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A Peek at Little B’s Room

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After sharing Baby T’s room, I thought it would be fun to show you B’s room also. It’s all about vibrant, playful patterns, and of course, handmade details.

As in T’s nursery, I deviated from my white-walls-only policy and, at the risk of being cliche’, chose pink for the wall color.  I wanted the palest shade of pink I could find, and I have ended up really liking it; it’s so pale it reads neutral and allows the vibrant colors and patterns to pop, but adds just a fluttery hint of extra femininity to the room.

 

Many of the elements from her original San Francisco nursery (also here) have made it to her new room in Texas, and are right at home in their new setting — the framed prints by Erin, my grandmother’s needlepoint footstool, my handmade crochet heart bunting, the vintage bird prints, and the lantern/pom installation, to name a few.  But I’ve added and re-purposed some elements as well.  One new item is the ubiquitous Expedit shelf unit, which makes for great toy storage.

The dresser was my own childhood dresser.  A basket on top makes for a convenient place to keep shoes (keeping them out of toddler reach means they are strewn about less of the time. The map of SF was  gift from my aunt; I framed it and gave it a home here because B is our San Francisco baby.

The rug is a family heirloom that belonged to my great grandmother.  The rocker is the twin to the one in T’s nursery.  And I chose a playful floral for the window valances, which were sewn by, you guessed it, my mom.  The little hand-painted porcelain shoe was a gift from a family friend, inscribed with her name and date of birth.

 

These bookshelves are a DIY a la Pinterest, made from vinyl window gutters.  I was dubious about them at first, but they work well.  I even added an extra one by the rocker for the special bedtime books.  You may recall the “sugar and spice” cross stitch from a previous post.  The play kitchen is from Ikea.

We just love all the special details in this room. It’s a pleasant place to play and rest.

 

February 4, 2013 10:19 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Design, Handmade, Nursery | 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.

Alphabet Quilt

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My mom made this adorable little quilt for Baby T.

She picked up the vintage reproduction alphabet squares at a quilt show.  She knows I like vintage reproduction fabrics.  I just love the quaint little illustrations.

I think the quilt is especially cute topped with a baby in a strawberry hat.  But that’s just me.

January 7, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

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: , ,

My first pieced together quilt

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Introducing, my first ever pieced together quilt! I made it as a baby gift for my childhood friend’s first sweet baby. She wanted purples and blues, so here’s what I came up with. My amazing mom-in-law helped me EVERY step of the way. I couldn’t have done it without her!

My mother-in-law added these sweet frills: the baby’s monogram, a surprise cupcake stitch, and a patch on the back of the quilt with all the important info. :) Very nice!

December 17, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

Old Made New: Tips for Displaying your Handmade Goods

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us, and we couldn’t be more impressed by her constant creativity. Also, don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

 

This past weekend my husband and I participated in our first Arts Festival. It was a festival in our town that featured local artists and their work. I sold my repurposed jewelry as well as my collection of vintage clothes and purses. This festival gave us the opportunity to meet and talk with the locals about our work.

Here are 3 tips to setting up and selling your own goods to the public:

1. Select display racks/stands/containers that will showcase your goods clearly and organized. 

You want your goods to be displayed in a way where customers can easily touch, pick up, look at, and put back your goods. The items should be shown in a way that is visibly nice to the eye and as the actual item will look when in use. For example, I have the necklaces hanging and laid out on the table as they would look when worn, instead of tangled in a bowl. I also included a mannequin bodice wearing a dress and necklace to help the customer visualize what the items will look like when worn.

I used a wire basket for small clutch purses, an old metal rack for larger purses, and a metal clothing rack for hanging the vintage clothes.

2. Clearly price all of your items, and display your shop name. 

You can include a label/tag on each item, or if all of your items are the same price, you can just make one sign that says “All items = $$.” This is probably the most important tip because we all know it is sometimes awkward when asking the price of an item. ;) You should also have your shop name/brand displayed in an area that is easy to see.

My husband hand-painted this awesome sign for us to set up on the sidewalk for passerby’s before they came in to see each of our separate display spaces.

3. Have your business cards easily accessible to customers. 

Have your cards located on your main table where customers can take one if they want. You can also include a card with the purchased item.

If you have never participated in an arts festival and want to, I encourage you to go and check out some of your local festivals and start planning your festival debut! It is a lot of fun and is a great way to meet artists/crafters/bakers and other locals.

If you are familiar with festivals, I hope this has provided some inspiration! And if you just attend festivals, then continue supporting your local artists; they love sharing their goods with you!

- Stephanie

Win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop!

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Happy Friday everyone! Today we are FRILLED to introduce you all to Stephanie Dugard, creator of Teal Annie, a vintage clothing and accessories brand. Teal Annie originated from Stephanie’s desire to create and produce things with a unique story.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Teal Annie over the next two months through a series of regular guest posts by Stephanie. We cannot wait for her to share her creativity with us! Stephanie, you FRILL us!!

To celebrate, we are kicking things off with a super fab giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop! For the giveaway, all you have to do is:

1: Visit the Teal Annie Etsy shop and take a look around.

2: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite piece from the shop.

3: “Like” the Youfrillme Facebook page.

And for an extra entry: 

4: Follow @Tealannie on Instagram!

That’s it! The giveaway will be open until next Thursday, November 8th at 10 pm CST. Check back next Friday to see if you are the winner! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Stephanie’s first guest post! Also, follow her on twitter (@StephanieDugard)!

November 2, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Design, Fashion, Handmade, Stuff We Love | Tags: , , , ,

Keepin’ It Frill

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Why, Fran, where have you been? Well, exhaustedly pregnant to tell you the truth.  At this point, getting anything done beyond basic necessary tasks and childcare is just… hard.  My plan each day is to get through each day, and hopefully that involves taking a nap.  Ugh, I don’t want to be the lazy, exhausted pregnant lady, but there I am.

That isn’t to say I haven’t done anything at all FRILLING or creative or fun lately.  I have, just more slowly.  Like…


…sewing up some FRILLING curtains for the girls’ bathroom


…creating healthy appealing toddler meals in our PlanetBox lunchbox, complete with Raw Cookie Dough Bites


…slowly getting Baby T’s room ready with help from my own childhood Raggedy Ann and Andy…


…knitting up another little hat…


…and teaching Little B how to peel clementimes (“Kem-times”) (blurry photo, sorry)…

Keepin’ it Frill, people.  That’s what it’s all about.

September 17, 2012 11:42 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Food, Handmade, Lifestyle, Nursery | Tags: , , ,
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fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.

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