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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 29, 2008


Hello everyone, it has been fun to start creating some things for Christmas, I am working on things that are celebrating Jesus being born...using alot of Christmas music for backgrounds, I love snowflakes...after all they too come from heaven, bows, tulle, ribbons, buttons, all my favorite things. I am in the process of making some banners for home. I am going to make several and some teeny weany ones too!!!

I got this saying off an old Christmas card that I used: Only God's hand could make the star that hailed His Son's birth! I love that!



November 28, 2008


I found some adorable Christmas paper craft ideas on this blog....really cute.
I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving!
Debbie @ I'm stuffed...how about you?
One more thing...you have just got to go see our friend Linda at Behind the Red Door....she is being featured here http://www.aprimitiveplace.org/Christmasfeaturedhome.html
It is WONDERFUL! Yay Linda! (grammy)

November 26, 2008

This is soooo Corny!

Hello again, just showing a few varieties of the Hopi corn we planted quite awhile ago, the stalks had a freeze and weren't good for eating but we are saving the seed for next year..,.it is a very sweet corn!
It is funny because my farmer hubby is happiest when I am outside with him doing this kind of stuff...he comes inside in a great mood, happy that we accomplished something, food for the table...he can't wait to plant again!

Wow that is alot of corn!
Sweet potatoes...yum

We used this incredible recipe, it is definitely worth trying!

Bruce's® Traditional Holiday Yam & Pecan Casserole
3 cups Bruce's Mashed Yams® or Bruces's Cut Yams® mashed
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick melted butter
Mix above and pour in greased 8 x 13 pan.
1 cup brown sugar1/3 cup self-rising flour1/3 cup melted butter
Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of potatoes. Add 1 cup chopped pecan halves sprinkled on top.
Bake 30 minutes at 350.

My husband added a little cinnamon and a little more brown sugar to this...we spread the topping over the sweet potatoe mixture...we made quite a bit for our church Thanksgiving dinner...

I cannot tell you how delicious this was. It was so good!
I wish you all the most wonderful Thanksgiving! Bless you.

November 25, 2008

A few little things...

Just a few little things I am working on getting ready for company, a lot of relatives....I bought some blank nametags (Martha Stewart) at Michael's and a package of fall diecuts...I glued them on in the corner...I had planned on writing everyone's name with a glue pen and then sprinkling it with glitter...turned out awful...my daughter suggested using a glitter gel pen! Well what do you know...I will get one today.
My hubby and I cooked all weekend for our church Thanksgiving dinner, 3 turkeys, gravy, sweet potatoe casserole, green bean casserole, corn pudding, green jello salad, fruit salad....it turned out amazing!

....we also shucked corn! Most of it had frozen so we couldn't eat it, but hubby wanted to save the corn to dry out and use the seeds next year. The seeds are indian corn and come in a variety of colors, burgundy, dark blue, rust, mix of all the colors, it is really beautiful and I will show more tomorrow.

Two ovens for more than one turkey....we usually cook for big crowds so we had to get another stove....would love a commercial stove...we did get a commercial refrigerator but it has no ice maker...boo hoo.

Did I mention there were alot of pots and pans to be washed? I decided to put my favorite music on and wash them as fast as possible! I also made up my mind not to complain! Easier said than done!

November 22, 2008

Pink Sparkly Saturday

Welcome to Pink Saturday!http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ check out all the pink contributions!

I have been working on a few little Christmas decorations, mostly in dark rosy reds, and some in pink!

There is a tiny little birds nest filled with tiny eggs and just a light dusting of snow...

I added some lace and tiny rhinestones, a button here and there...

Then I worked on one in dark rose, with a little red bird, pinecones, and greenery....I love the white fur around the top of the cone...

It is the most wonderful (Pink) time of the year!!!



"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who believe and fear Him..." Psalm 103:11

November 21, 2008

Joy to the World Christmas planner-5

Before we begin, I had a small and quick giveaway yesterday for the Christmas planner I showed....and the winner is...

Cottage Rose! I will contact you for your address and send this little puppy out right away to you!

