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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.

October 30, 2011

Cross Stitched Halloween-Vignette

My favorite cross stitch designer is Sandra @
Her designs are wonderful, a bit prim and country which I love. I have done some of her designs for Christmas as well and I never tire of the designs.
 I have some other cross stitched designs that look like they were done in the 80's...hahaha...they just look dated. But not her designs. 
 So here is my little vignette. I made the little black kitty too with the orange checked dress, pumpkin doll from Marshall's. This is an odd corner at the base of our staircase in our farmhouse...it has no rhyme or reason it is just there!

 Here Kitty Kitty Kitty...

Happy Halloween to everyone! Yay for candy corn-our favorite vegetable!

Stencil Crows on Burlap

Lately I have had these thoughts....even dreams....hubby says I talk about spray painting in my sleep....how would he know? The man snores and thinks that I talk in my sleep? Again how would Mr. Motorboat know? We are madly in love....mad +love = madly in love! Big smile.

With all the burlap excitement over blogland...I decided to jump on board with the blogcitement (my made up word) and make something...I even dreamed about this!

I took a very old stencil (Blue Ribbon Stencils), black paint, and our bestest friend Burlap and joined the three!

I worked and worked (for about 15 minutes) and made a table runner. I had so much fun, I tore up some nubby muslin and made napkins, no hemming here! I went for a rustic look...Mr. Farmer (alias Mr. Motorboat) was amused...said his mother would never use napkins that weren't hemmed. I told him his mother would never wash all the eggs I wash, chase sheep all over 3 acres when they get out, get up during the night and help lambs be born, and pick up disgusting things in the barn!

Then he changed his tactics and said "He liked the way the napkins turned out!" hmmppphhh!
Remember, my kids are at college, we are trapped in the house together! Big smile! hahaha

Anyhoo back to Diy (Do it Yourself) or DIM (Did it myself) oh yes! I like DIM

Next, I'm in to cake stands, cake pedestals, cupcake pedestals....I'm lovin' making these things. One for every holiday!

All you need is a plate, candle stand, and my friend...Mr. spray paint!

Glue them together, add a little trim, I even spray painted the lace black since I didn't have any.

Right now I am just using the pedestals for Halloween and Fall decor, not food! Spray paint and food aren't usually an appetizing combination. Big smile!

Well that's all for now! Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out all the blogcitement at DIY with Roeshel

Susan @ http://www.betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/



October 29, 2011

Free Vintage Postcards, Images,-tips for searching

In my personal picture file I save things according to seasons or holidays. Today I am sharing some of my favorite things I have found over the last couple of years blogging and wanted to share them..also below some great tips for finding things you are interested in.  Tips that I have found work for me over the years.

Take a look at this site, you will just love this. There are all kinds of free vintage postcards for Holidays, and everyday!http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/vintage-halloween-women/ 

October 27, 2011

Make your own Vintage Looking Halloween Decor

Reposted Tutorial
This is a tutorial how to take plain wooden plates and make Fall or Halloween plates (for decoration only.)
I googled "free Halloween printables" and "free Vintage Images" and came up with tons of free images. I believe these were from Matthew Mead's site...a few seasons back. But this year he has some amazing new Halloween graphic/images too.

It is best to print out the images on cardstock. The heavier the paper the better the Modge Podge works.....this is what I have found.

Cut out your images, I used a glass bowl, traced around it and cut the images out in a round circle.
I used Halloween images but you could use fall images, leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows.

October 26, 2011

Outdoor Halloween Table-DIY Decoupage Chargers

Reposted for fun!

Outdoor tablesetting on the back patio for a nice change. Above is a thrifty $2.00 find, I love candle holders on the porch and patio. Below is a small table chandelier I also found at the same thrift store for $1.99.

The pumpkin plates are unbreakable, which I love. Below them are black chargers that I made from those metal trays that you find in abundance at thrift stores with dumb scenes on them. I spray painted them and then decoupaged the center of them with scrapbook paper. They make great chargers, I just wipe them off since they aren't directly eaten on!

I planted this candy corn last season...it has really grown tall.

Below is a wooden napkin holder that I also decoupaged....I have bought quite a bit of Modge Podge this season.

Candy corn is a great vegetable in the food pyramid you know!

Free Trick or Tree tag @ Urban Debris...

Today I joined along with these wonderful blogs!


Frugal fall Decorating-Canning jars

Autumn Bliss....One easy way to decorate frugally is to use what you already have...and I have canning jars!
I love using canning jars for decorating! Big ones...little ones...and you wash them and use them all over again.  Here I put them in a wire holder...filled them with candy corn...MY FAVORITE VEGETABLE IS CANDY CORN! 

Next I put a smaller votive sized canning jar inside with a small tea light candle. yay...I loved this!

Here I hung it outside with my fall filled bathtub...I love planting different colored mums because they come back every year. They need to be cut way back after they bloom but then when they come back it is a wonderful burst of color!

The outdoor should be an expression of your indoors...welcoming your guests...
well most of them! Hahahaha

October 25, 2011

Fall patterns, printables, and ideas

More Autumn Bliss...while I am organizing and decluttering our entire office/living/computer area that is a huge mess...I want to post these free cute patterns.  Have you heard of power walking..or power lunch...well I am power decluttering! Emptied out desks, drawers, file cabinets...I am cleaning before the crowd gets here....I seem to have accumulated piles and piles of papers...but not anymore! Will show pictures soon!


I found these free printables on Pinterest. I love that site...so many wonderful pictures...that lead you to wonderful blogs and other sites! yay!

October 24, 2011

Farmhouse style chandelier and stools

Just wanted to share a quick post with what I found at a garage sale...can't wait to spray paint all this
and maybe use the farmhouse light fixture outside with candles or something! yay~

Will post finished pictures soon!
I sense a project coming on!