diy: birdhouse ornaments

DIY birdhouse ornaments II GingerSnapsBlog When we first started living together, Kevin and I (well, I) decided that our Christmas tree should be all bird ornaments. The cat approved. We slowly started collecting them together, finding quirky ones that made us laugh, and our family and friends started gifting us with them as well. Over the years, we've made quite the collection!

Each year I like to make a new one for myself and/or to give as gifts. This year I made some tiny birdhouses and I'm so happy with how they came out! What's fun about these, like most of my crafts, is that they can be easily customized to your liking.

what you need: wooden birdhouses (I found mine at Michaels, you could also make your own), paint & paintbrush, sticks/pinecones, glue, sandpaper, moss
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Start by painting your entire birdhouse with a thin coat of paint. Don't worry about painting it perfectly as you will be sanding it down.
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Cover the entire roof with glue and adhere popsicle sticks/twigs/pinecone pieces (anything of your choice!). Once the roof is complete and the glue has dried, sand your birdhouse down anywhere that the paint is exposed, focusing mainly on the corners. For the final touches, glue on pieces of moss and fill the hole with it as well.
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recipe: curry + paneer naan pizza

recipe: curry + paneer naan pizza
I remember seeing the idea of an Indian-style pizza a long time ago and it's been on my mind ever since. It's basically a compacted Indian meal in easy-to-eat form. This "pizza" is a little spicy and tastes amazing with cilantro/yogurt dipping sauce. It also makes great leftovers!

You can get creative with the toppings but I kept it pretty simple. A great addition would be green peppers, mushrooms, or even garlic.

ingredients:
naan
red curry paste
paneer cheese, cut into 1" cubes
sliced red onion
sliced tomatoes
chopped cilantro

Preheat oven according to the naan packaging (usually 350 degrees). Heat oil in a pan and add the tomatoes and onions. Let them cook for several minutes. Add the paneer cubes and saute them until golden brown. Spread curry paste all over naan and then add cooked tomatoes, onions, and paneer cubes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Bake according to packaging (approximately 10-15 minutes).

recipe: curry + paneer naan pizza recipe: curry + paneer naan pizza

diy blog tour

One of the very best parts of blogging is making friends. Two of my favorite blog pals are Megan & Nora, the siblings from Two Birds. The down-to-earth, thrifty duo always make me wish I lived closer to my sister. They nominated me to answer a few questions about crafting, so here goes!

*what are you working on?
I always have a few projects going on at any given time, which is why our kitchen table is hardly ever used for actual meals. Right now I'm working on a little scrapbook of Mango, and getting a head start on some Christmas gifts. I also just completed a wreath (below) which I found on A Beautiful Mess. I usually try to finish 1 or 2 crafts from my Pinterest boards each month.

diy wreath

*how do your DIYs differ from others in the genre?
I always try to add a little rustic flair to my crafts. I don't like bright, bold colors or flashy/glittery projects. I usually stick with neutral, earthy colors and natural materials. My middle name should have been Jute.

IMG_3643DIY rustic makeup storage leather passport covers & wooden makeup storage

*why do you write/create?
I work at a desk all day, so in my spare time I like to use my hands for something more creative. Crafting keeps my mind active and imaginative and it makes me feel productive.

DIY: beaded tassel necklace beaded tassel necklace

*what's your creative process?
I usually come up with ideas at random times when I'm by myself - while I'm out for a run, on a long drive, or lying awake at night while everyone else is asleep. My ideas are usually grandiose (I will build an entire new headboard out of sticks and stones!) and then I have to bring myself back down to reality (or maybe I'll just make a pencil holder instead).

*who am I nominating?
Anyone who would like to partcipate! If you share your creative process, let me know so I can check it out and get some inspiration.