Gingerly Made: November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Show and Tell #3

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week. Ours was a whirlwind, but so good. We ended the rounds of sickness with me getting sick the day before we were supposed to leave for a mini vacation. Thank goodness it was only a 12 hour thing. Hubs was awesome taking care of me and the girls and even packing for our trip. Then he drove us up to DC. I laid down in the back of the van and rested.

We spent Monday and Tuesday sightseeing with my mom and dad. My mom had never been to DC before, so we hit all the majors; Capitol Building, White House, and all the Monuments and Memorials on the National Mall. We ate lunch at one of the Smithsonian museums, but didn't really spend much time looking there. As jam packed as all that was, we were still able to sit around the hotel and just hang every evening.

Then we drove home on Wednesday and had Thanksgiving at my father-in-laws house. The food was SOOOO good.

We spent the rest of the weekend doing a little shopping, resting, relaxing, and starting some So You Think You're Crafty projects.

Anyway, last Show & Tell there were several ties for most view link. And they were...











So let's get to it. Link up your awesomeness below. But first please...
  • Link up as many posts as you want, but please only link to your post once. Don't link the same project every week.
  • Keep it family-friendly
  • Link directly to your post and not to your home page
  • Please do not link up other link parties, advertisements, or etsy shops
  • Remember we all love comments. If you can, stop by some other links and share the love.
  • Grab a button or direct link back to me.
  • Have fun!
  • Be inspired!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nautical Purse from SYTYC Audtitions

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the So You Think You're Crafty Auditions! I made it to 'the show'! Competition starts in January. I'm already gathering ideas and getting really excited about trying some new things. :)

I've already learned a lot just from the audition rounds; namely with my photographs. I thought my photos were fairly bright until I saw the other contestants photos. They were so bright and colorful and your eyes were really drawn to them. So, I will be working on having better photographs to go with my projects.

Today I'm sharing the tutorial for the nautical purse I made for auditions.


Awhile ago, I found a ton of amazing fabrics at an estate sale. I took home a trash bag full for only $5! In that stash was this piece of navy striped canvas fabric. I love stripes and I love the nautical trend that's happening right now! And this fabric instantly spoke nautical purse to me. The lady had already sewn it into a pillow case shape. I just had to trim off the top to make it the right size. Whoo hoo!

Also in the estate sale stash was a denim-like fabric that match the navy stripes perfectly. I used it to construct the interior, handles, and anchor applique. Can you tell from the pictures that the applique is the backside of the fabric? That was on purpose. I just liked the look of it better in reverse. I thought the right side of the fabric so close to the handles was just a little too much of the solid navy color. Using the back side of the fabric gives it just enough variety but still flows with the color scheme.

Supplies:
Solid Denim (Interior, straps, applique):
  Straps: 4 2" x 42"
  Interior: 1 10.75" x 15" on fold
  Applique: 7" x 8"
Striped Fabric (Exterior, zipper pouch)
  Exterior: 2 10.75" x 15"
  Pouch: 10.5" x 6.75"
Interfacing:  2 10.75" x 15"  (I used a lightweight fusible interfacing because my fabric was already fairly thick. If you are using a thinner fabric, you will probably want a heavier interfacing.)
7" Zipper
Magnetic closure
Heat n Bond

Instructions:

Start by sewing your straps. Place two of the strap pieces right sides together together. Sew down the long sides leaving the short sides open. Inverse. A safety pin will really help pull the fabric through. Press and top stitch along the long sides.


If you are using fusible interfacing. Apply that to the wrong side of your exterior fabric according to package directions.

Place straps on your exterior fabric and pin in place.


Turn your exterior fabric pieces (with straps pinned in place) right sides together. Line everything up so your stripes match on the sides and the straps line up on the bottom. You may have to readjust the straps at the bottom.


Sew down the sides and bottom creating your bag.

Pinch the bottom corners so that you seam allowances match up and sew across making a gusset. This will allow your bag to have a square bottom and stand up. Cut off the excess.


Lay your exterior pieces to the side. It's time to work on the interior now.

First we need to put the zipper in the pocket piece. Lay your zipper down and trace where you want the zipper to be. I used one of those air erase pens where the ink disappears after awhile. You couldn't really see the ink in the photos because it was so light, so I drew it out in photobucket.

The green rectangle is the shape of the zipper with zipper tape; the whole thing. The yellow reversed arrow is where you will need to cut to make a hole for the zipper. I used an X-acto knife.


Once you have the reversed arrow cut, place your zipper. Fold the flaps made from cutting the reverse arrow under and pin to the zipper tape. Sew around securing your zipper.


