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Baby Bunny Hat

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Happy Labor Day!  We spent the entire weekend at our house doing the 3-day Potty Training program, with great success; Little B is totally enthused about using the potty.  But I did manage to work in some knitting in between Potty Dances, and I took the opportunity to finish up this adorable bunny hat for a sweet little boy who is yet to arrive.  I hope he and his Mama love it.  I know I do, and plan to knit up the pattern a few more times for the small crowd of new arrivals we have amongst our friends these days.

The pattern is from my much-loved (ok, well, I stole it from my mom) copy of Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Hats, and I knitted it in Sugar ‘n Cream self-striping cotton yarn.  I have a great love for self-striping yarn.


Can’t wait to see this hat on the little guy.  (I’m totally spoiling the surprise, but if your initials are P.D. this hat is coming your way!)

More hats to come….

And check back tomorrow for our first-ever completely Frilling blog giveaway!

September 3, 2012 4:15 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Handmade | Tags: , , ,

My growing quilt collection

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Growing up, I never had any hand made quilts. When I married Lyle, I started developing an appreciation for their beauty and the special meaning they can hold after seeing them displayed in his mom’s and Fran’s homes. You have to have a blanket on your bed, right? Having something beautifully made, meaningful, and functional is the epitome of frilling.

Lyle and Fran’s mom is the reason why Lyle and I have been able to start our own beautiful collection. Our first quilt was one she made for Lyle as a college graduation gift. Lyle graduated before me, so it really made me excited for the day when I would get a graduation quilt of my own!

In 2008, I graduated with my B.A., and I finally got my quilt! I absolutely LOVE it. It ended up being a little small for a queen size bed, but it’s perfect for a full size as well as our trundle-twin/guest bed. It makes me happy just looking at it!

Just last week, Lyle’s mom finished yet another beautiful quilt made just for me! It is on our queen bed now, and I’m in love. Blues and greens have always been my favorite color scheme so I’m especially smitten with it. Also, it’s a lot bigger than my last one so it fits our queen bed comfortably, but would even fit a king! I can’t wait to use it for years and years. I’m thankful for a thoughtful mother-in-law who is constantly going above and beyond to take care of us and make our lives sweeter!

Do you have any family quilts that are special to you?

August 2, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: For the Home, Handmade, Stuff We Love | Tags: ,

Embroidery fun with Sublime Stitching

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Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! I don’t know if you have noticed, but I haven’t been doing much posting lately. In the last couple of weeks, Lyle and I have undergone some major life changes (which resulted in my unintended absence). After my graduation festivities, we had a brief vacation, and then we headed back to Waco to pack up our things, move out of our lovely house, say goodbye to our dear friends, and make the move to the Austin area. We are still kind of in limbo, but it feels good to finally start the next chapter in our life!

In the midst of all the craziness, I found the time to make these sweet dishtowels for my friend who recently got married (which, by the way, may have been the most beautiful wedding I have experienced to date – and I have been to and in a lot of weddings!):

Over the last few years, I have found that I generally try and make something for my friends when they get married. Normally, I go with dish towels because to me, they symbolize what Fran and I (youfrillme) are all about – finding beauty and frills (and functionality) in the practical, day-to-day things. Everyone needs dishtowels – why not make them FRILLING and lovely?

The details:

The entire concept was inspired by embroidery patterns I purchased from Sublime Stitching – who I discovered at last year’s Renegade Craft Fair. I wanted a sort of vintage-inspired look, and I fell in love with this flower and birds design.

The Russian nesting dolls were also inspired by Sublime. I actually purchased embroidery patterns for these, but instead, I decided to incorporate them using applique and some super fun pattern mixing.

I also sewed on ruffles to the bottom of the dishtowels for extra FRILLS.

Finally, a little shout out to Mrs. Kathy Davidson – if you get a chance to read this – your wedding was gorgeous and you were absolutely stunning. Thank you for including me on such a special day. Best wishes to you and Matt as you continue having the time of your life! Hopefully these gifts will reach you soon!

June 5, 2012 11:28 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, For the Home, Handmade | Tags: , , , ,

Handmade Toddler Outfit

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My mom recently sewed this little number up for Little B.  I picked out the fabrics, she picked out the pattern.  B was in the mood for sticking out her tongue that day.

It’s very difficult to get good photos of a busy 18-month-old.  At least for a novice photographer like me.  I literally had to take 50 shots to get these six.  You never know what facial expression you’re gonna get.

(Nobody mess with my crayons…)


(outfit: Handmade by Melinda / shoes: Livie and Luca, also seen here)

Hope your weekend is FRILLING!

May 25, 2012 11:29 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion, Handmade | No Tags

Renegade Austin 2012

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The Renegade Craft Fair was this weekend here in Austin!  Here’s a peak:

The booth of Sew La La Austin:

I came home with two items:
1) A custom hand silk-screened spiral bound notebook from Make My Notebook (This is her booth.  Super nice gal.)

2) A hand-built bowl made by Susan Rodriguez of Ceramica Botanica.

