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.

Christmas Cocktail: Cran-Merry-Tini

Christmas Cocktail

A few months ago I took a trip to Chicago. If you know me at all you know of my great love of Fall Out Boy. And I know that Pete Wentz owns a bar in the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago called Angels and Kings. So with 11 million cool things to do in Chicago, that bar was at the very tip top of my list. Like if I did nothing else, I was gonna go. And I … [Read more...]

10 Kitchen Organizing Tips

Living with a small kitchen, I know that organization is key. We don't have a ton of storage, which means that we have to make the absolute most of what we have to keep everything in order. Part of my strategy is to only keep the things we use the most in the easiest to reach areas, but also to cull out to remove things we don't need at all. I … [Read more...]

Triple-Layer Eggnog Pie (no bake dessert recipe)

Easy Triple-Layer Eggnog Pie

As soon as I see eggnog in the grocery store, I know that Christmas is really on its way. My grandmother made the best eggnog I've ever had, but sadly I didn't get her recipe before she passed away a few years ago. I buy some every year and it always brings back fond memories of Christmas Eve at her house surrounded by family and friends. You know… … [Read more...]

craft this: Mini-Melted Snowman Ornaments

mini-melted snowman ornament

Melted snowman ornaments aren't really a new thing - but when my daughter wanted me to make her one I knew I had to put my own spin on it. And I really didn't want to have to go buy stuff to make it (like clear ornaments) so I came up with this quick craft idea - and it turned out so cute that I wanted to share it with you! I stared with … [Read more...]

Learning to enjoy entertaining

Boxwood Wreath

Last week on Instagram, I shared a short post about how we learned to have faith in timing. More specifically it was about the fact that I had grand ideas of entertaining friends, when we really didn't have any. I know that might sound a bit shocking coming from a girl who's basically lived her whole life in one house, but it's true. We just didn't … [Read more...]

Easy memory ornaments

Vacation Ornaments

The beach is my happy place. The sound of the waves, the smell of salt air - it truly does soothe my soul. Every time we go to the beach, we always bring back a bit of sand, and I've had little bits from here and there for a couple of years but never knew what to do with it - but I finally figured out how to with these easy memory ornaments. It's a … [Read more...]

How to wrap a gift – tips from a pro

how to wrap a gift - tips from a pro

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about the holiday season- pretty paper… pretty ribbons… all the pretties! This year I asked my friend Kasey to help me, and I had no idea I was doing it all wrong! I thought I was doing it right - I mean, they always turned out pretty. As a former department store manager, she not only wrapped about a … [Read more...]

Easy DIY bar sign

easy diy bar sign

The writer in me can't seem to get enough quotes: song lyrics, book quotes, movie lines - they're all up for grabs. It's a fun way for me to bring the things we love into our home in a very personal way. When I decided to create a little sign to go above our bar, I knew I wouldn't want something ordinary. So I thought long and hard and finally … [Read more...]

Chocolate-Candy Cane Cake (aka the best Christmas cake ever!)

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake

There's something magical about the combination of mint and chocolate that makes my heart beat a little faster. So when I found this recipe for Chocolate-Candy Cane Cake I knew I was a goner. Chocolate and peppermint and COOL WHIP, all rolled into one beautiful slice of cake? Oh, yeah. I'm drooling just thinking about it. While it looks like an … [Read more...]

DIY Industrial Storage Cart

DIY Industrial Storage Cart

I'm kind of smitten with industrial style furniture - yet I don't want it to be rustic looking. So when I decided wanted an Industrial Storage Cart, I knew I'd probably have to build it. Which is great, right? When you build your own furniture it means that you can get exactly what you want in the perfect size, perfect color and it's usually for a … [Read more...]