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 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!
… 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!
Unbeknownst to me, my mom ordered a Zoku Quick Pop Maker, after she encountered one in a store one day. This baby makes ice pops in 7 minutes flat! It’s amazing. I have no idea how the thing works, but it does! We don’t have to wait 24 hours for our homemade popsicles to freeze anymore. (You do have to pre-freeze the Pop Maker before use.) You keep the Quick Pop Maker in the freezer, and pull it out whenever you want to make a batch of ice pops. You can even put fruit and nuts in your pops, or make exotic layered pops.
We made “Pink Pops,” my original recipe:
Fran’s Creamy Pink Pops
1 can coconut milk
about 2 cups chopped watermelon
about 2 cups strawberries
stevia, honey, or xylitol to taste
Blend everything together in the blender…
…Pour the mixture into your Zoku Quick Pop Maker (or your traditional popsicle molds if you’re using those), and 7 minutes later you have perfect, delicious, healthy ice pops!
Then she reassembled the stools, and voila! Custom counter stools, any way you like ‘em. You don’t have to paint your own fabric; you could purchase printed upholstery fabric and use that instead.
Are you inspired? Doesn’t it make you want to transform something boring into something FRILLING?
My mom, Melinda, has a new house. A gorgeous new house that she has designed (well, is still in process of) down to the last detail. Her only rule: “I have to love it”. The house has hardwood floors throughout, and she hunted high and low for rugs that she loves; she found some of the brightest, funnest, most Frilling rugs around. Here’s a peek:
back door/laundry room:
All these rugs came from the Oriental Rug Gallery of Texas, which has a huge online collection. Most all of them are indoor/outdoor, meaning if they get dirty, you can take them outside and hose them down (very handy when you have lots of dogs and kids running around). Joshua, the excellent salesperson there, is very knowledgeable and helpful. I’ve always found it difficult to find cool rugs at decent prices, but these guys have tons of rugs and awesome service.
Hopefully we’ll get some more peeks at Melinda’s house in the near future, once she gets it just how she likes it. And stay tuned for a Frilling DIY she’s working on.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Our house has been decorated for about a week. Lyle even put up our lights outside already. I love this time of year so much. My favorite moments are the earliest and latest points of the day, when all is quiet and no lights are shining except those on the Christmas tree. When I’m free to peacefully anticipate the moment that Advent leads up to – the joyous, celebratory occasion. Love, love, love. I love it.
My mom sent me a link to this post at Houzz with a collection of lovely knitted household goods compiled by Lori. I love seeing the art and craft of knitting applied to more than just wearables. Knitting appeals to me so much; it’s textural, practical, and can be so beautiful – all the things I find FRILLING. And of course, you know I love handmade, especially if the item is useful; I’m not a “just for decoration” kind of gal (unless is decoration or frills on something useful *wink*). I’d love for any of these items to be in my home.
I’m going to have to figure out where to get some of this giant yarn!
Check out the full post here, and see where to get the goods. What about you? Do you go out of your way to make or buy handmade goods? Do you have an affinity for crafting practical, beautiful items?
The dishtowel just might have to be youfrillme’s mascot with all the fun DIYs we are coming up with this summer! In May, Fran wrote a post about embellishing your dishtowel with applique, and in June I posted a video tutorial on the blanket stitch.
Today I’m bringing you a DIY to add to these last two projects.
I made these for a friend’s wedding gift in June. You might remember them from the blanket stitch post. Notice the fun fabric border I added to the bottom of the dishtowel. This is what I’m going to show you how to do today, and I promise, it’s really simple!
So get out the dishtowel that you used to learn about applique and the blanket stitch, and follow along as my friend, Tia, learns how to add this final frill to her own project!
Choose your fabric, and cut it about 2” lengthwise and about 4” wider than the width of the bottom portion of your dishtowel.
Make sure everything is ironed and ready for pinning.
Press (iron) each long side of your fabric over about 1/4”. THEN, fold over again to make a 1/2” hem and press. Notice that we only made one fold here. This was a mistake. If you don’t fold it twice, your towel will fray!
Pin each side.
Sew each pinned side on the right side of the fabric, removing the pins as you go.
Pin your fabric onto the bottom of one side of your dishtowel. Leave 2” hanging off each side.
Sew the pinned side onto the right side of the dishtowel, removing each pin as you go.
On the wrong side of the fabric and dishtowel, make a 1/4” fold and press. Then fold the rest of the fabric over making it even with the seam on the dishtowel. Press and pin.
Step 9: Oops, no picture! Sew each side down, removing the pins as you go!
Step 10: Enjoy your newly frilled up dishtowel. And don’t forget to add the applique and blanket stitch! Check out Tia’s almost finished product. She decided to go with a monogrammed applique she cut out herself, and is learning how to do the very easy blanket stitch. Great job, Tia!
For a ruffled finish to your fabric, simply cut the fabric about 2 1/2 times longer than the width of the bottom of your dishtowel. Then, follow all of the directions on this DIY, but when it comes time to pin your fabric to your dishtowel, instead of pinning evenly, pin the fabric making little folds. When you sew your seam, your fabric will begin to ruffle!
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to take a reupholstering workshop at Spruce in Austin. The owner of Spruce, Amanda Brown, writes for the popular blog, Design Sponge about once a month. So cool! Check out her latest post on upholstery basics here.
Anyway, the opportunity to take this workshop arose last minute, but luckily I had the perfect chair to bring for my first experience with reupholstering. Back in March, we were cleaning out an old shed on my in-laws’ then newly purchased property, and we found this gem:
We knew this piece had a ton of potential, so we saved it. It worked out perfectly because it’s a really simple chair to reupholster. I painted it first, chose a fabric I loved, and brought it with me to the workshop.
Here’s the finished product. I LOVE it, and it goes perfectly in my guestroom where the accent color is turquoise!
What do you think? I am so frilled that this cute lil’ chair gets to have a fresh start instead of rotting away in an old shed!
Here’s another peek at our beloved nursery. When you live in a rental, the details become all the more important. Since I can’t change the bones of the place, I need heartfelt details to make it feel like a home.
Here’s where we sit and rock. My mom sewed the pillow of the same green and white polka dot fabric as the headboard. The tablecloth is the same fabric as the curtains. I’m not into matchy-matchy where fabric is concerned, but my mom convinced me to pull these fabrics in again to make the room more cohesive.
I picked up the vintage Raggedy Ann plate at a thrift shop for 50 cents.
I was inspired by Ashley Ann to make the tissue poms, but made the idea my own with the addition of Japanese rice paper lanterns and the bright color scheme.
The prints are digital illustrations by Erin Zamrzla, which I snagged at the 2010 Renegade Craft Fair here in SF.
The ottoman was needlepointed by my grandmother.
All these handmade details make the nursery our favorite room in the house. Hope you enjoyed the peek.