The story of the bowl is this: Once upon a time I had a beautiful handmade ceramic bowl given to Jordan and I as a wedding gift.  It lived happily on our kitchen counter for many years, graciously holding our fruit supply.  Until one day when I got a new house and a friend gave me a gift that was a well-loved object from her home that I had encountered and admired there dozens of times, along with a letter explaining that in her family, there was a tradition of passing on a beloved household item to family/friends who have a new home, as a housewarming gift.  This special tradition of hers stuck with me.  So when a dear friend of mine got married and moved into a new home, I gave him and his new wife the beautiful beloved fruit bowl.  That was over two years ago, and I have been searching for a beautiful replacement ever since.   And I finally found it.

 

May 21, 2012 9:43 AM | Comments | Categories: Handmade | Tags: ,

A Frilling Birthday Gift

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Aurelia gave me a lovely handmade gift for my birthday:

… this gorgeous woodwork vase with resin inlay from BDJ Craftworks in Austin.  I LOVE it.  She totally has me figured out, cause this is just the sort of thoughtful handmade gift I will love for years to come.

See the resin inlay? I think it’s so cool.

Here’s their Etsy shop if you’re interested in checking out more of their wares.  Thanks, Sista!

May 14, 2012 7:34 PM | Comments | Categories: For the Home, Handmade | Tags: , ,

Frilling Fashionista: Amber’s Handmade Creations

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Today’s Frilling Fashionista is really a Frilling Creativista!  Meet Amber, crochet extraordinaire.  She has been crocheting up some accessory goodness lately, and I couldn’t wait to show you.   Some of my favorites are the fascinators she makes and wears regularly:

Here, her daughter models a barrette version…

B modeling a headband…


And a series of bracelets she’s been wearing and giving as gifts…

So cute, right?  The yellow one came to me for my birthday.  For the record I would just like everyone to know that I was the one who taught Amber basic chain and single crochet stitches waaaaay back when we were in college.  I take no credit for how amazingly her skills have progressed since :)

I know it isn’t winter anymore, far from it here in Texas, but I also had to show you the cute winter hats she makes.  This one was made for her kids’ pediatrician, who saw her son in a baby-sized one and wanted one adult-sized.

The aforementioned baby-sized owl version, modeled by Amber’s adorable baby son:

And a cute little girl’s hat with a pink rosette:

Hurray for handmade fashion accessories!  Amber, you seriously FRILL me.

BTW, folks: Amber is willing to make YOU a handmade accessory.  Send her a facebook message to inquire about designs and pricing.

May 7, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Fashionistas, Handmade | Tags: , , ,

Frilling Friday: In Progress…

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In progress today are…


a felted French Press Cozy knitting project…

a potting project…

and Mom’s famous corn dip…  which she tells me actually came from Miss Una… It’s yummo.  If you want to try it out here’s the recipe:

Miss Una’s Famous Corn Dip

  • 2 cans of Mexican corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 small can green chilis
  • minced jalapeno to taste
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients and serve with corn chips…easy!

 

What are you working on today ?

March 2, 2012 10:53 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Frilling Friday, Handmade, Recipes | No Tags

Oilcloth Bib Tutorial

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I am in love with oilcloth right now.  I’ve been sewing cosmetic bags out of adorable oilcloths I’ve been finding at the fabric store.  I realized that I could use the leftover oilcloth to make a simple baby bib similar to ones I had purchased at Target a while back which are looking rather worse for wear.  I like this kind because I can rinse them for re-use, they have the pocket to catch dropped food, and they are easy to throw in the wash.

Materials:
one baby bib you like the shape of
a piece of oilcloth fabric, maybe 16″ by 16″
a package of half-inch bias tape in a coordinating color
pins
scissors
sewing machine
pencil or fabric pen
small square of velcro

Here’s what you do:
1) Take a bib you already have, that you like the shape of.  Trace the shape of the bib on the wrong side of your oilcloth with a pencil or fabric pen (A). Also trace a piece in the shape of the pocket, if you’d like to add one (B).

2) Then, cut the two pieces (A and B) out.

3) Measure and pin a length of bias tape to the top of B, and sew it on.  Keep your seam near the outer edge of the bias tape (not the folded edge).

4) Next, pin B to A.  You may either go ahead and sew around the edge to attach the two before adding the bias tape, or you can wait and sew A, B and bias tape all at the same time.  Whatever is comfortable for you.

5)Now, sew the bias tape all along the outer edge of the bib.  I like to reinforce the spot where the pocket opens.

6) Stitch your velcro to either end of the neck closure of the bib.

7) Voila!  You have a fresh, handmade oilcloth bib.

February 29, 2012 8:14 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Handmade, Tutorials | No Tags

80′s Sweater

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How awesome is this baby alpaca cowlneck sweater my mom knitted in the 80′s? I totally love it.  It’s my go-to piece for cold weather (which is not very often here in Austin).  Thick and cozy, and perfectly proportioned to wear with skinnies — oversized on top, slim on the bottom. Slip on some loafers or boots and I’m out the door.


sweater: handmade by my mom.  jeans: Gap jeggings.  loafers: Nurture.

Do you have a favorite cold-weather outfit?

February 22, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Handmade | No Tags
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