Holidays

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: , ,

A Lovely Easter

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We had a truly lovely Easter day, with church, egg-hunting, Easter-frock-wearing, lunch with friends and family, and some fun sprinkler playing in the warm afternoon.   Plus, I have a new camera lens, with which I am enthralled.  So I can’t help but share a few photos from our day (and B’s adorable frock).

(B’s dress: BabyGap / B’s sandals: Payless)

Hope your Easter was equally nice.

 

April 9, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion, Holidays | Tags: ,

Frilling (Good) Friday

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Some good friends came over to help B and I dye Easter eggs.  We had fun.  I have a new camera lens (! Wahoo!  50 mm f/1.4 !! happy birthday month to me!) that I played with.  I’m still figuring it out.

B broke a few eggs and then was bored with the whole thing when she realized we weren’t going to let her splash in the dye.

Happy Easter!  Today we’re observing Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus death and burial.  We look forward to Resurrection Sunday!

(oh, and here’s a photo of an Easter Lily I took with my new lens.  I’m so psyched about this lens, ya’ll.
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(oh, and here’s a scorpion I found this morning under a pair of gloves.  He/she is now deceased.
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April 6, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Holidays, Lifestyle | Tags: ,

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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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