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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.

July 30, 2009

Easy Vintage Chair Covers/Kitchen redoing....

Hooked on a Farmhouse Vintage Kitchen! Visit Julia @http://hookedonhouses.net/ for all the hooked on fun.
Trying to work on how my old farmhouse kitchen looks and it needs a redo! You have to look at what you have and make it beautiful....do you ever look at your hips and think you need a redo? Hahahaha
Aaaah, here is a picture of my naked dining room. Nothing on the table or chairs...it just feels....NAKED. Most of you know...we live in an old farm house where the dining room is in the kitchen...so you are all together, cooking, eating, visiting, etc....

We've been married (cough, cough) 29 years (so together its really 58, another cough) and the chairs are really starting to look SHABBY FARM CHIC! So I decided to do a basic slipcover....I got the idea from a pillowcase! I measured my chairs across --(the width) and down (the length)--- from the knobs to where you sit (it is the shape of a pillowcase). I added an inch to each side for the seam allowance. Next....

I cut the fabric and folded it so it looked like an "unsewn" pillowcase. Then I sewed it, hemmed it and in some cases added a bit of lace. I used white fabric, some old vintage tablecloths I had, and some beige linen. I tried all of it because I wanted to know what I liked best. And I liked the white duck (which is tough 100% cotton) that can be washed a great deal. The white batiste, which is see through, soft, airy fabric I also liked because it softened the chairs up, and also is good for washing.
Here are my rooster, red checked curtains (made out of tablecloths from Walmart)-remember I live in a farmhouse...

Below are the chair covers I have made so far!

And the curtains, which lighten things up considerably!

The corner of my kitchen by the pantry on the right.

Here below is my shabby chic table setting from yesterday's Thursday Tablescape. Take a look at my post yesterday for more.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! I'm so glad you came by.
"You prepare a table before me, only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life..." Psalm 23:5,6

July 29, 2009

Tablescape Thursday!

Welcome to another Tablescape fun filled post! Since it is summer and we are trying to lighten things up, I decided to go a little with the Shabby summer style.
I covered all my chairs with lighter fabric slipcovers...I will show you how I made them tomorrow...and it was easy.

A sweet little flickering candle in pink...

Old silver has a place near the sugar and creamer....

and I will never tire of making roses out of napkins...thank you Martha Stewart for this idea.

Be sure to notice the curtains have changed too! I replaced rooster curtains in my dining room for lighter and airier...I will use the darker curtains in the fall.

I brought in an outdoor candle holder from my patio and placed a small pink candle inside, next to the candle holder are glasses filled with ivy cuttings that I put inside a Shabby chic style planter from outdoors too.

I'm so glad you came by, can't wait to see the rest of the Tablescapes @http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/.....so many ideas.....when is dinner?
"those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

July 24, 2009

Pink Flag Saturday!

It's another Pink Saturday! Woohoo, be sure to check over at Beverly's blog http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ for all the Pink fun! This week I decided to show a tutorial on making a cute little pink flag! Of course it could be made with any colors for a beach theme, prim theme or even a nursery.

First I tore strips of material (pink and white for my flag) in two inch wide strips. The length is 45 inches. This is quicker than cutting but you can cut the strips too if you like. Next I took my strips and sewed a pink strip to a white strip, pressed it open...

Place one strip (right sides together) on top of an alternating color strip.

Then I added one more pink strip, so that I had a piece of fabric that was pink, white, pink.

After pressing this piece, I measured over 10 inches and then cut this for the first piece of the flag. Next I cut a piece of pink fabric that was 6 inches by 6 inches.

You sew these two pieces together for your next flag piece.
Next I sewed one more white strip to the other three strips I had already sewed together.

Cut this piece to fit the length of your flag piece you have already sewn together.

It should look like this after it has been sewn together. Press it well.
Next I added a thin piece of batting (I used thin batting so the flag would not be puffy) and a piece of pink fabric for the backing. So you have the flag piece face down on the backing fabric (which should be right side up) and then your backing. Sew around like you would sew around a pillow, leaving a 4-5 inch section open. Turn right sides out, making sure your corners look square. I use a safety pin sometimes to work the corners out. Then I pressed the whole thing again.

Once it is pressed pin the open section closed and sew it together.

Next I raided my button collection and sewed buttons on to form a heart for the flag square.

