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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 7, 2009

Before and Afters-

Oh how I loved 2008! Because of blogging...I literally got so many things done because I wanted to take a picture to post! It was like being driven! Driven to accomplish more, get things done, paint like I've never painted before! I bet you can relate!
Rhoda over at http://southernhospitality-rhoda.blogspot.com/ had a great idea. She posted several before and after projects from 2008! What a great idea Rhoda. She has an amazing site with gorgeeeeeeeeeeeeeous pictures! Wowee Kazowee, I love her blog! Her before and afters make your mouth drop open....seriously!
One major thing I accomplished was redoing a craft/guest/sewing room. OOOOppps I took the bed out...shhhhh don't tell hubby. I kept moving the bed, moving it and then ooops it finally was completely out of the room. (Buuuaahhhaaaaaa) I'm not sure if he has noticed!

Things went from cluttered to ordered, scrapbook papers are separated by color, it was just easier that way!

Then how many gals made a chalkboard? I love it, I use mine all the time...I'm thinking about making one and putting it next to hubby's side of the bed, with a list of things to do...you know how they are groggy when they first wake up and don't know what to do with themselves?


I used a broken off rake head to hold the chalk and eraser!
Next hubby slams on the brakes of the car says "get out!" He saw this little puppy on the side of the road and suggested I paint it white. He informed me he knew exactly what shabby chic was and knew immediately I would want this! And yes I did! Happy dance!
The nester suggested using scrap paper on the back of bookcases so I used her idea for this little baby!





Next was an old shelf I painted white and put in my dining room.

Here it is decorated for everyday...

Here it is decorated for fall!

There were a few other before and afters but it might take too long!

thanks for the visit!
Debbie

31 comments:

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What great projects! I agree, blogging motivates me too. My house has never looked so good :-)!
Your craft room is wonderful - I'm getting ready to do my little craft area and yours was full of good ideas!

Manuela

julie & joe said...

I love the shelf you put in your craft room! What a great find.

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Looks great! I invite you to drop by my place and see my before and after's.

Unknown said...

WOW, I love how the white paint makes that desk piece pop and looks so refreshed!

Heather

Decor To Adore said...

Everything looks fantastic!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Great transformations. Love that piece you got from the side of the road. laurie

Darlene said...

I have LOVED all of your projects! I always look forward to seeing what you are doing!

Mrs. Gray's Class said...

You got a lot done - such creativity!

Lamp Tramp said...

What great projects. I really admire the wonderful organization of your craft room. That's truly a difficult thing to do!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Great projects! I'm gonna have to make a chalkboard! I love the trim around yours!

One Shabby Old House said...

You have done so many beautiful and creative and down right awesome projects over 2008 it has just been amazing watching them.
Becky

Linda Q said...

Wow some great projects and they all are so cute!
Love the organization! I am still dreaming for my craft room to happen so I can be that organized.
Linda

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love to see when other people get organized...wish the bug would bite me!!!

Wonderful craft room too!
Rondell

Beth at Aunties said...

Blogging has also inspired me to create things I normally wouldn't ahve done this year.

Your craft room make over is amazing!!!! Do you hire out? It looks like a wonderful & magical place for creative juices to flow;)

hIWTHI said...

Great projects!

Raggedy Angel said...

I know blogging does help motivate...I need to say I am gonna post some pictures without Christmas! I am gonna finish putting all back in the box today!All your projects were wonderful! Beth

Heather said...

I love how your husband knows you so well, and the piece is beautiful painted white!

Ramona said...

Hey there Debbie ~
Happy New Year! Your projects look wonderful...I love all of the baskets with the lace trimmed liners...too cute. And, I have said it before and I will say it again...I want to marry chalkboard paint!

Looking forward to a great year in blog~land with you!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Leslie said...

Hi, Debbie :)

Yes, blogging tends to give you that excuse to accomplish something so you have something to share! :) I never would have thought that when I started!

I remember all of your before and afters. Great job!

Leslie

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Well pooh! I did this whole long fabulous comment and blogger said "there was a problem". So this time I will just say love it all but especially the rake idea!! xo Lynn

Marie said...

Wow. You had some great projects last year! I love the shelf your husband found. Score!

Oh. I think I'm the only person left in blogland yet to make a chalkboard. I LIKE them, I just have nowhere to PUT it. :o/

Cheri said...

Debbie,

You did some really creative things in 2008 and I LOVE how you used the broken rake to hold the chalk and eraser, good idea!

Can't wait to see all that you come up with in 2009.

Cheri

Mandy said...

Hi, I ran across your blog and I loved browsing through it! You've tackled some great projects this year.

Mandy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thanks, Debbie! You're so sweet & I'm happy you came by the party. Love your new craft room, great job on that. And how about that broken rake for the chalk...brilliant! It's been fun blogging with you this last year & I look forward to a fun 2009.

Unknown said...

I know what you mean about blogging. I still consider myself a relatively newbie, but it's inspiring see all the projects people do. It also prompts me to "get on the stick" and get my stuff done and then blog about it. Your husband is TOO CUTE for finding you treasures and THEN telling you how it should be "shabby chic-ed up"....TOO FUNNY! He's a keeper. Happy New Year from Houston!

Susan

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

Wow, Debbie! What a fun post filled with fabulous eye candy!

I hope your post holiday blues are fading...

Mimi Sue said...

You were so lucky to find that piece by the side of the road. It turned out so cute. You've been a busy girl this year. Mimi

Simple Home said...

Your projects are very inspiring, and everything looks so great. You've got a great eye, and your making me think about getting more organized too.
Blessings,
Marcia

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Great remake. I am in the middle of getting my studio beautified too. A girl needs a space to be creative.

Neabear said...

Wonderful befores and afters! You had some wonderful projects there.

English Cottage in Georgia said...

I love your shelves and the way you decorated them after you put them up.
I am outing myself as a longtime lurker on your blog. I started a blog just so I could comment on another blog to make a purchase.
Very funny about moving the bed without hubby noticing :-)
Lucy