Hey everyone what a wonderful month it has been. I am so humbled and very happy that Ribbonwood Cottage graced the front cover of
A Dollshouse Magazine!
I realized a little too late the link to my Free Ebook had been tampered with and after hours of working on it realized I’m unable to fix it!
So rather than be upset one more minute I’m uploading the link directly to those of you that would like it. Be sure to sign up to be in my Ribbonwood Cottage VIP Club over on the sidebar.
I am excited about some wonderful things that are coming up this year – 2017. 2016 turned out to be a bit rough and good all at the same time but it brought many happy things to us.
Thank you everyone!
While getting ready for a magazine article with pictures back in August, I came up with several ideas. The cabin/lodge look with lots of plaids and flannels and fur.
Red and black, flannel, check fabric….I love all of it!
The other idea was all things Gingerbread. Cookies, recipes, Gingerbread cake with creamy icing drizzled on top. Gingerbread decorating ideas….the ideas flooded my mind.
So for starters I finished the lodge/cabin look for the magazine and here is the Cover! I’m pretty happy with it.
Creating is my favorite thing to do. Many nights I lay in bed thinking of ideas, I have a tablet next to my bed so that I can write things down so that I can remember them in the morning. Then the next day I start sketching my ideas on to paper. Many times I will cut things out based on those sketches and see if it sews together easily. That isn’t usually an easy process, but one can hope!
Here is a Free Printable you can save and print out.Here is a free Printable Holiday To Do List.
This Gingerbread doll came to mind. I wanted her to look sweet, but also ready to bake! So in the design I made a little recipe card that could be printed out….a very little one….so she could write her own favorite recipes out.
It also seemed very important that there was some type of Gingerbread house….a pillow of sorts. Not too detailed so it could easily be made before Christmas….
I’m always a fan of quick and easy projects. Pretty fabric, but pretty simple patterns and direction. What do you think? Here are some cute Gingerbread Vintage images.
Save them or print them out and frame them for a little Gingerbread decor in your home for the Holidays! I printed them out and then covered the little sayings with Christmas stickers that I had.
Hey everyone! Fall decor is lovingly being put away, and the wonderful containers of all things Christmas are being brought out, it is time to enjoy the Holidays.
Don’t you love little dolls and bedding sets. I have patterns on my Etsy sight for easily making a doll bed out of an Altoids
tin. It makes the comforter, mattress and pillows. All the bedding fits inside and the tin can be closed and taken anywhere
and pulled out for playtime. I love all this little cuteness!
We really try to make it wonderful for all involved. I commented to my husband how his parents always made Christmas wonderful for us and our kids, and yet they weren’t financially rich, they were rich in so many ways. Decor, food, baked items, festive events….they just made it wonderful for us. My parents loved shopping for kids and saved all year in a ‘Christmas fund’ in order to be able to shop right after Thanksgiving! So there was always a business plan for Christmas!
In honor of the National Event called Black Friday everything, excluding patterns, in my shop is on sale. No codes necessary. %25 off of any cuteness. Would love for you to come by for a visit!
Enjoy the weekend too.
Be sure to head over to my Facebook page and comment that you
have voted. I am picking 2 winners and will be giving away
2 mini Redefine Rodan + Fields Regimens.
Trying to do my part to add something good to election day!
Hey everyone! With two little grandchildren it seems we need to carry around little things for them.
Whether it is diapers, or little treats, food items, bottles, a tote bag seems necessary. Often we run in
somewhere and don’t really need the full fledged diaper bag, so I have created this quick and easy
Tote Bag Treat Bag. It is made with Halloween fabric for a candy treat bag, but it can certainly be made
using Super hero fabric or cute seasonal fabric. I even purchased real leather trim to make a more stylish
one for an older teen.
Here is the link for your free pattern
I also want to give a big shout out to Margie @ http://www.ribboncandyquiltcompany.com
who provided the wonderful Halloween fabric for this project. Thank you so much Margie!
Thank you so much!
I don’t know about you but I secretly adore Halloween. I don’t act too
interested in front of the kids, but I’m happily cross stitching Halloween projects, working on tablescapes and decor in my home, eating a bit of candy here and there. What’s not to love?
I found wonderful vintage napkins and old plates at a thrift store, so I decided to layer them and set the table for a bit of whimsical fun.
I also took small canning jars and filled them with candy, wrapped a black and white gingham bow around the lid. My guests loved this.
Old vintage images are also fun to print out on tea stained or cream colored yardstick and placed in a frame. Very quick Halloween or Fall decorating.
Since my business is all about dolls, I have quite a bit of doll furniture. I pulled out this black chest of drawers and filled it with candy. I love how it turned out.
Hover over the image with your mouse, right click to save. Save to a file on your computer that you can find later. Open the file, click on the image and click print. I love to print out on colored cardstock in beige or gray colors for an old world look. Trim down if necessary.
