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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 28, 2011

Silver and Vintage Reindeer-Decor and free images

Hey everyone!  Trying to stay busy now that my sweet kids have gone back home. 
 I've been working on this post for awhile. I love reindeer and love to find free vintage images of them, free cross stitch patterns online to work on during the holidays...and then I love to decorate with the new and vintage ones I've found over the 100 years I've been alive! Just kidding I'm half that! Hahahahha...
I love the silver tray with white and silver reindeer on it! 

Enjoy the free patterns and images.
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November 27, 2011

Decoupaged French country boxes-Tutorial, free labels

 I have to say first of all I feel so blessed and grateful for our family being together this last week. Each day, week, month is a gift.  I'm appreciative of our time together.  Seeing my kids and being with them has been awesome.
 I've been doing several projects, and one of my favorite things to do is decoupage.  I bought some papier mache boxes at our new California Hobby Lobby...first one in S. California!!!!
So happy about this. Next I bought this scrapbook paper with French country themes because it has my colors I like to decorate with.

I painted the edges of the boxes white. You could also paint the edges black depending on what color paper you are using.
 I think it is easier to measure and cut your paper before hand.  But you can use a large piece of paper and trim or cut it later with a  sharp craft knife as well.  Next brush on your decoupage liquid and add the paper rubbing and smoothing as you go.
 After I decoupaged all the boxes, I let them dry...which is pretty quick. I wanted to add labels to the front of the boxes.  I found these amazing labels here
is an amazing site for free images, labels, organizing printables...I could get lost on her amazing site! And everything is incredible quality on her site.
Here's just one example of one of her amazing labels.

I always print things off on cardstock, which is easier to decoupage with.
And you can't print off black labels onto colored paper, or paper that has been distressed before hand.

 I cut out the labels with scissors, and then used a hole punch for the rooster and glued the rooster on the label for the look I wanted to achieve. I didn't type anything on my labels because I didn't want to be stuck with a laundry theme, which is where these boxes have landed for now.
I'm going to do a Christmas theme next!
Here is my family...

Have a blessed week. I'm taking my daughter to the airport....waaaah...so I'm going to stay busy this week with lots of projects.

November 26, 2011

Make cute canning jar gift card holders-and $1,000,000 gift card

Hey everyone, thanks for coming by. I made these for my nieces a couple of years ago. We have 12 teenagers who are now in their 20's, and we give them a small Starbucks gift card.

November 25, 2011

Free Printables,free vintage images-Christmas Planners

Hey everyone, I hope your Thanksgiving was over the top good. I can hardly move....but we are taking it easy today. Half our kids went shopping at midnight...us older kids went to bed! Big smile.

One of my favorite things in the world is to get organized for the Christmas holidays.
Over the last few years I have saved several sites, links, pictures regarding Christmas Planners and organizers.  This is a big post but you can reference it and go to different sites for free printables...Christmas card list, Christmas present printables...where you keep track of all of it in one place...and most of these planners are cute/adorable.
 I took several blank cards and attached them to each other, glued little tabs to make sections...and then...
 decorated the front with letters, ribbons, flowers, and then gave them away to relatives. These were little planners for making notes and carrying in your purse.
"The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." Psalm 121:8

 For myself, I used page protectors to save magazine pictures, recipes, ideas, etc. Then I also used cardstock when I printed off free printables from the various sites below I showed you.

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving 10 Commandments-rules to live by

These are funny guidelines and rules my husband and kids and I put together. We have family gatherings of 50 or more so we have guidelines, rules to live by that just help a family gathering go smooth.  These are helpful and sometimes funny...read them with a happy heart.
1.  Thou shalt be Thankful. Be grateful for what you have, give thanks for it.
2.  Do not alter or goof up an already good family recipe. 
3.  If you can't say anything pleasant put a cranberry in your mouth.
4.   Opinions are like stuffing, realize after a mouthful you are sick of it!
5.  You do not need to solve all the family problems, or argue about them at a family gathering. FAMILY PROBLEMS SHOULD GO HOME WITH THE LEFTOVERS!
6.  Politics and religious views are only fair game AFTER you bless the food.
7.  Thou shalt Say one kind thing to each person that is there.
8.  Thou shalt not kill excessive talkers-The restroom is always a great escape from the worst family       talkers.
9.  Thou shalt not take out more plates of food than you brought...
10.Whatever you do....Thou shalt not burn the turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2011

My class at local nursery-and a wonderful Gift!

Hey everyone, I hope your week is going well so far.  We are picking kids up from the airport, visiting, cooking, doing a ton of dishes and loving all of it!
Last week I was asked to teach a craft class at our local nursery. 
Just how to decorate pumpkins, and a few other things for fall!
It was freezing cold and very fun! I loaded up glue guns, glue sticks, old buttons, twine, tags, jewels,
jars, scrapbook paper and off we went into craftland!
 I had typed up some harvest tags on my printer, cut them out and then we decoupaged them to jars, added buttons and fall leaves...
 So many pumpkins just waiting to be decorated, we added twine, buttons, jewels, ribbons, etc. Below is a table with ideas on it, for some simple decorations.

 I brought some little growing pots to decorate. These turned out adorable and I'm going to do a class with the nursery for Christmas too.

 The nursery owner provided some much needed heat for us. We stood around and drank hot cider, at pumpkin bread and did our crafts.  It was so much fun!

On our property this is growing on the fences surrounding the back of our property. Love it next to the galvanized chicken feeder.

 And this is growing on my back patio, have no idea what it is but I love it!
 We had a last gathering with our turkeys, they have been so much fun to visit with and they are very vocal...so they love to gobble when I talk to them.

November 20, 2011

Yes...I stole Junk nesting boxes...from the chickens

We have several hundred chickens that lay eggs....
metal nesting boxes...
the hens lay eggs...
they roll outside to the outside of the barn where they are collected. 
Easy peasy...not really but we are not big enough to do conveyer belts, etc.   So I saw this old junky nesting box outside the barn....I looked to the right...looked to the left...no one was around....sooooo...I snuck(ok I stole it) it to my hidden work area (the back of the house) and spray painted it. I figure if it's painted no one can identify it! Snicker, giggle, and so far so good.
Playing along today with this wonderful party!

 The pumpkins have found the perfect nesting area...

 I mean would you notice it?  All tucked away under ivy and stuff?

 I'm thinkin' I like this "Hen Chic" decor! Hahahaha...notice the galvanized chicken feeder on the table?  Who would have thought...we have so many of these I could line them up end to end and.....well...there's alot!

Glad you stopped by!  If any of you feel so inclined to tell my hubby what I have done I may cackle!
After this weekend I will be changing all the pumpkins out for little Christmas trees, old farm handtools, vintage ornaments, etc...
can't wait!
But the kids are still home so I'm all theirs for a couple more days...yay!