Crafts + DIY

Easy DIY: Paper Bag Banners

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Hi everyone! My super cute and crafty friend, Ashley (who endearingly calls me “Martha Stewart, Jr.”), has a DIY on her blog that is too FRILLING not to share!

I’ve tried my hand at banner-making before, but these variations are even more clever and fun! Here’s what she did:

1. Found some paper bags leftover from her wedding.

2. Found some scrapbook paper she had from ages ago.

3. Glued the paper to the paper bags.

4. Painted chipboard letters with ink (chalk or pigment ink is best).

4. Punched holes in the top of the paper bags.

5. Put inexpensive yarn through the holes…and VOILA!

Here is another variation Ashley used for a wedding shower decoration:

  1. Tear out pages from an old book. 
  2. Use some vintage photo distress ink and embellishments. 
  3. Use chipboard letters and paint with chalk ink.

Ashley, you are so creative! You totally FRILL us!

February 28, 2013 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Tutorials | No Tags

Little Blue Hat

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Oh, if only I had more time for …  fill in the blank.  Is everyone saying that or is it just me?  I feel like I could put a million things in that blank.  Today it’s knitting.  Because if I had more time for knitting then I wouldn’t be admitting that this is the first hat I’ve knitted for Baby T.  Otherwise she’s been wearing handmedowns.  Lucky gal / poor gal destined to always wear handmedowns.  Lucky because who doesn’t love handmedowns?  Poor because so many of our handmedowns are pink or red and to be honest, hot pink is not sister’s best color.  Poor gal, amen?  Therefore, I chose blue.  She looks positively Frilling in blue.

(She has these dark blue eyes.  The color is hard for me to catch in photos because the blue is so deep.  We think they’re here to stay.)

This sweet hat has a fun basketweave design.  It’s the “Flower Pot” hat from Itty Bitty Hats (which I’m forever knitting from); I just left all the flowers off.  Instead I embellished it with one large crochet flower. I like cotton yarn for baby hats – it doesn’t itch like icky acrylic (yep, yarn snob, that’s me) and isn’t too warm (or itchy for that matter) for Texas like some wools.

Old Made New: DIY last minute baby gift – hand stamped leggings

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As promised yesterday, here is another post and a totally frilling gift idea from Stephanie of Teal Annie. Thanks so much for your contributions, Stephanie! We hope to see many more “Old Made New” posts in the future! You FRILL us! 

If you are needing a last minute baby gift and really want it to have a special handmade touch, this little DIY is perfect for that special little stylish one in your life. It is pretty quick and very affordable as well.

Original inspiration from the lovely Katie over at Lemon Jitters with her DIY for patterned heart tights.

Supplies Needed:

  • baby leggings (I bought these from Old Navy)
  • scissors
  • small piece of cardboard
  • craft paint
  • wine cork
  • hot glue gun

1. Cut a small triangle out of the cardboard.

2. Using hot glue, attach the cardboard triangle to the wine cork creating a stamp.

3. Lay the leggings flat and stamp the triangle in the pattern of your choice.

4. Let dry and stamp the back if desired. Then, give as gifts!

Old Made New: Advent Calendar

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Hi all! Today we have another inspirational guest post from Stephanie of Teal Annie! We have been having a sort of count down to Christmas this week with all kinds of frilling and festive posts! Yesterday, Fran posted about some natural ways to have that special Christmas tree fragrance if you don’t have a real tree in your home. And the day before that, Caitlin posted about her entirely handmade Christmas ornament collection! AND Check back tomorrow for yet another fabulous guest-post by Stephanie! 

My husband and I have been married for a little more than two years. This year we started thinking about Christmas traditions that we want to have as a family. We’ve though about what traditions we want to continue that we each had with our own families and some new things we would like to add. This year we decided to make an Advent calendar to help us think of others and to be excited and expectant for the coming of Jesus.

We used a scrap piece of wood we had in our garage. We painted the lyrics to Joy to the World on the wood and used some yarn and scrapbook paper I had in my craft stash.

We each wrote on half of the cards. I open the ones Jake wrote and he opens the ones I wrote so it is a fun surprise each day.

We wrote things like: “Buy a friend’s lunch today”, “Read the Christmas story together”, and “Bake cookies for the neighbor”.

We also light a new tea candle each day when we open a card.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the Advent season and has a Merry Christmas!