Melissa at http://theinspiredroom.net/ is asking everyone to share Christmas traditions and ideas every Friday...
So welcome again...I have a tradition that I make a Christmas planner every year....hopefully you have seen the posts all week with organizing ideas and free printables (from many sites) that will help you have a smooth and peaceable Christmas. The more organized we are from start to finish, the more we will be able to enjoy that Christmas musical and not stress over what we could have forgotten. I REALLY make a point of putting the focus on CHRIST at CHRISTmas and how wonderful His gift to us is....what many people don't see, is me organizing myself so that this can be done.

...I just finished this planner and have added to it, notes from previous years, recipes, free printables found on the internet. Most of the lists and forms in this planner are from http://organizedchristmas.com/
Cynthia has an amazing site that if you so desire can organize every room in your house, every bathroom, pantry, closet, garage...the list goes on and on. If you like to make lists to keep things running smoothly, she has a list for just about everything and suggests that you use them to make a planner for all year round. http://organizedhome.com/ is her other site to be looked at for yearly organization. She has some great ideas, even if you don't like lists. It is amazing to read.
One other important thing I purchased was page protectors. I save special Christmas recipes out of magazines I like, craft projects, free stitchery and quilt patterns.
I printed out two calendars for December, one is just for our church schedule, music practices, special dinners, etc. The other calendar is for soccer, school events, college men(our 2 sons and one sweet daughter in love) coming home! Yippeeee! When relatives arrive...you get the picture.

There is also a very SPECIAL page set apart for what I should get my hubby, ok well it's a couple of lines, next to the rest of the page...what he should think of getting me(big smile)!

This sweet little postcard is again from http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/vintage-children-christmas-cards//

You can get cardstock that already has 3 holes punched in the sides at an office supply...these are great for printing something off of the computer and then putting directly into the notebook.
Menu plan-shopping lists
Gift list
Addresses (I add to this when I get cards with changed addresses, or new friends)
Card list
General shopping list-I usually take this with me or make a new one for the notebook
Christmas Recipes I want to try
I have an entire section on pictures I have printed or saved from magazines that are decorating related, rooms, houses, yards that 'wowed' me,
Blogger address-for sending those sweet friends something for Christmas, a card or a gift.

Some pages never get filled out! You can only do so much!

GIFT TIPS: A gift I have given many times and people LOVE it...A beautiful bag filled with pancake mix, syrup, small jar of jam, small package of coffee and/or teabags. If you really want to be frugal you can make your own pancake mix.... http://www.preparedpantry.com/how-to-make-your-own-pancake-mix.aspx and your own coffee creamer http://http//busycooks.about.com/library/features/blmyombeverages.htm?pid=2757&cob=home. I write a small tag that this is for breakfast after Christmas so they can relax and enjoy their morning.

Other Gift Ideas:
GIFTS IN A JAR: Soups, Cookies, Cakes, etc. http://http//www.allfreecrafts.com/giftinajar/index.shtml
These look great and you can decorate the jar with ribbons and small ornaments, gift card....

15 low cost ideas for gifts http://http//frugal.families.com/blog/15-simple-low-cost-gift-ideas

63 gift ideas for minimal dollars http://www.betterbudgeting.com/articles/money/63giftsunder10dollars.htm

Themed Gift baskets http://http//www.thefrugalshopper.com/articles/frugalgifts.shtml

For some other Christmas ideas, cards and crafts...

"But the Spirit of God produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control..."Galatians 5:22,23

November 20, 2008

Christmas planner-4

This is planner #4...if you will leave a comment I will pick a name late, late, this evening and give this one away! If you will read the post yesterday, I showed how to make little books to embellish and decorate. I printed this saying out on my computer and then framed it with some scrapbooking papers I had, embellished it with little ribbons, flowers, tags...

I used dividers to be filled out accordingly...one for shopping, Christmas card names, menu's, etc. But tomorrow I will show the Christmas organizer I use at home that really keeps me organized from menu planning to free things I have found on the internet, family names with sizes and interests for Christmas shopping. I will also post a couple things that are great gifts, minimal cost but wonderful ideas...and some great sites with lovely ideas for Christmas time!


