homemade ginger: September 2010

thrift store owl makeover

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I found an ugly little ceramic owl at the thrift store this weekend that I thought had the potential to be kinda cool with some paint. Before I got any further, I had this post all ready to go and then looked at one of my favorite blogs this morning to find out that they posted the same exact project except with a frog! I thought that was kinda funny. I promise I didn't rip this off of them, I guess we were just on the same wavelength.

Here is the lovely little owl that I purchased at Savers (my new favorite thrift store!) for $3.99:

With a can of leftover gloss spray paint and about 10 minutes of time...

It now looks like this!

Four Fall Prints

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In light of the autumn season that is approaching, I thought I'd share some crisp fall prints I found on Etsy. I have my eye on one of these that I think will be perfect hanging above the sofa.  Hopefully it's still available when I've saved enough money!  Add a little autumn to your decor and support an Etsy artist!

left to right:   Perennial Moment by papermoth - $18; Autumn in New York  by matteart- $60; la foret 3 by aliette - $24; Cherries print by jellybeans - $15;

family of four photos

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Our amazing photographer friend, Erin Hiser took our first photos as a family of four a few weeks ago. They turned out so awesome despite the fact that Lula was less than cooperative. You can't even tell! Great job, Erin! Can't wait to get some printed and framed!

recipe resources

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I wanted to share some of my favorite online resources for recipes.  I often go to these places first when I'm looking for something specific or just for inspiration.

It's actually a show on PBS that I love.  They have all the recipes on their website with video clips. I love how they explain the science behind the ingredients and why they are using them.  I plan to make a recipe from the website this weekend, I will share my results!

This is a blog by an all natural mama. She has a plethora of easy and super healthy recipes that are not only family friendly, but use only natural and organic ingredients.  They are very easy to adapt if you don't have a weird ingredient like sucanat or flour that you milled yourself. 

This one is so obvious.  When has Martha ever failed us (besides that time she went to prison)?  But seriously, Martha's website is amazing, of course. 

Last year, I found this amazing deal where I got a year subscription of Real Simple for only $5.  My subscription just ran out, but the website still has all of the same amazing recipes.  Everything I've ever made from Real Simple has been absolutely delicious and healthy.

I've been loving this blog lately.  All of her recipes have beautiful step by step pictures.  There are a bunch I can't wait to try out.

Happy cooking!

landscape redo part 1

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

After living with less than desirable landscaping for over a year, we've finally decided to rip out all our overgrown bushes and start over. We've basically done nothing to the front of our house since we moved in.

Here is the front with half of the bushes ripped out.


Reid enjoyed destroying those bushes with the chainsaw. He's so manly.


Our yard now looks like a tornado hit, but I can't wait to share the final results when we are all done!


giftcard pillowcase

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Here's a cute idea when giving a gift card.  To keep it from feeling "ho hum" and impersonal, make a tiny pillowcase to put your gift card in!


I did not take step by step instructions, but you basically take a rectangle of fabric, fold one edge over twice and stitch down (to make the open edge).  Then, fold right sides together and stitch, leaving the first folded edge open. 


Pair it with a handmade card like I did!


Weekend Bloggy Reading

one month

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jane Suzanne is already one month old and growing.  She is up to 6 lbs 8 oz! We are so happy to be out of the "5's" finally.  She's just gigantic now! :) 

After seeing this adorable photo idea on young house love, I've decided to do it with Jane. I'll be documenting her every month instead of every week, though.  Here is this month's photo!

The fabric is actually a vintage sheet that Reid picked up for me on one of his out of town trips this summer. He picked it out all by himself..I love it!

Jane is starting to get that wide eyed look as she sees the world for the first time


and of course, I can't get enough of those tiny baby feet


vintage floral card

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Remember when I participated in a vintage sheet exchange? Well, I put some of them to work to make this fun card. I used 4 different sheets for this one and love how it turned out. Can't wait to make more! 
I sewed the strips of fabric with the machine and then hand stitched on the individual flowers.

I decided to add one button on the large flower for some extra texture and interest.

To see some of the other fabric cards I've made go here and here. And then go make some of your own!


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