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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.

November 29, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday



Welcome to Vintage Christmas Monday (Decorations) @ http://thepottingshed-anythinggoeshere.blogspot.com/

Be sure to join the party if you would like to play along!Joan has a great blog to visit with wonderful Vintage eye candy and other beautiful and interesting things...please visit her!

Here is the beginning of some of my little collection of vintage items. I visit a wonderful little Hospital thrift store that seems to over flow with vintage items during every season. I love little Santa's and reindeers...and off course everything else too!


Sweet little ones make my heart pitter patter. I love miniatures, especially at Christmas time! I would absolutely love to put together a miniature doll house all decorated for the holidays. It is the one time of year I have an excuse to play with miniatures! Big smile.
Blessings,
Debbie

November 28, 2009

Pink Winter Wonderland

I'm terribly slow and off to a rough start today. We are driving our kids back to college because of car issues...and on top of everything it is SNOWING at our house! Oh my!
But I did fit in a little time for some pinkness...vintage style.
I'm in love at the moment with all things 'REINDEER'....

So I snuck away with scissors and paper and glue in hand and proceeded to make a paper forest of trees to nestle my little white reindeer in...making the beginnings of a winter wonderland...inside....outside the white wonderland is muddy and problematic!

I glued sticks to the back side of my trees, sticking them into styrofoam in a box, then adding spanish moss. I made a pattern, and cut the rest of the trees from the pattern. Some smaller, and some taller!





It made a simple backdrop for my reindeer, everything is on an old silver platter. I enjoy making backdrops for my Christmas tablescapes....perhaps I need to make something golden and sparkly...
Today I'm playing along with Beverly @http://www.howsweetthesound.typepad.com/
Blessings,
Debbie

November 24, 2009

Vintage silver, white,winter look

I'm joining in on the white Wednesday over at
http://fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com/
White gets to me, especially for the holidays!
Hey you don't have to blog about white laundry...just white things around the house, patio or collections!

There is a white feeling going on over here! You should smell all the baking (ok maybe a little burning too...hahaha)cooking, taste testing (cookie dough anyone?) and fire burning in the fire place. It is a little chilly here in So. California...finally!!!






I'm using white burlap underneath everything, using it for buffet scarves, tablecloths, placemats. Funny it is a rough fabric but softens all the surfaces that it is on!



So glad you could come by for a visit! Next week will be the start of my white with glitter added for the Holidays post!
Blessings,
Debbie

November 23, 2009

DIY -Beautifrugal! Table Decor Ideas


Hello again. The countdown has begun to cooking and preparing. I've been collecting some things and finding goodies at some of my favorite consignment and thrift places~! I was amazed when I finally set the table, how it all came together and much of it I paid very little and yet since it is in the same color scheme it all goes together.
Keep in mind Farmhouse Cottage decor is a little of this and a little of that . I think in the old days when people put on a party they joined together with all their best goodies to set the table and have a good sized spread for a large group of company.
YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AT THE CRYSTAL, AND SERVING DISHES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT THRIFT STORES.
IF YOU LOOK YOU WILL FIND
SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS
PLATTERS
CANDLE HOLDERS, CRYSTAL AND SILVER
SILVERWARE
SERVING SPOONS
FABRIC NAPKINS
TABLECLOTHS
LARGE SERVING DISHES
PLATES
CRYSTAL DRINKING GLASSES
AND MORE.
The silverware was passed down to me, the chargers from my sweet mother.
The gold/copper candlesticks are from a hospital consignment store, the centerpiece a $3.00 bowl from Salvation Army FILLED with fall things I've had for years and pinecones laying around outside.

We grew the Indian corn above last year. These salt and pepper shakers below are from my husbands great grandmother!

The gold bowls were originally from Target, but I got them from Salv. Army. Also the fabric napkins, which I love to collect, and the napkin rings all thrift finds over this last year.
The apothecary jar from Michaels I got for half off with a coupon. That is my most expensive buy at $15.00.






We are cooking baking, and I'm enjoying all of it with my daughter and daughter in love. Lots of laughing, telling family stories, and keeping family recipes going year after year to make the time more special.
I hope your week is wonderful!
Be sure to see all the DIY posts over at Kimba's wonderful blog! Amazing ideas are found over there! http://asoftplace.net/
Blessings,
Debbie
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good:" Psalm 100:4,5

Bathroom for Fall and amazing Answered Prayer!


Hello everyone! Wow what a few days we have had. We had a terrible call to rush to the hospital for my wonderful father in law. Seemed his kidneys had failed and his arteries to his heart were closed off and everything that could start failing was failing. So I drove 9 hours to my husband and the rest of the family...we flew our kids to where my hubby was.....home early from college. AND THEN WE PRAYED!
Wow, we prayed that God would intervene, that He would touch my father in law and heal him through the doctor's hands. The doctors told us there was no hope and that he probably wouldn't make it through the angio-procedure. But he came through it and the doctors and nurses were shocked how well he looked, felt and acted. They said he would never leave the hospital, or live over night.....he is doing great now. The doctors just shook their heads and said they were surprised he was still alive.
There were 30 of us there praying....and God answered our prayers remarkably. Wow. I'm still in shock.
I already had this post ready for today but wanted to share this amazing news. Thank you God for once again navigating us through this rough time!





Next Monday be sure to join in on this party. Christmas Vintage decorations. She has a wonderful blog and already there are wonderful posts about vintage decorating for Christmas. If you'd like to join in on the fun, please visit her blog!
http://thepottingshed-anythinggoeshere.blogspot.com/

We are enjoying a sweet season of time with our precious loved ones this week. Very appreciative of our time together....this side of heaven.
Blessings,
Debbie
"He sent His word and healed them." Psalm 107:20