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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.

June 30, 2009

Patriotic Cookies!

Hey everyone!
Is bigger better? These are two eggs from our chicken pen. The bigger egg is from an older hen and of course the smaller is from a hen who just started laying. We are getting ready for Patriotic festivities this weekend. We are making things for a big church barbecue on Sunday! I decided to make some sugar cookies.

I rolled the cookies into little balls, baked them on the cookie sheet and then when they came out I put these Hershey candy cane kisses on them! Yes they are from Christmas but they tasted fine to me! Yes I had a couple with a cup of java.....happy dance in the kitchen!

Thanks for your visit! Later this week I'll show an incredible strawberry dessert I am making...yumarrooooo!
Psalm63:3 "My lips will glorify you because your faithful love is better than life."

June 27, 2009

Giveaway Winner and a big Scream!

SCREAM! It's the land of the giants! Oh, oh, it is just my hubby's hand...I thought...well anyhoo...it doesn't matter what I thought! I asked him to help me pick a winner...basically me taking the picture while picking a winner....ladies we had to do this 5 times to get it right.
Ok....no more waiting...printersdevil...is the winner of the patriotic giveaway! Congrats. I will contact you and send you your stuff....if you give me your address...that always helps!
Next I want to show you my honeysuckle on the side of our house. Through that window is my little craft room oasis.

This old red bench, bless it's heart I've had since we got married. It is from Claremore, OK....home of Will Rogers!

I have been working on a few flag items. This was made from wool and I can't believe how easy it was to make!

I went outside and found a piece of wood and painted America on it. I wanted a sign! Doggone it sometimes you have to make what you want!

I love this time of year...summer.
My favorites are
cold ice tea,
homemade ice cream,
stepping on endless spiders that have made their way into my house!
laying out in the sun,
watching the kids play in the pool,
going to endless soccer practices ( 4-5 weeks and that will be over...little missy goes to college)
and just being with our family.
I LOVE having family over for barbecue, laughing, telling funny stories...that we've heard a million times...laughing all over again....eating....people asking silly questions...and smelling the last little bit of leftover meat burn on the barbecue!!!! Hahaha...I love it!
What are you lovin'?
PS. Be sure to give a shout out and a hug to Linda over at http://behindmyreddoor.blogspot.com/. She is now Grammy Linda and has a new grand baby!!!!
We are happy for you Linda! Yipeeee

June 24, 2009

Watermelon Decor & Giveaway cont.

Hey Everyone!

Be sure to see my Watermelon tablescape if you missed it that I posted the other day here @ http://ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com/2009/06/tablescaping-today.html Here is just a glimpse of it...
As I looked around the other day and noticed I had a few watermelon things here and there. I love watermelon, and I love the yellow meated watermelon in Texas...Have you ever tried that? It is soooo sweet and delicious. It tastes just like red melons, but it is yellow. Like brown and white eggs....they are the same....but I do prefer brown eggs.

These are made out of Osnaburg fabric, which is similar to muslin, it is tan but a little nubbier. You cut the shapes from the pattern, stuff them with stuffing. Then you paint the rind part green with a paintbrush, and the white part you leave alone. After it dries, paint the meat part of the watermelon red or dark pink. Let dry. If you want a prim look, then tea dye next. Very last, I dipped a small paintbrush in black paint and add the seeds. Let dry. You could spray with varnish, or leave alone.
I love them and plan to make more!
Here are the patterns. I looked for the link I had for the free pattern and of course if was nowhere to be found. So I did the next best thing I traced around the watermelon wedges I had and made the pattern here. Hold your mouse over the pattern, click on it and it will open in a new window, then right click and a new window will open, click on save! Then you will have it in your file...like I should have but don't! Big smile!

I cut just outside the lines, sewed around it leaving the little area open for stuffing. Then I hand stitched it closed. NOW IF YOU DON'T SEW, THERE IS THIS MARVELOUS STUFF CALLED FABRIC GLUE! You just use it like regular glue...it draws a small line through the tip of the glue bottle and you can run it along the seams and wait for it to dry. You might want to just try it and see if it works for you...it might!

One last thing...when I painted the watermelons I added a few drops of water to the paint...this made the paint a little more runny and it seemed to be easier to spread. Then I put my painted watermelons on a cookie sheet and baked them in the oven at 200 degrees for an hour. Or you could set them outside in the hot sun so they can dry!

The real thing! This went real quick at our house....what a drippy delicious mess!

I found this watermelon basket at a consignment store.

Made the pillow from a replica feed sack I got at a quilt show in the early 80's.
Crochet watermelon wreath @ http://www.crochetwithattitude.com/
Crochet with attitude is a great site for patterns.

for dolly dress pattern go to http://www.blog.ecrochetpatterns.com/ http://www.pioneerprimitives.com/ for rug hooking pattern.


To order this cute little pattern go to http://www.littlehouseneedleworks.com/

Thank you for the fun visit!

Leave a comment to be added in the Patriotic giveaway!



June 19, 2009

Give Away Vintage Farmhouse Style & Pink Saturday

Welcome to our little farmhouse on this wonderful Pink Saturday! Be sure to visit our wonderful hostess Beverly @ http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ for over 100 participants today! Wow! And then check below for the giveaway! First off is our wheelbarrow on the porch that is filled with greenery that hasn't bloomed yet and a few flowers!

Some thrift store finds below for the patio area.

My favorite spray painted planter...pink of course!
This happens to be for any of my college age kids who come home to eat California Ripened Watermelons...that are wonderful this time of year...I made this sign because I seemed to have watermelon plants popping up around our deck in the past....no one seems to know who it could have been!

I love vintage tablecloths but rarely use them, so I decided to start making some pillows out of them. Love the vintage cottagey feel of the roses on the white worn wicker. Below is our new little Coco Chanel....she wants to tell you about the giveaway below!

Here is a laundry line with Patriotic dresses to be hung on your porch....

or in the laundry room on a hutch.....

a little farmhouse pillow I made.....
a few of my favorite things....love that rick rack!
and some of my button collection, I have collected buttons for years! These are in our favorite colors, Red, White and Blue!

Leave a comment and I will add your name to the giveaway!

Thanks for your visit! I will pick a winner by next weekend. After all you have to have this by the 4th of July don't you?

Big smile!

June 18, 2009

I absolutely went bonkers! Hubby...Farmer Hubby asked what all the commotion was about! I told him I actually won something...a giveaway...he said "A what?" I told him they are all the rage on bloggville, and that he should look at the farm blogs, they probably give away cows, or sheep, or farm tools...something of that sort. Again he only looked amused!
One of my all time favorite blogs is http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/
She is witty, creative, writes great little stories and she had a giveaway that I was blessed to win! YIPPPPEEEEE. So of course with camera in hand! I took pictures of the box!Here are just a few of the goodies...I could hardly look at the rest of the stuff because I kept thinking I just saw these pictures on her blog and now here they are in my house!
So how cute is that little corsage thingamabob? I loved it. I rearranged things a few times till I got it where I liked it! I hung my favorite Cottage banner that she made on my hoosier. Hey I'm Ribbonwood Cottage...I needed this Cottage banner!

Then she sent this sweet little cherry tag....

Yep Mr. Rooster is lovin' it too.

On my shelf I put the little blue tin above my old blue hand mixer thing...

Another sweet tag with my favorite color bow on it!
My corgsage!

But one of my favorite things is this little framed (she loves framing things) family sign. Which I adore the best!

Thank you so much Miss Cherry! Be sure to visit her blog @ http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/ You will get a big kick out of her blog and great sense of humor!



"Give and it shall be given."