Friday, March 11, 2016

Blogging Goodbye

It's been almost a year since I've written a blog post... thus telling me it's time to say goodbye. Life has become beyond busy almost to the point of feeling like I'm hanging on by a thread. I haven't touched my sewing machine, knitting needles, or crochet hook in months upon months. I haven't read any blogs, bought any fabric or yarn, nor done much creative at all. So there hasn't been anything of much interest to write about unfortunately.
At least I eeked out these pillows as a gift for good friends of ours this xmas...

Like everyone else, I've just been living life and surviving day by day. Last year we went from being on 2 baseball teams in spring/summer then golf in the summer then football in the fall... and now we're right back into baseball again (1st team starts practice in Jan, 2nd team starts next week). Just doing my Mom job while my husband works 60-80 hour work weeks is beyond enough for me right now...

Because on top of everything else - WE'RE MOVING BACK TO COLORADO! Finally!!!! So I've spent the entire winter trying to organize and declutter to get our house ready for sale. And it's selling way faster than I thought. So now we'll have to move into an apartment here in IL to stay close to school and finish out baseball. Then move into a rental house out in Denver while we try to buy a house that doesn't have shag carpet and wood panel walls. Such a hot mess of moving around and planning with 2 kids, a dog, and a cat in tow.
...and I did teach my son how to knit when he had a broken arm.

I thank you for reading my posts over these last few years and wish everyone out there health and happiness...  You can always reach me at gingerfreckle[at]!!!
10-4 over and out!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Baseball Dress

After a very, very, VERY long break from sewing, I finally stayed up until 1am to sew something for Paige.

We are at baseball events 6 days a week. If we're not practicing, we have a game or a tournament out of town. Little Paige gets carted around to all of it and has come to learn what the different baseball fields have for her entertainment: sandbox, playground, snack stand, and which teams have which little sisters to play with. I thought she deserved a dress for being such a trooper.

It's just a basic pillow case dress, but she LOVES it.

In other news, I've decided to become a Jamberry Independent Consultant! They're nail wraps that last about 2 weeks and don't chip. If you're interested in learning more about them, please visit my website at: and my facebook page: Jenny's Jams.
I so totally LOVE them - Thanks!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Direction

New Direction? No I'm not a groupie for that all boy band that the youth of our time is so nuts about these days.

I'm going to switch direction a little bit with this Blog. I'm having a hard time finding creative moments to make and share much these days, so I haven't had anything worthy of posting. However, an opportunity came up for my husband a month ago to work a conference in Switzerland. We leave tomorrow for a 12 day, no-kid trip!

My hope is to be able to post about our trip each day... We'll see how it goes. Thanks for following along on our international adventure!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


My husband and I went out on a date night. Parker doesn't like to have babysitters because he says "I don't like having a stranger in the house when I'm sleeping." But we talk him through it and he's fine while we're away. When we got home, we found this on our bed:

"Thank you for what you have done for me and Paige. I know how hard it is to watch Coo-Coo Bird and me at the same time. I think it is time for some appreciation for you and Dad. Here are some bucks to appreciate you."
Just when I feel like I want to throw in the towel and quit my parenting job (mainly because Paige is at a difficult 2-3 age phase), he goes and does something like this. So grateful for this 7 year old boy in my life. He's so observant, bright, and tender-hearted.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I Admit It: Me No Likey Blogging

I think I've decided that I don't like blogging very much - sad but true! I've tried to keep up with it over a few years time... but I just don't think I'm comfortable with blogging:

  1. I'm a private person. And I'm introverted. I'm uncomfortable with the idea of having the general public peeking in on me, even though I'm the one controlling the content. (Plus I've been getting really weird spam comments on my blog with absurd links attached.)
  2. It doesn't enrich my personal life. Every time I sit down at the computer, whether I'm paying a bill, writing an email, editing pictures, ordering something online, etc, I feel like I'm ignoring my family. As much as I do like writing and expressing myself, it's not as fulfilling as I hoped it would be.
  3. Content is difficult. (and editing photos is time consuming) Finding something new and interesting even once a month, let alone 1-2x a week is tough! I'm a Stay At Home Mom... it's really not that exciting. I prefer quality over quantity. Every once in a while when I have time to make something I think is nifty, I post it. But I'm not going to write any ol' blog post just to keep it up-to-the-minute current.
  4. The pressure to "keep up with the Jones's" is just so disheartening to me. Granted, it's pressure I put on myself by comparing myself to others - but I stopped reading blogs almost a year ago because I just felt like everyone else was a turbo-accomplishing, professionally photographed, gourmet cooking, unbelievably creative Super Mom with 5 kids and no nanny with weekly giveaways from blog sponsors. I loathe all this over-abundance of content and social media'ing with the twittering, pintresting, instagramming... uh oh. Do I sound old now? Crap. If you love it and can do it - great. I just can't be doing all that for pity's sake.
  5. My "job" is overwhelming. I'm able to manage, but I mostly feel like I'm hanging on by a thread every day surviving the demand from my kids, their activities, the household/car/yard, daily chores/maintenance, food/cooking/baking/cleaning, haircuts, birthdays, holidays, poopy diapers, errands, the animals... (deep breath) And my loving husband works A LOT - it's the nature of his job and I'm okay with that because he loves what he does. But it means that I do everything else - and I mean EVERYTHING. There's no 50/50 going on here, no weekends off, no evenings free. With that said, writing blog posts is so way totally low on my to-do list - I rarely even go out at night with girlfriends or even rarer, out with my husband on a date.
  6. My sewing space is my sanctuary, but... I see it maybe 3 hours a month. Maybe? It's so "for sad" (as the Minnesotans would say). It's heavenly and therapeutic for me to be in this space and be creative. But I'm so tired at the end of the day when I might have a smidgen of free time, that I just want to have a glass of wine and hit the hay. Basically, if I choose to sew, document, and blog with my free time, then I don't see my husband at all. And I kinda like him...a lot.
Right Side of My Sewing Space: fabric stash, machines, thread, reference books, notions...

