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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.

December 20, 2015

Rustic Woodland Theme this year-Free Printable

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas.
Had a quick moment and wanted to share my home with you for our Holiday Christmas Home Tour.
I love seeing everyone's home this time of year. I get so many ideas it is wonderful!
 We live in the mountains of Southern California, on a farm. We have hundreds of chickens, and a herd of  Dairy Cows. When we grow produce, we grow organic vegetables and fruits. This time of year we stay inside because it is cold!






Because I make miniatures for my Etsy shop and dollhouse, doll bedding items, often times the way I decorate at home is how I decorate my miniatures.
Plaid, buffalo check papers and fabrics are the in thing, so I used that as my decorating foundation this year. 
I used tiny little scissors to cut out a deer with antlers for one of the little bedding sets I sold.




 Back to my real  home! I love trees, we have plenty of pine trees where we live. I just love that!

 Even our little Bella pup got wrapped up in Buffalo plaid.

My helper who loved removing Christmas decorations from the tree is a wonderful little delight this time of year!
 She was exhausted from all the decorating! Hahaha!
 I love our home. We live in an old farmhouse, and I use old doors, windows, and mirrors to decorate with.




This woodland themed snow girl is a pattern in my Etsy shop. I love the little bells on her hat, greenery and plaid scarf. 

More than anything we love having family come home and gather for Christmas.

Wonderful Free printable found here @ http://akadesign.ca/oh-come-let-us-adore-him-free-christmas-printable/

Blessings to you all this Christmas!
Debbie Booth

November 25, 2015

Free Christmas Printables (Rustic, Woodland, Vintage and Pastel)and Coupon Code - Ribbonwood Cottage Etsy!

Hey everyone! Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Also I'm having a storewide sale in my shop.  There are over 300 items to choose from. Many items for a special one who is getting a doll...there is bedding for little dollhouses, Barbie's and Blythe dolls, American Girl dolls....and I'm taking Custom orders too which you can receive a discount on if you hurry and message me.

Also here are some Free Printables for you for the Holidays. Save to your computer  and then print out on Card stock and frame! 
Easiest Christmas decor ever!

Hover your mouse over the design, right click, a new window will open up. Click save to computer or Hard Drive, Save it under Christmas Santa, etc. Then once that is done, open it back up and print it out on Card Stock of your choice.
This is a to do list.

 I went for a Rustic Woodland theme with this printable. Print out on Yardstick, cut squares apart and make a banner using twine. Or print out on Avery Sticker Sheet, cut apart and use on your planner!


Pastel colors instead of Traditional? Not a problem. Print this printable out, and frame, or cut squares apart, glue to pastel ribbon and hang as a banner on a china hutch, over a mirror or headboard of a child's bed!
Merry Christmas!

Blessings to All!
Debbie


October 31, 2015

10 Minute Doll/Dollhouse Pillow-DIY

Hello! Being a seamstress for many years,  I thought it might be helpful to share with you how I make a doll pillow. This takes about 10 minutes from start to finish once you have your fabric and supplies and are ready to go!


I make doll/dollhouse bedding for a living in my Etsy shop and I have tried to implement as many shortcuts as possible when sewing while still maintaining quality and accuracy. Sometimes I will make 50 pillows or more in a week! Yikes! What?

When making dollhouse items, they are so tiny that if I am even 1/4" off it can throw the entire item off.

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Most dollhouse beds are approximately 4"-5" wide. So if we are making two pillows they should total 4"-5" width when placed next to each other. Little beds need little pillows!

We will be making two pillows that will each end up being 2" x 2"( I will give you more measurements at the end of this post for other doll size pillows-bigger but using same technique!)

What you will need-
1/8 yard of fabric, or fabric scraps
polyester stuffing of your choice
sewing machine, or fabric glue
pins
needle and thread
scissors.

For each pillow;
Cut 1 long rectangle 2 1/2" x 5"

Fold rectangle in half and pin as shown in photo. When looking at the photo below, you will sew only the left side and the right side. The bottom edge is to be left open.

