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DIY Leather Scallop Necklace

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

With just a few jewelry supplies, I whipped up this fancy little leather scalloped necklace. It's so easy to make, I think it took me 20 minutes. You can make one for yourself too! Or better yet, a gift!

Start off by tracing a scallop shape onto some leather. I found mine at the craft store for only a few dollars.

Cut out 6.

Using an awl, make holes on the corners of each scallop.

Then begin hooking them together using jump rings. Eventually you will need to put holes in the bottom center of some of the scallops, but wait until you are at that step to to do it so that everything lines up correctly.

When you are finished, you will have a little scallop triangle shape. Cute! Attach a chain and you are done.

I think it would cute to paint some of the scallops for a pop of color. Maybe next time I will try that!

Blogger Burnout

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hey Guys,
I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still here. I honestly don't know when I'll be back to blogging. I've had a lot of people ask me where I've been and what's happening with my blog. I guess that's one down side of doing "work" that everyone has access to...they all know when you've been slacking and can call you out on it!

I know I've touched on this before but I am on a total blogger burnout right now. Ever since December I just haven't  been motivated or inspired at all. I've mentioned that blogging has become really competitive and as much as I have loved it, I also need to be doing something that earns me a little bit of money. I know some people have a big problem with bloggers earning money or doing sponsored content, but it has been a small source of income for me to be able to stay home with my kiddos.

I've been pretty motivated to do some other creative things around here but I'm not ready to share them with the world just yet. I'm hoping to revamp my blog by only posting things and projects that I truly love and can be proud of.

So, I'm not saying that I'm quitting, I'm just explaining where I've been. I hope to be back soon but I don't know what that will look like. It could be in a few days, it could be in a few weeks.

Gold Heart Straw Garland

Monday, February 2, 2015

I took my geometric planter idea and turned it into something for Valentine's day. This little gold heart garland is an easy and neutral way to add a little hint of love day decor to your home!

All you need are some bendy straws, floral wire and spray paint!

Take 2 straws (I cut mine down a bit) and feed them through some floral wire with the bendy ends facing out.

Twist the wire together and tuck it inside one of the straws.

Bend it to form a heart

I connected my hearts with small pieces of wire and then sprayed it gold with spray paint.

I hung mine on my mantle for some V-day decor!

You could of course paint these any color!

Check out my gold heart idea from last year here!

The Best White Chicken Chili

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Over the years I have perfected my white chicken chili recipe. I started with a recipe and kept adding and tweaking things every time I made it until I got it exactly how we like it. It's my go to meal to make for people when they have a baby or when I have to host and feed a crowd. Everyone loves it and it's easy. I've had so many people request the recipe and I always wish I had a blog post about it so that I can just direct them here. Every time I make it I forget to snap photos. Well, I finally remembered...so here you go!

It's super easy and there is absolutely nothing fancy about it. It's one of the easiest things to make and it always turns out delicious. I love to make it spicy but I usually leave out the spice when I'm serving other people, so it's versatile enough to tweak to your liking!

And it's the best when topped with shredded cheese, tortilla chips and sour cream. So good! we even entered this chili into a chili cook off at Lula's school. It didn't win, but we had so many people come over and tell us it was their favorite.

White Chicken Chili

4 cups cooked chicken breast - diced or shredded
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbs minced garlic
3 cups chicken broth (or more if you like it more soupy)
1-2 tsp crushed red pepper (you can leave this out if you don't want it spicy at all)
2 tsp cumin
2 cans great northern white beans
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can chopped green chilis
 1 cup corn (optional)
Saute onion and garlic in butter. Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot and simmer for 1 hour. Serve with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream and grated cheese on top!

Watercolor Geometric Hearts

Friday, January 16, 2015

A few days ago I decided I wanted to come up with an easy Valentine's day painting.  I had the idea of painting some geometric shapes inside a series of hearts. It was easy and fun but the funny thing is that throughout the week I have seen a million geometric heart projects on Pinterest! So, apparently all the bloggers had the same idea. Great minds think alike, I guess.

I used liquid watercolor but I'm sure the cakes would work too, the colors just won't be as saturated.

After sketching out 4 hearts and filling them in with various triangles, I began painting inside with different shades of pinks and purples.

I thought it would be interesting to have each heart progressing with more color until the 4th one is totally full.

Erase the pencil lines and it's done!

An easy way to add some cheap Valentine's day cheer to your home!

Gold Leaf Number Canvas

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My gold leaf canvas project from last year was one of my most popular posts of 2014. I decided to make another version of that project to hang along side my brush stroke cross painting.

I decided to make a number five gold leaf canvas. We are a family of five and we were married in 2005, so I figured it works!

It's pretty much the same process as my first gold leaf canvas painting. Instead of using stickers, I used painters tape to create the five.

I pretty much just made the number out of the tape and trimmed it up to get the shape I wanted, stuck it on the canvas and applied the gold leaf as I described in my first tutorial.

I hung it along with this cardboard deer head that I got at Joann's for $7. I'm not sure Reid is too thrilled with it (I think he's just mainly confused by it), but I think it's cute.

I can't wait to show the rest of the bedroom soon!

Brush Stroke Cross Painting

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I'm back with a tutorial...shocking!! I know, I've been so sporadic with blogging. I have made this excuse before, but life gets busy and blogging gets put on the back burner. The truth is, I love blogging but it is so competitive. In this Pinterest age, every photo must be magazine quality and there are a million DIY blogs out there. Sometimes it feels pointless. However, I love it. So, I am thinking through what this blog will mean for me in 2015. I don't want to give up just yet. But, I know of several bloggers that are calling it quits. Young House Love being the biggest. I think a lot of people are feeling the same way.  Once I compile my thoughts, I will share them. For now, I have a new tutorial. (with less than Pinterest perfect photos because the lighting in our bedroom is impossible)

I've seen these swiss crosses around for awhile and I love how minimal and simple they are.
 (throw from Urban Outfitters)

(photo credit)

When we recently got a new bed (more on that soon!), I wanted to revamp some decor in our bedroom. In classic Homemade Ginger style, I didn't want to spend any money and decided to reuse and repurpose some things we already had. I decided to use this frame to make my own version of the swiss cross pattern to bring into the room.

I started off with a large piece of poster board and measured out some general guidlines with a pencil.

Then, using a foam brush and some black paint, I started making my crosses. I wanted mine to have a looser brush stroke effect. To do this, make the middle of the cross first and then use less pressure to feather out the brush stroke a bit towards the ends of the lines.

I'm happy with how they turned out!

It was the most simple project ever!

I'm planning on doing a mini gallery wall and adding in some other elements. I will update you with the finished product!


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