January 31, 2011

skirt flirt

I love skirts. Don't you? It just so happens that I went to Anthropologie over the weekend and used my birthday giftcard to buy a special skirt! The Amhara Skirt was love at first sight. I knew I had to have it. And somehow my shapely behind fit into a size 8. 

It is a magical, happy, 2 pockets full of sunshine skirt.

And I love it.

I don't have a better picture of myself wearing it, so the iphone magic will have to suffice!

January 30, 2011

Gingiber Giveaway Day at Smile and Wave

It is giveaway day on the lovely blog Smile and Wave! Hop on over there to enter to win my new print, "Mon Petit Chou Chou".

Be back later today with a new Bathroom Facelift Post!


January 28, 2011

this week's etsy favorites - valentine's day

1. Pair of Mini Valentines by owlyshadowpuppets, 2. Large Wooden Cake Stand by sundayhatch; 3. Franken Heart by markhed; 4. Shared by yousentimentalidiot

I have taken a month off from etsy favorites, but I am back with some of my favorite picks for the season!

January 27, 2011

what goes around comes around, and around

If you follow me on twitter, then you probably have noticed that every weekend someone in my family is sick! The illnesses of choice have been bronchitis and conjunctivitis. And this ring around-the-rosie of illnesses has got to stop!

Pictured above are ALL of miss Violet's toys. We are wiping them down (again) with Clorox disinfectant wipes. We have washed every sheet and every article of clothing.

So moms reading this, please tell me, what can I do to make the sick go away? Violet goes to daycare, so should I simply accept that being sick non-stop is inevitable?

Blargh. It is hard to keep up with all of the runny noses that need to be wiped and pink eye drops that need to be applied. Yet I am hoping that once this winter weather goes away, we will all be as good as new!


January 25, 2011

like mother like daughter

I don't know about other moms, but I spend a lot of time looking at my sweet daughter's little face. I want to memorize every precious feature, every dimple, because with every passing day, she changes. She is growing up. She is picking out her own clothes (she now prefers purple shirts to pink shirts). She is cleaning up her room. She is no longer a baby, but a caring little girl. And I adore her.

And sometimes, I see a lot of myself in her! Both in the way she looks and in her personality!

This is a picture of me when I was 2 (note the lovely bowl haircut).

Here are 2 pictures of miss Violet. I am sure I could hunt down a better picture to show the resemblance, but these get the job done!

Do you see the resemblance? Blonde hair. Check. Blue eyes. Check. Mouth hanging wide open like a cod fish? Just like me! We have the same shaped mouth. Same chin. Little things, but sometimes I see her looking up at me, and it shocks me to think that she resembles me to!

She definitely has some traits from her daddy too (her face is much more round than mine was, and she has his nose (thank GOD!). She has his long toes and big eyes. But she is kinda a Stacie clone!

Violet also takes after me in some other areas. She is kinda a ham. Doesn't mind being a little goofy. She is EXTREMELY strong willed, just like me! She is a bit of a control freak. I suppose she gets that from me, as her dad is the most easy going person on the planet! She is so affectionate, I can hardly keep up with her! She loves to draw (and I know all kiddos like to draw, but I like to think that this is a foreshadowing of creative things to come from Violet).

Sometimes, when I think about my little family of 3, I think that life could not get any better. It gives me such joy to see little pieces of myself in my daughter. It makes me want to live a better life. Be a better person. Then maybe someday she won't mind that she looks a little bit like her momma.

January 23, 2011

the bathroom facelift: progress

Hello! I took last Sunday off, as my mother came into town. We spent the day playing with the kiddo and drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee!

However, lots and lots of progress has been made on the bathroom.

I need to tape and paint the top of the walls (everyone hates that part of the paint job, right? We are also thinking about putting a light above the toilet, as this corner tends to get really dark.

We had leftover hinges from when we renovated our kitchen last year, so it was an easy fix!


During (pardon our clutter)

After! Check out those lovely cabinets! They look good as new!

Our new handles are really nice (not the Anthropologie one's I wanted earlier) and were only $2.70 (ish) each! They have nice clean lines, and don't stick out too far from the cabinets, which is nice in a small bathroom.

We are nearing the finish line, folks! I am going to really put my bargain pants on, as my dog, Schroeder, got terribly sick this week, and I used the cash I had saved up for the bathroom to pay for his vet visit.

Just so you know, Schroeder had a series of cluster seizures that lasted 12 hours on and off. He is stabilized now, but can no longer walk in a straight line and seems really out of it. He goes back to the vet for a checkup next week, but it is terribly sad, as he is only 3 years old! I am praying that the new medicine he is on is responsible for the change in behavior. Say a little prayer for my puppy, if you feel so inclined.