This gal has a wonderful site, and lots of kids...sons to be exact. You will get a kick at her planner and ideas.

Tip: My hubby and I agreed not to argue over ANYTHING during December, we made a decision to stay peaceful, we don't volunteer for extra things (I already do a Christmas music thing at church with lots of practices and he cooks the Christmas dinner) no matter how enticing! We don't venture into troubled waters, but make an effort to stay peaceful...there is already alot of extra outside challenges and stress with relatives, not enough time or money to do all we want to do and giant expectations!
"Whoever wants to enjoy life and wishes to see good times...must strive for peace with all his heart." I Peter 3:11
She has many ideas for setting your table for Thanksgiving and she even posted on my Blessings book!

November 19, 2008

You will love little "Gracie"

The sweetest little giveaway over at http://ragggedyangel.blogspot.com/
This little doll's name is 'Gracie' and she is being given away....I think California would be a great place to come home to...
There are wonderful things to look at on this blog!

Christmas planner-3

Hello again, are we organized yet? No? Ok...here is another cute little organizer planner made out of several cards glued together, I love glue sticks! Writing things into the planner is supposed to help us remember what we are supposed to remember...Hopefully if we have a organized Christmas planner we will have an organized Christmas....

Be sure to look at all the posts this week as there are tips and ideas every day for organizing Christmas. The most important thing to me is that my kids 'get it' when it comes to Christmas. It is all about Jesus, how He gave the greatest gift...we are to follow that example. I think kids learn to brush their teeth, because we remind them. They learn to make their bed, because we show them how. Kids will also learn to be givers if we remind them what Christmas is about. I carry $1.00 bills at the Holidays so that if there is someone in front of the store collecting, I am ready to give...our kids learn to either be givers or takers....on a funny note...I tell my husband how important it is for him to give me something in front of the kids so they will learn by his example...remember him~Mr. Farmer. So he says "How would you like a tractor yard sculpture? Or a roto-tiller topiary? Or a climbing tomatoe plant?" So I buy what I want, and have him hand it to me and then I rave that it is "exactly what I wanted"...and that he shouldn't have SPENT SO MUCH!This booklet is a basic pattern that I use for my 'BLESSING BOOK', small recipe book-for family members, Christmas planner, etc....

I cut a round circle punch in half and used it for my tabs, glued on...

I love to ink the edges...it adds a lot I think and takes just a second...
Then I add as many buttons, ribbons, flowers, etc. as possible...there are many vintage photos to choose from and the ones I have posted here are free.
I saved and printed some beautiful vintage postcards from here http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/vintage-children-christmas-cards/ you will love their selection of Santa's, angels, children, Thanksgiving postcards and many more. The pictures can be printed on photo paper, framed for Holiday prints, smaller versions for projects, Mod Podging...and other projects. These are fun to use also for making your own Christmas cards, artwork, banners, etc.
http://collectdolls.about.com/library/blclip7a.htm has adorable vintage clipart and Christmas postcards. I select the one I want, save them by right clicking on the photo, then I come back and print them with 'best dpi' on printing preferences...printing them on cream or tan cardstock gives it an old timey feel!


This is an adorable planner from last year.... this is worth looking at...there are alot of pictures!

Also Rachel Anne at http://homesanctuary.typepad.com/rachelanne/2008/11/where-do-i-start.html has an incredible post I thought, on managing peace during the Holidays, and gives you 5 minute ideas to corral clutter, etc. Wonderful article and blog...worth looking at.

Tip: I have done this a couple of times! I bought tissue paper, bags, gift tags, etc. After I came back from shopping with my mom (who bless her heart mixed up boy and girl presents one year, dress to the nephew, truck to the niece, etc.) When we got to her house, I stood there, put each gift in a bag, topped it with tissue paper, had her write out the tag...with me telling her who it went to, then took the gifts inside and put them under the tree. It was ALOT of work, but it was done! No confusion...saved her from doing it, and there was no wrapping mess in the house!

PS Remember at the end of the week I am going to show you a full size planner that holds just about everything, and will be fun to look at each year, building on it as you go.
Philippians 4:19 "my God shall supply all your needs."