I also find ornate frames at the thrift store and spray paint them. This is a simple and inexpensive way to add a little fun Halloween decor without spending a lot of money.
Thank you for visiting!
Hot Cocoa and Hot Drink Stations are fun and wonderful for family and friends that come over to visit. We have had a Drink Station for years on a vintage Hoosier that is in our kitchen. We live in a Farmhouse on a Farm and have people over often. Because the serving area for food is so crowded during our family events we actually had to create a Drink Station out of necessity. Way before the concept of a Hot Cocoa Station or Coffee Bar became popular.
I recently was contacted from a magazine to do a Seasonal Winter scene and I decided to create a Hot Cocoa Station in miniature. It is very similar to the one on my real back porch! I realized I have been doing this at our Farmhouse for years. There were so many pictures of our real home when our kids were younger I decided to compile the pictures and the ideas and make an Ebook out of them. There are literally over 100 ideas, different themes, different decor ideas and serving ideas.
Whether you want to create a little coffee/hot cocoa area on the counter or a larger display for a special event, I am sharing tons of ideas for placing items, decorating on the table, around the table, on the side of the table. Using Seasonal decorating themes to create a wonderful and fun area to have kid friendly drinks and a place to laugh and visit while guests are visiting!
Many of our friends prefer Hot Tea instead of Hot Cocoa, so we have a variety of Teas to choose from.
Even though some of these pictures are of miniatures, they actually are very similar to how I decorate and design a Hot Cocoa Station at home or for special events.
These are some of the pictures that will be in the Winter Issue of the Dolls’ House magazine, a British publication.
Take a look here. The Ebook shows you how to make a Real Hot Cocoa Station in your home. I’m sure you will love the pictures, ideas and guidelines for easily making one in your home. Tons of pictures and ideas, instantly downloaded!
And a Free Printable for you to save to your computer. Print out on Card stock and then frame for a Vintage sign to use while decorating your Hot Cocoa Station!
I wanted to share with you all how to make simple polymer pumpkins-prefereably Aqua!
We live on 3 acres and when our kids were younger we grew Organic produce, and always planted pumpkins. They are easy to grow and always look amazing when they are ready to be picked. So I decided to make some little pumpkins for my Etsy and Shopify shop to sell for the Fall months.
One of my favorites is a Pumpkin called a Cinderella pumpkin. Similar to the ones below in this wheelbarrow I found on Google. The ones we grew were magical looking!
The grooves in the pumpkins are much deeper than basic pumpkins. It ended up being the loveliest shade of aqua with a tinge of beige, or greige coloring to it. Not a bright aqua, but very muted. The shape of the pumpkin was in my thinking breath taking! hahaha, if you love pumpkins like I do, you will love this pumpkin!
Basic Supply List
White polymer clay, various chalks (you can buy a box of colored chalks in the artist section of a craft store for under $5.00), toothpicks, soft paint brushes -medium sized and small sized. Something to bake the clay on, an old cookie sheet, or pie pan will work fine.
To begin, take a small amount of white clay and roll it around in your hand to soften it up. It should be smaller than 1″ around. I start with a small size of clay, maybe the size of a marble. With the toothpick, make a small hole at the top. This is the top of the pumpkin.
Next using the toothpick or needle, make indentations from the top towards the bottom of the pumpkin.. Do this in 5 or 6 places to replicate the ridges on the sides of a pumpkin. I placed a toothpick inside the hole of the pumpkin so that it could be shaded without having to touch the pumpkin and accidentally indenting it with my fingers (this happens alot haha!)
Next I take the colors of chalk I want to use, in this case aqua, light blue, etc. I scrape some chalk off with a sharp tool. I used a razor blade. I didn’t have any little ones around so this was a safe tool for me to use. Please use something else though if you have children around.
With the larger paint brush (keep it dry) I dabbed the brush into the aqua loose chalk and began to brush the sides, top and bottom of the pumpkin. I used a toothpick to move the pumpkin around. I then used some other shades of chalk until I got the color I wanted. A little green, a little light blue, darker aqua around the center top of the pumpkin where the stem is going to be.
Next I pulled off more white chalk, and rolled it in between my fingers till it was the width of the toothpick. I cut it about 3/4″ long and rolled the top down to be a stem. I used the small brush and brushed it brown and gold to replicate a dried pumpkin stem. Then using another toothpick, I pressed down on the pumpkin while pulling out the toothpick that was in the pumpkin.
Using the toothpick I lifted up the stem and maneuvered it into the hole that the toothpick left. Just take your time doing this. I dropped the stem a couple of times, so keep doing it till the stem is in the pumpkin. Press down on the sides near the stem to lock it into place. Dab a little more chalk around the stem area if needed. Once you are happy bake according to the manufacturers instructions. I bake them at 250 degrees for about 12-15 minutes….and I touch them to make sure they are not still soft.