Next week I will give you the cost breakdown of what we have spent so far, and what is left to do!


But I like a good challenge!

January 22, 2011

how's it hanging?

I've got a bit of a decorating situation: what to hang above my couch? Ever since we got our new couch cover (which Wallace and I both ADORE, can't you tell?) my painted sea green mirror no longer meshes. I've got great plans for this mirror (it will look divine  above my dining room table). But as it is, I am stuck trying to figure out a solution for what to replace it with! With the help of Photoshop, I've narrowed down some alternatives:

Option 1: Picture Grouping

Photoshopped image source: younghouselove

 This option would allow me to use a lot of existing prints that I have around the house. I can hit up the salvation army for inexpensive frames, and paint them all the same color for a nice cohesive effect. I love the way that Sherry and John from Young House Love pulled this off in their daughter's nursery.

I just don't want too much clutter, ya know? Is the scale large enough? Moving onto option #2:

Option 2: Record Frames as Art

Photoshopped image source: Urban Outfitters

This is another inexpensive alternative. These frames are from Urban Outfitters, and are 2 for $15 (score!). I could put fabric inside of them, original art, large colorful photographs to pull in the colors from the rest of the room, who knows!

Yet do they fill the space well enough? I know that I did not scale these to size, so I believe that they will be much smaller in real life. Onto Option #3:

Option 3: Affordable Suzani Textile (In My Dreams)

Photoshopped image source: cloth and kind

I have a wonderful, reoccurring dream: I go to a local antique store, rummage through an old barrel filled with yellowed sheets and scraps of fabric, and suddenly find a GORGEOUS Suzani textile for $15! Of course this is only a dream. And real suzani costs an arm and a leg.

But if I could afford Suzani, I would want it to be as close to the one Photoshopped above my couch. I love the deep fuchsia's and oranges! Of course this Suzani is over 100 years old and belongs to someone else, but I can still close my eyes and dream. Finally Option #4

Option 4: 6 Square Frames from IKEA

Photoshopped image source: Apartment Therapy

This option is a lot like the second image, a large grouping of images. Yet I like 6 frames all painted white. It is balanced. But is it boring? I would definitely use colorful images inside these frames. Pops of pinks and greens! Still, 6 frames can add up in the old $$ department. 

Maybe I could build some frames out of canvas stretcher bars?

So what do you guys think? I need your input! I am leaning towards option #4, but am still torn!

Happy Saturday!


January 21, 2011

friday find: pucci by sandrasuy

Don't you simply adore this exquisite print from SandraSuy? I adore the pattern (triangles are very in right now, no?) and the glamorous fashion drawing. It makes me want to strike a pose (or at least comb my hair).

Have a pretty pretty weekend!


January 20, 2011

i spy: papernstitch valentine giftguide

You know the old song, "All You Need Is Love"? Well if that is the case, papernstitch has put together an AMAZING Valentine's Day Gift Guide sure to help you fulfill your love quota for the year!

So if you need some help finding that perfect gift for Valentine's Day, be sure to click here to see a great collection of love themed art from some of my very favorite handmade artists!

January 19, 2011

Customizing my blogger blog

Hi! As you may have noticed (or maybe you haven't clicked on my blog in a while if you read my blog in a reader) but the GingiberSnap blog has been getting a wee bit fancy, and I thought that I would share with you some great resources and tutorials that have been quite helpful during this transformation! Maybe you will decide to try out a tutorial or two on your own blog! Here are some of my favorite new elements on the blog:

1. Comment Quote Bubble 

I used this great tutorial over at BloggerStop to learn how to add my own customized comment quote bubble in my blog post title header. They give extremely clear step by step directions on how to go into your blogger design, select the HTML code, and add 2 sections of code in order to achieve a custom comment bubble. I designed my own custom thought bubble using Adobe Illustrator and used it instead of the stock thought bubbles that are available at BloggerStop.

I think the greatest advantage of having a comment bubble at the top of each blog post is that it encourages readers to leave a comment if they see that other people have already left a comment. As the comment bubble is in the Post Title, people may decide to keep on reading just because they see the number of comments first thing (Just a theory, but ever since I added this element, my comments have increased a wee bit!).

2. Highlight Author Comments

Have you ever left a comment on someone's blog, and then check back periodically to see if the blog author has responded yet? Maybe it is just me, but I am always anxious to see what the author has to say in the comments section. Using the Highlight Author Comments tutorial from BloggerBuster, I learned how to customize my HTML code so that anytime I reply to a reader's comment, it is has a blue box surrounding it! I really love this element! And I color coordinated it with my custom thought bubble! 5 points for color coding!

