Gingerly Made: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Show & Tell #11: Take Two

My mother-in-law got here late last night and we are enjoying some family for the next week. Hubs has taken some time off work and we have no plans. It's too cold to do much of anything outside with the girls, so I'm not sure yet what we are going to do. But that's ok. We'll have fun just spending time together.

Did you see my new Pinterest Props post last Friday? In it I mentioned that I am looking for some guest bloggers to share their recipes. I'm hoping to feature one maybe two guest bloggers per month. If you are a food blogger, or just have the occasional recipe that you'd like to share, please shoot me an email at

So, I accidentally posted this earlier this week because I clicked the wrong button, but here it is now. The linky is live. I can't wait to see what you've all been up to this week.

So let's get to it. Link up your projects 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. I'd also love if you became a blog subscriber.
  • Have fun!
  • Be inspired!

Gingerly Made

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kid's Bath Reveal

I have been wanting to update our kid's bathroom for sometime now. In fact, I bought paint for it a couple of years ago. It had been sitting under the bathroom cabinets just waiting for me to get my rear in gear and just paint it!

I finally got tired of the terrible over toilet shelving unit we had. It wobbled, the doors didn't shut well, and the water the kiddos splashed out of the tub was taking it's toll too. Here are a couple of before shots. And no, the light isn't off; the light bulb had blown giving us yet another thing to fix in there.

I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I also didn't want it to be too girly or childish. This bathroom has to operate as a guest bathroom too.

So we painted it green, got rid of the ugly shelving and added floating shelves over the toilet. I did a little something different with the shower curtain because our girls still take baths and do a lot of splashing. The shower curtain didn't help. In fact, it seemed to hold or hide (or both) the water on the floor. So I just ditched it and put up a tulle curtain instead. The tulle doesn't go all the way to the floor, so there is no water trapping. And if we have guests who want to take a shower, we have a curtain that can easily be put up before they come.

On the floating shelves is a little trinket one of my sisters gave to me.

And to help organize all the girl's hair accessories, I made this cute hair bow holder.

There it is. I'm so glad to have it done. Now on to the next room....

Linking up to these link parties.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Show & Tell Features

My mother-in-law flies in from across the country tomorrow. I don't know if you have a nightmare MIL or a blessing, I am so fortunate to have a blessing MIL. I haven't seen her in a year! So, I'm really excited for her visit.

I will be super busy today trying to spruce up the house. I'm not going to kid myself into thinking we can get it spotless, but if it's cleaner I know she'll be able to relax and enjoy herself more and so will I. There's nothing more distracting from a family visit than constantly thinking about the mess and needing to pick it up.

Did you link up to the Show & Tell party last week? Here are a few of my favorites.

Life on Lakeshore Drive is decorating for Valentines. And she made these beautiful topiaries from a wiffle ball!

Sew Can Do created these Insulated Snow Pants. Love! And a great tutorial!

Whistle and Ivy came up with these great lollipop molds. These are perfect! I always want to get candy molds, but then don't because of the cost. Now I know how to make my own.

I Gotta Try That made really cute burner covers for Valentines.

 Happy in Red crocheted these vintage granny square pillows for a friend. She did a beautiful job!

granny square pillow

And I just couldn't pass up Daisy Cottage Design's too cute Crochet Owl Toy. She gives you the free pattern!


There was no most viewed link this week because there were so many who tied. Thanks for making this party a success and visiting each others links. That's what these parties are all about!

I can't wait to see what you all link up later this week. To see the rest of the link ups from last week's party, click here.

If you were featured, please feel free to grab a button.

Gingerly Made

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Monday, January 28, 2013


Arg! I did it again! I somehow hit publish when I meant to hit save. The Show & Tell party post that went up a few minutes ago was meant for Thursday. The linky will not go live until then. I will repost it on Thursday. Sorry! I'll try to click the right buttons from now on. :)


Knock Off Color Block Dress

And So You Think You're Crafty continues. Week 3 was Knock-Off week and competition got the best of me last week. I had a lot of fun being a part of it all. While I'm a little sad to be out of competition, I have some really good projects lined up that I can now share here first.

I had a lot of fun with this project. It was a really simple sewing project with a really cute result. AND it was a sewing project for ME. I usually sew for my girls, so that's something different anyway.

