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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 31, 2011

Laundry Room~French Country

Hey everyone! Summer is almost over at our house...with our daughter going back to college. We are driving her to Oklahoma and will get to see our boys too. Yay.
But this week was a redo week. Not sure why....I guess when I get stressed I want to reorganize...move furniture...plant flowers....paint....clean closets...
work off some of the frenzy by organizing my home. It somehow organizes my thoughts when I do this.
I shopped my house mostly for things that had black, red, or sage green in them. And then there are the roosters and chickens...hence the birds in the laundry room!

I took one of my shabby chic white frames and spray painted it glossy black and then took a rooster picture from one of my calendars and put it in the frame! Voila! I just love how it turned out. Then on my little shelf I took a small basket loaded with fake little eggs...added an ivory vintage rooster.
The two rooster pictures were fine after I sponged on some black paint over the frame. Candle sconces are black metal, found them while thrifting.

Here is what the shelves looked like in the spring...
And in the fall....

Some of the extra shelves hold tablecloths, napkins, candles and extra linens for tablescaping.

If you are going to do a lot of laundry then at least make the area that is eye level above your washer or dryer something nice to look at. We do a lot of laundry with my family living with us...so....I want little goodies in nooks and crannies to look at....big smile.
Thanks for coming by!

July 27, 2011

A little French Country

Also Joining in with SHERRY! @ http://nominimalisthere.blogspot.com/

A little french country in my tablescape this week...black and white checked fabric hemmed for the tablecloth...dishes with roosters, a soup tureen...deep reds and golds...touches of black here and there.
Joining in on the tablescape party over at Susan's @http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/

Vintage chickens and roosters seem to be everywhere! They are mostly from hubby's grandmothers passed down to us. Love them!

The thing I love the most about french country, is that the meals are centered around fresh farmer's market produce, and that there is no fear of cooking! We love to cook, visit, enjoy the meal and not rush through it. My kids would always spill their guts...while they were eating something...it triggered them talking...so I thought you know this is a good thing! Cook food and they will talk! I love that.
bBy the way, my poopsie is getting ready to leave for college...and I'm not ready...serious depression and pouting going on in my neck of the woods....waaaah.
I just think their childhood went by too quickly....I'm not ready for them all to be gone...and well, they are! Big frown.
I'm finding this very difficult to do!!!!

July 25, 2011

-French Country

Ok so there are a few roosters here....I decided to run with this theme...since we actually have a chicken ranch...and decorate using this feathered theme...hahaha...and incorporate some french country ideas. I love iron and metal pieces, roosters, black and white check, black toile fabric...
I'm joining in with Marty for her wonderful party @

When I put up the plate rack I needed black plates to anchor the rooster plates. I didn't have any but I had some wood plates I found while thrifting and spray painted them with black glossy spray paint. I love the finished look. I also finished this country farmhouse cross stitch piece and also found a matted picture with this frame. I just removed the picture and replaced it with the cross stitch piece. It saved me about $100.00...I couldn't believe how much they wanted to mat and frame a large cross stitch piece. So this was a great alternative.

Anyhoo...thanks so much for coming by for a visit. Later this week I will show the complete makeover of our laundry room into french country from Shabby Chic. Most of my house is farmhouse chic hahaha...so I haven't strayed away too much from shabby, farmhouse...and just plain ole' country living!

July 22, 2011

Washboard Planter

We are spending a great deal of time outdoors...which we enjoy. Kids swimming in the pool, cooking hotdogs on the grill, parents telling stories to the little ones of summers' gone by...
I cherish these days with my parents. They are enjoying porch time with us. Every afternoon we go outside, take a break from work, enjoy ice tea....water flowers, tend to my planters...it makes for peaceful afternoons. I know they won't last forever....but for now, they are wonderful.
My mother laughs at my use of things she used to use for laundry....a wash board!
It seems to fit in with the white tub and white flowers. Afterall a wash board was used to wash and clean and whiten clothes...
My favorite dish broke and now part of it adorns this planter...I was sad to see it in bits on the floor. I actually knocked it off the wall by accident....waaaaah!

That seems to be it for now. HOpe your summer is lovely. Ours is coming to a close with our daughter getting ready to return to school and soccer practice at college in two weeks. But she has a college scholarship to play soccer...so I really can't complain. But I am missing her already! She is fun to be around...beautiful, funny, has her dad and I watching all sorts of silly and fun shows like the bachelorette, cake boss, say yes to the dress. Her farmer daddy has no patience for most of the people on these shows. It makes for fun tv time though!

July 18, 2011

Cloche Party~Outdoor flair

A cloche party! Yay I love these! I've seen the most creative ideas...

Please be sure to visit all the great blogs in this party!