Crafted Christmas Ornaments

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Hello Friends!  Today we have a holiday guest post from our dear Caitlin, my almost-cousin and kindred spirit, who totally FRILLS us always.  Cait and her fella Kevin got their creative juices flowing in a Frilling, festive way. Enjoy!
- Fran
Caitlin Martin is the New Media Manager for the Association for Public Art (formally the Fairmount Park Art Association). She tweets, posts, and Instagrams about Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art. Trained as an architect, she is also currently working as an Architectural Intern for Loomis McAfee Architects. In her free time, she is a long distance cyclist and is in the process of writing a food guide for cyclists on tour based on her cross country journey completed in August 2011.
Hey y’all! Today I am going to share with you some simple and fun ways to create your very own Christmas ornaments. Kev and I have invited our families to Philadelphia for the Holidays this year! We realized after purchasing our Christmas tree that we had zero ornaments. So, instead of buying a bunch of brand new fancy ornaments, we decided to make our own. We did some really simple and fun things that resulted in an array of unique decorative pieces for the tree.
First, we purchased a bunch of cheap glass ornaments (like $1.99 for a pack of six cheap). We also bought ribbon and lace. I went to Jomar to purchase all of my supplies because they have a great selection of fabric for an affordable price as well as other craft supplies, but you could go to any craft store.
My friend also gave me some feathers that she had purchased from KIMONOS Feathers on Etsy. They have a great selection of colors, and they ship quickly.
All I did here was glue feathers all over the ornaments. I put short feathers of a different color on top of the long feathers to give them a more dynamic look.
We had a lot of fun with the lace, but you can use any type of fabric. First, cut out a large piece of the fabric and wrapped it around the glass ball. Then, wrap a rubber band around the top to hold the fabric around the ball. After the fabric is secured, glue ribbon, feathers, or more fabric around the top to hide the rubber band.

We didn’t want to waste anything, so we placed fabric and ribbon scraps inside some of the ornaments. We also used paint pens to do some decorating, and used more lace scraps and glued them around a wire ball that we had.

We complimented the three dimensional ornaments with some two dimensional ones. We cut circles out of a book of fabric samples and glued a hook to them. Thanks to our friend Gus for the brilliant and simple idea as well as lending us the fabric!

We also bought a few candy canes and there you have it folks — our very own Christmas tree filled with home made ornaments and holiday fun. Please take note of the awesome star. Kev had some fun with paper-mâché.
- Cait

December 18, 2012 1:40 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Handmade, Holidays | Tags: , ,

Old Made New: Refreshing the 90s Dress

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us!  Don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

Stephanie here! Happy Wednesday to you all! Today I’m going to share one of my favorite old items to make new.

I really enjoy finding frumpy ole’ dresses at thrift stores, bringing them home, and giving them a fresh look. I’m going to show you how to very basically alter a 90′s dress.

1. Find a 90′s dress at your local thrift store. During your search, look for a print that catches your eye or a color that is your favorite to wear. Look for dresses that have a straight or box shape, and with no zipper. These are easier to alter (with basic sewing skills). I always like going with a dress that is a bit larger than my normal size so that I have some extra room to play with the fabric.

2. Measure and mark the length of the fabric you want to cut off of the bottom of the dress. Add an extra inch to account for the hemmed portion.

3. Apply a line of masking tape across the dress where you marked your measurement (this helps me to cut straight across). Cut off the fabric below the tape.

4. Snip off those shoulder pads. ;)

5. Roll under the cut portion (about 1.5 inches) of the bottom dress fabric holding with straight pins. Sew the hem with your sewing machine.

6. Style with a coat, black tights, boots, and your favorite necklace for a fun winter outfit!

December 12, 2012 11:10 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Fashion, Stephanie of Teal Annie, Tutorials | No Tags

DIY Felt Ball Mobile

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Here’s a project I’ve been trying to share for about six weeks now :) I had all of the materials assembled and ready to put together on the night before Baby T was born.  Then of course she was born and I am only recently getting around to completing and photographing it. I’m rather proud of it a) because it’s really cute in Baby T’s room – colorful and whimsical – and b) because I have never seen a mobile like it so maybe there’s a chance in this overly-pinterested era that I actually invented an original project.  Maybe.  I will admit to having been inspired by this felt ball garland project on ARMommy, but the rest is imagined by me.  I think.

I give you, my DIY Felt Ball Mobile.

Pardon the poorly-lit photos.  The good light and I aren’t on the same nap schedule.  Also, upon further reflection, I should have turned the hoop so that the clasp faces the wall.  Sigh.  I don’t sleep so much these days.

