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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 30, 2012

Christmas Planner -more free printables

If you are going to play...always have a game plan!

I need help and a game plan!  A Christmas planner/notebook is wonderful! I have actually done this for the last few years....I've made planners and used them to remind myself of EVERYTHING!
(free vintage reindeer printable for you.)Open in new window, right click and save to a picture file not a word file on your computer.

http://christmasplanner.com has great ideas, free printables, and good old common sense when it comes to planning Christmas.
My post is here @

And then there are free vintage printables for Christmas if you want a pretty cover or Christmas scene!
Several cute ideas here for making a simple but beautiful Christmas planner @ http://christmasplanner.com/planner-tours (Beware! Too many cute ideas!)
I seem to do much better when I have a plan and how I need to finish certain things by certain times...thus relieving myself of stress the week before December 25th.
We have an enormous family...51 that came just for Thanksgiving.

So planning ahead and making sure I have enough toilet paper for all 5 bathrooms and not having to rush out on Christmas eve to get it seems WISE! And extra Toilet plungers...yes that is important!
Tipnut Junkie planner has plenty of ideas too. 


is to create a notebook of sorts, using page protectors and favorite pictures torn out of magazines...
with ideas for future decorating,
recipes, great articles, pictures of table settings, outdoor decor, wrapping present ideas...

or even free patterns that are offered online during the holidays for making a gift.

I love homemade gifts especially when they are easy and the pattern is FREE!
There are numerous magazine articles and even online source ideas for making your
own gift baskets and what to put in them for your special person!
you name it...
I love to save favorite pictures.
There is a wonderful article here about it to get you going.

Next is a houseworks Holiday Plan!

I've used this for years and it works!
A little planning ahead or a lot of planning ahead to make things less stressful. I'm all about lessening the stress in my life.  Especially with the possibility of having to go to the hospital or doctor at any given moment...since we have my mom still with us...I'm very aware of her health needs and how quickly they change.
(is this planner the cutest thing Ever?)

Waiting to the last moment to do something is not wise for me...so I am planning ahead, thinking wiser, planning wiser...and doing the most important NOW...not the night before.

November 29, 2012

FREE- Chalkboard Art Christmas scriptureS...PRINTABLES

Print them out, frame them,
or use them with your nativity vignettes!


November 16, 2012

Laundry & Clothesline Eye Candy

I'm not sure why but I love the look of clothes on a clothesline, fresh laundry (that someone else folded) and the look of aprons blowing on a clothesline in the breeze.
This is from my personal picture file...I've found these images on google images, Pinterest, or lurking on blogs.  Forgive me, this is an old picture file before I started saving links and names to photos.

Labels for canisters in laundry room.

 This is me early in our marriage. We worked at a church where you wore nice professional attire. So all of my hubby's shirts had to be ironed...and I wore pantyhose, and dresses...every day!
Enjoy your weekend.

November 14, 2012

Not Rushing the Thankful Part....

Hello everyone!
We are in full fledge fall here.
I'm not decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
How about you?
We have 51 people coming for Thanksgiving
...and we are going to enjoy
that holiday before we enjoy the next one.
I'm cleaning house, the patio, the porch, the driveway...which is very long on our farm.
 I am loving fall mums...can't seem to have enough of them. And they grow back every year!
 The Vintage bathtub is overflowing with mums and fall flowers.
 Our lives have gotten much busier with the cows.  My husband added one more last week.  They are producing enough milk to make Eggnog until December 2013!
 For the record...I do NOT MILK THE COWS. I have in the past....but I don't any more...

 Look closely below...here is an escapee...actually there are two in the photo below. Do you see them?

 I want to enjoy being thankful...for all God has blessed us with...
and I don't want to rush the "Thanking" part. 
 I enjoy the process, the cooking, preparing, getting ready....I'm grateful for our family

November 8, 2012

Newly remodeled Farmhouse Kitchen Tour

Welcome to our Farmhouse Kitchen!  We did some remodeling this summer after our daughter got married.
I told my husband I needed a big project to keep me busy after the wedding....as if that wasn't big enough... I did need to throw myself into something though and this was it.
First all the cabinets were painted a light milky cream, then stained a bit to add the distressed look.
The island was painted black along with our mismatched bar stools.
Above our refrigerator I have some of my vintage stove collection. I love them.
We put in a new floor, it was a barn wood style...
 My counter always has a real basket of eggs on it...daily....we live on a chicken ranch and I am forever washing eggs before they are put in a carton.  
The basket goes in the sink with soapy water, then they are rinsed and left to dry for a few minutes. After they dry we put them in cartons, save some and sell most of the rest of them.
We get hundreds of eggs a day.
 The refrigerator has a lot of eggs and milk in it. We recently got some new cows and one of them is a milk cow....
The pink (hand painted china) dishes above the sink are pink, most of the kitchen has red in it, but the dishes were painted by my husband's grandmother so they are front and center in our kitchen.
 The pantry is to the left....
 Below my aprons is an old wash basket that stores potatoes and onions and other veggies....

  Near the pantry is this old hutch. We bought this dirt cheap, the owner had it on the porch and there was some water damage to it....but it painted up nice and now stores silverware and some kitchen linens.
 My pot and dish scrubber has its home in the little galvanized tub by the sink.
 This is my favorite part of the kitchen...the coffee station...my go-to place for a bit of happiness during the day!

 I adore vintage rolling pins of all shapes and sizes, and cutting boards.   I need a bigger basket though to store them...I seem to have a few more than what is pictured here.

 On the other side of the kitchen is our dining room.
 Our vintage hoosier, this was a gift to me from my husband years ago.  The round mirror is also a vintage mirror from my husband's grandmother. Gotta love a farmer who loves vintage kitchen hutches...
I seem to have a few!

 Well I'm glad you were able to come by for a visit and see our newly remodeled kitchen! Have a blessed weekend.
Joining in with
Debra @ Common Ground
Creative Friday with
Jennifer @ http://www.jenniferrizzo.com