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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 20, 2010

Porch Visiting Time!

Welcome neighbors and friends...It's a porch Party! Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit! I love company...let's eat first...come on I have the table set on the patio!
And Rhondi, thank you for being the hostess of
this fun event!

You can have whatever you want...MY HUSBAND IS COOKING! I JUST VOLUNTEERED HIM!

The picture above shows my dad's cane...my parents are living with us...and we try to visit often on our porch with the kittens...laugh and tell stories...I love to see him laugh and remember funny family stories...He is 88!

The kittens have taken over my wicker furniture...

The wire planter just got planted with all white flowers...baby's breath, petunias and something else??? Can't remember!

Living on a farm we have all kinds of galvanized feeding thingamabobs...if they lay around very long....they get planted. Hubby always wants to know where things are....he can't seem to find them in the barn....Woops....they get planted!

The wheelbarrow got a flat tire? Woops...it got planted!

Is that a tea kettle? Woops it got planted>..
the turquoise blue box held 'air soft' beebies (did I spell that right?)...but after my son went to college it got spray painted and of course planted! I love flowers on the patio....pretty colors that catch your eye when you walk by....a fragrant honeysuckle...a beautiful rose. They all make this farmer girl's heart skip a beat!

Above...that WAS his rake! Big smile...

Nap anyone?

Please stop by again and we will visit!
Also Playing along with http://houseinroses.blogspot.com/
for showing off your cottage!
Bye for now.
"The Lord will bless his people with PEACE." Psalm 29:11


Millie said...

Your colorful table setting is so inviting...and I like the rest of your decor too!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Soooo funny ... I may have to do some "whoops" plantings over here!!! Of course you have made it all so charming. I love your stories, Debbie, and your lovely home! Wish I could be your neighbor! Have a wonderful week,
xo, Andrea

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Debbie, I love your porch and all of the CUTE things on it. That little red wagon is ADORABLE, and I love the colorful pastels on your table. We used similar colors on our porches. There is some major cuteness in this post. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Porch Party...


Sheila :-)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

oh Debbie...I love how you do the whoops planting...my kind of look...my husband doesn't care for all the "old junk" in the yard, so right now I don't have it...but it will come back...one piece at a time!

Kansas Amy said...

What a lovely porch. I want to just take a nap and spend the day there! Thank you for sharing!

Jacqueline said...

Absolutely beautiful. I loved all of your darling accessories. What better way to spruce up a flat tired wheelbarrow. You must spend a lot of time tending all of your lovely plantings. Thanks for sharing, this is my first Porch Party.

Sarah said...

Beautiful outdoor spaces with all your California colorful blooms. I can see why you enjoy spending time outside. ~ Sarah

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH, you have so many beautiful and charming things out here Debbie!
I love the wicker, all your gorgeous plants and the tablescape is gorgeous!
I'm like you, if it sits around awhile, I may grab it and plant it! hehe.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

First time here, popped over from Cielo's. Very pretty porch and outdoor area. I love all the colors and the picket fence. Please pop over when you have time and check out my picket fence. Love them!

K-Sue said...

I want to hang out on your porch! What a happy place.

Do you just spend all day every day making things pretty and inviting?

Rhondi said...

Hi Debbie
I LOVE all the fun ways you found to plant flowers!! The color of your home is fabulous and all the other colors you used are wonderful also. What a great daughter you are to have your dad living there with you. Thanks for joining the party. I would be sad to think I missed seeing such a beautiful house. I'm going to come back later and vsisit some more and add you to my list of favorites on my blog.
Hugs, Rhondi

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Oh, you crack me up...your husband is cooking! You have so many beautiful things and those flowers are gorgeous...your vignettes are so pretty too. This is just a lovely place to entertain and relax.

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie! Oh, your garden and porch are like a fantasy - so lovely. I love all the places you've planted things! Your flowers are all so pretty. Now I was giggling when I saw all those little kitties taking a nap on your wicker love seat! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Viewing your blog is so inspiring! I just want to go outside and redo everything! Thanks for motivating me, you have a rally lovely home to come home to! Marcia

nannykim said...

Love your homey feel to your outside area! Love what you have done with the wagon!! We used to have one like that!!

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com is where my house stuff is !

9405018--Pat said...

I love your lovely home and porch...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Those kitties look so sweet!

You're too funny! I see nothing is safe from you planting in it! That's the biggest container of ivy I've ever seen!! It must love being outside (I have the worse time growing ivy indoors).

Everything looks so pretty! I love all the sweet color and all the plants and everything you've used as a planter. Just super cute!


Anonymous said...

I just love your outside porch area...so beautiful and full of charm!! Love the kitties taking a nap on your wicker furniture...they look very happy and cozy. And I love all your "whoops" plantings!!

Jeanne said...

Hi Debbie, I am so glad you stopped in to visit. I LOVE your post with all the gorgeous flowers planted in oops! just about everything. Your porch and all you shared is wonderful to see. Your country life is envious, truly. Thank you for sharing it.
Hugs, Jeanne

Marina Capano said...

Hi Debbie! what a nice pics! Lovely porch!

great flowers!


Marie said...

Luv your porch...very fun, cheerful and colorful Debbie! Luv all the accessories and placement. Thanks for stopping by yesterday and leaving the sweetest comment.

Jonell w Harrison said...

What a husband you have-to volunteer to cook for a crowd like this!!
I think my fav spots are the wagon, wheelbarrow and aluminum tea kettle..all planted. I always used those wonderful old "farm things" to decorate ..so love it!

Miss Merry said...

Those pink floral plates are just darling! I love all your flowers, what a wonderful spot to enjoy with your parents.

Gayle said...

Hi Debbie. I'm a new follower. Thank you for sharing all the lovely things that make-up your porch. So inviting.
Your Dad's cane reminded me of my Dad who was also the family story-teller.

Kathy said...

Hello! I grew up in southern California! Rosy memories! Just love how you've made just about anything into a planter! Your bits of paradise!
God Bless,

Mimi Sue said...

Those pink flower dishes are adorable. Love how you've planted your charming containers. You look like you're ready for summer! Mimi

Marianne said...

Such a beautiful porch. Who wouldn't want to come over and have a nice ice tea in such a lovely place. I surely would!!

Donna said...

That was so refreshing. Loved all the flowers and the kittens are addorable. Tell your husband thanks for the food, he is a good cook. And the nap was just right.

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Ramona said...

Good Morning Debbie ~

Oh...my, my! Everything looks so lovely. I love all of the vignettes...you have such wonderful "cha~cha~ness".

I hope that you are having great summer....don't you just love this time of year?

Have a nice weekend.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Kerrie said...

Loved everything, especially the flower plates!

Val said...

Truly Gorgeous!!! The table is awesome.

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Simple Home said...

I loved all of these photos. Visiting with your parents sounds just like visiting with mine, the stories they tell! I'd love to have you come decorate my porch :-)