homemade ginger: December 2012

Quick Easel Makeover

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Recently I decided to spruce up the girls' art easel. It was a bit of an eyesore...I wanted it to blend better with our decor while still serving it's purpose. Check out the before and after...




I wasn't down with the primary colors and marker lines everywhere, so I decided to do something about it



I cleaned up all the dirt and dust and then taped off the chalkboard and white board on the other side.


I gave it a few coats of white spray paint and then I took off the red cloth baskets that were hanging underneath and took them apart.






I used that as a pattern to make new baskets with some yellow and gray home decor fabric I had on hand.



And now we have a much more pleasant looking easel to put in the play area! I'm working to revamp the whole play nook/art space as well as our office. It's a shared space and really needs some TLC, so stay tuned!



Happy Thursday and stay warm if you got snow last night like we did!

Ginger Jamboree Link Party #7

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Can you believe there is only one week until Christmas? Are you feeling stressed yet?  We try to keep things very simplified for Christmas, but I'm still starting to feel the pressure!

I have some great features from last weeks party. Take a look and then link up at the end of the post!

These white chocolate peppermint meringues look so light and heavenly! (From your homebasedmom)



I love this jewelry holder from MCH Photography. The fabric and colors are so cheerful!



Lewisville Love's beachy bathroom reveal is so fresh and bright!



My girls would love these melted snowman granola bars from adventures of d and v. So creative!



Now it's your turn!

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DIY Metallic Ramekins & A Christmas Craft Link Up

Friday, December 14, 2012

If you are looking for a personal, yet frugal gift idea...I have found one for ya! This is a great way to package baked goods for coworkers, friends and teachers.


All you will need is some small white ramekins and a metallic sharpie. I found these ramekins at Michaels for $1.  This would also work with a white mug from the dollar store with some hot chocolate mix inside!



Get out your sharpie and just start drawing and doodling.  I did some simple squares with the gold


And a herringbone-ish pattern with some dots with the silver. You could write a message or note right on the ramekin


The sharpie isn't super permanant...I think you could get it off with a little elbow grease.  I actually like this because the person you give it to can wash it and re-use it however they want. But, you could use a paint pen if you wanted it to be more permanant.

Now, fill it up!


Add a little parchment paper and cookies or a mini loaf of bread.



Have you been up to anything crafty for Christmas? Feel free to link up below as a part of a little Christmas blog hop series with She Cooks She Crafts She Runs and House on the Way

Anthropologie Inspired Gift Wrap

Thursday, December 13, 2012



When I spotted a big roll of plain brown wrapping paper at the dollar store, I knew I had to snag it and come up with a super cheap and fun way to wrap presents for Christmas this year.  Then, I saw this wrapping paper at Anthropologie. So cute, but really? $18 for one roll? I knew I could do better (and cheaper). So, I came up with...





Here is what you will need:


Plain brown or white gift wrap - $1 (I found mine at Dollar Tree)
Scissors
Craft Glue
Bakers Twine (I bought a pack of Martha Stewart bakers twine at Michaels with a 40% off coupon) - $2
Mini Pom Poms - $1
Tape
Washi Tape (optional)
Total: $4...(more if you use washi tape and don't have the glue already on hand)


Wrap your present in the plain paper and dot on glue.  Get some little helpers to put on the pom poms...I love that my girls could be so involved in this project!



After it's dry,  wrap some baker's twine around it. Yarn, ribbon or regular twine would also look great!


I'm going to add my wooden diy chalkboard tags to mine...



You can also use bigger poms for a fun look


Or some washi tape...



Just be creative and make each one different!



So, to recap: here is the Anthropologie gift wrap at $18 a pop



And here is the DIY version for $4!



Happy wrapping!

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Ginger Jamboree Link Party #6

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's that time again! Time to link up your tutorials, recipes and other creative projects you've been working on. I was once again impressed by all the things submitted last week. Here are just a few of my favorites:


I absolutely loved this dollar bill wallet from Crafty Journal. You can fit a giftcard in it...what a cute and creative gift or stocking stuffer!



How adorable are these "root deer floats" from Jacolyn Murphy? Kids and adults would both go crazy over these...and it's a nice change from the typical hot chocolate at Christmas time.




I thought this sparkly Christmas tree craft looked so easy and a nice addition to a gallery wall for the holidays. From Create Bake Celebrate.


Destination Craft's zig zag quilt is so fun and festive. I love the fact that she only used a few fabrics to keep it simple.



Lollyquiltz turned one pair of old jeans into all of these adorable doll clothes. I love that little halter dress!


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Here are the "rules" if you could so kindly abide by them. 1. Link up to your blog post, not your blog homepage. 2. Please visit a few other links and give them some comments and hopefully they will do the same for you! 3. Link back here in your blog post. It would be amazing if you could include the Ginger Jamboree button (code is below), but a text link works as well! 4. Only link up tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and those types of things. Other random blog posts that don't apply will be deleted. Grab a button and link away!
Link up your tutorials, recipes and projects here!

TUTORIAL: DIY Wooden Chalkboard Gift Tags

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I've seen some chalkboard gift tags around, but most of them are made of cardboard. I wanted to make a gift tag that would be durable and would almost be part of the gift since it can be used again and again.  So, I came up with these cute little guys!



I went to the craft store expecting to find plain wooden gift tags with holes in them already. Not sure why I thought this would be an easy thing to find, but it doesn't exist (at least at Michaels, Joanns or Hobby Lobby). So, I found some plain rectangles for about 20 cents each.





Then, I drilled some small holes in the top of each one. The wood may splinter a bit, so don't do it too close to the top edge.




Next, I grabbed some chalkboard paint I already had on hand and a sponge brush. It took 2 coats on each side. The paint pretty fast, so it doesn't take too long. But, if you had chalkboard spray paint, it might go quicker!



Once everything is dry, you need to prime the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over it and then wiping it off.



Now it's ready to go!


I used a plain old piece of chalk, but a chalk marker would probably work even better if you have one on hand.



I also am working on a fun gift wrap tutorial, here is a sneak preview!



If you have any advent calendar ideas, link them up over at She Cooks She Crafts She Runs blog hop series. I will be hosting a special Christmas Craft link party next week as a part of this series, so stay tuned for that!

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