Next, fold or press the raw edges of your pocket under and pin to the right side of your interior fabric. Sew around. Now you have a zipper pocket for the interior of your purse.


Fold your interior fabric right sides together and sew up the sides.

Gusset the corners the same way you did the exterior piece.

Put in your magnetic closures on the interior fabric. I forgot this step until the very end and had to take out stitches, so I didn't end up taking pictures of this step, but the package gives very good directions.

Put the interior piece inside the exterior. Fold raw edges in and pin around. Top stitch all the way around.


At this point, the purse was made, but something was just missing. It was too plain and boring. That's when I added the applique, which I also forgot to take pictures of so I'll just try to explain.

I printed and cut out a picture of the anchor from my computer and used that as a template to cut my fabric and Heat & Bond. I applied fray check to the fabric. Then I followed the package directions to iron on the applique.



Ok, so this tutorial was kind-a rough. Hopefully, you can work through my incomplete photo taking. If not, please feel free to email me with any questions. Thanks all!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday

Today is Cyber Monday and I know a lot of you are doing your Christmas shopping. So, I wanted to remind you

I have finally opened my Etsy shop!


I would love if you would go and check out my shop! Favorite it if you like. And just for my readers, if you see something you like...

use the code GRANDOPENING for 15% off



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Crochet Snowflake Earrings


Have you heard of Ravelry? It's a knit and crochet community where people can share their FREE patterns. I found this one for crochet snowflake earrings there. Mine look a bit different than hers, but that's ok I like the way mine came out.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Foodie Friday: Ham and Cheese Crescents

Did you all have good Thanksgiving? Are you doing a bunch of Black Friday shopping today?

Over the first part of the week, we went to Washington DC as a birthday vacation for my mom. It was a lot of fun for the family. We left on Sunday and got back Wednesday night. Then spent Thanksgiving day with my husband's side of the family. It was a great family week all around.

Even though we got back in town only the day before Thanksgiving, we still did some cooking. Everyone just worked together to each bring a dish or two. I like it that way better anyway. Then one person isn't stuck doing ALL the cooking.

We ate and ate and ate. After all that Thanksgiving eating and rich food, I like to keep the next few days really simple in the kitchen. One way for us is to make sandwiches. I've recently discovered a quick and easy HOT sandwich that my kids love too.

Get ready for it because it's really difficult to make.
You roll your meat and cheese in a crescent roll and bake according to the package directions.
Did you get all that? Ok, let's go through it again. This time, I'll include some pictures to help you out.

Get your 3-year old to help because you'll need it.


Open a can of crescent rolls. Put on a piece of meat and a piece of cheese. Roll from the big end to the little end.


Read package directions for how long to bake.
Cut in half so you can see the melty cheese.


Yum.


And these are really great for school lunches too. They taste just as cool after they have cooled down as they do hot.

Linking Up To: Christy's Cuties,Crafty Cousins, Family Ever After, Frugally Sustainable, JAQS Studio, Just Us Four, Lines Across, Momnivore's Dilemma, Not Just a Housewife, One Artsy Mama, One Little Momma, Our Delightful Home, Sew Much Ado, Serendipity and Spice, So You Think You're Crafty, Sugarbee Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Tip Junkie, Tip Junkie


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gingerly Made Etsy Shop Open

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful day of good food and good company. I certainly have. And I have yet one more reason to be thankful today. Today is a day I have been looking forward to for over a year now.

I have finally opened my Etsy shop!


Opening this shop is a dream for me. I've always wanted to have my own business; be my own boss in some way or another. Being a stay-at-home mom gives me some of that freedom. But this Etsy shop is just that much more.

I've wanted to open a shop for probably two years now, but what's a shop if you aren't sure what you want to make? I didn't want to just make any old stuff and feel directionless. That's just not a good business plan. So I prayed about it. A lot. The desire to start a shop never grew any less. And one day I decided to make a new nursing cover for myself. After that first one, I knew what I wanted to create for a shop.

Nursing both of my babies has been an absolute blessing for me! Not all mothers are able to care for their children in that very specific way. And in truth, nursing can be difficult; particularly in public. No one wants to see you nurse. You want stay modest. But you don't want to retreat to a bathroom or changing room every time your baby is hungry. And you shouldn't have to!

These covers were my life saver. They stay around your neck and don't fall off. The peek-a-boo at the top allows you to see your baby and your baby to see you. You can nurse privately and publicly at the same time. Nursing covers are a gift I would like to share with other moms who want to exclusively breastfeed their babies.

But I also know myself and that I get cases of crafty boredom if I make the same thing over and over again; no matter how awesome it is. So I wanted to also include other little trinkets for moms and their children according to my crafty moods. Right now I have crocheted purses and earrings, the nautical purse from my So You Think You're Crafty Audition, and toddler sized infinity scarves. I will probably make more of some of these things and I will most likely create new things as well.

