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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

And the Adventure Begins...

Finally finished cleaning and organizing my room and stripping it of most of the decorations and now I'm ready to begin the redecorating. Here are the "Before" pictures. 
 Here's the plans so far: Make or get a duvet cover, a ton of pillows and make pillow cases, turn the bed and nightstand and put it on the far wall. Get rid of the bookshelf, or possibly make it sort of a dresser inside the closet. New or painted lampshde. Paint the nightstand.
 Paint the walls true white, and one or two in a color, probably coral. Love my mirrored closet doors, no changes to make there! Get a chaise to put under the window.
A big area rug and an ottoman/coffee table, hopefully out of a vintage suitcase. New papers or paint on the jewelry display board. A cheese grater-earring holder.

Those are just a few of my ideas. Since I don't have a huge budget for it right now, I'll be thrifting and making as much of it as I can, a little at a time.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kalbi: Korean BBQ Ribs

Last week I made Korean BBQ Ribs for my family. This started with a really fun trip to the Asian market to find a few specialty ingredients. There were a lot of things I missed from Korea, including my very favorite coconut crackers! I just found out that we have an actual Korean market too!

I was able to get Charlie's (One of our staff who cooked for us a lot) recipe and it was really simple. I just marinated the meat in sesame oil, garlic and sugar. 

Served with steamed rice, onions, mushrooms, kimchi (some cooked, some raw), scallions, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, soy sauce, lettuce (for wraps) and ssaamjang (Korean bean paste/red pepper sauce). 

Here it is in a Korean restaurant. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

DIY Dance Shorts and Legwarmers Photo Tutorial

I recently overhauled my closet and found several sweaters and sweater dresses that are either pilled, stretched out, or I'm simply tired of them. I've been needing more shorts for dance, but they're pretty expensive to buy. So I decided to upcycle the sweaters and make some legwarmers and shorts out of them.

This first project I whipped up on the afternoon of Halloween, because I needed a costume to wear to ballet class. I used a green sweater dress and went as Poison Ivy. I should mention that I hate sewing, and our sewing machine hates me. Seriously, it's fine when my mom uses it, but I can hardly sew 10 stitches before the thread comes out, gets tangled, or has some other unfortunate mishap. All that to say, it usually takes me a lot longer than I anticipate to sew anything, so starting this project 2 hours before my class was slightly insane.

Materials needed:
Old Sweater or Sweater Dress
Sewing Machine
Thread that matches the Sweater

 The legwarmers are incredibly simple: cut the sleeves off at the armpit, fold the top under about half an inch, and sew around to make a hem. Put elastic inside if they don't stay up well enough. I wasn't convinced that the sleeves would fit around my legs, but they were actually perfect.

The shorts were a little more complicated. I started with a pair of dance shorts I already had, and traced out a front and a back piece. I put the pieces right on the bottom of the dress, so I could use the finished edge and not have to hem them. Cut two of each piece as shown. Make sure you cut about a quarter of an inch outside your pattern so you have seam allowances!

Here's the cut-out pieces. 
Next, pin the fronts together, (with the right sides together) and the backs together and sew the center seam of each. Don't sew that last couple inches after the bend, because that will be for the crotch seam. (I accidentally did that and had to rip it out.) 
Proceed to sew the crotch seam, and then the side seams.
Optional: I added an inset of the cabled pattern from the top of the dress on the right side. I simple cut about an inch off the front and back on that side, cut a panel the width of both (so about 2 inches) and sewed it in, making two seams instead of one. 
Finally, I used the neckband from the sweater to make the waist band. After wearing the shorts once and seeing how much this cotton knit stretches out, I'm going to add some elastic inside the waistband and possibly to the legs. 

Here's the finished product as part of my Poison Ivy costume for ballet.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Finally did Lucille Ball for a Halloween costume! (And It only cost me $2 for a curtain from St Vinnie's to make the apron out of. Everything else I already owned!)

I had to come up with something I could wear to ballet class on Halloween (and do ballet in) so I upcycled an old sweater dress and made green shorts and legwarmers (See my tutorial here.) and went as Poison Ivy. This costume was completely free!
Hair and makeup.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Name Announced!

Well, its official, A Cameo Appearance has a new name….drum roll please…..Ginger Nifty! I didn’t get any contest entries, but since the idea came from my mom (see the story below) I’ll make her a free item. Don’t worry though; I’ll have a new contest soon and another chance to win something!

Now a little more explanation about the name. First of all, it suits me and the business, considering I’m a ginger and knitting, thrifting and vintage are all pretty nifty! My mom had a dream a few months ago in which we owned a thrift store in Australia named Ginger Nifty. Over going through a ton of possible names, I just couldn’t get it out of my head. My little sister used it for her blog for a little while, but decided not to keep it and let me use it. (I should probably knit her something too!) Also, thanks to my awesome brother for help with the graphic design work!

I've switched over my urls on everything (Twitter, Ravelry, Pinterest, Facebook pages, and Etsy) so you might have to search for Ginger Nifty or ginger-nifty to make sure you have my current pages. There are links on the side of my blog too! 

Some Thrift-Store Finds

I'm trying to get in the habit of buying more of my clothes at thrift stores so I've been going more often. Here are some of my recent purchases.

$6.99 Vintage day dress that fits perfectly. Unfortunately the zipper broke the first time I wore it, but it's an easy fix.

Love this picture!

$3.99 black and white skirt

$3.99 chartreuse summer skirt
 Silly pictures in my little brother's tiny armchair!

$3.99 magenta midi skirt (which I'm going to make a little shorter)
 Great for colorblocking!

$14.99 brand new Merona from Target grey cords. I'm going to take the legs in. Not sure why they haven't invented skinny cords yet. (I don't have any pictures of this one)

$.99 Cheese grater to spray paint and hang earrings on. (or this, but I will when it's finished!)

$9.99 black trunk, perfect for yarn storage/ottoman/coffee table for my room.

Fall Foods....

Homemade butternut squash soup with homemade parmesan croutons, (leftovers from soup and bread that my mom made the day before) crumbled bacon, and chevre goat cheese, cold farm-fresh apple cider on the side. Perfect fall lunch!