October 31, 2011

BOO to YOU!

Happy Halloween! 
I spent all day yesterday sewing a certain 4-year olds skeleton costume. I only have one arm of bones left to sew before he goes to school for his party. Let's hear it for the entire house being sick the week before Halloween. Lot's of grandparents events got canceled and all the festivities were done at the {very} last minute. Not the way I wanted things to go, but as I'm learning, that's the way life is. 
So although my real life is chaotic and crazy right now I can daydream about sweet Halloween parties complete with mason jars and bunting galore. 
Pinterest is a good place to indulge in my daydreaming, so I thought I would share some of my favorites!






Source: etsy.com via April on Pinterest

I hope you have a safe and spooky Halloween!
BOO!
* Make sure to check back tomorrow. I have a BIG surprise to share! I have teamed up with two of my favorite bloggers for a special link up!
april
xoxo

October 29, 2011

felt heart headband.

Who wouldn't love a heart felt headband? 
Lovely.




You will need:
* Headband
* Felt heart {mine was black}
* Yarn {mine was light blue}
* Yarn needle
* glue gun

Simple instructions.
Stitch around heart with yarn of your choice. Hot glue heart to headband. Enjoy your lovely.
Happy Saturday!
april
xoxo

October 28, 2011

Sweet Saturday V.11

Happy almost Halloween! Do you have any special plans this weekend? We will be resting due to the "outbreak" in our house. Another kid bit the dust yesterday and had to go to the doctors. Another sinus infection and prescription. I told the doctor he wouldn't be seeing me anymore because I had brought all my kids, in one week. YIKES! We will have a low key weekend watching movies and laying around, and I am OK with that. 
This weeks' features are Halloween themed, I was so happy with all the fun and creative links!
Here are a few features from last week:


Mini graveyard dirt cakes

Free Spider Printable

Candy Corn Popcorn

Cook caramel in the can {tutorial}

If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the right hand column!
Congrats!
HERE IS THE 411:
*Please link up your post, not your blog address
*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread
* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!

Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo






October 27, 2011

recipe :: chicken tortellini soup

If you follow me on Facebook it should be no surprise that my ENTIRE house is sick, and I don't mean we have a cold. We have multiple full blown infections. My poor little Dylan has bronchitis and is using a breathing machine every 4 hours. It's bad news. I have a sinus infection and throat infection, and the last thing I want to think about is cooking or cleaning. Yet as all mothers know what I want and have are two different things. So life goes on, laundry is done and the dishwasher has been working it's heart out all day. 
My day was brightened when my mom stopped by today with groceries. She brought all the ingredients necessary to make two batches of soup! Oh be still my heart my sore throat was so happy!  She made potato soup, the recipe can be found HERE, and this lovely chicken tortellini soup. 
I thought you might like this yummy recipe!

You will need:
* 1 cup chopped celery
* 1 {9 oz.} container of cheese tortellinis
* 1 med. onion
* 1 quart chicken broth
* 2 cups water
* 1-2 chicken breasts {cooked}
* salt and pepper to taste
* 10 whole cloves
* cumin

1. Heat broth and water for 10 minutes.
2. Add chicken, celery, chicken and cumin to broth.
3. Take your 10 whole cloves and push them into your peeled, whole onion like push pins. sounds weird, but the onion will be taken out of the soup at the end. 
4. Simmer for 30 minutes
5. Add tortellinis before serving and remove onion making sure not to loose and cloves.
6. ENJOY!


Moms are great. They bring you food, make you feel better and ask nothing in return. Loves.
april
xoxo

last call.




This past month gingerbread had:
* 23,000 page views last month
* 270 followers through GFC
* 288 readers through feedburner
* 124 Twitter followers
* 97 Facebook followers

You can find prices and ad sizes HERE.
Shoot me an email if you are interested.
april
xoxo

October 26, 2011

vintage lovelies up for grabs

Here are a few new lovelies in my shop
sa-weet! 


If you are interested you can see more vintage goodness HERE
april
xoxo

WHOOOOO wants a treat?

Just a little treat idea to brighten your day.
simple.
easy.
fun for the kiddos.
{and} an owl.
swoon.


april
xoxo

October 25, 2011

paper medallion tutorial

Sometimes I have ideas for projects that I don't know how to make. Like at all. That was the case with these paper medallions. I wasn't ever super into scrap booking, and when I was, it never involved much more than cutting and pasting paper and pictures. So I'm not going to lie to you, figuring these suckers out took me awhile, but when I did I was in love with them.


1. You will need:
* Paper { I chose old thrifted maps}
* Scissors
* Stapler
* Mod Podge or glue
* Large hole punch if you have one

2. Cut two long strips of paper. The length and width of the paper will give you the dimensions of your medallion. If you want small medallion cut your paper strip shorter and thinner. If you would like a large medallion, cut your strips wide and long.

3. Fold your paper back and forth like an accordion.

4. Staple, or glue if you have patience { i don not. ha!}, making sure that you overlap the edges so the accordion "design" doesn't get messed up.


5. When you are done stapling you should have a circle like this.

6. Flip the circle on it's side so the paper is flat.

7. Punch out two paper circles for the middle of the medallion.

8. Push the flat paper circle together until their is no space in the middle, be careful though, if you let go your paper will go flying. You should have your glue close by. Squeeze a good amount of Mod Podge or glue in the center of the medallion.

