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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.

March 27, 2015

Easy DIY Pastel Spring and Easter Chick Banner-Pink and Yellow!

Joining in with one of my favorite blog parties 
and blog hostesses-Beverly!
A little pink and a little spring decor for you to make....easy peasy!

We love Easter and love all that it brings.
We celebrate at church and at home...
Easter egg hunts, lots of home cooked food!
ON my shelf I wanted a banner that drew the colors together, so I landed on pink and yellow but you could embellish your banner with any Spring colors you desire.

I did use my sewing machine but you can always use that sewing glue that attaches fabric to itself instead....this is supposed to be easy.
You could even use scrapbook paper instead of fabric and get a similar look!

What you will need:
Cream wool felt for back ground....a few squares from the craft store or less than a 1/4 of a yard.
Rick rack ( I chose pink but aqua would be pretty too.)
Yellow fabric for chicks-just a few scraps or a fat quarter
Yellow gingham fabric for the background of the banner.
buttons-I chose buttons that matched the rick rack
orange rick rack- for the beaks(you could use orange felt or fabric too_)
Pink gingham check for the bows(or use ribbon, I used fabric)
small white rick rack for legs
Cut your felt triangles 5" wide and 6" long from top to point. Cut four triangles.

 For the chick pattern, I sketched my own, but looked up on Google and found several that you could use and print out. YOu just need the outline shape of the chick...the rest is very easy!
The best pattern I found was at this link below, but I added a couple cute ones that could be used to for you.


Next using your pattern, cut four chicks out of the yellow fabric.
Pin the 4 chicks to the four triangles, next take a strip of rick rack...about two inches long, fold the strip in half like picture below and pin underneath chicks body. When you sew around the chick you want to make sure you sew across the rick rack which is underneath the chick.

 Next at an angle snip your rick rack for the beak and sew it onto your chick. I used a black sharpie for the little chick's eye. Once this is done Sew your felt triangle onto a larger fabric triangle ( I placed the triangle onto the yellow gingham fabric and  cut around this...eyeballing it, you are not making a quilt so perfection isn't important)After your four triangles have the back ground fabric you are going to link them together with your rick rack. You want at least 6-12" of rick rack left over on each side of your banner for hanging it.
Once your banner is sewn together you are going to embellish it with little bows and buttons.
I took a scrap of pink gingham and cut a long 1" strip and then cut this strip every 3".
You are going to pinch the center of each strip and sew across it to make your bow. Once you have sewn all the strips, you will sew it in between your triangles. There were 3 of these bows.
Add a button to the center of each of your bows.
I also added buttons at the bottom point of the triangles...just for something extra cute!
When you are finished hang it up.
I hung my banner with clear pin tacks onto a shelf in my kitchen.

I hope you make one and enjoy it!
Blessings and Happy Easter!

March 13, 2015

Spring Pink, White and Aqua Decor, Miniature Decor and a Wonderful New Job!

Whew what a few weeks it has been since the New Year! Seemed appropriate to post something pink and wonderful and springy! 
Playing along with the wonderful Party Miss Beverly started a few years ago that is now Famous! I remember the very first one!
 These are all my little Miniature Creations in my Floral Collection. I love roses, love spring, love fabric, love shabby, love cottage-throw them all together and this is what I see in my head!
 Bedding with lots of layers, and beautiful fabric....lace edged sheets...lots of pink here and there!
 I decided a couple of years ago to throw myself into my Etsy shop and see if I started making things what kind of response I would get....just started sewing what I saw in my head....
 Then I realized I needed to order some miniatures to go along with all the fabric things I was making, then decided I needed to learn some new skills....making polymer foods. 

Yikes this was not easy...it wasn't hard but it was a process. So I started watching Youtube videos how to make pies, cakes, cupcakes all very tiny of course.  I threw away a lot of misshapen baked items, horrible pies and cakes...burnt clay items...Yikes what a learning experience.
 Then I needed to learn to make little Easter eggs, and rolled out dough and cookies....I had packages of dishes coming to me from China....so many that my friends asked me at the Post Office what I was up to and doing! hahahaha....

I handed them my business card (had to order those too....) and said visit my website and see what I've been up to. 
 I found the little bunnies at a store and spray painted them for my table vignette.

Look below at that little muffin tin! Isn't that the sweetest little thing?
 I print out old recipe cards and make the font 2 or even 1 so it prints out tiny tiny...then I cut it out and fold it to look like a well loved recipe card!
It has been so fun, and a new life skill, filled with learning lessons. But during this time my mom passed away and that was very difficult because I had to quit my day job to take care of her 2 years ago.  But rough times often lead to new directions.

The good news is I started selling Rodan  + Fields skincare from home...have you heard of it? The doctors that created ProActiv...anyhow I started doing that as my new job, and it has been incredible and it is even better financially then my last job! And I'm able to work from home. So I feel very blessed. 
 I'm doing things I would never have thought I would do at 55....but I'm loving it....I'm happy....I get to work from home and it is a good season in my life.  
Also the Rodan + Fields job time wise gives me the opportunity financially to do the miniatures and have my Etsy shop which is what I love to do! Yay!


I cut up old quilts or torn linens and fold them in little hutches to look like my life size quilt hutch I have at home!

Thank you for visiting! Have an awesome weekend!