And if anyone sees something they like but I don't currently have or wants it in a different color... I'm open to taking custom orders too.

Anyway, this is all very new and very exciting and I'm just a bit emotional about it.

I would love if you would go and check out my shop! Favorite it if you like. And just for my readers, if you see something you like...

use the code GRANDOPENING for 15% off



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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ginger Tea


I have heard that ginger helps with nausea and digestion, but I never really thought much of it until a few weeks ago. If you remember a couple of weeks ago, BOTH of my girls were sick. And then Hubs got sick too. Aahh! I was just praying that I didn't sick after everyone else. Everyone was feeling really nasty and we had a mini-vacation planned for the following week. (This week actually. We are on our way home now.) Besides just wanting the loves of my life to feel well. I needed them to get well quickly so we could go and enjoy our time away.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Car Seat Travel Pillow


Do you travel during the holiday season? We usually do. My husband has family on the west coast and we live on the east. But even when we don't go out there (it's been a few years because of our babies being so little), my parent's live an hour away from us.

Whether it's a short trip or a long one, the kiddos usually need a nap at some point. That's why I love these travel pillows. I got the inspirations from none other than Pinterest. Mine aren't seat belt pillows like the inspiration pin, but they work much the same way.

You can wrap the hook around your middle and lean on the longer part of the pillow, or you can turn them around and wrap the hooked part around your neck like an airplane travel type pillow. I love the flexibility and simplicity of these pillows.


Ha ha. I love this next photo! I was trying to have Caitlin pretend to be asleep so I could take a picture, but she wouldn't stop chewing her gum so we ended up with this silly face.



Linking Up To: Christy's Cuties,Crafty Cousins, Family Ever After, Frugally Sustainable, JAQS Studio, Just Us Four, Lines Across, Momnivore's Dilemma, Not Just a Housewife, One Artsy Mama, One Little Momma, Our Delightful Home, Sew Much Ado, Serendipity and Spice, So You Think You're Crafty, Sugarbee Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Tip Junkie, Tip Junkie


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Foodie Friday: Pecan Pie


One of my personal Thanksgiving favorites is Pecan Pie. It's just soooo good! And I always beg my sister to make it. She doesn't even like pecan pie, but she makes it a really good one. Several years ago, she gave me the recipe, but there's just something about my sister making this pie.

Earlier this year, she moved to Georgia. I won't get to see her for Thanksgiving this year. So, I'm going to make my sister's pecan pie recipe. If I can't be with her, this is at least a little way for me to feel close to her.

Please Vote


I really need your help today! I'm behind in the polls for the So You Think You're Crafty auditions. Please head on over to the Season 14 auditions and vote!!! Today is the last day for votes.

I know I've been bugging everyone this week to vote, but please please do. It would mean so much to me to get in.

XOXO

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Show and Tell #2

Welcome back to our Show & Tell linky party!

This has been a fun, but hectic week for me. Last week I shared that my kids were both sick, well they've stayed that way. We're finally starting to see them perk back up, having energy and appetites again. So yay for that!

We've got a cute little giveaway going on this week. Lil Blondies Bowtique is giving away hair bows from her Etsy shop up to $15. If you haven't entered, go here now. The giveaway ends Friday (tomorrow) night.

Also, I'm auditioning this week for So You Think You're Crafty! I've been waiting for a long time to audition and am really excited about it. Unfortunately, as things are going right now, I probably won't make it to the competition round. I'm in 12th place and need to be top 10 to get in. Unless, you'd like to help me out. :) I can't tell you which project is mine, but I can ask you to go vote.

Last week's party went really well for the inaugural week. We had over 30 link ups which may not be huge, but I'm looking at it as a starting point. I know Gingerly Made is a smaller blog and so I'm thankful for those who did stop by to link up. I'm hoping to see that number grow this week. (wink wink) So please help me spread the word.

Our most viewed link was the Caramel Oreo Hot Chocolate from Pink Recipe Box. Feel free to grab a featured button below.


So let's get to it. Link up your awesomeness below. But first please...
  • Link up as many posts as you want, but please only link to your post once. Don't link the same project every week.
  • Keep it family-friendly
  • Link directly to your post and not to your home page
  • Please do not link up other link parties, advertisements, or etsy shops
  • Remember we all love comments. If you can, stop by some other links and share the love.
  • Grab a button or direct link back to me.
  • Have fun!
  • Be inspired!