This past Christmas, I was shopping online and found this Susie Satin Dress from Neiman Marcus. The color is bright and feminine, the color blocking is on trend, it's beautiful! But then I saw the price tag....$298!! On sale for $104. I made my version for $15.

And don't you just love my super cute model? We weren't allowed to have pictures of ourselves or our children in the competition because it's supposed to be anonymous. So instead of taking pictures of me and then cropping my head off or blurring my face out, one of the girls from church agreed to model for me. She did such a great job! Thanks so much M!

The great thing about this dress is that it's just a tube dress. It's really simple to sew, even for novices like me. You don't need a pattern, just some easy measurements.

I used one yard of bright pink and half a yard soft pink taffeta fabric. Originally, I had planned to make this dress just like the knock-off, but ended up adding another strip of the bright pink on the bottom because my original measurements made the dress just a hair short for my comfort level.

  1. Under your arms at the top of your bust where the top of the dress will sit. Subtract 1 inch for your elastic measurement. Why subtract an inch? Because you want the elastic to be pulled taught. Otherwise, it will slip down and we definitely don't want that. So, for me the measurements come out to 32.5 - 1 = 31.5.
  2. Widest part of your body (for me it's across the top of my thigh and booty, for some of you it may be your hips) + 2 for seam allowance and ease of movement. For me, 38 + 2 = 40.
  3. Length from under your arm (where the top of the dress will be) to wherever you want your hem line to fall. I liked mine just at the top of my knee. + 2 for casing + 2 for hem & seam allowance = total dress length. For me, 32 + 2 + 2 = 36. Then subtract 8 for the lighter colored strip and 7 for the bottom darker strip. 36 - 8 - 7 = 22.
    So what you are left with is 22 inches x 40 inches for the top main piece of the dress in the darker pink, 8 x 40 in the lighter colored pink, 7 x 40 in the darker pink for the bottom strip, and a 31.5 inch length of elastic. Clear as mud?
  4. One last measurement around your mid-section where ever you would like to tie your belt. Add 32. I lucked out on this one. I didn't do a waist measurement, I just used two pieces 3 inches x 60 inches. This belt was just barely long enough for me to tie. I kind-a wish the belt was a little longer. If you want a longer belt, add more inches.

  1. Start by sewing your strips together, right sides together. Finish raw edges with either a zig zag stitch or serger.

  2. Once you have all your strips sewn together, you can then sew up the length of the dress creating the tube.

    (The picture below was before I realized I need the extra stripe at the bottom. Actually, this length was good for me, but I didn't like how big the bottom strip was, so I cut it shorter and then added the bottom dark pink strip. Don't worry, I wrote this tutorial for how it should have been done if I had my measurements right in the first place. So, do what I say and not what I did.)

  3. Now, turn down the top edge of the dress 1/2 an inch. Press.

  4. Turn down the top again, 1 inch this time. Press. This will be the casing for the elastic at the top of the dress.
  5. Sew around leaving enough space to fit your elastic. Don't sew shut. Leave a small hole to insert the elastic.
  6. Insert elastic and push all the way through casing. Sew the two ends of elastic together. Then sew the hole in your casing shut.

  7. Hem the bottom of your dress.

    Ok, so now you have something that fits around your chest but looks like a sack over the rest of your body. You need a belt.
  8. Take your two long strips of fabric. Fold them in half length-wise. Mark a 45 degree angle. (A cutting mat really helps with this.) Cut the ends.

  9. Place belt pieces right sides together and sew around leaving an opening so you can invert your fabric.
  10. Clip corners. Invert fabric. Use some sort of tool to push the corners out so you have a nice sharp corner.

  11. Top stitch around closing up the open hole. And you're done!

This is a great beginner sewing project! And I think it turned out beautifully. Not to mention that is saves you $90 - $280.

Linking up to these link parties.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish Pies

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith's for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm a mom that enjoys making or creating things myself. Obviously, right? But let's face it, there are times when there just isn't enough time to do it all. That particularly happens for me when we're having a get-together with friends or family. There's always so much to do; cleaning, setting out extra seating, preparing activities for the kids, and cooking. So, when that happens it's nice to have a quick and easy dessert to rely on.

Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies has toppings that you can customize and make it look like you put in all that effort by yourself. You can keep it simple or add a little flare. They are the perfect go to dessert.

