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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.

February 24, 2011

A few garden style pics of my room

 Hello again!  Boy it has been cold outside and gives me a reason to change things around inside! Just to stay warm.
 I've had a wonderful guest/sewing room to play in. My hubby has his barn
and I'm blessed to have this room. I will show more 
pictures this week.
 This wall I wanted to cover with roses, garden themed goodies, a little gate, a shutter, handpainted china, a little pink here and there...etc.
Playing along with Beverly for Pink Saturday! @
 The chest of drawers below it is covered with a new little throw quilt that I just made. I'm a little addicted to sewing! hahaha...and the raggy roses (above)...I can't seem to get enough of making them!
 I found several old muffin tins that I spray painted and filled with sewing and craft goodies.

 Why not use something from around the house to organize...something old, something thrifty, inspiration could be as close as a kitchen cupboard!

 My husband's grandmother handpainted the china dish above. She was quite a china painter and painted all of our china.  Pink roses on everything. That was 30 years ago.  We've been married almost 31 years and are still MADly in love....hahaha....sometimes MAD...but always in love!  Keep in mind, farmers always track in stuff from the barn on their shoes!  Therefore the wife has to get mad!  hahaha....he's pretty good now about taking off his shoes.
Here is the daintiest of tea cups that his grandmother handpainted.  She taught him and the whole family to love china, dishes, serving plates...etc. I have 2 china hutches in fact because we have a lot of dishes!  A big family to use them all too.
This garden quilt is vintage...old...from my sweet grandmother in Illinois.

All the items on the shelf are wonderful finds from
flea markets and thrift excursions! I love old red and white doilies, napkins, and enamelware!
Thanks so much for the wonderful visit! 
Join in please with these incredible blog parties!
Feathered Nest Friday@
Fabulous Finds Friday @ Frou Frou Decor

Show and Tell Friday@http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
"The Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your JOY will be complete." Deut. 16:15

February 23, 2011

Spring and Cottage Table Decorating

 Hello everyone! With all the snow we have had (if you have seen my other recent posts...) I decided a little spring is called for on my table.  Just dreaming about spring....birds, nests, little lambs...which we have....and spring-cottagey colors...this is what my heart is yearning for!

 The table runner is full of spring and cottage prints with  a soft raggy rose to add a little beauty. It is here....

 One thing I love are the plastic plates you see before summer that are used for outside.  They come in a variety of colors. I have used some dark pink ones as small chargers under my regular white plates. I love the little extra color they add to the tablescape.
 And of course fabric napkins (which I find bundles all the time at thrift stores) in a variety of spring colors are a must!

So glad you came by for a visit! 
Playing along with these fun Blog Parties!


February 21, 2011

An unplanned friendship...and oh the snow!

Sundays are for church...usually...we woke up to this...and church was canceled because
no one could get out their driveways! This isn't Michigan...we don't have 4 wheel drive, or chains...we couldn't get out the driveway.
 Normally I get my music together and have a worship team practice before church but not today....

 and of course the sheep wait till Sunday mornings when we are dressed for church to give birth! hahaha...when it snows we now joke that the sheep will have lambs this morning. Never fails.  See the one nursing in the background....very sweet.

 Even the sheep had a snowfight! 
   We have had the joy of taking pictures of our kids together.
 Her son and my daughter became sweethearts as freshmen in high school. Little did we know we would become such good friends.  I can still hear her laughing at all the stories the kids would tell us of their funny dates. Usually a great son means there is a great mother in the family. Our daughter's boyfriend is a jewel...and so are his parents.
 Then we had the joy of taking our kids back to college in Tulsa, Oral Roberts University.
 My daughter was blessed to get a soccer scholarship there.  What a blessing to be there all of us together.  My friend was suffering from breast cancer and it was a miracle that she was even able to walk around the campus.  I felt blessed to be there with her. We were grateful to leave our kids there...it has been an incredible journey. 

All of our family will deeply miss you Kathie.  She is safe in my Savior's arms.  Love you.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15

February 18, 2011

All things pink and cottagey...at my table

I have a bit of a love affair with cottage style decor....and tables.
 I love a table with a soft colored tablecloth on it....
and perhaps a table runner.
 I love to walk in a dining room or kitchen and see a table sweetly adorned with the prettiest tableware...
letting your guests know that they are invited perhaps for a meal or just coffee and a visit! The table indeed welcomes your friends and guests to visit...and enjoy themselves while visiting your home.

 A table also invites people to enjoy a meal with you...letting them know they are special and worth making a meal for. 
When our kids were growing up I found that they would spill millions of details about school and friends while sitting at our table, eating the smallest of morsels.
 A plate full of cookies, cut up apples, or carrots would often lead to a conversation about homework,  girlfriends, or a rough day that my kids navigated through....

Playing along today with Miss Beverly over at
 Funny how I miss them at my table...now I get phone calls from college hearing all their stories...
but I walk by my table, and smile...
because I remember how precious those moments were!
"The Lord will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy." Job 8:21

February 16, 2011

LIttle bit of our kitchen

Hey everyone! It is cold and rainy here...finally. Everyone was complaining
about snow and we had clear skies! But no more!!!
We have been cooking quite a bit with my parents living with us...we don't
eat out too much because they aren't able to get out.  So we
have been cooking, baking, etc.
To be honest I have enjoyed all this cooking. 
 The only problem with lots of cooking...is lots of dishes! hahaha...but I put my favorite Joyce Meyer CD in ....she loves to talk about doing things unto the Lord no matter what it is....with a good attitude no less!
Ouch....she always says stuff that gets to me about my attitude....so I try to sing while I'm washing dishes...or hummmm something happy! Otherwise I find myself mumbling....big smile....
How is your attitude today?  hahahaha....just curious!
"God has shown you kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and FILLS YOUR HEARTS WITH JOY!"  Acts 14:17

February 12, 2011

Pink and chocolate decorating...and some Saturday Farmhouse animals

 OOOH La La...A little chocolate (fabric) and pink. Two of my favorites.  I love chocolate and have been known to hide it in my china hutch for a little treat!
 La Casserole carree...what a wonderful French website showing their beautiful cupcakes. I forgot to save the link but the pictures are gorgeous.
 And then I found this marvelous free cross stitch pattern of a cupcake!
A sweet little chocolate and pink frame I made...it is on Etsy. I have chocolate on the brain I guess! hahaha

 We have an electric fence that is movable. It also protects the sheep from predators...mountain lions and coyotes mainly. They of course don't feel anything should they bump up against it because of the wool protecting them.  I've actually touched it and it tingles and gives you a slight jolt but it is worth all that to prtect the sheep. We have had a few mountain lion attacks lately up where we live so it is good to be able to protect the little lambs.
 See the birth mark on the little lamb?  
 Our Saturday lawn mowers...

Thank you Beverly for hostessing once again this beautiful pink party!