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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.

May 31, 2009

More Outdoor Decor-Grad celebration

Hello everyone, we had an amazing weekend this weekend with our family. It was graduation day for poopsie....our daughter! Family came from far and wide, bearing gifts, balloons, flowers....she is with my wonderful son and his wife! Someone said something about the empty nest syndrome (thanks Michele), someone else mentioned cutting the apron strings...(my pastor's wife) I can't possibly think about cutting anything...I can't find my scissors! Ok and I may have hidden all the aprons!
Outdoors on the deck I set the table....I had so much red white and blue stuff left and I kept using it!

Blue napkins...they are coming out my ears I have so many...

This bucket is spray painted red, with red geraniums...that of course couldn't be bothered with blooming for my picture!
Plastic dishes set the casual mood, and who can go wrong with red and white checked tablecloths! My favorite of course.
I'm heading to bed...for a long rest....pooped, and a little emotional that the childhood of my youngest seems to be drawing to a close. Boohooohoo...
Perhaps a little chocolate is in order!

May 28, 2009

Vintage Goodies

I found these sweet little kitchen embroidered towels in my own closet...while I was organizing and cleaning my linen closet. My sweet sister in love gave me these years ago. Her grandmother had made them and she passed them along to me!

The turquoise hand mixer I found in our old camping supplies!
The old becomes new again.

May 26, 2009

Knock your socks off Good...

Hello everyone! You are going to love this soooo easy and wonderful dessert. First I made the Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe....

I love making the dough, tasting the dough, ok and then using the dough for the actual cookies!
I then sprayed my muffin papers with Pam or cooking spray...

Use a big spoonful of cookie dough! Plop in the muffin paper.
I baked them at 350 for about 15 minutes, take them out of the oven and then add....

chocolate peanut butter cups...place these in the center of the cookie and watch them melt.

Oh My my, pop this chocolate goodness into your mouth and it will set you free! Make a pot of coffee, take a bite and while the chocolate goodness is melting into your mouth take a drink of coffee and enjoy!



"Praise the Lord, my soul! Praise His holy name and ALL that is within me!" Psalm 103:1

May 23, 2009

Americana Decor~Patriotic

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! We have college kids this weekend...my son brought home...oh about 13! So we are cooking, cooking, and then some more cooking!

Our guest bathroom is decorated in Americana. On the wall is a cross stitch picture that I did years ago with the flag on it.

My favorite patriotic Star!

All my Americana quilts with a flag on top!

Have an incredible weekend!

May 21, 2009

Peak at my kitchen...

Welcome everyone and thanks for your visit! My hubby and my philosophy in life is 'GIVE THEM FOOD AND THEY WILL TALK.' Teenagers will always talk when you give them a plate of cookies or snacks and something cold to drink! They love to talk...with a mouthful of food...right?
I wanted to show you the most used room in our house. In keeping with A BEAUTIFUL LIFE....http://theinspiredroom.net/ Melissa...has inspired us to share the beauty in our everyday lives......this room has brought a great deal of friends, family members and acquaintences together, and beautiful moments. My husband and I have found that people relax and visit more when they have a cookie or an appetizer in their hand! Think about it! At a party or gathering people always start visiting, laughing or telling stories when they have a soda in their hand, or some type of food. With that in mind....we invite people over to have a meal or snack and then visit. What usually happens is people let their guard down, open up and share their hearts instead of superficial talk.

I'm almost embarassed to post this picture...we have TWO china hutches. One holds all the china sets and pieces that my hubby's grandmother handpainted for us. It is like a treasure chest just getting into...the other one holds our other china collections that she had bought from stores, etc. These were passed down to us because my hubby was the oldest grandchild. But all the grandchildren have a set of handpainted china in the color of their choice from her. At least 8 settings. My mother-in-loves' china was just like mine but was destroyed in an earthquake 10 years ago. Broken to smitherings...and this was before people started using broken china to make mosaics out of. Terribly sad. Back to the point....all these dishes often have food on them, to serve people...for happy moments!

The curtains have little roosters embroidered on them, they are tablecloths that I hemmed and made into curtains.

I wanted rose wallpaper, that had a vintage look to it, since I have so much rose painted china I thought it would tie the colors together. The white buffet holds about 85 glass luncheon plates for church showers, birthday parties, etc.

Do you notice a chicken theme? What I'm not showing you is our chicken pen with hundreds of chickens....Oh the eggs I have washed in my lifetime....I don't even complain about dishes...they are nothing compared to eggs everyday! hahha...
Yesterday I posted our Patriotic set up on our deck and patio, be sure to see it for a little Americana! http://ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com/2009/05/patriotic-outdoor-tablesetting.html
Thanks for your visit!



May 20, 2009

Patriotic Outdoor tablesetting

Welcome to another Tablescape put on by our wonderful hostess Susan at
I set up a little table outdoors with a patriotic feel...my hubby and I had made punch this weekend and I used that for the drink. It had strawberry and guava nectar in it, orange juice and a little fruit punch. I put them in glass canning jars. Yummmmy!

The plates are blue speckled metal actually from our camping supplies! The napkins on the plates are red and white checked...then the placemats are actually tea towels I bought to embroidery on at a later date. I love them!

I made a tomato red wall hanging with white stars on it a long time ago and draped this over the red wooden chair. I love red check so much I think I will make some more pillows for my porch using this gingham checked fabric. I need
more hours in a day! How about you?

"Let them praise the Name of the Lord, because His name is high above all others." Psalm 148:13

May 19, 2009

The Red, White, and Blue****

Hello everyone! Right now I'm hooked on porch decor, decorating outside and having lots of visitors over to visit, swim, barbecue and enjoy. Julia @http://hookedonhouses.net/ has started this party! Be sure to check out all the fun!
Don't you love red? Don't you love red, white and blue? I do! This is from the front porch of our farmhouse. We live on 3 acres in a very, very rural part of So. California. My hubby and I enjoy sitting on our front porch and looking out at our animals grazing...I of course bring my cross stitching with me because you can only watch animals graze for so long...with their heads down...chewing grass. Hubby loves it....I (yawn) would rather be doing something else!
This is an old chest of drawers from his grandfather. He was horrified when I spray painted it red! Mr. Farmer (hubby) informed me he didn't like red, I told him to think "Tomatoes"...then he kind of simmered down. I have to talk farm terms to him when it comes to decorating!

This old white strainer is from my side of the grandparents...

Love this quilt. We got it when we were first married, and we visited Lancaster, Pa. with my parents on a vacation. I wanted to swoon when I saw all the quilts at the Amish homes for sale. OK I still swoon when I see beautiful quilts. They get to me...so does Mr. Farmer hubby but that's another topic!

This pillow is from the 1960's, it is a little weathered but I love to bring it outside during the hotter months!
One of my favorites to read outside with a glass of ice tea.

It was 100 degrees here today and humid. Oh my!
So glad you came by for a visit!