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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.

September 7, 2021

Freebie Monthly Cross Stitch Pattern - Halloween

Hey everyone! I wanted to offer you a free cross stitch pattern. I create a lot of patterns and I wanted to give something away to you. Cross stitching is something I do usually after dinner when we sit to catch up on news, etc. With each stitch I slowly unwind from the day (we work for hospice and there is often stress related situations), processing my thoughts, working through the day.... I try to do a little stitching everyday. I set my phone down so I don't get distracted by pictures and decorating on social media! Do you know what I mean Haha! Here you go-
Simple to stitch. Quick to stitch. For more Fall cross stitch patterns, visit my shop @ RIBBONWOOD COTTAGE enjoy. Debbie Booth Ribbonwood Cottage

August 13, 2021

Let's Make a Blythe 1:6 Scale DIY Bed

Hey everyone! I hope you are doing well! We are in 100' weather here in S. California. We love the heat, but love air conditioning more.
If you have visited my shop (ever) you will see that doll bedding is often a very popular item. I love to make doll bedding and have had several designs of mine in dollhouse magazines. But miniature dollhouse bedding isn't what I want to share with you about. I want to show you how to make a doll bed! One sixth scale. Barbie or Blythe doll size.
I had a lightbulb moment one night while drifting off to sleep...but then couldn't because my thoughts were swirling around in my head. Basically it was this....since I'm not really a woodworker but a professional seamstress, I wish I could make doll beds for all the bedding I make. I've spent so much money ordering doll beds and then dressing them. So I wanted to make a doll bed without using a saw. My husband doesn't want me using a saw since I am also a church pianist! So I bought some signs on clearance at Hobby Lobby that measured 4" x 12". I didn't care what they said...I was going to use the wood. I also bought packages of knobs or unfinished wood candle holders. Supplies: Wood sign 4" x 12" wood unfinished knobs glue gun and glue sticks white spray paint. Look at the following pictures for the simple process!
I spray painted the knobs and sign a couple times for good coverage. Hot glued the knobs to the four corners of the bed. Next I made bedding. Mattress, flat sheet ( no fitted sheet - make the mattress and flat sheet out of the same fabric). Blanket Ruffled comforter. Pillows...lots of them! There are a few patterns in my shop for making doll bedding Barbie, Blythe, one sixth scall size. I show how to make things in a very simple way. The key is to use pretty fabric. And pillows...lots of them for layering. Ribbonwood Cottage Etsy shop Let me know if you make something! I'd love to know, love to see what you are making. Blessings, Debbie

July 10, 2021

Red, White and Blue Decor

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week. Can you believe July is flying by? Wow....I'm still in May...sort of.

 I pulled all my reds, white, and blues out to stack, sort and put together for pictures and for decorating in the farmhouse...my house. And before you know it July 4th had come and gone. But I love all of the Americana, all the red, white and blue decor.

And I made a few little things. Little houses, marble cake (polymer clay), napkins, and strawberries.

I was blessed to see my dear friend from Kansas. She's a lifetime friend. The best kind of friend.


Cross stitching and wool stitching are my two favorites, because I feel like I can stitch while at home or when I"m visiting with family and friends....I love to stitch. It is very soothing to me and helps me organize my thoughts with each stitch.







My favorite thing in real life is a huge white armoire that I have filled with vintage quilts. So I love making miniature versions for my Etsy shop and my customers. I make them with seasonal quilt pieces to replicate the armoire I have. here is an Americana version.



Another simple thing to do is make little star quilts. It takes a fabric for the star and a fabric for the base, or the front that the star adheres to (I use heatnbond)



My Etsy shop Ribbonwoodcottage has several patterns for Americana style decor, diy miniature making, star quilts in small sizes 7" x 7" and so much more. And my patterns are simple. I love to inspire people with basic sewing or making skills to make and sew things. I remember getting so frustrated in 4th grade when I was learning to sew...with that thought in mind, I deliberately make my patterns easy so that people can ENJOY making what they are making!

This star quilt pattern is on sale right now for $1.99 and can be purchased here @ START Quilt Pattern

and the flag pillow is also included in this pattern.


That is all for now. But stay tuned I have a lot more to share with you!

