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Fall Thrift Store Haul

Friday, September 19, 2014

If you are a regular blog reader, you have probably noticed that I've been on a blogging frenzy lately. I mentioned this earlier, but I have made the goal to blog 5 days a week in September. There are a few different reasons for this, but mainly I have slacked on blogging over the Summer and wanted to give myself a boost into doing it more regularly. I also consider blogging as my part time job and I need to be putting more into it and taking it more seriously in order to earn money from it. Just being honest!

Anyway, coming up with the perfect blog post is a bit exhausting. Creating a perfect, "Pinterest-worthy" image, promoting every post on every social media outlet, making every thing SEO appropriate and so on... But as a blog reader, I think some of the most fun posts to read are the non-Pinterest worthy picture perfect ones.

All of that to say, I thought it would be fun to share a thrift store haul with you all! It's not a tutorial and might not be Pin-worthy, but who cares? I hit up some thrift stores the other day and was pleased with my finds. I LOVE seeing what other people find at thrift stores. In fact, just enter "thrift store haul" into Youtube and if you are like me, you will be able to watch video after video of stuff people find. I may be weird, but I love that stuff.

I went to Goodwill and Salvation Army with nothing in particular that I needed. But I did find some good stuff!

I found this Banana Republic sweater for $1.99. Yay! Oh, and everything I bought ended up being cheaper at the register than what it was marked. I don't know how that happened, but I'll take it!

I also was so excited to find this brand new, H&M denim shirt with the tags still on. It ended up being $1.99 (and the original store tags said $24.99. I had been wanting a denim shirt, so this was a huge score.

These Janie and Jack shoes are in pretty perfect condition and will fit Pearl in a few months. They have a few scuffs, but can be washed since they are canvas and for $0.99, I was happy!

Now for the home finds!

I thought the wicker candle holder was cool for $0.99. It has a grandma vibe to it, but I think I can make it work.  I thought it was a nice size and could also be a vase.

The brass hanging pocket will be so cute spray painted white or a fun color. I'm either going to hang it by the door to stash keys or in my bathroom to hold beauty products. It's such a cute shape.

Finally, I was so excited about the wicker milk crate. I'm pretty sure this is originally from Target because I have almost purchased one exactly like it from Target a few different times, but I could never force myself to pay $25 for a basket. So, when I saw it for $5 in almost perfect condition, I was ecstatic! It's perfect for storing our quilts and blankets in the living room.

I already stuck the wicker thingy with some other fall decor (sorry, definitely NOT Pin-worthy photos.) But I am thinking of spray painting it. I can't decide.

And the basket is already living next to our chair holding our quilts!

What do you think? Do you want to see more thrift store hauls like this one??

Marbled Pumpkins

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I wanted to try my hand at marbling something with nail polish.  I still had some faux pumpkins around that I had picked up from the dollar store, so I thought I'd give it a shot! I think they turned out pretty unique, I definitely like the black and white one better. I did try this with a plate first and it was a total fail.
marbled pumpkin diy tutorial

I was shocked at how easy it was! All you need is warm water and some nail polish.
marbled pumpkin nail polish tutorial

I just did black, but you could definitely add in a few colors. I lined a container with foil just so it didn't get ruined and filled it up with warm water. Then, I poured in some nail polish.

diy marbled pumpkin nail polish tutorial
I swirled it around with the back of a paint brush.

diy marbled pumpkin nail polish tutorial
Then, I just took the pumpkin and kind of swirled it around until it was covered in the weird nail polish slime.

diy marbled pumpkin tutorial homemade ginger
Let it dry and you are done! The black and white pumpkin looks more marbled. The gold one just kind of looks like it has weird black splotches on it. But it still works for fall. Maybe it looks like a spider web? I'll say that I meant for it to look like a spider web.

DIY marbled pumpkin tutorial on homemade Ginger

diy marbled pumpkin using nail polish on homemade ginger

It would be  fun to try to find other objects to marble and experiment with all sorts of colors!

diy marbled pumpkins using nail polsih on homemade ginger

TUTORIAL: DIY Silver Dot Picture Frame

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This easy DIY frame is the perfect way to dress up your old and scratched silver frames that you have collecting dust somewhere. It would also work on other stuff! (think vases, platters, plates, bowls, etc!)

DIY silver dot picture frame

I had everything I needed already on hand. First, the old, scratched frame:
DIY silver dot picture frame

I found some round stickers and stuck them all over the frame.
DIY silver dot picture frame

Then, I sprayed a few very light coats of glossy white spray paint over the whole thing.
DIY silver dot picture frame

Once it was dry, I just peeled off all of the stickers.
modern silver and white picture frame. DIY with spray paint and stickers.