9.  Press one of your circle punches in the center. Press down for one minute. Repeat on the other side. I placed one of Dylan's books on the medallion for about 5 minutes to make sure it stayed in place while it dried. 


I REALLY love the way these turned out. I am going to hang them in my living room. I love that you can make these in any size. Can you image making small ones for cards or gift tags? So cute!
Happy crafting!
april
xoxo

October 24, 2011

fabric covered clay pot :: candy dish

Do you keep a candy dish around the house? There are lots of sweet treats to choose from during the holiday season, here is a cute and creative tutorial to make one that fits your style.


1. You need:
* mod podge
* fabric { I used vintage fabric strips}
* scissors
* small clay pots { I used one without a hole in the bottom}
* paintbrush

2. Cover clay pot with mod podge and lay fabric on to making sure the fabric lays flat. Do this until the entire pot is covered, overlapping the fabric with each new strip.

3. Let dry and fill with your favorite holiday candy.

4. ENJOY!

I use these little candy corns as rewards for Dylan. Clean up your room? Get 2 candy corns. Put your toys away? 2 more. Whatever works right? ha!
april
xoxo

October 23, 2011

two ingredient pumpkin muffins

I had seen this recipe floating around on Pinterest and I really wanted to try it. Who doesn't love pumpkin muffins in the morning with their coffee? YUM!
You need:
* one box of yellow or spiced cake mix
* 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
That's seriously it. 

1. Mix cake and pumpkin together for 2 minutes using mixer. {only use the dry cake ingredients}
2. Bake at 350 for around 10 minutes or until golden brown.


These were way better than I thought. They were really moist but not mushy. Dylan ate 2 right away, he is a big muffin fan!
Happy baking.
april
xoxo

October 21, 2011

Sweet Saturday V.10

Are you in the holiday swing yet? I went to Target this week and they had put out Christmas decorations already! ALREADY? I feel like every year Halloween and Thanksgiving get the shaft, it's only October Target, take a chill pill. ha! I have been thinking about Christmas, but that's as far as it has gone. I AM organizing a holiday bloggy event with two of my favorite bloggers, and I can't wait to share the crafty goodness with you in next couple weeks! My favorite part of blogging is the connections I make with others, and I felt so blessed when "they" agreed to jump on board. So excited.
I hope you have a blessed weekend!

Last week I was amazed at with the awesome projects that were linked up. 
Here are a few features:

Fall yarn wreath

Free Fall printables

Santa Fe Grilled Cheese

Thrift Store Frames

If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the right hand column!
Congrats!
HERE IS THE 411:
*Please link up your post, not your blog address
*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread
* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!

Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo







favorite past projects

I thought it would be a fun idea to post a few of my favorite crafty projects from this past year. I have been searching through Pinterest the past few days for new holiday projects and it got me thinking about my past projects.  Sometimes revisiting your old crafts can give you inspiration for new ones.








Sweet Saturday will be up later today if you are in need of more inspiration. I am always amazed at the wonderful projects that are linked up. 
april
xoxo

October 20, 2011

finding time

Today was the first day I have had the opportunity to get out of my jeans. I have been busy working, cleaning and taking care of Dylan. Earlier in the week he had a high fever and stomach bug. I felt totally helpless watching him lay around tell me how much his stomach hurt. I just held him and told him that mommy loved him. We watched movies and snuggled on the couch. 
For that reason my "what I wore" posts have been pretty much non-existent. Who can think about cute vintage skirts when I have to figure out how in the heck I'm gonna get to the grocery store with a sick kid? Multitasking is a mothers' skill you master whether you want to or not. It's a necessity.


Yesterday I did finally get to my anniversary journal. I will be mailing this out ASAP! I love collages, so I thought some encouraging words would be perfect for my creative journal partner. Some modge podge, white paint and magazines and there ya go. swoon.
Shirt: thrifted
Skirt: Liz Claiborn {vintage} thrifted
Belt: Banana Republic, thrifted
Shoes: Covington, thrifted

Finding time is difficult for momma's, but the weekend is just around the corner! HOORAY!
april
xoxo


October 18, 2011

I'm not a fan

Did you get your pumpkin yet? We went on Sunday, and it was less than fun.
We were hot, sweaty and it was super crowded. 
We spend way to much money on something the boys will tear apart in 15 minutes. Not to mention the bounce house and games. Those were some great tantrums, you missed a good show.
Blah.
Aaron and I vowed we wouldn't go to the same pumpkin patch again. For some reason everyone and their brother found out about this "little" slice of pumpkin heaven. Great. 
Do you do the pumpkin patch thing? Next year we are going to order a pizza, go buy our pumpkins from the grocery store and carve them at home.

The scenery was beautiful, and seeing acres of orange pumpkins was great, but not worth the stress. Right?
Am I a little too bah humbug for you? Sorry, it just kills me to spend time on something silly like a pumpkin patch. We can make great memories at home without all the hustle and bustle.
What is your new pumpkin tradition? I need to have a plan for next year.
april
xoxo


free vintage clip art & holiday tags

I was so excited last night when I found my new favorite website, Free Pretty Little Things For You. You can find CAY-UTE vintage clip art you can download for FREE! You can also find holiday tags and circle punches for gifts. Swoon...


Go check it out, Christmas is around the corner! Scary I know. They also have table setting tags and food labels for Thanksgiving! Can you imagine a vintage inspired table setting? Swoon again!
april
xoxo