This is a simple, clean design element that adds a bit of professional touch to any blog. And it makes having a conversation within a blog post a heck of a lot easier to keep track of!

3. Adding a Stacked Sidebar on top of 2 Smaller Sidebars

I have seen a lot of blogs using what appears to be a large sidebar on top of 2 sidebars. This can be useful if you plan on displaying advertisements, blog buttons, or other page elements, such as blog archives or a tabbed navigation sidebar box (the latter which I will explain soon). I followed this quick and easy tutorial from Things We Love to Hate.

This tutorial is AMAZING because it shows you how to go from having a single sidebar, to a double side bar, to having 3 sidebars! It also is helpful in explaining the some simple HTML words, like margins, padding, width attribute, etc. 

4. Adding a Multi Tabbed Widget for Blogger Sidebar

 One of my biggest struggle with blog design is keeping things clean and organized visually. I tend to want to add too many elements, thus making it hard for readers to navigate! So I have long been a fan of the Multi Tabbed Widget that I have seen on many WordPress blogs. This element comes built in to certain WordPress templates, but alas, Blogger has not yet integrated this widget into their blog layout options.

So I began searching for tutorials, and settled on this Advanced Multi Tabbed Widget Tutorial from My Blogger Tricks.

Please note that this tutorial involves a bit of JavaScript (something I am not all that familiar with) but it is explained beautifully! This widget allows you to to put widgets that would normally be located on your sidebar, such as archives (which normally take up loads of space) topics, blog search, etc. and place them in an organized box. When you click on each tab, the size of that particular tab changes in height depending on the amount of content.

This is quite possibly my favorite new blogger element! I think that for a reader, most of the pertinent information about the blog is front and center.

So there you have it! Do you dabble in blog design? What are your favorite blogger tips and tricks? Please let me know what you think of this list, and share your favorite blogger hacks as well!

January 18, 2011

gingiber on etsy's front page today

Be still my rapidly beating heart! My 2011 Owl Calendar is still going strong, especially after an appearance on Etsy's front page this morning!

Thank you all for your continued support of my blog and art!


January 17, 2011

Making a Dress?

(photo of my pregnant sister and I, and the only full body shot of my dress)

I love pretty dresses. But I really don't like trying them on (who's with me, ladies?). I have 3 favorite dresses (2 of which are pictured here) that I wear practically every time I see someone and want to look dynamite. All 3 are cut very similarly with an empire waist and a skirt that falls just to my knees.

So it hit me that perhaps I should try to use one of these dresses as a pattern and simply make my own! Wouldn't that be lovely? I am no professional seamstress, but I think I will give it a shot, just to say that I tried (and possibly add to my wardrobe). Plus I could use pretty fabrics and feel uber posh. You know, because French Posh Chic is very in this season, no? (kidding)

Have you ever thought about starting from scratch and making a garment?

January 16, 2011

anthropologie love

For my birthday I was given a gift card to ANTHROPOLOGIE! I am a little bit excited, and cannot wait to drive up to Tulsa and peruse the pretty store! Here are some of my favorite items right now (although I highly doubt that I can afford any of them, gulp!):

January 14, 2011

home sweet home (something smells)

This is a picture of Nathan and I on the day we bought our first home. We were newlyweds, excited to enter home ownership. It was a small house, not even 800 square feet. 2 bedrooms, one bath, adorable dining nook, and a quaint back porch under a canopy of mature shade trees. I was quite happy to have place to call home.

Yet, often with home ownership, there were some unexpected hiccups along the way. Like on the morning of our 6 month wedding anniversary, the ceiling in our guest bedroom literally collapsed! The house had plaster walls and ceilings, so you can imagine our horror when 200+ lbs of ceiling came falling from the sky. As it turns out, the previous owners had tried to do some shady repairs on the old home (built in 1946) and we got to witness the fallout. Nathan and I were in college at the time, and of course the ceiling fiasco was the same week as our finals. And the same week Nathan was a groomsman in his best friend's wedding. And the week before Christmas. Oh, good memories....

The next year, Nathan and I decided to have Central Air and Heat installed in the little home. We called around, got our quotes, saved our money, and were so excited when our HVAC specialist showed up to our home in late September to begin installation. Let's just say that our HVAC guy started work, ripped a big dirty hole in our floor, and then never showed up again to finish the job! We called and called to get the job done, but it was not until we had a November snow storm (and a mighty cold house) that someone from the HVAC company came and finished the job.

Today, living in an entirely different home in Arkansas, we began to smell a strange odor coming out from our heating unit. What could it be? Mold or Mildew? A Leak? Is this why Violet has been coughing so much? I am wondering if the trials of home ownership are going to rear their ugly head, once again.