Let them cool and then use them for display with little vignettes. I love creating small seasonal vignettes on a shelf in the dining room so I can enjoy it and see it. You don’t have to have a dollhouse just to decorate with miniatures. And the pumpkins can be made any size actually!
Joining in with Kim @ http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2016/09/wow-us-wednesdays-292.html#more
If you visit craft stores you will see that there is a growing popularity in Halloween and Fall villages using miniatures not just Christmas villages.
I love that. Blessings,
I have had this idea about camping, the woodland style look and rustic style bedding, bears, wild animals….
While growing up my parents often took us camping in Yosemite National park.https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
Camping was fun because my parents made it fun. They were excited so we were excited. I planned for weeks which toys I would take. My Barbie dolls and baby dolls were at the top of the list, which meant they needed sleeping bags! Often times that meant a pretty piece of fabric folded in half and my dolls were slipped inside the fold.
Hours of fun were to be had when the toys went camping with me! We built a campground for them, or at least I did. Yosemite had stuffed toy bears that were always fun to scare my Barbie dolls with! And there were real bears too….I always hoped we would see one and we usually did. Below is just a fun picture I found of a bear at a picnic table. Hahaha…I never saw this, but I did see bears get into our ice chests where the food was. That was before they came up with bear lockers to keep them out of our food!
I put rocks in a ring and made a campfire for them, used little sticks for firewood. It was a great deal of fun for a little girl.
This bed set that I just designed is a fun little pattern made with pretty flannel plaid fabric and a little fun fur. Easy pattern, pretty fabric and the end result is a fun little set for an American Girl doll or 18″ size baby doll.
The bear was an extra idea that just seemed too cute to leave out.
Now here in my Etsy shop @https://www.etsy.com/listing/463660278/woodland-bear-and-doll-bedding-18?ref=shop_home_active_1
People usually have strong feelings about camping one way or another.Whether you love or hate camping….but enjoy the woodland/rustic/cabin look, How about a free Printable? I offered this last winter before the Christmas season. I created and designed it. I printed several out, cut them into squares and used them to make a rustic looking garland/banner with clothespins and twine! It’s a little Christmasy but still has that woodland look to it. I’m creating another one for this Christmas season coming up, but it won’t be out till October.
Have a great week!
Hey everyone! Working now towards the winter months…and it is still very hot outside!
I was contacted by a magazine editor, and was very excited to put together a winter collection. When I’m putting together a collection I get a theme, and a direction for the theme, then I usually do three things. I make a collection for a bedroom, a kitchen/dining room and an outside/porch design.
Yes this is for a dollhouse magazine….however….a great deal of what I do coincides with how I really decorate my home. I live in a large farmhouse with a very long and wonderful porch, on 3 acres. Often I get ideas from my own home, my likes and interests.
At my home I usually have a chair by the door with a potted plant, wreath, or seasonal item on it…a sign on the wall next to the door, and potted flowers with coordinating colors nearby.
Shelves at my real farmhouse hold canning jars filled with goodies, baking ingredients, stacks of dishes, stacks of kitchen towels and tons of cookbooks. WE also have several hundred chickens and sell Fresh Eggs at our farm, so in miniature you will usually see a bowl of little fresh eggs and farmhouse signs on display!
During the winter months we will sit on our porch, and I cuddle up with quilts, throw, afghans and pillows. You get the picture? If it is the least bit chilly I pull out the quilts. And in the winter, every porch needs a cute Hot Cocoa bar right? Notice the little jar on the left with layered hot cocoa, creamer and peppermints in it.
Below is the actual room I set up for the magazine. It was little too big, too wide, so I used a piece of foam core board and made a wall behind the fireplace and brought the room in to be a little cozier. The window allows light from my real window in my sewing room so that the pictures I take are not dark. I am blessed with a lot of natural light.
Notice the wall too…my version of shiplap. I removed the slats from an old distressed shutter and hot glued them to the wall behind the bed! In a closeup no one would ever know….so it is our little secret ok?
Bedding pattern including pillow instructions and embroidery pattern can be found here @ https://www.etsy.com/listing/460945700/rustic-winter-christmas-dollhouse?ga_search_query=pdf&ref=shop_items_search_6
Lots of goodies to be found here!
I love making little scenes. I have found great delight in making little vignettes from an actual room. I’m in the process of actually making bedding in a big size-regular human size! It will look a great deal like this picture. And the pillow? Yes I’m publishing this design too in life size. Easy to embroider and easy to make….should anyone want to make it!
But right now the miniature version of the pattern can be found here @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/RibbonwoodCottage
Let me know if you do the embroidery and the little bedding or pillow.