ginger at home

a few quick things

i just wanted to share a few of the things i have been able to work on lately….. it hasnt been easy! i have quite a bit of swelling in my wrists and hands (and other places that don’t pertain to crafting). my hands are so swollen that my joints are aching and my hands are numb most of the time. my mid-wife says that when you have swelling in the wrist like i do that it gives you carpal tunnel like symptoms… therefore, i have a really hard time using my hands! how frustrating, im too fat, tired and sore to move most of my body or do much of anything, but relaxing and enjoyable handcrafts are almost impossible. whats a girl to do? sigh.

anyway, when i get way to restless i have been working on some fabric postcards for a swap i am in. the cards are due soon and so is the baby so it is a race to the finish line! unfortunately it is hard to be inspired when all i really want to make is baby stuff. i did get one set for the swap done but still have about five more cards to make for another set. i made this card for the “shades of one color” theme.

i wish that the base fabric i chose was a bit thicker because you can see some of the embroidery underneath and i don’t like that. its a really simple card but i enjoyed making it while my hands allowed.this card, i made for the “macro” theme.

sadly, my design seemed to shrink and not turn out macro at all… urrg! i have three done similar to this and have decided that they aren’t good enough for the theme, just not close up enough. what was i thinking? i think ill just save them for another time.

yesterday i got a strong yearning to sew but i knew i couldn’t make anything that was meant to turn out or be well made because, lets face it, im not capable of well made these days with fingers that cant tell the have been stabbed by a pin untill the have a little drop of blood on them. sooo, i decided to make a purse.


i think i am pretty well known for liking things that are kinda ugly to others so i figured if i messed up the purse i would still like it. well, i didn’t really mess it up, if you don’t count the crooked stitching and uneven seems and all around un-symmetrical-ness (yeah i know thats not a real word) of it.


i did however make it a tad too small, as in, this is now officially a kids purse. sniff, i really like it too. i just need to find a cute little girl that would appreciate the old country but cool fabric i made it from. if anyone has any ideas let me know (im willing to mail it if anyone knows the right little girl)



ps. only 8 days left till my due date!


i feel pretty silly about my lack of blogging lately. i have been working on a lot of stuff but nothing is really done or ready to be photographed yet. i am also out of batteries for my camera, who you all know, is not my friend.

soooo.. today i will leave you with this:


ceramic work i did last spring.

 sushi plates, tea pot and cups, rice bowls and covered dish.


i made everything but the covered dish as a wedding present for some good friends. the covered dish is one of the only pieces i made with the intention of keeping. it makes me happy.



i have about a million and one things i want/need to get done before baby arrives…. and zero energy to do it 🙂 i know all you moms out there know what i mean when i talk about not sleeping and being in pain/discomfort all the time… someone call the waaaahhmbulence.

one thing i did get done last night was the little dress i wanted to make for baby to wear home from the hospital.


i wanted something special and handmade that after she outgrew, she could eventually use for her dolls. i also plan to hang it up in her room while she is to little to play dress up with dolls.  baby-dress-back.JPG

 i made this from an old pillow case i found at the thrift store and lined it with some left over light colored fabric from another project. all the seams are totally in-cased and the raw edges are finished with bias tape. i hadnt ever used bias tape on this small of a project before and have decided that i dont like it. i had always used packaged before but after a quick call to my mom i felt confident enough to make it myself. i like being able to make it and use in any color or fabric i have i just wish that i had hand sewed it on with tiny perfect stitches instead of bad sewing machine, ripped out three times,ugly stitches. it might also have helped if i could feel my hands more than halfway. they are pretty swollen and the keep falling asleep. i kept stabbing myself with pins and not realizing it till they were stuck in me 🙂 crazy. so its imperfect but it is exactly what i wanted. too bad it is huge…. i made the newborn size, but it looks way to big…. we will see. i plan to make a few more pieces for the outfit if the baby waits long enough but just incase i want to get a chocolate colored all in one thingy to put under it for warmth.

hopefully ill have more to say about the baby room soon 🙂



simple pleasures

is it ok to be in love with fabric?

i found these scraps yesterday wheni was going through some stuff i stole from my mom gave me when i visited her last and “helped” her go through some stuff.


