Get ready for the easiest DIY ever. Think, 2nd grade, summer camp, arts and crafts hour. In fact, I almost didn’t post this because it seems so obvious, but ya gotta love an easy DIY post, eh?
I’ve ALWAYS been a journaler. I still have my first journal from when I was 9 years old. The cover has a picture of a cat with a guitar in the front and a necklace around it’s neck reading “Cat’s Rule”. I faithfully wrote in this journal daily and stayed dedicated to the theme, too, by religiously writing “Cats rule, Dogs drool” on the top of every entry. Moreover, whereas most kids dreamed of walking down the toy aisle when at the store with their parents, I couldn’t wait to get to the notebook section.
Three years ago, I was strolling around in a cutesy craft store, when I found what appeared to be a collaged composition notebook on sale for 15 dollars. It was cute, but really? 15 dollars? Because I love paper and notebooks and journals so much, I decided this would be a frilling project to do myself. And for the last three years, all of my journals have been mod podged composition notebooks made by me. And I love them cause they are just so personal!
Here’s what I do:
1. Get out some glue, mod podge, magazines, scissors, and a composition notebook.
2. Cut out images and texts that are pretty and inspiring.
3. Glue them onto the notebook.
4. After you’ve glued down all of your pieces, use a sponge brush to apply Mod Podge all over the face of the notebook. Then, let it dry.
5. Admire your new journal cause it’s frilling and lovely, and it’s YOUR creation.
Here is my new journal, plus a couple more I’ve made over the years.
Recently I learned a new stitch, the blanket stitch, and since then, I’ve been going blanket-stitch-crazy! My favorite thing about it is that it’s EASY and frills up whatever project you might be working on. I’ve been adding it to all of my applique projects.
Remember the DIY post Fran wrote on embellishing with applique? You really ought to go back to it before you watch this video tutorial I made on the blanket stitch. Once you’ve learned about both, you will be able to do lots of fun and easy sewing without needing a sewing machine!
Check out all of the fun things I’ve been working on using applique and the blanket stitch, and then watch my video tutorial so you can join in on the fun!
I made these dish towels as a wedding gift using applique and the blanket stitch. I also added some extra frills on the bottom with leftover fabric. It’s been my experience that a girl can never have enough pretty dishtowels.
I made this dishtowel for part of my sister’s housewarming gift. She just moved back to our home state of Louisiana which explains the embroidering in French meaning, “Let the Good Times Roll”.
The next two items are a baby gift for one of my dearest friends and her newly born daughter. The gown has fun designs, and I used the same fabric to cut out a monogram for the jumper.
Finally, I made these onesies for another sweet friend and her newly born twins. These aren’t completed yet. I’m adding ruffles to the butts as soon as I get time!
Sold yet? Check out this video tutorial to learn more!
Unfortunately, my first go at this was a miss, mostly because I interpreted her “scant tablespoonful of batter” as “not quite a tablespoon” instead of (and probably more appropriately) a “heaping teaspoon”. The result was my cookies growing so large that all the batter ran together causing me to end up with giant square-like Oreos! Needless to say, they aren’t very pretty, but they did taste pretty good.
My other problem was that the cream turned out WAY to sweet for my liking and that’s saying something. When I make these again, I will only add a teaspoon of vanilla to the cream filling instead of two. And I think I’ll definitely have a go at these again because they were really easy and fun to make!
This Friday’s links are all about summer. I am currently in Texas soaking in the heat and sun, lounging by the pool and drinking iced tea all day long. I am swimming in summer. This is a lovely change from SF, where it’s pretty much Autumn/Spring all year long, not that I’m complaining about that. And this is what Aurelia and I did yesterday:
(It appears that Baby is alone in the pool in the photo. She wasn’t. My brother <Aurelia’s hubby> was in there with her, but he ducked for the photo.)
…The perfect summer afternoon spent lounging and floating. Heavenly.
ok, here are some fun things I found this week:
Line dry your laundry; it’s simple, economical, ecological, and it smells good. We line dry year round on our porch in SF, but summertime is perfect for line drying.
I love iced chai in the summertime.
A well-styled sunhat.
And the perfect striped beach hat.
Frozen mango chunks + Nuby Nibbler = baby popsicle
Swimsuit pick of the week.
An adorable beach bag.
Dress of the week.
Ok, this one’s not about summer, but I thought it was funny.
Have a happy weekend!
-f & a
So I’ve been really distracted lately. HP2 comes out on July 15, and I’ve been re-reading all of the books in anticipation for the big occasion. I’m currently on book six. These are my favorite books of all time. OF ALL TIME.
I know it’s been out for a while now, but have you seen the trailer? It’s so good!
Also, I love Emma Watson, naturally. She’s got great style and is this month’s Vogue Cover girl. I think she’s gorgeous. You can see more pics from her shoot and read her cover story here.
