The Liebster Award

My Homemade Home Liebster Award

 I am so excited to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Vicky Barone! The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It’s a great way for bloggers to network with one another and put their favorite blogs in the spotlight! Nominated bloggers are to nominate 11 of their favorite blogs with less than 1,000 Instagram followers. Here are the blogs I chose:

Momee Friends of Long Island | Life to Table | The Flaky Fashionista | The Discourse of Ashton | Heart Like a Kickdrum | Oven Love | Frou FruGal | Snapshots of Wellness | Muffin Grayson | Real Life Parenting | One Mother to Another

To those nominated, if you would like to participate, answer the questions below in your own blog post like this! Then link back to My Homemade Home and nominate 11 other bloggers. Create an Instagram post and tag your 11 nominees to let them know they’ve been nominated! And have fun!!

  • How did you come up with your blog name?

I’ve always had a love for all things homemade. Teaching myself to crochet, create new recipes, and anything DIY consistently keeps me busy. I have many crafty hobbies to say the least! So, when I decided to launch a blog that features my homemade projects, My Homemade Home was a no-brainer for me.

  • Why did you start your blog?

I love being creative. The appreciation I’ve received in the past for sharing my projects combined with encouragement from family and friends, really helped to push me out of my comfort zone and into the internet. I love the idea of possibly helping someone by sharing my own ideas. That is the main focus that drives my blog.

  • What do you love most about blogging?

Feedback! It’s awesome to know what other people think about my work (good and bad, seriously!). It’s a fabulous tool to learn from and improve upon.

  • What’s one goal you wish to accomplish this year?

I hope to be able to make more blogger/social media friends. Surprisingly enough the internet is a big world and it’s easy to feel alone or like what you write about doesn’t matter.

  • What is your favorite social media site?

Pinterest, but Instagram is a close second. It’s such an awesome sharing platform!

  • How would you describe your personal style?

Casual but classic. I love to be comfortable, but timeless at the same time. I never really get wrapped up in trendy styles. I usually stick with pieces that I can wear for a long time and that will look good for years to come. 

  • If you could choose one store to shop at for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I’d have to say TJ Maxx. It’s my favorite. You can get anything there and at affordable prices!

  • What is one fear you would like to conquer?

Honestly, I’d love to stop feeling that I’m blogging the wrong way. I know there’s no “right” way per say and I guess that’s the beauty of it at the same time. I’m always having to remind myself that every blog is unique!

 

Christina
 
My Homemade Home Liebster Award

New Etsy Store Launch: Out of the Woods Works

Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works wire wrapped necklace

This week has been busy to say the least, but I’m super excited to announce the grand opening of our Etsy store. Together with my mom and grandmother, we combined our talents in jewelry making to create some awesome pieces. Check out the side bar for a link to our store!

So how did we get to this point anyways? What makes us good enough to have our own store?
Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works wire wrapped bow ring

I think it all started when I was in high school and my mother took an interest in beading. What started as a hobby for us all, eventually led to the opening of my mom’s bead store. Through my mom and grandmother’s instruction, I learned basic beading, wire wrapping, seed bead weaving and pearl knotting. They also went on to learn more challenging techniques working with precious metal clay (PMC) and lampworking glass beads.

Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works leather and vintage glass bracelet
Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works leather and vintage glass bracelet

Recently we’ve decided to put our talents together and start making jewelry again. The launch of our Etsy store, Out of the Woods Works, is a combination of our efforts. We’ve listed dainty, wire-wrapped necklaces and bracelets and leather knotted and peyote woven bracelets. There are also a few listings for earrings and rings. Here are some examples of our work.

When making our pieces, we also pay attention to every detail. It’s important to us to only put our best work on the market. We would never sell anything less. 

Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works peyote woven beaded bracelet
Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works leather and vintage glass bracelet
Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works  wire wrapped necklace
Etsy store: Out of the Woods Works  wire wrapped necklace

I love that our jewelry is stylish and affordable! For the price, you also get amazing quality and craftsmanship. Visit the store and let us know what you think! Don’t forget to check back often as we are currently working on new listings. Thanks for your support!

Etsy Shop Out of the Woods Works

Christina

Loaded Baked Potato Skins

Loaded Baked Potato Skins

Baked potatoes are delicious. They are definitely a comfort food around our household. But what’s better are baked potatoes that you can eat with your hands! Since I had a bunch of extra potatoes lying around, I decided to try out a recipe for potato skins (John was thrilled of course!). I remembered eating potato skins at TGIFriday’s as a kid… so yummy.

I found this recipe on SimplyRecipes.com and it turned out amazing. These delicious finger foods would also be perfect for Superbowl Sunday (or any party for that matter)!
 
Loaded Baked Potato Skins
 
I rubbed the potatoes with olive oil and baked for 50 minutes in the oven (400 degrees F).
 
Loaded Baked Potato Skins
 
Here’s what mine looked like after they baked in the oven. I cut them in half and scooped out the center. After baking for another 10 minutes on each side, I filled them with bits of ham and cheese and broiled until melted.
 
Loaded Baked Potato Skins
 
The end result was amazing! Crispy outside and tender inside filled with amazing toppings! You can garnish with sour cream and green onions or just leave those goodies on the side.
 
Loaded Baked Potato Skins
 
What type of snacks will you cook for Superbowl Sunday?
 

Christina