Hey thanks so much for coming by! If you decide to make a flag, please comment and I will show a picture on my blog next week. I am planning on making a beach one with tans, creams, and whites for an outdoor flag for my deck! I'll be sure to post pictures!
"My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory." Philippians 4:19

Decoupaged picture mat and more

Unfortunately, I have finished most of my patriotic cross stitching projects that have (I'm embarassed to confess!) been ongoing for some time(months, ok some for years)after July 4th. I was determined to finish them since they had been started...but I did dream of them being tossed about the house, in a cute manner of course BEFORE the big patriotic weekend. Alas....life gets in the way and I finished them AFTER the big event.

I took some prim star fabric and decoupaged it to the mat....framing the print. Nothing else seemed to fit!
I covered the mat with decoupage...stretched the fabric slightly over it, smoothed out any wrinkles and let it dry outside on the deck in the 104 degree temperature. I love how it turned out. It really was simple.
"Lord, give me life, according to Your faithful love." Psalm 119:159

July 23, 2009

Hey Ya'll! I finally found a great buy to share....I keep reading all these blogs that have these amazing posts about "Great Tag Sales" or "Thrifty Treasures" or "Amazing Goodwill finds"....I don't know about you...but I read these blogs and just have a "FIT." BIG SMILE!
I was at Marshall's for no good reason...just looking around and found this amazing plate. I love the cabbage pattern and can't remember the name, now that I think of it!

LOOK! OH MY GOSH! I was thrilled. Only 3.00 buckaroos! It has a chip on it, on the back...who cares? I don't....and I am thrilled!

Hubby wanted to know why I wanted a plate that looked like a cabbage leaf.....Hello! It's cute! I informed him some women had entire dish collections based on this cabbage design. Mr. Farmer of course rolled his eyes at me. Oh my.
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with a shout of joy." Job 8:21

July 22, 2009

Patio Putzing!

Just putzing around my patio. After being in Hawaii for a week looking at the exotic landscaping, gorgeous flowers and beautiful plants every where, I felt the need to come home and straighten up my patio a bit....

July 19, 2009

I've been so blessed!

We have been so blessed this week....we are at the beach....the Pacific ocean....the Hawaiin side!  I don't do bathing suits much anymore...big hahahaha....but I do love
 to lay out in the sun
 listen to the ocean waves hit the sand, 
listen to little kids giggling while trying to build sand castles
sip on ice tea
watch people in bikinis....that shouldn't be in one!  Hahahaha
eat papaya,
watch people in speedo's....that shouldn't be in one!
visit with people from all over
and just laugh!
Hope your week is blessed!
Hubby commented that there was more fabric in his napkin than  a couple of the bikinis we saw....he's on a short leash....oh yes he is! Big smile

July 18, 2009

Bee Cross Stitch

If you type in Google...free cross stitch patterns and then a comma and whatever design you want....you will get loads of free patterns on the internet. Here is one. I typed in free cross stitch patterns, bee. Then I clicked on Google images. I've typed in free prim quilt patterns, or free stitchery patterns. You won't believe the treasure trove of free patterns from totes, to aprons, purses, cross stitch, embroidery, quilts....

I found this cute pattern and several other free ones @ http://www.xstitchhappy.com/
Have fun googling!

July 16, 2009

Easiest pillow to make

Sewing has been happening front and center at my house! This was so easy I had to share it! Think pillow case...with buttons closing it.
I picked out my fabric, I wanted it durable for outside so I used blue ticking...which was the fabric they used to make all sleeping pillows out of. I cut mine in the shape of a long rectangle...sorry I didn't measure I just cut. Then I folded the fabric in half...so it was the shape of a pillow case.

Put right sides together. But this was the easy part...I promise this pillow took maybe 15-20 minutes to make. The right sides are together and then you fold back about an inch and a half at the top on both sides...this you will sew on the sides, but you will leave it open for stuffing.
Pin, and then sew around 3 sides, just like a pillow case. Turn inside out and stuff. Then I held the open end closed after stuffing, sewed the opening shut on my sewing machine, and added three little red buttons.

I started thinking I could make several! How about a really long one for a cushion on a lounge chair outside. Instead of stuffing it, I could just use a really long King size pillow. My mind is a whirl! Of thoughts that is! hahaha.