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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.

September 30, 2008

Tablescape Candy Corn Topiaries!

Welcome to Tablescape Tuesday! http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ is hosting this lovely event.

Candy corn is on the loose at my house, the crows are after them! The pumpkins are just glad they aren't for dinner this time!
These cute little plates I picked up for .65 cents at Target last year after Halloween. I used fabric for the tablecloths, and the black plate underneath is really a spray painted wooden plate that is only used for display!
I love the candy corn topiary trees...there was more candy corn on the table, but sadly it is now gone...oh well, it was delicious while I took pictures, but then realized some of my prop was now gone.

Have you ever laid in bed thinking about things instead of going to sleep? This is a little problem I have! Do you ever do this? I get so tired and get ready for bed, and then...

I start thinking about sewing, getting out the glue gun...

this and that, sewing this and that together, music runs through my head...I also write music at night...I make entire quilts in my head, decorate my house-in my head, paint walls-in my head,...

Does anyone else do this?

back to the candy corn topiaries, I ended up making those, pillows,
and there's more to come... Basically I took strips of fabric, white, large strip of orange, and small strip of yellow. So I had one large piece of fabric sewn together...white, organge, yellow...

Then I cut out triangles out of the piece of fabric and sewed them together. I made pillows, little bowl fillers, and these taller versions. I cut a couple of branches spray painted them black and placed the sticks in a pot filled with beans. I decided on beans instead of dirt to stablized the topiaries. Then I put the stuffed candy corn pillow/topiaries on the sticks, hot glued them...I ended up having to shorten the stick because they kept wanting to tip over!
All in all these ended up being very easy to make. If you don't sew, you could glue the fabric together with fabric glue. There are all types of fabric glues, or you could just do scrapbook paper glued to a stick!

Thanks for coming by!



September 28, 2008

The Heavens

The Heavens declare the Glory of God and the earth shows His handiwork!
Psalm 19:1

September 26, 2008

Pink Saturday

It is Pink Saturday, thank you Beverly for being the hostess!
My pink Saturday starts with seed packets, for planting seeds of joy, love, kindness. You have to plant them in order to reap them.I used a seed packet as my guide, made the labels on my computer, attached them, embellished them and now they are ready to be planted!

One of the most important things in life is to plant loving actions...it starts small and then grows into something strong!

Thank you for coming by ladies, have a lovely day!


Fall Crow Plaque

Hello again...Today is Show and Tell Friday. Be sure to visit http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/. You won't be disappointed! There are so many gals with great ideas I am having to make a file just to keep track of everything. I keep reading about you all (we in California get stuck on ya'll, but I love it!) using Modge Podge. I had never used it before but I am now hooked!!! Just call me 'sticky fingers'....

I took a plaque, spray painted the edges in black and then covered it with the MP and then paper. Took it outside to dry...103 degrees, went quick...
Then I trimmed the paper around the edges...

Then I added plain cream cardstock with the word thankful on it, I inked the edges for a little extra look....let it dry...added the crow.
When it was dry I hot glued a stick on to the plaque to make it look like the crow was standing on it. I love it!

I need more modge Podge
I put the plaque in my laundry room up on the shelf so I can look at it when I am folding (gazillion clothes) things and working!!!
The crow is a free template I found herehttp://stampington.com/.

Look at all their free templates, they have quite a few!
Thank you so much for stopping by...


PS If anyone could please tell me how to get my links and button back up to the right instead of down at the bottom I would really appreciate it. I copied and dragged and re -gadgeted, tried to move them but to no avail. On my layout page it looks fine but if you will notice my links and buttons are down by Southern Texas...not sure why!

September 24, 2008

A Blessed Plate

I love spray paint, I love painting things around the house. This was a terra cotta plant plate I have had for ages. I painted it black, set it on top of scrap book paper and cut around the base of it for the circle.

Then I took the paper and inked the edges...

Glued it down and added some 'silk leaves.'

Sorry this is blurry...

I wanted to print out the words on my printer and it told me to install another printer...hello again!!!! So I used rub ons, and letters I already had. Added some more silk leaves, ribbons, and voila! It now stands in my dining room as a reminder to be thankful and not complain!



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September 21, 2008

Sunday Inspiration

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding...In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

September 19, 2008

Show and Tell-Oatmeal? Redoo?

Today is Show and Tell, so I would like to show you how to do something creative with an oatmeal container!
Be sure to check out the other show and tell gals at http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/
You know how you look at things 'DIFFERENTLY' when you are crafting or coming up with something inexpensive that you want to do. I was looking (eyeing) at my oatmeal container thinking (visualizing cutting, spray painting, altering) surely I could do something with that! Here is what I came up with. Took about 35 minutes total.
I used scrapbook paper
oatmeal container
glue stick
sticky dots
ink pad
plaid ribbon

Very simply I eyed the paper, cut it after I cut the oatmeal container to size...
glued the paper down, added trim to the lid...added a bow and tag...
Then I thought...I need to make some for Christmas! I am getting some more oatmeal from the grocery store! I also thought this might be cute to make with pastel papers and use it to hold a small gift for a baby shower, or a birthday party-using birthday papers...Silver or gold paper to hold a small anniversary gift.

September 17, 2008

Be Sure to Join!!!

Be sure to join the new Fall Decorating Group at Flickr. We are all posting pictures of our fall decor, fall crafts, fall porches, ideas, etc.
Go here.....http://www.flickr.com/groups/881427@N21/
Everyone can now go to one place to see everyone's photos.

Fall Manilla Folders-Get organized!

I decided to make some fall folders covered with scrapbook papers. I thought it would be neat to see at a glance my fall-idea, memory, Thanksgiving ideas, fall recipes, kids costume ideas, folders, etc. This went real quick, I used a glue stick, scrapbook paper, ink pad for inking the edges, and labels. I love it and now want to fill them up with all my saved papers, magazine articles, recipes off the internet, great ideas, etc.

I'm always a little happier when I am organized. Lately I ask myself "now where did I see that idea?" so I keep once piece of paper with scribbled blog addresses on it to find that certain idea!

September 15, 2008

Hiding the necessary!

Hello, this isn't tooooooo creative but it does work for me. I needed a desk near the printer in the hutch on the left in the picture. But I don't have one, so I took my sofa table and layed a longer board across it.

Underneath are files, alot of my music from church, and baskets with filing that needs to be done.
I bought this fabric and placed it over the sofa table. I usually change out the quilt above according to the seasons, and I can also change out the fabric to coordinate with the quilt if necessary.

The frame is a little 3$ frame from Target with a printed scripture inside. I added the checkered ribbon.
The cord from the printer was an eyesore so I hung a mirror to distract the eye...I also placed a few little things at the corner of the table because all the extension cords meet there.

My laptop just fits in the middle when I need to hook up to the printer...
Thank you for coming by...