Americana Cottage Style Flag

Hey everyone! With July 4th right around the corner, I have been planning on decorating and cooking for the Holiday!

Joining in today @ Feathered Nest Friday~

We always have an enormous family get together and gathering. Food preparation takes a priority, with color schemes, matching plates, dishes, cups and centerpieces all reflecting Red, White and Blue.


IMG_9910We have a wonderful time eating! But the decorating is my favorite thing to do. I’m a Patriotic girl through and through. (These are miniatures I made in the past, with an Americana theme!)


These are all done in miniature. Little quilts, pillows and food items, all are fun in red, white and blue.

IMG_9913With that thought in mind I created a simple pattern to make a Cottage Style Americana flag. If you are like me and love to sew, then you enjoy buying fabric, lace, trim, rick rack, special items for sewing….it is fun!



Flag pattern is so easy with simple to follow instructions and photos.

Are you doing anything fun for July 4th?




Shabby and Cottage Style Americana Boho Flag

Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you these cute flags. They are everywhere….I’ve seen them on sewing sites and they are so cute I had to make some in miniature. They have a Shabby/Boho/Cottage flavor to them. But for someone who sews, they are wonderful because of all the various fabrics that can be used! These are little and fun to make.IMG_5664


So I started looking through my stash, picking fabrics…Americana, reds and blues, then coastal colors, then shabby colors. Before you know it I had yards and yards of fabric, that I would only use a little bit of, and snipped it into 1/2″ wide strips that were several inches long. I also got out all kinds of laces and trims, making strips for the flags from those too.


My shop has the picture pattern and directions if you want to see how to make them.

They  are wonderful for res-purposing your lace, trims, buttons, and extra fabric. You can go for a modern look, Americana look, or shabby, prim look….I have made several so far! I just love them.IMG_5671

How fun! It is a wonderful little pattern, and yet gives very cute results!

I hope you make several. I’d love to see your creations!




American Miniaturist Featured Ribbonwood Cottage

Something wonderful happened. A magazine cover of my work!

Working on dollhouse miniatures, sewing items for little girls birthdays, and special items for young women getting married over the last few years has been a big task.

I’ve received custom orders for museum quality dollhouses requiring perfection when making doll bedding or dollhouse items that are hand sewn. I love to sew and have enjoyed all of this. And I have been asked to make doll bedding that perfectly matches the little childs room that an Interior Decorator has done, using the same fabrics, which were sent to me by the customer.
To my surprise I was contacted by a few magazine editors, and asked to decorate some Red, White and Blue rooms and vignettes.


An Americana porch came to mind! Lots of pretty fabrics, flags and flowers.



American Miniaturist Magazine-July issue. I’m on the cover too, which is very exciting to me.IMG_4171
They can be seen at my Etsy shop for now here @
Ribbonwood Cottage Designs

Thanks for coming by for the visit!


3 Life choices-New Business, New Direction, New Education!

Since your skin is the first thing people see, doesn’t it make sense to just take care of it….like you would your car, your home, your hair?

I first became a consultant for Rodan + Fields, when my
current job of 25 years didn’t fit my life. I had to quit my job to take care of my wonderful parents. A new responsibility and one
I decided to navigate well and with purpose. I had been an Administrative assistant to a Nationally known Minister and speaker.
A wonderful job in so many ways. But as my parents needed to move in with my husband and I, I had to make a choice and I ended
up quitting my job. That career box didn’t meet the criteria of my new responsibilities.

A good friend recommended Rodan + Fields. I said no thanks, I don’t do direct sales. Over the next hour he encouraged me to try this
new Company, work from home, take care of my parents while working when I could, and making an income. I argued, said no….said… yes.

I can’t believe I almost walked away from the opportunity. I had to do something, and I had to make income while fulfilling what I
felt I needed to do. This couldn’t have been a more perfect choice…uncomfortable for my comfort zone. But very workable, very smart, and what I didn’t realize I needed.
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All my training was online by everyday men and women who were making a great deal of money….and they were so helpful, nice and supportive. I hadn’t met too many people in business like this. They had nothing to gain by how I did. Yet every day I went online and read, educated myself, listened to training videos and calls. I wanted to represent myself well as a new Consultant. This was new, but I was determined to navigate
this new direction well. And there were so many people right there to answer every question and encourage me every step of the way. I loved it!

Before I knew it I was encouraged to start my team, my inner circle of Consultants to share with and train together with. Several
favorite people were on my list and I talked to them and encouraged them to try this new opportunity with me.

Meanwhile my parents needed full time care, and I was able to love them and be with them till the end of their lives. And I couldn’t
have done this while trying to fit into a box of a career or a full time job I had to drive to. Now I had a team, customers, I was training….
my college degree Social Work and Counseling wasn’t a fit for this season of my life, neither was my old job. And I LOVED what I was
doing, all the training, from people who had had personal set backs, divorces, or life altering changes, were all so encouraging.
I couldn’t believe I had originally said no!

Nothing about this business is hard. Every question answered, every attempt at this new business is encouraged, and my skin
problems I had had for 40+ years were gone. For the first time ever, my skin cleared up, spots disappeared, wrinkles diminished…
I was speechless. I had been cynical….so I honestly was speechless. And I quickly made what I would consider monthly income.

Now I am able to do what I love and work from home. I have a side business where I create, design and make patterns, handmade necessities and dollhouse miniatures and sell them all over the world. I get to do what I love and Rodan + Fields gives me the time freedom to do this, all because I made an uncomfortable change in my life.

Now I can’t possibly go back to the box I once fit in.V18A

New Business, New Direction and this New Education has created a New Me….and I’m rather fond of the New Season I am in.

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