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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.

May 22, 2012

Americana on the Porch

We have had a good week and a rough week.
My dad is in the hospital and it has been rough to see him away from my mom....
but it has been good too because they are so in love with each other and happy to see each other.













 CALIFORNIA SALAD...I LOVE IT. GREENS, FRUITS, NUTS, VEGGIES. I LOVE CRUNCHY, SWEET, TART, AND ALL OF IT WITH A FRESH DRESSING ON IT. PERFECT FOR A SUMMER LUNCHEON.






I SHOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION TO THE LITTLE BLONDE AT THE END OF THE TABLE....
CAME OUTSIDE AND SHE HAD STRUCK EACH PLATE HOLDING A CUPCAKE!
 THE BLUE FROSTING WAS THE FIRST CLUE IT WAS HER AND NOT MY HUSBAND! BIG SMILE...
Thank you for stopping by! Have an awesome week and weekend.
ALSO I was featured over at Kim's
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http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/ 
for my flag door.
Yay!
Playing along with these wonderful blog parties!
http://www.bystephanielynn.com/
http://myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/   
Blessings,
Debbie

May 15, 2012

Flag Door & Free Vintage Americana Images

We had an old door that I painted Americana and then hung at the end of our porch.  
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I painted the entire door white.  Then using masking tape, I taped at equal distance...stripes.  Painted the red stripes. Next I painted a dark blue square.  After it dried I hammered a nail in the center of the square and hung the metal star (from Joann's Fabrics).
 This was a couple of years ago and it has held up really well. Joining in with all the goodness over @ http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/



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Spray paint it, plant it and stick a flag in it!
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I love to cross stitch Americana/flag designs. There are quite a few free charts online. Here are a couple.
http://crochet.about.com/library/n090802.htm

For more vintage images that are free for downloading and printing go here!
These are fun to print out and frame and add here and there for Patriotic decor that is inexpensive.







Blessings,
Debbie

May 11, 2012

Blackberry Pie-DIY easy

One of my mother's favorite kinds of pie is blackberry pie.
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So I have found a very easy way to make it.
I bought a package of frozen blackberries about 3 cups worth(Walmart food)
and added a cup of sugar, maybe a little more depending on tartness of berries.
You don't want a tart berry pie...does not taste good, so add more sugar if needed.
Think berry jam....
1/3 cup flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
stirred together

next you can purchase premade pie crust dough or roll  out your own...
 Place crust in pie plate, add your berries and then dot with butter, cover with your second pie crust.
Bake for an hour at least. I lay foil on top of pie so it does not burn the edges, or over cook them. I take the foil off the last 15-20 minutes. My oven cooks hot too so I do this to protect the pie.

Just imagine a bite of hot gooey berry pie.... 


 Make a pot of coffee, or a jug of icy ice tea and serve! Yummmmmy!
 Wish you were here....because pie fixes everything!

Hover your mouse over embroidery pattern below, it will open in a new window then save it to your computer. I save patterns like these in a file I named "free embroidery patterns". I save it in my Picture or photo file, otherwise it comes up as a word file-code letters instead of an image.


Thanks for visiting.
Blessings,
Debbie

May 9, 2012

Little bits of Red, and Blue

When I walk in a room and see RED I feel a little bit happier!





FARMER HUBBY said he didn't like RED when it comes to decorating...I told him to think TOMATO, RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS, AND RED BARNS.  He mumbled something about never being right...I'm not sure...
Blessings,
Debbie