to get started with the basics.

Most dollhouses have a basic floorpan and set up. The dollhouse furniture can add up and be substantial when purchasing or putting rooms together.

Here is a basic dollhouse with a wonderful floorpan. 


November 14, 2022

Christmas Planner - Free Printable for You.

 Hey there! We are in the middle of November and I am watching so many people decorate for the Holidays. The season is festive! 

I am holding off till after Thanksgiving as we are preparing for a wonderful time with Family at our house for Thanksgiving.

But in light of Christmas and the holiday season coming I wanted to share with you a Free Christmas planner. I create several of these and they are some of my best selling items in my Etsy shops. I have a couple of shops. 

Ribbonwoodcottage is primarily for patterns, making home items, little doll items and dollhouse patterns as well as a ton of Cross stitch and embroidery patterns. I would love for you to visit me here and take a look around!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RibbonwoodCottage 






* I personally can't sit still too long and love to stitch or work on something while the tv is on or we are talking around the table...I stitch a little bit each day to process my thoughts, organize my days and stay focused.

My other blog RIBBONWOODPLANNER I have had for some time. I am a very focused and organized person and have an entire business that is focused on organizing on paper first, then my phone, then my personal home and papers, etc. 

A lot of encouraging and workable content on that blog to make you feel inspired instead of constant overwhelm! Here is a snippet of what I am talking about How to Plan Your Days


But for today I have a gift for you!

Click on the Link to receive your free printable Christmas planner. No signing up or giving your life away just a free gift from me to you!

LINK HERE




I remember years ago making a handmade planner for my holiday season. I bought a small calendar, I created an envelope to be in my handmade planner to keep receipts. I cut up scrapbook papers to make lists, recipe cards, meal suggestions, shopping ideas, etc. There were no such things as downloadable planners, or printable papers so I relied on my own version. But year after year I made a planner. I needed a place to write things down, and I wanted it to look like Christmas!

Years later I have become a professional pattern designer and creator and now a planner designer and create. I have several organization, productivity planners in both shops. Be sure to visit and see them. I need to write things down and get it out of my head so that my days run better.

There are 14 pages in your free planner. and some can be run off several times if needed. The planner pages include:
  • Cover page
  • Daily overview
  • Monthly overview
  • A blank holiday page for you to track meals, events, special outfits to wear, gift ideas,  music playlist ideas, etc. You fill it out according to your interests.
  • Weekly Overview
  • To Do List
  • Shopping List
  • Gift Ideas
  • Gift Budget
  • Holiday Budget
  • Christmas Card List
  • Christmas Projects
  • Christmas Planner Tips and Ideas
All the 
Once you write in all the things you know about. you will have a good idea how much time. you have 
to work with. Scheduling your days will be simple because at a glance you will see which days will 
be simple to add things to and which days that are full.


You shouldn't have any trouble clicking on the link and going to your planner
however if you have     ANY trouble downloading I can help you.
Please contact me @ Ribbonwoodplanner@gmail.com
Calendar for the months - can be printed out several times




I am always happy to help!


All the Best!
Debbie Booth



November 1, 2022

How to Make a Miniature Polymer Pumpkin

Hello everyone! I am finishing up a Miniature Fall Home Tour and Decorating Ideas Ebook for publishing. It is available HERE @Miniature Fall Decorating Ideas



For a 'little miniature fall decorating' video Please visit HERE

An expert from my newest Miniature Fall Decorating Ideas Ebook that is now available in my shop and on Amazon.





Each year I decorate for fall in my real home and in my little dollhouse.  I love to share budget friendly projects that are simple to make and do not cost an arm and a leg!



When decorating it is fun to get inspiration and then begin creating. And I love pumpkins! So I want to share with you a short excerpt from my new book with how to make a miniature polymer clay pumpkin! 

These are simple to make, and I usually put a cooking show on and sit and make a few pumpkins while I watch how to make some for dinner. :-)


Here is another excerpt from my Latest Miniature Fall Decorating Ebook. I love seasonal books, and love decorating ideas. It just makes my heart happy!!



