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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.

January 31, 2012


MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME TO SEW IN 1st GRADE.  Since then I have been fortunate to have a real love for sewing and quilting.  My therapy.  
IN Junior High I took Home Ec. to learn the basics of sewing...my mother made me take it.
At one point I had sewn through the skirt I was making onto the skirt I was wearing...
held it up for my teacher to see...and
proceeded to show the entire class my underpanties!

I have endured pain while sewing...

January 29, 2012

Pink Vintage Toy OVEN-mini cookies and cupcakes

Hey everyone!  Since Valentine's day is a couple of weeks away, I decided to do a little baking.  It seemed fitting to make some 'mini' chocolate chip cookies (great with coffee!) and some mini cupcakes!
I pulled out my itty bitty red polka dot apron, and vintage toy oven and started baking!
Playing along with Marty over @ http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/

 I store cupcake sprinkles in the little refrigerator next to the toy stove.

Below is another one of my little ovens, probably my favorite. It's red!

Below I made some little cake boxes for my mini cupcakes. YOu can download the pattern at the link below.  I made several. They are easy and go together easily. Pick out your favorite scrapbook paper and glue away ( I used a glue gun-with bowl of cold water nearby...since I always BURN MYSELF)!!!

template @

Awww love that Valentine above with the vintage oven! Soooo sweet.
Joining in with all the fun this week! 

Stephanie @

January 27, 2012

Valentine Altered Can tutorial -Can I be your Valentine?

Hey everyone! What a wonderful day here in California. I don't want to brag but it was 77 here today, a little overcast but warm...and breezy(ok windy!). 
Anyhow I have been busy altering some soup cans to hold Valentine candy for some sweet little ones that come to visit me. 

I washed and dried a couple of soup cans.
 Layed them down on paper, scrapbook paper from Joann's.
 After I made a small mark on the paper I used one of my quilting rulers to draw a line for myself.  I cut it on the line with scissors.
 Next I took a nail and made a hole on each side of the can to make a wire handle.

Next I rolled the paper around the can and glued it closed using a glue gun.  I always make sure I have a small bowl of water nearby...so that when I DO HOT GLUE MYSELF WHICH ALWAYS HAPPENS...I can dip my fingers in the water...stopping the burning sensation!

After the paper was glued on the can I used my seam ripper to puncture through the paper so that I knew where to insert the wire for the handle.
I glued trims, crepe paper, pom pom fringe....
Added bows, rosettes, doilies, till I got the look I wanted. I basically pulled out all the pink goodness I could find in my craft room and started gluing it on the can!
On my computer I printed out the phrase 
'Can' I be your Valentine?
since I was using a soup can or other cans...I thought the phrase was appropriate!

I stuffed the bottom of the inside of the can with paper towels, added a little basket filler and then stuffed the can with candy.

The second one was similar, but with aqua, creams and white.

 The can below you can finally see the little handle. I twisted wire around a pencil to give it the look it has, and then bent the edges inside the can to hold it firm.

Hope you feel inspired to create something fun for Valentine's day.  I usually give little gifts to our little nieces and nephews just for fun and because I enjoy watching their faces light up....who doesn't like a little candy on Valentine's day?

Joining in with Beverly @


January 23, 2012

Heart Brownies and Pink Melmac for Valentine's day

Hey everyone! What beautiful rain and cloudy skies we are having...hahaha....nothing like being positive about gray skies.   The table is set with pink Melmac, mostly found off of Etsy.com.  Love it.
 I made brownies and used a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut out heart shaped brownies....

Valentine fabric from Joann's fabrics.

 Little brownie station on sideboard.  I found the vintage silverware with pink lucite handles at a thrift store recently....

Glad you stopped by! Playing along this week with these fun parties...

and Susan @ Betweennapsontheporch