Gingerly Made

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Show & Tell #85

Welcome back to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!

It's time to link up your latest and greatest again! I am always excited to see what you've been up to. Before we get into this week's newest projects, let's take a look at some of the highlights of last week's party.

slushie syrup

Simple Mesh Bag Tutorial | Step by step directions how to sew a mesh bag with a simple fold-over closure, no zipper. | The Inspired Wren

Farm Market Pizza

And, just in case you've missed some of this week's post, here's what I've been working on.

Ok, Let's see what YOU have been doing this week.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Decoden Cupcake Jewelry Box and Mod Podge Giveaway #plaidcrafts #modpodge

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Plaid and Blueprint Social. The project created and all opinions are my own.

Girls are notorious for playing dress up. Mine are no different. It's so cute because my 5 year old treats my 2 year old like her own personal doll and dresses her up. They love not only putting on fun outfits but adding tons of play jewelry too. Now they just need a place to keep it all. I have had a ton of fun make this sugary sweet jewelry box with Mod Podge Collage Clay for my girls. They love, Love, LOVE anything pink and overtly girly so I know they are going to love this Decoden inspired cupcake jewelry box.

I had never heard of Decoden until recently. It's an art form that decorates just about anything with all sorts of trinkets. It's all about being over the top. You can create trinkets with Mod Melts or use buttons, rhinestones, or whatever cutesy stuff you can find.

At the end of this post is a giveaway where you can enter for a chance to win a complete Collage Clay gift pack. So, make sure you go all the way to the end for that!

I was so excited to receive this AWESOME package of products from Mod Podge. Yay! Play time for me! I took a picture with my phone because I had lost my SD card, so please excuse the photo. If you can't see in the picture well, the box included:

  • Collage Clay- lightweight whipped clay great to use for Decoden, 3D Collage, Assemblage Arts, 3D Stenciling and more. Available in two trend right colors, Vanilla White and Strawberry Pink
  • Mod Molds- create embellishments using Mod Melts, made of durable, easy to use silicone
  • Mod Melts- Use Mod Melts with Mod Molds to create custom embellishments for craft projects. Use with a high temp mini glue gun.
  • Podgeable Glitters- Sparkle projects without the mess or waste - package makes it possible to ‘pouf’ the exact amount needed.
  • Collage Drizzle Paint- add extra drama and dimension to designs

As soon as I saw examples of what Decoden was, I knew I wanted to make this cupcake jewelry box for them. So I bought a round 4"paper box that I could paint and decorate.

The first thing I did was create my own little decorations with the Mod Molds and Mod Melts. It is SO EASY! You just insert the Mod Melt stick into your high temp glue gun and squeeze it into the mold. Let it dry maybe 10 minutes and they pop right out. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

A few of the melts that came out of the mold with a little extra where I had over filled the mold, but they were easy to fix. Cut off the excess with a craft knife and you're ready to paint.

Ok, all that was too easy. This next part, I confess, I seriously procrastinated on. I don't know why, but I just thought painting all of those little plastic candies was going to take me forever and I kind of dreaded it. It just seemed like something that was going to be super detailed and a chore to do. Not so.

It actually ended up a nice break from my day. I sat down while my kids were getting their baths and just used the painting time as a de-stressing time. I used regular acrylic craft paint and while some of the pieces were detailed, I didn't stress over it. Once I got going they painted up pretty easily and quickly. Some were still drying when my youngest came down and decided to investigate, but other than that... All good.

I also painted my box white when I painted all the candies.

Then all that was left was to add the "frosting" (collage clay). I love that it comes with different tips so you can be as creative as you like with your frosting. I used the star shaped tip and just swirled and swirled to top off my cupcake. It didn't feel like clay at all. It came out looking and feeling like whipped frosting.

Mod Melt candies, some beads, rhinestones, and of course glitter topped off the cupcake and gave it that super girly fun.

Set aside to dry. Drying time varies with the amount of collage clay you use. I used the whole bag, so I left mine sit 24 hours before I let my kids play with it.

I love how sweet (pun intended) this little cupcake looks. And my kiddos love it too. They haven't stopped adding little pieces of jewelry to it. -- Now to make another so they won't fight over the first one.

** Please remember, Collage Clay is not recommended for children ages 12 and under, and the product is not edible. Small parts are a choking hazard for children. **

You can keep up with Plaid in a number of ways. Pick your fav: 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

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For more Decoden inspiration check out these other amazing projects.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Chalkboard Sticky Fingers Table Wipes Box

Chalkboard Table Wipes
Summer is all about BBQs. Whether your favorites are hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, or ribs, it seems that most cook out foods leave your fingers sticky. I like using baby wipes for those sticky messes because dry paper towels or napkins just don't seem to cut through all that grease on your hands. So I decided to "pretty" up a wipes box with some chalkboard paint to put it on the table for all to use.

I meant to get this post up before the 4th, I know many of us had some sticky fingers this weekend as we celebrated our country's anniversary. But cooking out is not over. There's still plenty of time for some backyard BBQs and using this little decorative and handy dandy table wet wipe holder.

Take a plain white baby wipes box, remove the lid and set aside.


Paint all around the box with chalkboard paint. The first coat looks really streaked. I tried a regular brush and a sponge brush. Both leave the streaked look on the first coat.

