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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.

July 29, 2020

Pie is always a Good Idea

Hey everyone! It is a beautiful day and very hot where we are. We live in the mountains above Palm Springs and we get very hot weather and hot winds. 
Yesterday at work when we left our car thermostat said 120 degrees. Yikes!

Hot enough to bake a pie, haha...yes that hot.
Here is one of the cherry pies in miniature I made. Watching Youtube videos on how to make polymer clay miniature pies is the best way to learn. Practice and keep practicing.
At first I made plain looking pies. They turned out pretty good. But I watched another miniature artist who showed how to make pies where the fruit was bubbling out of the pie and spilling over.
I just loved that so much because that is how my real pies from home always look.

I encourage you if you are interested in making little foods. buy some polymer clay and watch some videos.
Type in "Miniature polymer clay pies" and you'll see several pop up.
Very fun to watch everyone's technique.

Have a great day!

July 21, 2020

Farmhouse Style-Farm Fresh Eggs, Milk, Homemade Pie and Grandma's Quilts

Welcome to my Ribbonwood Cottage~
I've recently been working on some dollhouse miniatures that reflect my real life at home. We actually live in a Farmhouse on a Farm in S. California.

 Below is one of our roosters! Our life is filled with chores! How about you?
It is hard work, but it is good work.

 Our farmhouse is filled with unique treasures - I have many of my grandmother's quilts along with my own that I have made. I have also bought a few quilts in my lifetime....(shhh...we don't want to talk about how many I have bought!)
 We have over the years had sheep, cows, pigs, geese, goats, thousands of chickens (at one point sold eggs at farmers markets) and a few other animals here and there.

Recently I created a new Ebook with many of my ideas for decorating in miniature using a Farmhouse style theme. Many of these ideas are from my own farmhouse and our 3 acre farm. It is filled with wonderful ideas and little projects anyone can make or create. 

Found HERE

 A few years ago I started making miniature quilts for my Etsy shop. I needed to stay home to take care of my parents, and sewing quilts seemed the right thing for me to do. I love beautiful fabric, and I love quilts...and my shop was specifically selling little doll quilts and bedding so it was a perfect fit.
This simple little Quilting pattern booklet can be found 
 Below is a miniature farm fresh food scene that I made for a customer.
Not too many people know but our Farm is actually called Ribbonwood Acres Farm!
The name Ribbonwood is after the trees on our property that have bark that curls and falls off in ribbons....

Hence my fixation on miniature Farmhouse styles in my Etsy shop.  I really like to decorate vignettes.  Not everyone has a working dollhouse that they are decorating...however I have a lot of customers that are working their dollhouses around and redecorating them.

But I like to make vignettes of little furniture pieces filled with country, shabby, or cottage decor....place the vignettes on a shelf, china hutch, chest of drawers...so that they can be changed out for the season and enjoyed all the time!
 My grandmother who started all of this was a Farmer's wife, with 10 children...a large Farmhouse and barn...with lots of kids to do those chores.  She made the most delicious pies and cobblers....from berries right from her garden. Oh the smell of those pies baking were enough to make one suffer.

 As a little girl I was fascinated with making dough for pies and loved to play with leftover pie dough.

 My family loves hot apple pie...and I have now mastered the art of making real apple pies...and little pies out of polymer dough....lots of rolling pins and rolling till you get the dough just right.

Psalm 128:2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

I remember my grandmother had a china shelf that she had many dishes, platters and salt and  pepper shakers on.  All these dishes came in handy when there were guests staying for dinner.
 This same grandmother quilted amazing quilts....and made aprons, tablecloths, kitchen towels, hot pads....she instilled that same love of fabric, thread, needles, thimbles...sewing.
 Again I ended up using what she taught me to make my own quilts...and then a few years back I started making them for doll beds....I am in love with little quilts.
 My grandmother had loads of quilts on every bed in her house, fluffy pillow, white cotton sheets....I loved staying at her house. The little beds below have  little quilts I made for my Etsy shop in my Farmhouse Vintage collection.

 The baby cradle had to have a new little quilt too.
 I'm glad you came by! 
Thanks for stopping by to visit my Farmhouse Life!

July 8, 2020

Holding Steady

Hey everyone! I hope you are doing well.   We are. holding steady. Our granddaughter is facing a bone marrow transplant (due to Leukemia  diagnosis) and we are rearranging our home for the aftermath. Cleaning, setting kids rooms and furniture apart. It is doable. And we are grateful she will be home afterwards and not in the hospital where most of this year has been spent.
So what do you do during hard times? I keep my faith strong. I listen to good messages, sermons, podcasts to keep my inside strong. It is important to anchor during a storm and that is what we have been in. 

My granddaughter is loving miniatures. I love that.  I have been having her watch YouTube videos how to make miniature foods using polymer clay. She is doing pretty good. I brought clay to the hospital when I stayed with her a few days and we made little miniature cakes and pies and s'mores! I brought them home to bake for her. She uses the miniature food for her Barbies. It makes her very happy and I love thaT!

One thing I love is old quilts, old vintage furniture, old linens, embroidered pillowcases.
For me those things bring comfort. They aren't just laying around but they are in hutches, on shelves, in cupboards...etc.
I also use them when creating miniature furniture items under Ribbonwood Cottage in my Etsy shop. But it started at home.
Other things I routinely do now is have devotions in the morning, filling my heart with good words. Then during the day I am careful what I watch and listen to. I love the news, but I have actually cut back  on the amount! Haha...so much is happening I don't want to miss anything.

The good thing is I love to work, love to sew, love to stitch, love to create. My secret is I have a ziploc bag with me constantly that holds little stitchery projects. It can be pulled out anywhere, doctor visits while waiting, and lately the hospital where my granddaughter is, I stitch. It is calming. But not completely. Underlying is always the concern for our granddaughter and getting treatment for Leukemia. We are hopeful.  And we have also seen some wonderful answers to prayer even on the darkest of days.

Last thing is - I try to always focus on the good. Scriptures help immensely. Helping others - helps immensely. Simple but true.  I hope you are doing well!


Debbie Booth