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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.

January 30, 2009


Hello! Welcome to another Pink Saturday, Beverly is our wonderful hostess! Here is a little vintage Valentine framed in pink ric rac...next to the Saweeeeetest little miniature "Pink" chest of drawers. I love miniature furniture...it moves me!

This is the center of a quilt I machine quilted with the lightest pink fabric. Love pinks and greens together with a touch of red!

Here is another quilt I made years ago with reds and pinks...

This is one of my favorite quilts! My dear red headed friend gave me this, it is from her family, and you would not believe the hand quilting on it...oh my!

This is a log cabin quilt I haven't quite finished, it is close but not quite! Any unfinished projects out there? Can anyone relate?

This is a piece of a quilt that is very old...but I love quilt blocks even if they aren't complete. My grandmother and great grandmother quilted, and I am fortunate to have received many of these wonderful pieces of the past.
Thanks for your visit!
"One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord...to behold the beauty of the Lord..." Psalm 27:4

January 29, 2009

More Vintage Tablecloth decor

Good morning! I wanted to show you a couple more things I made from a vintage tablecloth. Yesterday I showed a mini pillow I had made, today I have two pillowcases. My hubby hasn't grumbled about the red yet so I am leaving it. He doesn't care for red and thinks it is way too bright for a bedroom. I told my farmer just to think of tomatoes or Rhode Island Red Chickens...you have to talk in farm lingo to a farmer. Also....see the little red heart pillow, it used to be a boiled wool jacket...you know the kind you dry clean? Well Mr. Farmer loves to do laundry after I go to bed, all of it....wadded, clean, wrinkled and dry on the counter for me to fold in the morning. Well here was my 'now' tiny wool jacket....wadded, clean, wrinkled...so I decided to make something out of it!

Hahaha...you gotta love a man who does laundry!

January 28, 2009

Wednesday-Working like a crazy woman!

Hi again. I joined in on Leslie's What are you working on Wednesday....I have been in a vintage mood. I took a vintage tablecloth that I bought from Etsy and cut it up and made some pillows from it.
So Saweeeeet! I think I need to get some more and make some more. I'm in a pillow makin' frame of mind. I see naps in my future too!
I also have worked on a table runner for my table. I seem to have a lot of red, green and yellow goin' on!

Here it is on my table finished. I posted my tablesetting yesterday, you can scroll down and see it all. Tomorrow I will show some more vintage pillows I made!
See you all soon!

January 26, 2009

Tablescape Tuesday-woohoo

It's another Tablescape Tuesday---somewhere someone is eating! It is dinnertime somewhere! I'd like some real food today. When you visit all these bloggers and see their wonderful tablesettings...I'm thinking "but what about the food?" It's like visiting your neighbor at suppertime, but you never get to sit down and eat!!!!
Our farmhouse has seen alot of company, alot of meals fixed and alot of dishes washed! The darker green glass dishes are so old (keep in mind I've been married 28 years...cough cough...madly in love....in love and mad....cough cough)

anyhoo...the green dishes are so old I don't remember where I bought them! This is a darlin' little Mary Englebreit teapot....on top of a table runner I made that has little cherries on it as well.
This rooster has followed me everywhere, along with these eggs. I have real ones in the fridge...we live on a Chicken ranch...Rhode Island Red chickens that lay brown eggs. Did you know that you wash the eggs before refrigerating them...at least I do because the eggs are usually dirty...we let them cool to room temp. and then refrigerate them. If you buy eggs from the store and they float in water...throw them out! They are old and filled with air...so they float, not good. We sell our eggs and I keep all the cracked ones. I usually bake with our older eggs and use the fresh ones for breakfast.
This guy would run scared in the real chicken pen...he looks tough though.
This wonderful egg plate was passed down to us by another grandma...if she would have only known her granddaughter by marriage loves chickens too. It makes me want to pass down things that are of value...hopefully....it will be of value to our kids one day. I told my daughter 'don't ever sell our quilts' we have some from her great grandmother that are amazing. They are worth gold to me.
These sweet little vintage chickens and egg basket make my heart swoon. I have a thing for miniatures!

This is a vintage black iron napkin holder.

Thank you so much for your visit! Make sure you visit Susan @ http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ and see all the glorious tablescapes!

January 25, 2009

Outdoor love and babies!

Hello everyone! We had babies and I am so proud! We have Tunis sheep (brought over on a ship by Thomas Jefferson). They look a little unusual with brownish red faces instead of black or white faces like typical sheep. They are very hardy sheep.

The first lamb is a Tunis surprise-not your typical brown looking lamb.
These two are the typical Tunis sheep and they are cute....they love to boing boing around the pen. They really do bounce around and it is adorable. If they get separated from their mother she starts baaahing and they find their way to her and she finds her way to them, regardless of other little lambs in her way. If that does not work she starts sniffing them all over till she finds the one that is hers!
I am longing for sunshine and warmth! When it rains the wool covered in lanolin repels the water. It has been overcast and rainy which I am not complaining. I watch the weather channel and have noticed many of my blogging friends are in snow and freezing weather! Snowballs anyone?
Our chicken pen has water running through it like a river, the chickens avoid the water and just drink from it when needed. They have plenty of shavings in their pen to keep them warm!

My mums have survived but all my geraniums have frozen and look awful!

Any type of weather, you all are welcome! Thanks for the visit!

January 21, 2009

Cackling chickens!

joke of the day:
Did you know that a cod fish can lay thousands of eggs in one day-never say a word! But a chicken lays one egg-and cackles all day about it! My parents taught me that it is better to be a cod fish!

The little white chicken is a vintage ceramic chicken from my husbands great grandmother. I have some wonderful chicken items passed down from generations before me....and it has
gotten me thinking, what I will pass down to my family members...
Hopefully they will enjoy the chicken collection started by my hubby's great grandmother that has been carried on by us...including real chickens!
Let the cackling begin!

PS...I had a wonderful time this weekend with a fellow blogger, we discussed favorite posts, ideas, great women we have gotten to meet online!!!
What an amazing friend you are to me MaryBeth!!!

January 20, 2009

Cleaning, decorating, cleaning, organizing, cleaning...

Hello! I have long ago put the Christmas stuff away, but wanted to show this picture to show my after picture!
I usually have a million framed pictures of family on our grand piano, along with the wedding wall to the right that has black and white framed wedding photos. I love pictures of grandparents in their wedding attire. Very sweet.

Next is the computer area and file cabinet...we now have two computers since we have some extra family living with us. I am trying so very hard to be organized, it is a process everyday to put things where they go...

I would love to go out and buy a big computer hutch/desk, but until then, this has to work.

Next I had to show you what I found at the thrift store with the price tags still hanging from them! Yipppeeeee.....stitcheries for winter. I love how sweet they are.

I wasn't sure what these two are up to but it does look sweet.

Once this area is done (there are papers on the floor that you can't see waiting to be filed) then it is on to all the drawers in the house.....bleeeaaahhhhyuk.....
Anyone organized a jewelry drawer recently? A jewelry chest is too small! I have a large drawer I am getting ready to organize with little boxes for all the earrings etc. How do you organize your jewelry? I would love to know!