First thing in the morning an HVAC specialist is going to examine the home. They've never heard of a sweet smell coming from a heating vent. I hope we get this resolved soon! We've turned the heat off for the night (the smell only occurs when the heat comes on).

Tonight we will snuggle under blankets (Violet loves to cuddle on the couch). We will watch way too much Netflix. And we will quietly remember that sometimes home ownership is not all it is cracked up to be.

January 12, 2011

Inspiration: Shannon South's Doily Lamp

If you were browsing Apartment Therapy today, you probably saw this AMAZING handmade doily lamp by the talented Shannon South.

Don't you just *adore* the playful doily patterns on the walls when her lamp is turned on?

Be sure to check out her blog, Remade USA, for more inspiration!


January 11, 2011

new collection: milkglass bud vases

What did you do over the weekend? Well I was so lucky as to spend a day with my sweet friend, Laura. She showed up with the loveliest flowers to brighten my house.

We spent a few hours wondering the few good antique stores in Tontitown. I was so excited to see that they had lots of adorable milk glass bud vases. 

I've been wanting a small collection of them for a while (they photograph so pretty) so I bought 5 and happily brought them home!

Do you have any small collections?


January 10, 2011

26 before 26

Today I turned 25 years old. The day has been thus far AMAZING! My husband made me the most delicious Chocolate Nutella Cake from scratch last night, then treated me to breakfast in bed this morning. He even drove me to work and bought me a coffee (swoon!). What a man, I tell you.

I feel as though this monumental birthday (heck, I can rent a car and find better rates on car insurance now) deserves to be commemorated with a list of goals for the year.

Throughout my life, I have been a list maker. However, I hardly ever stick to them. I tend to change directions easily (have you seen my ever changing blog layout, for example?) so sticking to a plan is tough for this indecisive mama. Some of my goals will be serious, but some are just things that I never make time for. So without further adieu, here is my list of goals for the year.

1. Launch a developing (but still secret) business venture
2. Dye my hair blonde (much more blonde than the subdle highlights I have been sporting as of late)
3. Save more money
4. Read a great book (I have not picked up a book in AGES)
5. Invest in friendships (time = money stronger friendships)
6. Sell our Springfield, MO home (that one may be out of my hands, but still it is a goal)
7. Plan a 5 year anniversary trip with Nathan
8. Eat more veggies (cheese is not a vegetable, apparently)
9. Expand the Gingiber Product Line
10. Play a round of golf (I used to play on my men's golf team in high school)
11. Start a great skin care regiment (I never EVER wash my face before going to bed)
12. Make more time for dates with Nathan
13. Organize and donate items in my garage (I want to de-clutter my life)
14. Volunteer for some community organization
15. Have a more positive outlook on life (Hi, my name is Debbie Downer, blargh)
16. Find some new TV shows to watch (I've watch every episode of Gilmore Girls at least 10 times)
17. Get the windshield replaced in my Honda (There has been a crack in the windshield for 4 years)
18. Spend more time with my sister and her soon to be born daughter, Charis
19. Spend more time with ALL family, for that matter. Yes, I am talking to you, Texas family!
20. Invest in some properly fitting clothing, and finally throw out those size 8 jeans
21. Sketch more for me, not just for my business (it is quite therapeutic)
22. Help Nathan search for jobs as we approach graduation
23. Begin *thinking* about expanding our little family (this cannot happen until Nathan graduates)
24. Get a family photo taken (we have never had one made)
25. Start taking Violet to the park
26. Grow my wholesale and consignment business

So there you have it! Wish me luck as I embark on these exiting goals!


January 9, 2011

the bathroom facelift: bead board and paint color

This week I focused on painting the bead board, cabinets, and trim in the bathroom.

Last week I said I would go into more detail about installing the bead board. I don't have a ton of pictures of the process, but we simply bought some board from the hardware store and had them make the major cuts to size. We brought the boards home and my husband made the more detailed cuts (like where the light switch is and corners of the counter top). We then applied liquid nails to the back of the boards and affixed them to the walls. We actually used shower curtain rods to create tension and help hold the boards in place while the glue dried. I painted the bead board with white paint made especially for bathrooms (to prevent mold and mildew) and that was it! All that is left with the bead board is to seal the edges with waterproof silicone caulk to prevent moisture from getting behind the boards and topping it off with some trim.

 We ordered a curtain on sale from Urban Outfitters to cover the door and front of the shower, but am not sure yet if I love it.

I also picked out a paint color for the walls to cover the pale rose color that is currently there. It is called "Light Mint" and actually compliments the existing greenish tile work nicely!I know that the pictures are poorly lighted, but soon I will have new lighting fixtures installed with proper light bulbs for such a small space. I think that it will look fabulous!

Until next week,