 I sew using a small 1/4" seam allowance...bigger seams lead to bigger bulk and you are sewing little so your seams need to be little.

Once both sides have been sewn, remove pins, trim threads and turn pillow right sides out.

Take a small amount of stuffing and fill pillow.

After the pillow is stuffed, turn the raw edges of the pillow inside approximately 1/4" and pin pillow closed.  SEW the pillow closed. Remove pins and trim threads.
 Your pillow is ready! Or you can make some more!
On this bed below, there are two aqua pillows in the back, two white pillows in front of them, and the pink and white checked fabric pillow in front of them all using the size of pillow just made.
The accent pillow is a bit smaller. I cut it 2" x 4" instead of 2 1/2" x 5" and made it the perfect size pillow for an accent pillow!

I have also made a very comprehensive doll bedding pattern for those of you that would like a little more detail in sewing. It includes directions and tons of pictures for making the following:
mattress
flat sheet and matching pillowcases
blanket
ruffled comforter
ruffled pillowcases
pillow insert
pillow sham
dust ruffle
rug for the floor
It can be found here. 

It is a PDF and an automatic download.  There are 40 pages of pictures and directions. If you can sew a straight seam you can make everything in the pattern. I made it very simple.

Other size pillows that can be made using this same technique.
Rectangle pillows- Cut rectangle 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Larger square pillows for dollhouse bed (sham or Euro size) cut rectangle 3" x 6"
Accent pillow for dollhouse bed or to place in a chair cut rectangle 1 1/2" x 3"
If you have questions you can leave a comment or email me. I'm happy to help!
Debbboo14@gmail.com

One last thing-I have found that all doll beds are different sizes. After making bedding for hundreds maybe over a thousand beds I can tell you they are different sizes and yet say they are standard dollhouse size. Don't let this throw you.  I'm happy to help you figure out measurements if you need.

Thank you! Have an awesome weekend sewing!
Debbie

September 29, 2015

Free Candy Corn Printable and Fall Printables

I absolutely love free printables. I loved them before they were a 'thing'. I remember years ago when I first started blogging, looking for free background graphics to add to my blog, or to add as a background paper. Then I found free vintage graphics, free cross stitch patterns, free To Do lists...and the list goes on and on!

So for this year I thought I would start out the Fall Months with a COUPLE FREE PRINTABLES...right click on them, save them to your computer, and then print out and frame, make a banner, or decoupage to a canvas board and you will have free Fall and Halloween decorations. 



This Free Candy Corn Printable I made from a saying we started when our kids were little.  It's a little saying that has been in our family for years. Our three kids wouldn't eat vegetables...nothing new about that. But during October Candy Corn would show up in the store and our kids would ask if there was really corn in the candy.


So I told them yes and that Candy Corn was actually my favorite vegetable....hence the free printable!

The Fall Printable below can be framed or printed out and made into a banner by gluing each letter to twine or ribbon.




       

I have an awesome Halloween Vintage looking Printable for sale in my Etsy shop too. It is much more ornate and I made the original into a large banner to be hung on a large white armoire that is filled with fall quilts. 


Enjoy!
Debbie

September 4, 2015

Happy Fall Ya'll...start decorating and start baking!

Hey everyone! It is time to celebrate since Fall is definitely around the corner....
pull out the warm fuzzy afghans, wonderful scented candles, and start baking.
With cooler weather the family comes indoors...and they want to eat!



These are some of my miniatures I've been working on. Miniature baked cakes...spice cakes, pies, hot cider...I love it.




 My husbands family had a dessert when he was little called Tunnel of Fudge cake....so I did my best trying to replicate it. He said it was a gooey chocolate bundt cake and when you cut into it, there was a fudgey center. Oh my gosh that sounds good right about now. But this is polymer clay and is not edible!

 Many of my customers don't decorate dollhouses they decorate a kitchen shelf and they want a little miniature vignette that people can see when they walk by. Enjoying it during the season. So these are called prep boards. Food prep board...made out of polymer clay and decorated for the season.



Have a Happy Fall Ya'll!
Debbie