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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.

September 30, 2012

Fall Nesting, Free Vintage Pumpkin printable & Patterns

Hey everyone
Starting in October I will joining in with Melissa @ http://theinspiredroom.net
for 31 Days of Fall Nesting!
There will be fall inspiration, ideas, free printables, recipes, decorating pictures, and wonderful things to inspire you for fall.
Also joining in with all the fun
I've been playing around with pictures and images over at http://www.picmonkey.com/
You can add text, lighten up a dark picture, or even erase something ugly in the background...and you don't have to save the picture if you don't like the results....
 Below is a free Vintage style Botanical print that I embellished. I am going to print it off on cream colored cardstock and then frame.
Easy and inexpensive fall decorating. 
I found this years ago, so forgive me I do not know where the original source is.
Over the last 10 years I have accumulated cross stitch patterns for fall. I am an avid cross stitcher, always taking something with me in my purse or the car. Love to stitch in the fall...
So that when I am WAITING...I can stay peaceful because I have something with me to work on. Instead of being frustrated that I am not home to work on something creative.

 I really try to stay peaceful....and so I do a few things to help myself....
 the first thing is I always read my Bible every day in the morning before people get up, it anchors me whether things are peaceful or when the storm is raging....
I have my favorite creamer with my coffee...this is a MUST!
 I keep music on softly somewhere, home, work, car that keeps me peaceful...I listen to Hillsong...they are on Youtube, all their music, the Cornerstone album is my favorite.
 It is happy, encouraging, lifts me up...and I can put it on and listen even though I'm doing something else.
 I keep little projects in my purse that I enjoy working on.  My life right now is filled with doctor appointments, driving to the lab, etc. We live in the country on a farm so every trip is an hour one way...

 So staying peaceful because the days are often filled with doctor reports that aren't always good to hear, stressed out nurses and doctors that are tired, cranky, and burned out...is not easy...

back to staying peaceful
I pray, 
I fill myself with good things, 
and I make a decision each day to enjoy my day, no matter what is thrown at me. 
Things have been a bit of a blur this year....but I don't want a storm to determine my outcome...
I want to enjoy this blessed life God has given me...each and every day!

I do not have the thread/color keys to these graphs, but follow the colors on the chart to pick out my thread.

 If you will hover your computer mouse over the pictures one at a time, right click and save it....hopefully to a chart file in your picture file in your computer/hard drive. If you save these to a document file, it will only open up as a code and not a picture! I found this out the hard way years ago.

Below is one of my wool felt appliqué pumpkins...  Another small project that I can work on while I am not at home.
What do you do to settle yourself down?
Big smile...
a little chocolate always helps...bigger smile!


Unknown said...

Such a sweet post. I find if I start my day with the Bible and prayer, everything just goes better. I haven't cross-stitched in a very long time, but since this will be my first winter at home after retirement, I might just take it up again.

Have a peaceful, blessed week.

Ralaine, Author of Burden of Promise: When Tragedy Becomes A Teacher said...

Debbie, I love your wisdom to us here on your blog. Your wisdom is profound, common, necessary and most always inspiring and delightful. I am thankful to have you in my life.

priscilla said...

Thanks so much for the patterns Debbie! Hope everything is ok with all your Doctor appointments .. I am glad you get some relaxation from your stitching ! Have a good week !

Anonymous said...

Love the patterns. Thank you for sharing. Love your blog.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Such an inspirational post, Debbie.

I will say prayers for you that your journey will become easier for you. So important that you have your faith... without that, what is there, right?!
Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom and your lovely needlework.

Blogging helps me relax and takes me away from things that are sad in my life.
But if it were not for my faith I don't know what I would do either!

Thanks for stopping by the Polohouse and for sharing your post with all of us.