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.

DIY Furniture Ideas


I have put together some great DIY Furniture Ideas for making your own furniture. Maybe you need a new coffee table, dresser, or headboard, and don't want to pay retail prices. You are sure to find inspiration for your next project in this collection.   Like these DIY Furniture Ideas? Find more inspiration on my DIY Furniture Ideas … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

loaded baked potato salad recipe

Potato salad is a summer staple - especially in the south. We like all kinds of potato salads, but my family's favorite is loaded baked potato salad. I've always made it the traditional way of boiling potatoes and then adding in the "loaded" ingredients, but one day I decided to bake the potatoes instead - and it was so fantastic that I decided to … [Read more...]

how to trim a shag rug

how to trim a rug

Ever wanted to put a rug somewhere, but you just couldn't find the right size? Odd shaped areas can be tricky, but you can cut down a rug to fit exactly where you need it in no time at all. With only a marker, a yard stick, utility knife and a hot glue gun, get the perfect size rug to fit your space in just a few minutes. First measure from the … [Read more...]

Learning to love the home you have

The Shabby Creek Cottage

Growing up, I always hated the fact that we lived in a mobile home. When my parents originally bought this property (I bought my home from them), there was a cute little two story farmhouse on it that needed a ton of work. My mom was so excited that they could finally own the home of her dreams. They spent all summer that year remodeling it - and … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Checklist Printable

Spring Cleaning Checklist

*This post is sponsored by Cree Bulbs* Ahhhh Spring - it's that wonderful time of year when everything is in bloom, warm weather means the comeback of flip flops - and it's also time to get your spring cleaning on. Yeah... that's prob not your favorite part (mine either). With a million and one things I'd rather be doing, I figured it would be … [Read more...]

DIY Cedar Closet Makeover

Cedar Safe Closet Makeover by The Shabby Creek Cottage

*This post is partnered by Cedar Safe Closets* One of the best parts of DIY is seeing the difference in the before and after. In every space we makeover in our home, each and every project is a DIY, because a) I'm a control freak - b) budgets prefer DIY - and c) it's a great feeling to know that you built that with your own two hands. Our closet … [Read more...]

DIY spring wreath + porch decorating

DIY spring wreath

*This post is sponsored by 3M*Once the buttercups started blooming, I was definitely ready to get some spring decorating on. And what better way to do that than with a spring wreath? This project is super easy and takes very little time to pull together. Even if you're not great at making wreathes (raises hand) then you can pull this one off. It is … [Read more...]

Quick Meals: 15 minute beef stew

15 minute beef stew recipe

Cooler temps seem to require heartier food - but that doesn't mean I have time to slave away at the stove or tend to a pot for hours. Or sometimes I just forget to put stuff in the slow cooker, but we still want a warm meal to battle the blustery day. On those days, this is the meal I throw together: 15 minute beef stew. A quick stop at the grocery … [Read more...]

8 DIY ideas + a giveaway!

DIY giveaway package

*This post is sponsored by HomeRight - some links are affiliates* For nearly two years I've been singing the praises of HomeRight. Why? Because I love them. Their products are user friendly, the customer service is some of the best I've ever seen - and as a long time sponsor I've got nothing but love for them. And I know a lot of you do, too! So, … [Read more...]

the secrets of shopping at Ikea

secrets of shopping at ikea

There's a magical shopping place called Ikea. But it can quickly become a nightmare of mazes and give you sticker shock at the register unless you know how to shop. I'm a *somewhat* seasoned Ikea shopper, but the closest location to me is nearly 6 hours away, so we either make a trip to Atlanta a few times a year or I go there when traveling. I've … [Read more...]