Their four different varieties are:

-Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
- Signature Deep DishCherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce
-Signature Deep Dish Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing
-Signature Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing

I think my favorite are the Apple and Peach pies. They look delicious! Apple is your All-American dessert and well, I'm a Southern girl and just can't say no to a good peach pie. Just imagine a dollop of that cream cheese icing over a slice of warm peach pie. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

MRS.SMITH'S® Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel SauceMRS.SMITH'S® Signature Deep Dish Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Flavored Icing

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So, the big question is which is YOUR favorite?


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Foodie Friday: Pinterest Props

Did you notice that I didn't have a Foodie Friday post last week. I HATE it when I miss a post. Especially, when I miss it because I just didn't have something ready. It's not fair to you. If I am going to run this blog like a business, and I'm trying to, I need to be consistent.

I love the weekly Foodie Friday posts, but I'm running into a bit of a dilemma with them. The problem is  I am not a terribly creative chef. I have family recipes I use a lot, I sometimes modify a recipe I find, but mostly I stick to the recipe as I find them. That makes it difficult for me to come up with a new recipe each and every week.

So, after thinking about ways to solve this problem, I have come up with two solutions. The first I know without a doubt I can and will be doing. I am going to start posting the last Friday of the month a Pinterest Props post; recipes I have found and pinned that really are as good as they look. I mean, we all know that not all the recipes on Pinterest are golden, so let's sort through them and find the really good ones!

The second solution really depends on you. I would like to host Foodie Friday Guest Posts. There are a ton of you who link up to the Show & Tell link party with some pretty amazing looking recipes. Would you be willing to share them here? I'm looking for one post a month (maybe two if there is enough interest). If you'd like to share a recipe one month, please email me (gmbergemann at gmail dot com) or comment below and let me know so I can work up a schedule.

And if you are wondering WHY you should put your hard work on someone else's blog, the answer is more exposure. Guest posting allows you to reach some new audience members with links back to your blog of course. And those links back to your blog helps boost your SEO which in turn means more traffic to your blog. So, think about it...

Ok, so with all that said.... let's take a look at some recipes I have tried recently from Pinterest.

Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia Oh, my gosh! This is the best recipe I have tried on Pinterest to date!! Yes, it is really that amazing. The only thing I changed was the wine. I'm not a drinker, and yes I know the alcohol evaporates, but I'm just not one to go down the beer and wine aisle and purchase something. So, I tried using cooking wine which is in the vinegar aisle and does not require you to be carded (not that I would be), it's got about as much alcohol in at as mouth wash. Anyway, the recipe was easy and really, really tasty!

Quick and Easy Weeknight Shrimp Scampi The name says it all. It really is quick, easy, and perfect for a weeknight dinner. The best part is that my daughter who is becoming averse to red sauce on spaghetti loves this buttery scampi. And just for a little punch of flavor, I garnished with cilantro instead of parsley. A definite winner.


Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa Stir-Fry Ok, so I think I used cilantro in every single one of these dishes I'm highlighting this month; maybe because I love it so much. So, on the list of awesome things about this's a stir fry, has cilantro in it, check, it has quinoa which is a really healthy grain, has an egg mixed in(coupled with the quinoa and chicken, this recipe is full of muscle building proteins), check,'s full of vegetables, check,... oh and it tastes great, double check.


That's it for the pinterest highlights this month. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, and do because they are now on my menu rotation.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Show & Tell #10

Are you gearing up for Valentine's Day? It's 3 weeks away and I haven't started ANYTHING!! I don't know why, but I'm just lacking motivation. Maybe it's because I'm occupied with So You Think You're Crafty right now? But I don't think so. I think I'm just being lazy. 

Speaking of SYTYC, if you haven't voted this week, please go check it out. There are some really good projects this week. Of course, there always are, but it's worth checking out.

I've also added two new items to my Etsy shop this week; the Leather & Lace Bracelets and Toddler Toolbelts. I'm slowly trying to increase my shop inventory. I plan on making some more nursing covers in the near future too.

Leather and Lace Bracelet Set Football Toddler Toolbelt 3-pocket with Hammer Loop - Pretend Play

Did you miss the features from last week's party? If so, click here.

So let's get to it. Link up your projects 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. I'd also love if you became a blog subscriber.
  • Have fun!
  • Be inspired!

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