I also LOVE Bonnie Wright. Every time I see her red carpet photos, I go on and on about how stunning she is. She’s the July cover girl for Haute Muse, and while I’m sure there was some photo-shop going on, I am still amazed at how grown up she is!
All that to say, until my summer session ends and I finish these books and any other form of procrastination HP might cause me, Tuesdays post won’t hold a lot of water.
Aunt Debbie, of Deb Brooks Jewelry, sent us a FRILLING bracelet and necklace for Baby. Her designs are classic and timeless. She primarily works with pearls and Swarovski crystal, but she also makes pieces of semi-precious stones. In her store she has an amazing collection of beads. Check out our adorable baby bling.
Deb’s brick-and-mortar store is in McComb, MS, but she’ll ship anywhere in the country.
I’ve been having so much fun on Pinterest, but I think it’s causing me to become overly ambitious! After sifting through my boards, I have come up with three DIY projects and three recipes that I REALLY want to try out this summer. After that, just call me an over achiever.
Check out my list below. My hope is to re-post each link along with my version once I’ve finished each project/recipe.
1. DIY Mirror from The Lettered Cottage:
My friend pinned this on her Pinterest board. I want to paint mine turquoise, of course.
2. Ruffled Streamers from Made:
Fran posted this link once on a Frilling Friday post, and I never forgot about it. These are just so fun and fabulous. I love how they add extra flare and frills to your ordinary streamer.
3. Ruffle Butt Onesie from Ucreate:
I’ve been working on lots of baby gifts lately (4 of my closest friends have had/will be having babies between May and July). I actually had the idea to do the ruffle butt, but didn’t know how to go about it. I rightly assumed that someone else had the idea before me and blogged about it. This is my next project I’ll be working on.
1. DIY Oreos from Annie’s Eats:
These look so fun, and I doubt I’ll make time for them during the school year. Who doesn’t love Oreos?
2. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade also from Annie’s Eats:
What a perfect summer-time recipe! I can’t wait to try this one.
3. Cupcake Fondue from the Modcloth blog:
I’ve been wanting to try this out ever since I relocated my fondue set. It was given to us as a wedding gift, but we never used it. Four years later, I’ve realized how much I love Fondue and am glad to have my set back! This will be a fun, easy recipe to start out with.
I’m hoping that by posting these projects/recipes, I might actually do them! I have exactly two weeks until summer officially begins for me, so be on the look out for follow-up posts!
Do you have any fun DIYs or recipes we might like?
Every time I see one, I love the look of a brooch- on a cardigan, on a scarf, on a jacket… And when I came across this post on styling vintage pins, my love was renewed. Now I am looking at brooches and pins all over the place.
It seems sad to me that brooches and pins have fallen out of fashion. I think they’re a fun, funky, vintage-inspired way to add FRILLS to an outfit. Some are more intricate, jewelled pieces, and some are more like fascinators. They can be made of all kinds of materials, so the sky’s the limit in terms of creativity.
This DIY-crafty flower pin would be awesome as part of your summer office attire, but could also be nice on an outfit for summer event.
This cool vintage-looking brass one is over at Revolve:
Another fun thing about brooches and pins is that they are easy to find in thrift shops and on the cheap. What do you think – do you wear pins or brooches? I’d love to know your tips for styling them. I’m going to be on the lookout for some to add to my little collection.
Happy Friday! And happy Father’s day to all you Dads! Huzz is excited about his first Father’s Day, and has asked for pizza And speaking of Father’s Day, here’s a nice gift idea:
Tom’s, the philanthropic shoe company, has a cool new eye-wear project. Buy a pair of shades in one of their classic styles, and they give a visually-impaired person medical treatment or prescription eye-wear. Cool, huh. The shades come in three styles: Classic 101, their take on wayfarer-style (my fave); Classic 201, their take on what I call The Big Sunny (what do other people call these?); and Classic 301, their take on aviator-style. Ever since I got Huzz a pair of Ray-Bans for his 30th, I’ve been jealous of his nice shades. I wonder if the Toms are polarized…
On that note, here are some tips for getting a good fit for your sunnies.
I’m intrigued by this project. It’s like style-spying.
I just started working on this teddy bear, in soft, muted merino blend yarn (not those garish acrylics, yikes).
Linen pants for summer!
Favorite skirt of the week.
I need some dinner inspiration, and this looks good.
Poetry bombing! awesome.
Did you find anything FRILLING this week? Share in the comments! And happy Father’s Day!
Do any of you have any fun summer plans? I, for one, am currently in summer school (Greek class – if you’re interested). And my brain is currently so totally fried that I have been staring at the computer for the last hour TRYING (in vain, I might add) to think of something to post.
But all I can think about is how lovely it would be if I were currently lying under these:
Staring out at this:
Holding one of these:
But enough dreaming for me. My Greek homework won’t translate itself! Would any of you like to make me jealous with your fun, summer plans? Or console me with a similar sad story of being stuck inside when the sun is calling your name?
Sound off in the comments!