i have been really stressed out this week about getting stuff done around here. my house is a mess and i have a million projects to do and things to get ready for. i have been cleaning bathrooms and doing laundry today (slowly) and i just felt all agitated so i decided to take five minutes and do something fun. so, i made a weird little bracelet.


i had a really hard time photographing it but have decided to share anyway. ohhh, how i do hate bad pictures and my evil camera! anyway, this bracelet is kinda like a bangle and kinda like a cuff bracelet.


i made it with one of the above really small scraps that i love and used a timtex scrap to give it some body. add velcro and voila. looking at it, one might think that it would suit a child better than a soon to be mom grown up, but hey, i love kid stuff :)xo


search and rescue

surprise! im still here. i have just been lost somewhere between baby preparations and napping 🙂

i swore to myself that i would blog today no matter what. i have some good stuff to share but no good pictures so that will have to wait.

for today ill show you the valentines sushi i made my hubby.


nothing spectacular. just california rolls (lots of them). i cant eat anything raw, being that im preggers. boooooo. i even broke out the special sushi plates i made last year.


its was really yummy. hmmmm now i am hungry.



m i a

where have i been??? yikes. i haven’t blogged in forever. mostly, i guess, because i haven’t had anything exciting enough to share. i have been hand quilting this, my hands are ready to fall off. i have been re-potting these sad little guys.


i bought them practically dead for .25 cents each but it is proving harder to rejuvenate them than i thought.


last week i had a friend over for lunch and a long chat. j and i also had a family over for dinner on saturday which was so nice. of course the superbowl was on sunday, we were invited to a great little get together with the best bean dip ever! unfortunately i had to leave early because i was feeling under the weather. yep, sick again with weird sinus stuff. that’s always fun. i spent literally hours yesterday going through all the wonderful baby items that have been handed down to me from family and friends.


j came home from work and said “wow, that is A LOT of pink”.


yes, yes it is.


i have also been working on some sketches of a painting i am about to start working on and some embroidery designs i have in the works. i guess this past week has been more of a planning and thinking week. i have also been getting some secret projects started (these will be revealed after the weekend i hope). what else? grocery shopping, errand running and lots of high-school basketball games (j’s brothers, go knights!) so, a lot of this and that. and, im really tired and grouchy :). i know there are people out there who are super women all the time, including when they are pregnant, i guess im just not one of them.



who dat??

remember this?

well, i got it done. i was going to do real applique on this but the pieces we just soo small that i decided on light heat and bond instead. i free form cut the pieces, ironed them in place,used some super big and chunky applique stitches, added a bit of embroidery: done and done.

the matching headband was made using this pattern. its a mini version of this


what a terrible picture!

 since i have the worlds worst camera, i just don’t have the energy to try any more. i really miss my super old manual camera. maybe since the baby is going to be here soon, j and i will be able to justify a new camera one of these days. i doubt it though 🙂 i am giving this to a friend of mine tonight for her little girl, who i am in love with…. really i just love her, she reminds me of what i’m about to get (8 weeks left). i hope it fits her!



good food, great gift

wow. i got the best late birthday present ever. my friend sara sent me these goodies from anne taylor

(i love love love that place).


they are gorgeous. i think i am in love. it is supposed to snow this weekend, so i think i will get some good use out of them and feel very posh in the process.

also, remember when i told you this was simmering on the stove top? well here it is (or should i say was). yum.curry.JPG





can you believe i found this fabric at walmart? soooo cheap too. simple pleasures. more on this later.

also, because it is funny:


at lunch today, j said, “your plants are dying”. sniff… i hope she can recover, im a plant killer trying to become a plant rescuer.

gotta go, this is simmering on the stove.



birthday fun

today was friend of mines birthday. she is cool and likes funky stuff so i decided on some last minute projects for her bday gift. i made this head band from the ties i found the other day at the thrift store.

i used a pattern by heather that you can find here. i love this pattern! thanks heather!

i made this little pocket from one of the sweaters i felted the other day. unfortunately i didn’tread the label very closely when i picked out the sweater. it didn’t felt up very well because it has 20% polyester. silly me. but it did felt enough to cut up and sew and use with a lining fabric. here is a shot of under the flap.

i used ribbon to make a tie so that it could be used for something other than glasses (my original intention), such as pens or other smaller stuff. the flower on the flap is made from ribbon scraps and little scraps of tie leftover from the headband. i hope she likes them!