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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.

April 22, 2016

Garden Roses, Fabric Roses, and a Baby Dutch Belt Cow

Many of you know we live on a Farm (3 acres) and we live in an older Farmhouse.
Over the years I have planted roses...
This one is a climbing rose (Cecil Bruner) and I planted it near a tree, so it would climb up the tree!
I'm joining in with Beverly @ http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ 
 a wonderful Garden Party that Laura is hostessing

If it is old, I usually plant something in it!

 See the little baby below? He was born yesterday. We are having a cow naming party in our town and we are giving away 2 dozen eggs to the person who wins. We have 8 Dutch Belt Cows. They are a dairy cows.

I do have a love affair with roses...more specific, rose petals!

So much so that a great many things that I sell, or make patterns for have layers of fabric. When you wash these little flowers the edges curl up and look like rose petals.

Rose fabric before I love and adore. It is by Lecien a Japanese quilting fabric. It can be found on Ebay and Etsy and several online stores. It feels amazing, and is beautiful fabric.
I make miniature doll quilts and bedding for my shop. I sell Dollhouse miniatures all over the world. 
My dollhouse miniatures will be featured in another magazine this summer called American Miniaturist. This started out as a small hobby.....and then grew and grew!
Recently at Hobby Lobby I found some trim in the lace section that had little roses on it. See the two pillows in the back below? Those roses are from some of that trim. 
I love it!

I don't have the patience to make miniature roses for dollhouses...
way too tiny for my eyes to focus. But I love making Garden style bedding for beds.
I also loaded a quick 20 second video on my Facebook page-Ribbonwood Cottage.
Would love for you to take  a quick look.

Thank you for visiting!

April 14, 2016

Sewing Rooms and a Beautiful Cottage style bed Pincushion

Does anyone besides me like beautiful pincushions? I love them! They are so sweet. I recently made a pattern for a pincushion that looks like a Cottage Style made bed. What do you think?

I use straight pins galore. But I've recently in the last couple of years indulged myself by buying cute straight pins with decorative heads on them! How fun. Why not live a little on the edge!
I found similar ones on Etsy.  They are called Decorative Straight Pins.

I remember my grandmother's sewing area....not quite a room. But a desk with an old Singer sewing machine.....And she had pincushions, the old fashioned kind. She also had lovely glass jars filled with buttons, laces, ribbons, trims, all sorts of decorative items. I was in love. 

 The loveliest memory was a quilt, on a wooden quilt frame in front of a large window. Several ladies in her quilting group would come over and quilt with her while their kids were in school. I was fascinated with this process very early on!

I've even made some sewing hutches in miniature with several of these little items that I remember so well. This room is in miniature, and I believe all these items have sold. But I love the quilts on the wall, the ironing board way in the back of the room with red floral fabric on it. See the little iron with the red handle on the ironing board?
My grandmother also had wooden hutches and chests of drawers filled with beautiful fabric and hand drawn patterns. I wished I had all of those as keepsakes!

 Even miniature sewing machines need a sewing machine cover.

I have seen very detailed pin cushions, and then simple ones like the old fashioned red tomatoes ones that our moms and grandmothers used.

My grandmother had a wonderful round tin with a lid that she kept straight pins in. I loved to look in there. Many of them had colorful heads. My mother just used the plain straight pins, nothing fancy, so I was enamored with my grandmothers wild side, so to speak when it came to straight pins!
Here is another little glimpse of sewing room furniture pieces in miniature I have done. I used fabric from Lori Holt's Line.
Love her fabric.

I found some free patterns online and saved them to my computer. Then I reduced the percentages of the pattern printables to a small percent-5% or 10% I don't remember. Just small enough so it looked right on this hutch. Don't tell the true miniaturists I did that....it is supposed to be exact....and I'm sure it wasn't!

I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Delightful memories. They are my inspiration now for many of the patterns you will find in my shop.
Blessings to you all,

March 30, 2016

Spring Home Tour-

It all started with a chippy paint tool box, filled with handpainted china...roses whispering that spring is here. Bunnies on the look out for fresh greenery, eggs ready to hatch with little chicks...Spring is certainly here.

I made little nests out of frosted flakes and then put them on little miniature cupcakes...yummy. I  love cupcakes.
 My sweet sister in law gave me these little egg cups for my birthday. They are adorable and from Target.

 The pink pitcher was an ugly color and got spray painted for spring. It is not used for food so I decided why not! 

Even the bedroom needed some blooms.

Even our girls got the spring fever!
They didn't know what to think about the
colored eggs I put in the egg basket!

 Flowers make my heart sing...
so I make sure I have pretty ones on the porch...
so I remember to sing when I see them.

Thanks for the visit.