Blessings,
Debbie Booth
Ribbonwood Cottage

June 7, 2021

Sweetest Little Americana Things

 Hello everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We have several military people in our older generations, so it is always a good time of hearing family stories that are amazing.

In the past I have made some little Americana style bedding sets and miniatures. I also love displaying Americana style in my home. Do you?

And of course there is stitching....I am always working on a cross stitch project. This stitched up pretty quick. It can be found in my shop HERE

And this cute dressed up bunny cross stitch was great to stitch. I use it on my tiered tray when decorating with  Americana style decor.
Available HERE


This is a miniature scene I did for American Miniaturist magazine, with all sorts of fun Americana style miniatures.


Miniature Star Quilt Pattern can be found HERE. It is one of the easiest miniature quilts you can make.


Since I adore the Americana style, I have collected a few red quilts, and a few navy quilts. But I need a few more. Just sayin' (insert big smile.)






I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We enjoyed time with family and cooked and baked some favorites. I love doing that. Love our family and love our country.


Blessings!

Debbie Booth

May 19, 2021

Heart Strings are Being Pulled in Many Directions

Hey everyone, this will be a quick post. Recently our daughter had her baby and instead of being able to bring her home, the baby had to get some extra help and is in the NICU.  She is holding steady, and we are praying over her, praying for healing, and thanking God for her life. She is so sweet and adorable. My daughter hasn't been able to hold her yet which she has been very emotional about. But they had to hook the baby up to a ventilator immediately after birth. I told my daughter that we needed to change our focus to 'the baby is alive because they hooked her up to a ventilator after birth.'


Emotional but sweet days. So I am with my daughter dropping her off each day to the children's hospital to be with her baby. Her hubby who is an amazing guy, is staying at night with the baby. 

Hallie Alexandria Owens 
Edited to add: our sweet baby did pass away. We miss her so much. It was extremely emotional and our hearts were broken when her heart stopped. We had a small family funeral for our littlest angel.  I don't quite know how life goes on after this, but I know it does, and I know it will.



Blessings to each of you,

Debbie Booth


March 1, 2021

Free Labels for you and Sewing Room Pictures and Ideas

Hey everyone!~
These tags are for you. Print and cut out and use to label craft containers.

When organizing crafts the best way is to organize like items together.
Like thread, trims, lace, snaps, fasteners, measuring tapes, needles, etc.


 
For a long time I organized with baskets and beautiful containers...then after two flood catastrophes, I moved what was recovered into plastic containers for the most part. Cute stuff is still in baskets up on shelves, and fabric storage is in larger plastic tubs with lids. I label and tag.









I also keep the things I use the most nearby so that it is easily accessed when sewing or creating.

I am presently in the process of moving my sewing room 

but here are so older pictures of my sewing area. I used quite a few baskets, and an armoire for some of the fabric. I have a lot of fabric!

 
This is my first ever magazine article picture. The editor wanted a picture of the dollhouse I had used for pictures while listing my miniatures for Etsy. This is several years ago, about 10. I didn't have a dollhouse. I had never had a dollhouse! I purchased my first one when I was 50 from a Marine soldier who was being deployed with his wife, and their daughter had grown and didn't need the dollhouse anymore. Wow!

This was such a special purchase for me. And it was $100. It was empty and I began collecting furniture to put inside of it. 
I also have containers that I have labeled and put dollhouse furniture in. Fabric is separated into colors and I keep the fabric I am using presently on little shelves. The bigger collections of fabric are kept in labeled containers.



All you need to do is tap on the labels. When they open up right click to save to your phone, computer or device.  When you open them again, you can print them out onto paper. You can print out on card stock or full sheet sticker adhesive paper.  Cut and  attach and use on containers. Organize your supplies quickly by putting like things together. You can even go so far, to alphabetize in order. your containers so that you can find things quicker.
I often use plastic shoe boxes to store items and then stack for a neat pulled together look. I also store the stacked shoe boxes under tables and then add a table cloth so that all that plastic doesn't show. I use plastic but I don't have it at eye love to look at all the time.

So those are a few of my tips. Be sure to see my other posts this week. There are many more labels being offered for fun little crafts.

Debbie Booth
PS I am in the midst of packing of my older sewing room and moving it to a newer area where I can work, spread out, and have all my miniatures and sewing supplies in one room. When I finish I will share all the details with you and lots of pictures!

Blessings!