And voila! A new metallic and modern picture frame. Perfect for displaying a fall or Halloween-ish photo!
modern silver and white polka dot picture frame diy

How To Cheat At Watercolor Hand Lettering

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I love all of the beautiful hand lettering that has become so popular. I especially am in love with the watercolor lettering I've seen around blogland and Pinterest.  I'm definitely a novice at watercolor and have become pretty rusty since my college watercolor class 10 years ago. But I figured out an easy to way to achieve that watercolor look without the hassle! (doesn't that sound like an infomercial?)

watercolor pencil hand lettering tutorial

It's really simple. Just get yourself some watercolor pencils at the craft or art store. They are very inexpensive and great for kids too!
watercolor pencil hand lettering tutorial

Write out your phrase. Don't afraid to make it kind of messy, that just adds to the finished watercolor look. This is also a great way to experiment with a gradient of colors.

watercolor pencil hand lettering tutorial
Once you are finished with your lettering, just grab a small paint brush and plain water. Paint over the letters and the pencil turns into paint and become fluid.

watercolor pencil hand lettering tutorial
The more water you use, the more "flowy" your letters become. Or you can just just a little bit of water for a more controlled look.

watercolor pencil hand lettering tutorial
Let it dry and you are done! See, isn't that easier than messing with actual watercolors?

watercolor pencil hand lettering tutorial

A Modern Fall Mantle

Monday, September 15, 2014

When I made my geometric planters last week, I knew I wanted to use them on my mantle. I have a DIY blogger's confession: I've had the same stuff on my mantle since winter. Granted, it wasn't super "wintery" but it definitely didn't reflect the appropriate seasons at all. I knew it was time for a change for fall!

I love shopping my own stuff to rearrange my mantle and bookshelves. I cleared everything off the built in shelves and mantle and rearranged everything. It's the cheapest way to change up decor...FREE!

However, I did use some Dollar Tree finds (do I really need to mention yet again how much love that place for craft and home decor supplies? and no, I'm not being paid to say this!). I also crafted another fabric wall hanging.

After making the fabric banner a few weeks ago, I had the idea to make one to hang on the mirror over the mantle, but using a quote seemed a little silly.  As I was browsing Pinterest and wishing I had some antlers, I had the idea to just do antlers on the banner and I love how it turned out!

I just used the same exact method as the quote banner to do everything except instead of stenciling on words, I used antlers. I also contimplated stenciling on a leaf, but I'm glad I went with the antlers. I can keep it up for my Christmas decor and it will go perfectly.

I found the pumpkin and gourds at Dollar Tree for $1 (duh) and just spray painted them gold.

Then of course I added my faux succulents and geometric planters and everything else was just stuff I already had in various spots.

I also snapped a few photos of my rearranged shelves. After uploading this picture, I noticed that my girls did some rearranging of their own and switched around some stuff, but I think it still looks fine. I kind of like that they like to get involved with decorating and helping make the space their own.

What is on your mantle for fall? Do you do seasonal decor or just keep it the same all year round?

Back To School Style + A Giveaway!

Friday, September 12, 2014

This must be giveaway week on Homemade Ginger because I have giveaway #3 for you all today! (and you still have time to enter yesterday's $25 Target Gift Card giveaway!) Scroll down to the end of the post to check out today's cute prize!

I've strayed a little from the norm for today's post, but I just couldn't keep the cute-ness of my children from you any longer.  Lula, Jane and Pearl are blessed to have a "Lolly" (a.k.a. my mom) who makes them adorable dresses. And they have some new ones for back to school!

By the way, did you know that my mom has a blog? Yes...not many people can say that! She is an avid modern quilter and also maker of adorable clothes for her grandkids, so you've gotta check out Lollyquiltz!
Jane's pink dress has a hopscotch print on it and Lula's dress is the first day dress pattern from MADE

 We added the cardigan and belt to make it more appropriate for fall. I love the mismatched look! 

And aren't saltwater sandals the cutest? We love these! I bought them a few months ago and made sure to order them in bigger sizes so that they will hopefully be able to wear them next summer too!

They also have new Lolly-made sun dresses that can turn into jumpers for fall. 

Yeah, Jane's face isn't too great in this photo, but Lula looked too cute not to share! I'm not sure the details of the fabric or pattern, but I'm sure my mom explains it!

And you are probably wondering where that cute headband is from...

Well, good news! You can win one! This headband is from the cutest new Etsy shop, Lucy's Bows and Arrows. So many adorable ones to choose from and the one we have actually fits all three girls. 

My friend Rachel who is the mastermind behind these headbands is giving one away to a lucky reader! But don't worry, all Homemade Ginger readers will receive a 15% off discount! Yay! Just use the coupon code: 15OFF4GINGER at checkout. 

Enter the giveaway below! (takes a few seconds to load)

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Metallic Stone Thumbtacks + $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

**Click through to read this whole post to enter to win a $25 Target Gift Card!**
Since I'm not a very organized person, I need pretty things to motivate me to stay on track! When I teamed up with Target to create some organized finds for their wedding registry, I knew I had to come up with a pretty little DIY to go with it!

The dollar store strikes again for this little project. I found these bags of stones and gold thumbtacks and I had an idea! Spray paint them gold and make pretty metallic stone thumbtacks.

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