Paint First Coat

Let dry. Paint a second and third coat allowing to dry in between. I found that the regular paint brush resulted in a smoother finish on the final coats. Strange I know, but none-the-less true. Let me know if you get different results.

Once the final coat is dry you can place the lid back on and write your message on the box. Fill with wet wipes and use as needed.

Now this plain wipes box looks like it belongs on the table and is a way to offer wet wipes to the sticky finger problem in a cute and fun way.

Sticky Fingers Table Wipes

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pick Your Plum Craft Blow Out Sale & Giveaway

If you're looking for the Show & Tell party, it's still live, just keep scrolling down.
I love a good deal! So, I just HAVE to share this one with you today for Pick Your Plum.

You're a crafter, I'm a crafter, we KNOW about Pick Your Plum. If you don't --- you should. I confess, while I knew about Pick Your Plum and got their emails and browsed their site, I never made a purchase until a few months ago. What was wrong with me?? PYP is seriously all that people say it is. Great crafty stuff at great prices. What's not to love?

So, if you're like I was and just hadn't made that first purchase, today is the day to FINALLY try it out. They have an AWESOME sale going on today only.

*30 products

*24 hours only
(starting 7am MDT)

(on $30 orders or more in the lower 48 states)

I've already been shopping and picked up some baking trays. I've got some great bread recipes that will be perfect in these. I can't wait to use them!

Cooking Up a Storm - Striped Baking Box 8 Pack

I also picked up a few other items. You'll just have to wait for the projects to see what I picked. There are so many ideas swirling around in my head. It's a bit dizzying. BUT.... PYP isn't done yet.

Win a $100 Box of Pick Your Plum Crafting Supplies for YOU AND A FRIEND!

If you don't have money in the budget for craft shopping today, they've got a GIVEAWAY happening right now too. A $100 box from Pick Your Plum would be busting at the seams. And you can give one to a friend too.

Win a $100 Box of PickYourPlum Crafting Supplies for YOU AND A FRIEND!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Show & Tell #84

Welcome back to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!

It's time to link up your latest and greatest again! I am always excited to see what you've been up to. Before we get into this week's newest projects, let's take a look at some of the highlights of last week's party.

DIY PVC Bracelets

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And, just in case you've missed some of this week's post, here's what I've been working on.

Ok, Let's see what YOU have been doing this week.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bandana Skirt

What can be more simple than a skirt made from cheap bandanas? Not much. And they are super cute to boot. Caitlin LOVES wearing skirts and dresses; especially in the summer because they are so much cooler. Bandanas are a nice light fabric and perfect for coping with the heat and humidity.

You'll need two bandanas with coordinating colors; I really liked the birds pattern with the traditional paisley. And 1/2" wide elastic for the waist band.

Decide which bandana you want to be the top more prominent pattern and cut it in half. Next take the other bandana and cut 6" off each side for the bottom or border pattern.

Line up and sew raw edges of top and bottom pieces together.

If your bandana is stamped with a bunch of info that you'd rather not see like mine, don't worry about it too much. They will both be hidden within the seams later.

You should now have two pieces of fabric each with a top and bottom pattern pieced together. Place these right sides together and sew the side seams. Leave inside out.

So far so good right. And bonus, because the bandanas edges are already sewn, you don't have to hem. Yay!

All that is left is to add the waist. To do that, turn the top of the skirt down about an inch all the way around. Pin in place. Sew around leaving a 1 inch opening.

Measure your little one's waist and add .5". I can't remember what Caitlin's measurements are now that I'm writing this, so let's just say that her waist was 25". Add .5" to get 25.5" for the length of elastic.

Pin a safety pin on one end of your elastic and thread it through the casing for the waistband. When you pull the elastic through, sew ends together. I use a zigzag stitch back and forth to make a strong seam.

Push back into the casing and sew the opening closed.

Turn right side out and that is it. Easy peasey lemon squeezey!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats

This post first appeared as a guest post on The Pin Junkie. I am reposting it here for readers who may not have seen it.

Don't you just love a ripe, red, juicy watermelon! I sure do. While this little snack isn't the real deal, it is a lot of fun. Rice krispie treats go summer time by taking on a watermelon shape. And it's really easy to make your own!

3 Tablespoons Butter, divided
1 bag (10 oz) Marshmallows, divided
6 cups Rice Krispies, divided
Red & Green Food Coloring
Chocolate Chips

Spread out a sheet of wax paper on your counter and set the side of a spring form pan on top. You won't need the bottom portion of the spring form pan.

Over at the stove, slowly melt 1.5 tablespoons butter & half the bag of marshmallows. Add 15 drops green food coloring. Combine with 3 cups rice krispies.

Spoon the green rice krispies into your spring form pan in a circle. It almost looks like a wreath. I used an additional sheet of wax paper to help me mold the rice krispies in place with out it sticking to my hands.

Wash your saucepan and repeat with the other half of the ingredients except this time you'll be making red rice krispies.

Before pouring your red rice krispies into the pan, add some chocolate chips to the bottom. Fill with red krispies. (And try not to drip any excess marshmallow mixture on your "rind" like I did.) Add more chocolate chips on top. You'll have to press these in a bit.


When cooled and hardened, remove and cut into slices.

My kids (and husband) thought these were AWESOME! Just look at my oldest - her face says it all. Oh and the fact that they were all gone within 24 hours.

Although I did this project while my kiddos were playing and doing something else, it's a great one to involve them in. I most definitely will have them help me next time.
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