Blessings,

Debbie Booth


September 20, 2022

Fall Miniature Decorating Ideas and New YouTube Video


 Hello friends! It is a beautiful fall looking day here and I had a little time to myself. 
So I created a new video I added to YouTube Here 
it’s filled with a new miniature dollhouse collection of fall items and full of ideas.

This year has especially been a blessing and a time to reflect. We gained two new grandsons for which I’m so grateful. This time last year we had just experienced the loss of a grand baby and I’ll be honest even though our hearts are healing you never quite feel the same. 

This year I’m enjoying every moment of Fall.

 Last year we were packing to move so I didn’t decorate. But this year I’m loving adding all the touches of autumn with warm vibrant colors.




I found a tiny leaf paper punch and I've been punching little leaves to use in my fall decorating in my miniature furniture pieces. Then using polymer clays and pastel chalks I bought from Hobby Lobby I've made a few pumpkin pies, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pumpkins, apples and other little faux food items.

But my favorite thing I go back to every year is fall colored fabrics. Cottons and flannels are my favorites. I could sew all day long with cotton fabrics in 
Autumnal shades and never grow tired of it! And fabric made items are usually budget friendly to decorate a miniature dollhouse table with! I love it!
The tablecloth is approximately 4" x 6"  Most dollhouse tables are either 4", 5" or 6" long. Depending on the dollhouse furniture maker. This one below is an oval table and chairs I purchased from 
Hobby Lobby and then painted the furniture black. 
I have several patterns and seasonal decorating project ideas in my shop if you need sizes, and directions how to make table linens, bedding, pillows etc. I always try to make what I can make and then I buy dishes. I am lousy at making dishes! 
Fall decorating idea books, patterns and projects can be found 

Aren't those little paper punches leaves on the plates cute? I don't know why but I love them so much.
I used a lot of plaid fabrics, and kept the fall theme going. Adding pumpkins, some are hand made, and some are purchased, here and there. Also little silk flowers or fall florals are used tucked in here and there on the table, the fireplace mantel and in white pitchers. I look through the store for the tiniest flowers that I can use in decorating, I have made tiny miniature florals and they are extremely time consuming to make. The truth is I would rather sew, so that is where I like to spend my time when making miniature dollhouse items.
And little quilts are my favorite. This quilt pattern is almost ready to be published. Simple to make. That is what I like. I try to use pretty seasonal fabric + simple patterns and then sew it, finish it and decorate with it!


Well friends I hope you too are being blessed in this season and  enjoying each day.

 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1


Blessings to you.

Debbie Booth

Ribbonwood Cottage


Youtube Fall Video HERE (Video opens in new window)

:-)


September 13, 2022

Fall Home Tour Lots of photos!

Hey everyone! I was looking back through pictures trying to find a fall picture in my home and decided I should share all my past Fall Decor at Ribbonwood Cottage! 

We have recently moved to Oklahoma to be near our daughter and grandchildren.  But I love these reminders of sweet fall memories. 

We lived in an older farmhouse with a big patio, on 3 acres in a small rural community in Southern
California.


This is my daughter Whitney Rose and Kathie Rose.          
and her girls.

I love fall and love to pull out fall florals, candles, throws, dishes and more!

                   






See those eggs in the egg basket? Those are from our chickens. We have cows, chickens, sheep and a little weanie dog named Bella.




Fall cross stitch patterns I created. Love the cozy feel of fall, stitching, drinking my favorite fall coffee, and snuggling in my favorite quilt.

Patterns for stitching HERE




















One last thing, for you that follow Ribbonwood Cottage know that my husband and I and our family were very sick earlier this year with the Covid Virus. After we recovered I felt so good and decided things needed to change. I needed to change.
I decided no more wasted days. Each day needed to be productive and I needed to live life 
to its fullest.
I am so glad for life and what it has to offer. 

Fall Necessities available in my shop found HERE 
MY workroom and sewing area....I put my favorite quilts up at eye level for my own personal eye candy. I love quilts and find that they inspire me. So I put a few quilts up that had orange, red and gold in them.
THANK YOU FOR VISITING!
I'M IN A NEW HOME IN OKLAHOMA ON 15 acres and I can't wait to share more fall pictures with you! Stay tuned.



I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Debbie Booth
Ribbonwood Cottage