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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.

February 18, 2014

Baking Zone in the Cottage Kitchen

Hey everyone!
 I lay in bed at night with too many ideas fluttering past my eyes...even though they are closed.  I have been thinking of baking zones....organizing the kitchen more...I have all my baking supplies in one place to make baking and cooking more streamlined.   But I needed more...a little miniature inspiration above!
I found these ideas on Pinterest  when I looked up Baking Zone, Baking Organization, Baking Armoire...Pinterest has ample ideas, pictures, DIY projects...so I went from there.
I listed source for you...
 source: ChezLarsson.com
 source: http://dustjacketattic.blogspot.com.au
 source: JennySteffens.blogspot.com
 source: Farmchicks blog
 source: hgtvremodels.com
 source: livesimplybyannie.com/blog
 source; unknown...found on Pinterest
  source; unknown...found on Pinterest
My miniature baking zone below is finished!
Canisters for baking ingredients...
a kitchen aid style mixer...
fresh eggs and other ingredients for baking...
kitchen towels for cleaning up messes...cookbooks and recipes,
bowls, pots and pans...all stored in one place for easy access. I love it! Let's bake a pie!

I will show my baking zone that I am working on at home very soon...it is almost completed.

February 15, 2014

French Country Decorating-Miniature Scale

Hey Sweet Friends...I wanted to share some things I have created recently and that are in my shop. And thank you for coming by to 

visit my little world!
 I am in love with making little signs. We live on a farm, with hundreds of chickens, many sheep, cows, pigs....so farm signs are one of my favorites. I have little vignettes around my home with these as backdrops.
 and then kitchen utensils..I can't get enough of them. I have 3 crocks in my kitchen filled with wooden spoons and spatulas...love them!  So of course one would need them in a miniature kitchen!
 Fresh baked bread, freshly churned butter...we actually make butter weekly using our kitchen Aid mixer...from the milk we get from our cows. Yes the farmhouse is alive and well here in S. California.
 I love sweet little hutches filled with all this farm goodness, stacked plates and napkins ready for guests to come in , sit down and visit over a hot cooked meal...

 Tiny little vintage rooster is from my collection. I added him to the newly created French Farmhouse prep board.

 Then I love to get old vintage dollhouse furniture and re-work it so to speak. Paint, distressing, sanding...Next comes tablecloths, table runners, placemats, napkins, pillows....all for comfort while you are eating your hot cooked meal.

 Pretend there is stew in the copper pot to eat with the fresh baked bread and butter on the table. Sit yourself down and lets visit!

Here is a link to my Facebook albums with miniature creations
Thank you for coming by and visiting!

February 13, 2014

Great Valentine Ideas

Some of my favorites for February....I
love February...
I was born on Leap Year! So I'm respectively 13 till the next Leap Year.
Absolutely love these jars below...they are on Etsy.

Little treat bag below...couldn't be any cuter.
Pinterest (Hilary Scraps)
Free  Valentine Printables below for you...

 A few little miniature Valentine sweet things I created...

I've been losing weight...
but I would skip one day of dieting for one of these ice
cream sandwiches!

Cute idea for Valentine candy.

Pinterest (The diary of Daveswife)

photo: Pinterest (The Idea Room)

And I couldn't resist this little cutie.
My puppy looked like her when she arrived under my Christmas tree!

February 11, 2014

How to Tutorial-Valentine Fabric Envelope

Let's make this easy Valentine gift envelope! 

It is so easy!
When you are done it can be filled with all kinds of fun things.
I used cotton fabric that was made for Valentine's day.
You will need barely 1/2 yard of red fabric, and a tiny scrap of alternating fabric for the heart.
I cut a piece of fabric 37" long and 8 1/2 " wide.
Fold it right sides together like photo shows.
 Only pin long sides together and leave top open...
 Sew both sides and then turn right side out.

Next you are going to press the top part....turn 1/4" inside and press this down....gives you a clean edge to sew down.

 Next, pin this opening closed, you are going to sew across this area in just a minute.
 Pressing all the sides down gives it a very smooth look. You will have a rectangle piece of fabric now...
Fold your fabric up 7" now from the bottom ....this forms the envelope...

This is how your envelope should now look....
But it can't stay this way! We need to embellish it and pretty it up!
Cut a 3" square piece of alternating fabric.
Fold it in half...remember grade school?
How we made endless hearts?
Well you are going to cut the fabric just like that.
Pin your heart down in several places so it does not move while you are sewing it.
Sew 1/4" from the edge...usually the edge of your sewing machine foot is the guideline for 1/4" of an inch.
Finally, I hot glued (you could sew it too) a tulle (netting) bow, then a tiny organza bow
and topped it off with a little rosebud. I did several more and topped them with some little heart buttons I found.
Next is the fun part! Fill it with colored pens, crayons, Valentines, boxes of candy and give to your favorite person!
I hope you make several. Once I got going it was hard to stop....I made several!