Left Side of My Sewing Space: more fabric stash (!), cutting area, laminated fabrics, iron/board, dress form...

My Sewing Space: the whole kit and caboodle... mostly organized

Initially I started the blog to support my Etsy shop, but I found the Esty shop to be a hard balance between half of the people wanting a custom made item with a theme in mind and half of the people wanting something to buy right away. Premium/designer fabric prices have gone from $6/yd to $12/yd - doubling in price over the last few years - so does that mean I make my $40 blankets now $80? How can I justify THAT? Anywhoo - I didn't know how to keep that balance.... so now I'm mostly selling off fabric overflow and making custom orders for friends.

I really like the name Ginger Freckle and I'll keep the blog for now. But maybe I just need to rethink how to use it? (should I focus on one thing? only personal stuff? only business stuff? only sewing? tutorials? Or maybe just doing the Ginger Freckle facebook page is enough for me?)  I think about this question every day... but haven't found the right answer yet.

I just felt like I had to explain to my peoples out there that this is why you don't hear much from my blog anymore. I'm not trying to be a terd-burglar about it. I'm not mad or trying to stick it to anyone or make excuses or whine or crap on the world of bloggers - I'm just being honest about where I'm at with Ginger Freckle. Ah, thank you.

So until I have the answer or another inspiring completed project to share... enjoy being outside in this warm summer weather with friends and family! Toodles!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paigey-doo The Flower Girl

My sister is getting married in a few weeks on the beach in Grand Turk (too exciting!) and "Paigey-doo" (as she refers to herself) is going to be the Flower Girl! Her colors are a deep coral and a sort-of caribbean jade. I couldn't decide which color would look best on her, so I made her TWO!

My dress is the caribbean jade color; the flowers will be coral; the groom is wearing a polished cotton khaki suit. Which do you think works best? Have Paige's dress coordinate with my dress (I'm the only bridesmaid) so that the flowers pop; or have Paige be part of the pop? I'm going to have to make 2 ties for Parker (ring bearer) to coordinate because I just can't decide!

TEAL? (McCalls Pattern #M6015):


CORAL? (The Cottage Mama's Free Party Dress Pattern):

Sneak Preview to help you decide:

Decisions... Decisions... What do you think?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

I Have Turned Into My Mother

Ugh! I swear. I've officially turned into my mother. I'm scatter brained, way too busy to get everything done to the point where I'm heating up leftover dinners every day, and have been volunteering out the wazoo at my son's school. I feel bad about not writing here but more than once every few months or so... but something's gotta give! I just can't be staying up until 1am to get everything done and I certainly can't function off of 5-6 hours of sleep every day.

First school started. And I thought that would bring a sense of normalcy and schedule. Not really. Just more coming and going several times a day.

Then there was fall baseball with Parker. That means practices and weekend games from Aug - Oct (2013).

Then some custom blanket orders came in that I had to finish.

Then I organized a bake sale to raise money for my son's school (over $750!) and we were able to get our first black drama drape for school performances with some of the money. Super exciting!

Then the in-laws came for a 12-day visit. Don't even get me started with that one.

Then I headed up a wrapping paper fundraiser for my son's school - raised over $1250 with that!

Then I coordinate hot lunch every month - contacting volunteers, cooking it , decorating the room, serving it, cleaning up...

And then? Box Tops for Education were due, my sister got engaged (YAY!)... AND then there's Halloween where I made costumes for all four of us ... I totally bit off more than I could chew. But it rained on Halloween and my husband worked until 9pm, so only the kids dressed up. Bummer.

AND THEN? My husband surprised me with a surprise 40th birthday trip to Napa where 16 of our friends from around the country joined us. It was the best trip of my life! He did an phenomenal job hiding the trip from me and planning all 4 days out. I could do an entire post on how awesome this trip was!

Then I got home... a week later, totaled my car with the kids in it - a guy ran a red light and t-boned us. He didn't even come over to see if we were okay. Jerk. It was horribly scary. But that meant rental car, shopping for a new car, buying a new car, buying new car seats, all before Thanksgiving.

Then there was Thanksgiving, another hot lunch, getting ready for the holidays, and yes, people, another 12-day visit from the inlaws for Christmas. I crap you negative. And I had another custom memory quilt to finish up!

Meanwhile, both kids manage to get sick and were on antibiotics,

I couldn't stop though... I had to get over 100 Christmas cards mailed, make 6 pans of toffee, 6 pans of fudge, wrap gifts, move the dang elf every night, make everything for Christmas dinner, attend a handful of holiday events... and on and on and on until New Years morning where I could finally, FINALLY, sit in my freaking pajamas ALL DAY.

I haven't watched TV in over 4 months, my DVR is full and has deleted all sorts of shows and movies and I'm hanging on by a thread.

I keep reminding myself that I'm lucky to be able to stay home where I can live such a full and crazy-go-nuts life. I'm certainly not complaining one bit except for the fact that this all seems to be a lot like my own mother. Crap! (and she says "crap" all the time, too!) Ack! I'm turning into her!!!

Anywhoo. I suppose this post is more for family and friends. So Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday to Me, Merry Christmas, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!