About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.

Bright, fun living room on a budget

Shabby Creek Cottage Living Room

Today's post is gonna be pretty long, so grab yoself a cup of coffee or tea and settle in for a spell while we talk about my journey to decorate my living room on a budget. This room has been a long, slow process of trying a million different things until I got it "right." I go through a lot of back and forth, trial and error, victories and losses … [Read more...]

Fall Chalkboard Printables (free artwork!)

fall chalkboard printables

Hi everyone! It’s Andrea from The Cottage Market and it is great to be visiting Gina's blog once again. Fall is truly here and many of you have started your decorating but just in case you are looking for a little something extra I do believe you will enjoy what we created for you! So excited today to be offering you a brand new 4 piece set of 8X10 … [Read more...]

Power Tools 101: How to use a Jigsaw

Power Tools 101

Sometimes I do a project and in the instructions I say "Just cut out X with a jigsaw" (or a scroll saw or a miter saw - you get the point!) I've been using power tools so long that I forgot that most people have never picked one up and it's a scary thing to do for the first time. So when I decided to start a series about using power tools for those … [Read more...]

5 quick Halloween ideas {+ a $500 giveaway!}

5 quick halloween ideas

Scared you're running out of time to do something cool for Halloween this year? Never fear! These super simple ideas can be made in minutes and you'll look like the hero of the haunted holiday in no time flat. From treats to decor - there's a quick solution for everything Halloween in just a few minutes of time. Ghost lollipops Cute Spooky … [Read more...]

Broccoli Cheddar Soup {a 15 minute meal}

Broccoli Cheddar Soup - a 15 minute meal using pantry & freezer ingredients

When temperatures start to fall, it seems like I can't wait to fill my tummy with warm soups, stews and chili. That yummy, soul soothing food is what I crave this time of year. But, with marching band season still in full swing, there's not a lot of time to make those things that take hours of simmering away on the stove. Which is why my 15 minute … [Read more...]

more issues than vogue {free printable}

more issues than vogue free printable

I adore free printables. I like to share them quite frequently here on the blog, because if I'm making them for myself, why not share? Today's freebie was inspired by my buddy Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof. Her "More Issues Than Vogue" printable in her bathroom was so amazing, but I wanted a little more bling in the mix, so I decided to make my own … [Read more...]

DIY superhero logo pillows

DIY Super Hero Logo Pillow

Being a child of the 70s, Saturday morning cartoons were a big part of my life. And Super Friends was my very favorite. I wanted to be Super Girl, because she could fly. My mom, being the awesome supportive person that she is, even fashioned me capes out of clothes pins and bath towels. My grandmother thought I needed the ability to fly, so she … [Read more...]

Halloween Porch Decorating Ideas

halloween porch decorating ideas

*This post is sponsored by Command Brand* Way back elven years ago when we moved here, we dreamt of building a big, beautiful porch on the front of our home. During that decade of dreaming, I thought of all the ways I would decorate for each and every holiday. Beautiful lights at Christmas, fun flowers for spring, spooky stuff for Halloween. I had … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Centerpiece

fall centerpiece

I've blatantly said that I don't really decorate for fall. I do just a tiny bit, but I don't go all overboard. Honestly it's because fall colors don't really mesh well with all the aqua going on around here. Like seriously. But, I've started entertaining more lately, so I figured a seasonal centerpiece that will get used a few times over the next 6 … [Read more...]

Nine aqua pillows to fall in love with


If you hang out with me on Instagram, you already know I'm obsessed with aqua. Ok, well if you know me at all, you know of this long-lasting love affair I have with almost all shades of blue, but especially aqua and turquoise and jade and pool blue, and mint…. and the list goes on. If you could imagine it ocean-side, then I probably love it. So why … [Read more...]