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.

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Girls

stocking stuffers for girls

Being a mom of two girlies, I'm a rock star at Stocking Stuffers for Girls. I think my girls are more excited about what they'll find in their stocking than they are opening presents. I always do a couple of things they might need (like fun socks), but I also try and find fun things that they didn't even know they wanted but loved just the same. … [Read more...]

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Boys

stocking stuffers for boys

Stocking stuffers for boys are so much fun to find. From crazy little toys to action figures and more - it's cool to see all of the fun things that would make boys happy! A couple of years ago I did a round up of stocking stuffer for boys ideas and y'all seemed to love them, to I'm doing them again! (PS - these links are affiliates.) Stocking … [Read more...]

Get your home ready for the holidays with a SteamMachine giveaway!


Winter months always mean cleaning & organizing to me. Maybe it's because I'm stuck indoors more, or maybe because bringing out the holiday stuffs means that I have more to deal with? I dunno, but I never put off cleaning until spring. If you're trying to get some cleaning done before the holiday gets here - I've got your back today. Well, … [Read more...]

Instagram tips on how to get more followers

Instagram tips

Ever since I published my book How to Start a Home-Based Etsy Business back in January, I've found that the longer I blog and learn about social media (especially Instagram), the more I learn. It's only natural, right? As small business owners, we just learn what we need as we grow. And personally, I take things in chunks: learn how to get more … [Read more...]

Frozen Chalkboard Printables

Frozen Chalkboard Printables

Hi there everyone, it's Andrea from The Cottage Market and I am so happy to be visiting The Shabby Creek Cottage and all of Gina's wonderful readers once again. The chilly weather is upon us and thoughts of snowflakes and the Holiday Season seem to be on all of our minds. I bet many of you are just itching to start decorating! I am so excited today … [Read more...]

DIY industrial floor lamp

DIY industrial floor lamp

A few weeks ago I shared my new Holla Sign and a few of you asked about the DIY industrial floor lamp - so that's what we're gonna talk about today. This project has a TON of steps - but it really is very easy to make. In about an hour of hands on time, plus about 48 hours of waiting in the middle, you can make this easy lamp for around $50. Want … [Read more...]

DIY Gold Wall Dots

Gold Dot Walls

I have a thing for polka dots. And anything gold. But gold polka dots…. be still my heart. I've seen gold wall dots roaming around for a while, but never really had a place to try it out, that was until I started working on my office a few weeks ago. Then I decided to do my own DIY Gold Wall Dots. Why you ask? Take a look at … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy No Sew Placemats

no sew placemats tutorial

I'm not really a formalities kinda gal. I like pretty stuffs and want things to look nice, even when having a good meal. When my buddies Jen and Kelly asked me to join them in a table scape blog party, I had nothing. Like seriously. So I decided to make my own no sew placemats. They're super easy and only take a few minutes to make, so even if … [Read more...]

Simple DIY Felt Leaf Wreath

felt leaf wreath tutorial

I've confessed before that wreath making is not my strong suit. Yeah, I've made a couple of them (including the Pebble Wreath and Peacock Wreath) but it's not in my comfortable little box of DIY ideas that I go to over and over again (say… like.. making pillows.)  But what I do like is a good challenge, and since my friend Kellie at Nest of Posies … [Read more...]

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...]