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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.

August 24, 2012

Candy corn-favorite vegetable

CANDY...yep candy has always been a good inspiration for me! Haha....how about you?
I haven't seen candy corn yet...but I'm all over it when it comes!

August 22, 2012

Dreaming of Fall-Decorating

Summer is still very much here as far as the weather is concerned...but I'm starting to think a little bit about fall.
I don't know about you, but when the hustle and bustle of the summer months starts slowing down, 
 and the school routine sets in,
evenings start to find themselves indoors...
I find myself puttering in the kitchen, adding vintage cooking items, baking something that smells good, moving things
here and there...
I realize it is time to do some cleaning to get ready for the cooler months. 
Put away the 
beach towels and pull out warmer toned towels and linens. Bring out soft throws, rich colored pillows and quilts...
During this time 
I start to think about how I want my house to smell....
Bring out candles for cozy evenings...
how I want my house to feel and look, maybe  I will work on a stitchery project or two. I like to use darker colors for the fall months, and I pack away the light and airy fabrics that I use during the summer.

Also during the summer I often plant flowers with fall in mind.
Rich oranges, golden yellows, deep reds and rusts... 

fall colored flowers
always give my heart a lift when I drive up and
see these blooms overflowing their planters. 
The metal vintage chair, metal bucket with flowers....
This old rusty wheelbarrow probably carried many supplies for the farmer that owned it.  
It is so old....the style of tire on it isn't even made any more.
I can't snuggle just yet with cuddly quilts, the evenings just aren't cool enough....but soon...
Joining in with vintage inspiration over at

August 14, 2012

Remodeling the whole downstairs!

Wow, since my daughter left...I was just going to paint her room and get some different furniture for it. 
You know to make a nice peaceful guest room.

Well....we started renovating our whole downstairs...kitchen, dining room, hallway, guest bath, living rooms (2 of them) and her room.
Her room is painted light mocha (the color of coffee with creamer in it!)
I've been looking at lighter colored rooms and kitchens for ideas....light cabinets with dark knobs, or dark rusty looking fixtures.

 I love Paula's kitchen below with the distressed cabinets and this is where we are leaning. I would prefer shabby chic/farmhouse style but hubby can't handle all the white. 
So I suggested Paula's look...distressed (lighter but not white) and the dark knobs. We have dark speckled laminate (looks like granite but isn't) and dark appliances with a stainless steel restaurant style fride.
 This look below is where I would land my airplane so to speak if it was only me picking the airport...
but I have to make Mr. Farmer happy.  

 He has been so sweet to me since our poopsie left. 

He let me pick out paint, mirrors, furniture, all kinds of things. Keep in mind our daughter is gone in a happy way but we both lost our fathers a couple months ago...so we are both needing a big project (or projects.) And we both realize it.  Getting things ready for the Holidays now is good. We cook a lot so we needed the kitchen fixed.
Love this kitchen below, not quite white, a little country but very nice.                                    
I find that working and dropping into bed at night is good for my soul.  

And so is newly painted kitchen and cabinets! hahahaha!  I love to decorate, renovate, collapse, nap and then start over!
 The painter  has started in the kitchen..

hubby said he didn't want me painting (he said that I'm cranky when I paint) hahaha....WHAT?

...ok so I will stick with decorating, renovating,  (Starbuck's breaks) and napping!

August 2, 2012

Always wear pretty colors when you feel sad...

When I was leaving for college a few (cough, cough) years ago...ok over 30 years ago. My mom stopped me with a last thought....she said "you know if you ever feel sad, that is the day you should put your prettiest outfit on, you know the prettiest colors, and jewelry, wear jewelry too."
I thought of that today while my daughter was moving her things out of her room....
I've found it does help to wear something pretty when you are feeling blue...

My daughter and her new hubby (who we love) are moving all her things out of her room, moving into their home in Oklahoma (college for a few more years).  

It is hard to see everything moving out, all the boxes....

special things we did in her room. Pillows and duvet we made for her room....yet it is very happy too. 

The wedding was everything we hoped it would be, our son  in law is everything we hoped for...

but this change of seasons in my life is just...different.
I think a new project will do me some good, do my heart and mind good. 

YOu know when you are cleaning, painting, organizing, ordering things online, it helps to organize your thoughts and get your mind on track.  I think I just made that up. 
But that process works for me....being busy with a new project...

along with a pretty (new) outfit!  

So I'm looking on Pinterest for some bedroom ideas, but I have landed on some calm and peaceful colors for the NEW GUEST ROOM. I told my husband just to go with me on this one...I need to paint, clean, redecorate...it will be my therapy for a happy heart.
 I like the neutral, soft, calm, kind of shabby....french country look.

 photos: Pinterest-French country

So if you have any encouraging words I would love to hear them.