homemade ginger: April 2011

How To Make a Modern Silhouette

Saturday, April 30, 2011

{I'm re-posting this project from last year for Mother's Day! This is a fabulous gift for anyone who's looking for something easy, crafty and personal to do last minute!}

Happy Mothers day to everyone! I made this simple silhouette of Lula for both of her grandmothers for Mothers Day. It turned out so cute that I plan on making a larger scale one for Lula's bedroom.  Here are the instructions for making one:


Decorative paper (I just used some scrapbooking paper from Hobby Lobby)

Exacto knife or scissors
Profile photo of your child printed on cardstock
Spray adhesive
Picture frame
Black acrylic paint
Paintbrush or Sponge brush

First, I outlined the profile with a black marker, simplifying it as much as possible. Don't forget to add in an eyelash and neck!

Next, I simply cut it out with an exacto knife.
Next, I flipped the photo over and painted the backside black.  I did about 2 coats to eliminate any streaking:
After it dried, I sprayed some spray adhesive to the back of the silhouette and attached it to the scrapbook paper.  DONE! So easy!
There are so many options and variations for this project. You could do the silhouette out of the decorative paper on a solid background. Or you could make the silhouette white on a printed background...you could probably do it on fabric, or just do the traditional black on white.

$6 Vintage Mirror Makeover

Friday, April 29, 2011

Remember this mirror that I picked up for $6 from an antique store for my bedroom?

I added a coat of primer and a few coats of white paint on top of the gold painted wood detailing....

After the paint had cured for a few days, I lightly sanded away some of the paint to reveal bits of the gold underneath.

I like how it turned out, although I feel like the space above my dresser still needs something else. 

New hardware will be coming to the dresser soon, which will help!

And don't you love this vintage sewing box? I keep all my jewelry in it...

It matches my Granny's turquoise jewelry box perfectly.

Has anyone else had mirror painting success?

{linked up with tatertots and jello}

800 coffee filters and 50 glue sticks later...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I finally finished my coffee filter paper lantern!  Most of you guessed what I was making for the bedroom. 

 It was a little labor intensive, but I love it!! Reid was skeptical that it would be too "girly" for the bedroom, but he loves it as well!

When I saw this lantern, I knew I had to try it!

Here is how I did mine:

I was naive enough to start out with 200 coffee filters.  Needless to say, I made 2 more trips to the store to get more. Good thing they are less than $1 for 100!

I already had a $2 paper lantern lying around.

I started out by taking a filter...

Twisting it up a bit...

And then cutting off the end.

Then just hot glue the cut end onto the lantern.  You want them to be very close together.

This is how it looked after 200 filters. I had a loooong way to go...

The most expensive part of the project was this pendant light kit
that I got off of Amazon.

Once all the coffee filters were glued on, I trimmed them down to make them nice and even...and then hung the lantern!

The room is not finished, so excuse the mess and temporary curtains

{linked up with tatertots and jello}

Easter Traditions

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We had a great Easter weekend, celebrating Christ's resurrection as a family. 
The weekend started out with an Easter egg hunt on Saturday at Lolly's

Lula had so much fun now that she can actually find them on her own.

Even Jane loved the eggs.

Oh, and Lula's new thing is blowing on dandelions

On Sunday, we celebrated by going to the 11:00 Easter service.  It was such a treat to go to the later service since Reid didn't have "pastorly" duties.  
(sorry for the fuzzy picture)

After the girls' naps, we partook in a new Easter tradition.

Every year on Easter, we plan to plant something as a family.

As we watch the plant grow over the spring and summer months, we can remember our new life in Christ.

Our plant this year was a free tree that we received at Lowe's for earth day. Can't beat free!

Hopefully as the girls get older they will understand the symbolism of new life and Christ's resurrection during the Easter holiday.

It's been so much fun coming up with new family traditions now that Lula is old enough to participate in them!

I hope all of you had a blessed Easter!

happy easter

Ballet Neck Dress

Friday, April 22, 2011

I just completed Lula's Easter dress and it turned out pretty darn cute!

I used the ballet neck dress pattern from the book One Yard Wonders.

The orange dot fabric is by Michael Miller.  It reminds me of orange soda. I love it!

The pattern is described as an updated pillow case dress.  Once I understood the method, it was so easy.  My main criticism of the pattern is that it is a "one size fits all" for 2T-6T.  Luckily, I was skeptical enough before I cut anything out and I ended up adjusting the entire pattern to fit Lula.  I made much smaller than the pattern called for.  I also moved the elastic waist up quite a bit because I like the look of an empire waist better than a true waist.  

The sleeves looked a little odd to me when I followed the pattern, so I added some homemade bias tape to make them look a little more finished.

I also added a blue coordinating ruched flower using this tutorial.  And I  made a matching one for her hair.   The only thing I did differently on the tutorial, is I used my machine instead of doing it by hand.

Now that I've made it once, I think I could easily do it again, maybe even without a pattern...and maybe in a small enough size for Jane!

linked up with tatertots and jello


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