 

All you need to make this are:

  • felt balls in whatever colorway you prefer (I got mine here.  They took for-stinking-ever to get here from Nepal. I ordered the 100 ct pack and have some left over to use for another project I have in the hopper)
  • embroidery hoop (I painted mine silver)
  • ribbon for hanging the hoop (I chose silver to match my hoop)
  • embroidery floss for stringing the felt balls (I used gray)
  • a needle to string the felt balls
  • scissors
  • whimsical charms (found in the jewelry section of the craft store)

Once you have the materials, assembling the mobile is straightforward.  I don’t have to go through each step, do I?  You all are smart and can see the obvious.  String balls on floss using needle to make garlands of varying lengths.  Tie garlands to hoop (only on the inner one, so that the overall look is cleaner). Attach charms to ends of garlands.  You get it.  (Am I assuming too much? Ask questions if not.)

I just love the bright, whimsical effect it has in the room.  When B first saw it, she said “ooooooh!  touch it!”  I have now fallen in love with wool felt balls and am thinking of all kinds of things to do with them.  Ooh ooh, Christmas tree garland!

December 11, 2012 2:45 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Nursery, Tutorials | Tags: , , ,

A frilling tea party: make your own bath tea!

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Fran opted to keep things simple for the tea party. No games where anyone is forced to smear chocolate in a diaper or pin baby doll clothes on a clothes line. Just simple, thoughtful community to share in celebration of Baby T.

Here’s what we did:

Make your own bath tea: 

Fran had the lovely idea of having a semi-activity in which everyone ended up going home with something useful, but frilling. I ordered muslin bags, and we stamped them with the same stamp used on the invitations.

We had bowls full of different herbs: mint, eucalyptus, roses, lavender, rosemary, as well as epsom salt.

Our guests had the opportunity (as they were chatting) to fill as many muslin bags as they liked with mixes of different herbs of their choosing. They can let the bags steep in their bath tub for a lovely-smelling, therapeutic, all natural tub-time!

We are planning to make some soaps with the leftover herbs. I’m sure we will have a post on that eventually!

Prayer/encouragement box

Next was a section where people could write prayers and notes of encouragement for Fran as she experiences a new season in life as a mom of two.

Friends came over to this part of the room to quietly fill out notes, roll them into scrolls, and drop them in the box. Now Fran will have a box full of encouragement for those extra hard or stressful days.

I’ve had multiple friends do this at their showers, and it seems to be a very encouraging activity. We are all about finding extra frills within useful and practical situations, so it was lovely to have this incorporated into the tea.

October 25, 2012 3:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Parties | No Tags

Frilling Tea Party Invitations

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Aurelia and I were so happy with our tea party invitations.  It was fun putting our heads together to come up with something Frilling, themed, and fun.  It was actually a three-heads-are-better-than-one deal, because Jordan helped us out in a major way.  Handy having your own personal Graphic Designer to whip you up a personalized party invitation (Thanks, Love!).

Aurelia found the doily idea on Pinterest.  I knew I wanted aqua and red, since those are loosely part of the color scheme of T’s room; and we both wanted the invite to be frilly and girly and tea-themed.  So together we threw ideas around and looked around the internets and Hobby Lobby for inspiration, and this is the adorableness we landed on.

We stamped the envelopes with the teapot stamp, and were actually able to use the stamp again later on party favors.  We even tucked a tea bag into each invitation.

I hope the guests were as excited to receive these invitations as we were to send them.  Darling, no?

 

October 24, 2012 3:18 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Parties | Tags: ,

More Knitted Hats

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The temps are marginally cooling, I’m swimming in nesting hormones, and the yarn is calling my name these days.  Aside from crocheting little hearts for bunting, I’ve been knitting hats.

This is one I finished for B several weeks back.  I started it a long time ago, but then when I moved from SF, I accidentally packed away the pattern book I was working from, which was in storage until we moved into our house.  So, I only recently picked it up again and finished it.  It turned out bigger in size than I anticipated, but I love the stripes and the pointy elvish-ness of the knotted top.  The yarn is 3 colors of soft Karabella 8 extrafine merino.

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This one I already mailed away to a new little guy.  It’s just a simple rolled-brim baby cap pattern topped with a pom, but really sweet I think.  The yarn is self-striping Sugar N Cream 100% cotton.  (I’m a snob about yarn: I hate acrylic.  I’m only willing to use natural fibers like wool, cotton, and bamboo.  Acrylic is cheap, washable, and has its uses; but I love the feel and handling of natural fibers. Knitting, for me, is a lot about texture and feel; and I also think the natural fibers wear better long-term.)

Both patterns are from Itty Bitty Hats, which I’ve mentioned before.

Sorry, B, this one’s not for you.

It’s occurring to me as I write this post that I’ve yet to knit any hats for Tiny T.  Better get on it!

September 24, 2012 2:43 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | Tags: , ,
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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