Blizzard of ’17

If you’re anywhere near the Northeast, you know we are getting hit HARD with a snowstorm.  The snow is coming down heavily and the wind is blowing.

Today is a good day to stay indoors and sew and knit.  I’m trying to update my shop, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Stay safe!

Life is simple:  eat, sleep, handmade

~The Gingham Bow


Thought for Today

I was online earlier and I saw a quote that someone had attached to their signature.  “Do not educate your children to be rich.  Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up, they will know the value of things, not the price.”  I have no idea who first said this, but it makes wonderful sense to me.

I’m trying so hard to raise my children to be decent people.  Who isn’t though, right?  This quote really hit home today for some reason.  It stood out to me.  It stood out to me so much, that I printed it and put it up on my fridge.  It will serve as a reminder to anyone who opens the fridge that it isn’t about how much money you make, who has what as far as material things, who has the most expensive “toys”,  this comes down to what kind of a human being you are.  How you are as a person.  You don’t need material things in life to be happy.  Value what you have.  Value happiness.  Value love.  Value the important things in life.  Having a lot of money or the most expensive items does not make one person better than the other.


I’m thinking about doing a post a week about quotes that I find interesting.  Let me know what you think.  Comment or email me!

Life is simple:  eat, sleep, handmade

~The Gingham Bow


Paper Flowers

I’m a knitter, crocheter, and I sew.  If I’m making something “girly”, I like to embellish it. Usually, I make a flower to go with it and attach it to the finished piece.  To me, it makes the item look “complete”, all while dressing it up a bit.

I’m planning on making some paper flowers as well.  Same concept as the fabric/yarn ones, just want to use paper to make them, frame them, and use them as wall decorations.

While on the internet the other evening, I came across a post from Victoria over at  Her tutorial explains how to make the roses. I’ll admit I’m better at fabric and yarn crafting rather than paper crafting, but this tutorial makes it look easy to do, along with making a simple, yet fabulous flower.

If you are interested in paper roses, this is the tutorial to look at.  The link is:

Life is simple:  eat, sleep, handmade

~The Gingham Bow


Getting Ideas

There are a few blogs that I subscribe to and read.  I like to get ideas, inspiration, and learn hints and tips I may otherwise not know.  I have several that I like.  I like the DIY ones, simple living, and cooking ones.

One blog that I’ve been following for quite some time is Oakhill Homestead.  The owner of the blog is Kathi and she pens oodles in information!

I subscribe to her blog, so of course I get alerted whenever she writes a new post.  One post in particular that grabbed my attention was her post on “Five Food You Should Make At Home.”  The link to this wonderful post is here:

In this post, she describes how by making these 5 items, you will not only save money, (win-win) but be healthier in the process.  (Double win-win!!)  I know I try and do both.  I enjoy making things from scratch.  Not only do I save the money, but I feel better that I’m feeding my family foods that aren’t laced with preservatives and chemicals.  One day, take the time to read some of the ingredient labels…oh boy!  There are ingredients I can’t even pronounce, let alone know what they are even for!

Kathi has graciously allowed me to mention her blog on mine.  I strongly urge you to read it, follow it, and try some of her ideas and recipes.  HINT– try the pancakes from scratch…fluffy and yummy!!!

Her blog is:  Once you get reading it, you’ll find yourself checking out her other posts.

Life is simple:  eat, sleep, handmade

~The Gingham Bow





I recently discovered a site called Bloglovin’.  With this site, you can follow blogs and search blogs that are of interest to you.  Everything is all in one spot!!  Easy!  Sample of my blog:

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When you join, which is free, you get an email of blogs that you read that have new posts.  Just click and you’re there.  You can create the list of blogs to follow that are of interest to you.

Life is simple:  eat, sleep, handmade

~The Gingham Bow



Valentine’s Day and Barrettes

Valentine’s Day is next week.  To many, it means love, hearts, and everything pink and red.  It also means helping Little Miss write her Valentine’s Day cards for the kids in her class.  It also means dressing her up that day in something red, looking all cute and girly. I’m also going to do her hair with something flowery.  I’m thinking a fabric rosette barrette is in order for that day.


These are something I thoroughly enjoy making.  I also have a few for sale in my etsy shop. The ones above will be listed soon.

I make mine a bit differently, but here is a great tutorial:

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Life is simple: eat, sleep, handmade

~The Gingham Bow


This Blog…This New Blog

Here we go, venturing into blogland…yet again.  I will be posting more, so I’m going to learn how to do this!

I’ve been thinking of new things to make this blog interesting, all while focusing on trying to incorporate many topics.

Venture with me, into the life of The Gingham Bow!

-The Gingham Bow