Gingerly Made


Gingerly Made Featured


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pine Cone and Hickory Nut Trees

I love bringing a little taste of outside in when I decorate. Something just calls to me about the simplicity and beauty of nature. This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, I decided to make some cone trees from pine cones and hickory nuts my parents brought to me.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SYTYC Auditions

Have you heard of So You Think You're Crafty? I love that site! It's a crafty competition site where 10 crafters compete over 10 weeks. Every week there's a theme and the crafters interpret that theme in their own creative way and the readers get to vote for their favorite project. Plus, the person with the most votes for each week posts a tutorial so you get to see how it was done. And the top three for the whole competition win prizes. It's a great place to get inspiration and the whole competition aspect is a lot of fun.

Well, guess what? 

I'M AUDITIONING!

I've wanted to be a part of this for so long now. If I make it to "the show" it will be an awesome opportunity to stretch my creative muscles. I love a challenge even if I don't always feel up to it. Even though I'm really excited about it, I'm also really nervous. There are so many awesome creative people competing every season. I just can't wait to see what happens.

The ladies competing this season are amazing and the audition crafts are just wow. I really don't think I've seen an audition round this good. And if the audition round is this good, I can't wait to see what happens during the competition rounds!

So, please, please, please go vote! And thanks for all your support!

** This post has been edited since this morning. I originally said what my project was and asked people to vote for it specifically. After I had already posted, Missy the So You Think You're Crafty author sent out an email inviting us to share on our blog and ask friends and family to vote, but to please not reveal our projects.

I honestly was not trying to break any rules or give myself any advantage over the other contestants as I thought they would be doing the same thing. I have seen past contestants asking readers to vote for their projects and naming them and showing pictures of their projects. My deepest apologies. **


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Kid Craft Turkey


If you have little ones, you just have to do some holiday inspired kid crafts with them! Not only is it fun, but it's a great way to get excited about the coming day and explain what it's all about. Caitlin kept asking me why we were making a turkey. I mean think about it from a 3-year old perspective. Turkey - Thanksgiving. It doesn't really make sense by itself; not until you explain Indians and Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lil Blondies Bowtique Hair Bow Giveaway

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? There are only 6 weeks left!! Either way, today's giveaway will help you get a little bit further with that shopping list.

Abby over at Lil Blondies Bowtique is my newest sponsor and she has graciously offered to giveaway anything from her shop up to $15!
Hi I'm Abby from Lil Blondies Bowtique! I love to make over the top bows and boutique style hair bows for all ages. I started my shop when my nine year old sister started spending all of her money on hair bows. I looked up a YouTube video on making hair bows and made her some. After that it became my hobby and eventually, a shop. I love my shop and I love each and every single hair bow that I make. Hair bow making is my hobby and I make them 24/7!
I don't know about you, but I LOVE super cute girly hair bows. I have two girls. How could I not?! Here are some of my personal favorites from Abby's shop. Aren't they just darling?!


These beautiful bows would make great stocking stuffers for your kiddos or sweet friend gifts from your little one to her BFF. Kick start your holiday shopping.

Use the coupon code BLOGGER to get 25% off your purchase!

or

Enter to win up to $15 worth of merchandise from Lil Blondies Bowtique. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Foodie Friday: Mini BBQ Meatloaf


I'm not usually a meatloaf person, but switching out the usual ketchup sauce for a bbq sauce, makes these mini meatloaves a menu must.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Show and Tell #1

Welcome to the very first Show and Tell party here on Gingerly Made!

It's been a busy week around here. When is it not? But we have two sick little ones around here. (sad) Hayley has some sort of virus and Caitlin has early pneumonia. It breaks my heart to see them with running noses and sad sick little eyes. Hayley just has to let hers ride out and pray she doesn't catch pneumonia from her sister and Caitlin started antibiotics yesterday. I'm hoping that they will start showing some improvement today.

I've also been working more on my Etsy shop inventory. Did you notice that there is a new button at the top of my blog? It links to my Etsy shop, which is not yet open but will be very soon. I'll let you know when I've finally opened it up. :) The closer I get, the more and more excited I am about it.

Can you believe how close we are to the holidays?? We've only got two more weeks before Thanksgiving and six and a half before Christmas!! I know you are all working up a storm; decorations, gifts, and scrumptious food. I can't wait to see what you've been working on. So let's get to it. Link up your awesomeness below. But first please...
  • Link up as many posts as you want, but please only link to your post once. Don't link the same project every week.
  • Keep it family-friendly
  • Link directly to your post and not to your home page
  • Please do not link up other link parties, advertisements, or etsy shops
  • Remember we all love comments. If you can, stop by some other links and share the love.
  • Grab a button or direct link back to me.
  • Have fun!
  • Be inspired!

Gingerly Made


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