Baby Legwarmer DIY

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I was inspired by this post (sent to me by my uber-crafty mother) to make these:

They are so easy!  I made ten pairs – some to keep, some to give away.  All you do is cut up some knee-high socks, then use one of the pieces to make a cuff.  I bought all the fun, bright knee-socks at Target for $2.50 a pair.

The middle foot piece is the one you fold in half, then sew all the edges together (right sides together.  I didn’t follow the directions exactly.  Instead, I used a Serger to serge all the edges together.  It worked just as well, I think, and made a nice neat seam inside.`

cute, huh?

Happy Monday!

-f

August 15, 2011 11:37 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | Tags: , , ,

Sweet Saturday: Dr. Seuss Inspired Cupcakes

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Another sweet Saturday, another small contribution to the world through Cake Jubilee. My friend needed Dr. Seuss themed cupcakes for her sister’s baby shower this weekend, but she wanted to do the cake toppers herself. All I had to do was make the cupcakes ready for her. Easy enough! What do you think?

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

August 13, 2011 11:14 AM | Comments | Categories: Cake Jubilee, Food | Tags: ,

Handmade Nursery, Part Two

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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.

-f

August 11, 2011 10:05 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, For the Home | Tags: , ,

Handmade Nursery, Part One.

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We love our nursery. What I especially love about it are all the handmade details in it that are unique and special.  I have posted about the nursery before, but I wanted to share some of our darling details.  You should know, my mom did ALL of the sewing, and most of the manual labor of putting the room together (with help from my aunt) since I was lazy 36 week pregnant at the time.  I art-directed; she implemented.

By far my favorite item in the room is the quilt of 1940’s vintage reproduction fabric, lovingly hand-pieced especially for Baby B by my mom.  We covered the plywood headboard with batting and green polka dot fabric.

She also sewed the curtains, which are patterned with a whimsical cityscape that feels like you’re looking at the pages of a storybook.

The prints were a serendipitous discovery.  My mom had spotted a trio of framed vintage prints of illustrated nursery rhymes, and picked them up for a song at an estate sale.  When we took them out to paint the frames yellow, we discovered these limited edition vintage bird lithographs by J. Gould and W. Hart, hidden behind the nursery rhymes.  Turns out they’re worth more than a song.  We had some lengthy discussion about whether to hang the nursery rhymes or the bird prints, and in the end, the richly-colored birds won out.

I made the crochet heart bunting.

The bookshelf holds our collection of handmade baby quilts, children’s books, and toys. I made the bird painting in 2006.  The crochet octopus is by Dorklandia.  Er, pretend you can’t see the thermostat.

Some of the quilts were my baby quilts made by my great aunt, others were made more recently and given to us by friends and family.

This hand-embroidered bunny is one I originally saw on Bleubird, and it turns out she got hers at a little boutique not far from where we live.  I had to have one.

We love our wooden blocks from House Industries.  They’re made of sustainable wood and non-toxic inks.

And what children’s book collection is complete without a Wizard of Oz pop-up book?

August 10, 2011 10:04 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, For the Home | Tags: , ,

Frill up your look: pattern mixing EBEW

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We’re all about mixing and matching this week, thanks to the August theme at Everybody, Everwear. I love mixing patterns because it’s fun and freeing, and I get a lot of “I could never pull that off!” and “I would have never thought to wear that!” when I do. What people don’t realize is that they CAN pull it off; just wear your mix-matched look with confidence, and try to keep a common thread going with each of your pieces. 

I kept it pretty simple with my mix and match look. The high-waist Urban Outfitters shorts have been in my closest for over a year and have gotten a TON of wear because they are both comfortable and versatile. They have a black polka-dot print, but it’s very subtle so I normally match them with any top I like at the moment. 

I paired the shorts with this hot pink, striped top, also from UO. I wanted the blue color to stand out against the pink so I added my go-to wedges to lighten up the look as well as my fave hot pink lip gloss from MAC.

Finally, I tied the blue and pink together with a scarf Fran lent me that bursts with both colors. If the shorts’ print was louder, I might not have added another pattern to the mix, but I found them subtle enough to FRILL things up a bit. 

And that’s MY look. Will you EBEW today?

- Aurelia

Everybody, Everywear | Pattern Mixing

August 9, 2011 9:58 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: ,

EBEW: Mixing It Up

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This month’s EBEW is about mixing prints, and since this is a fashion topic that is near and dear to my heart (I LOVE mixing up prints and patterns), I thought I’d get in on the fun with my first ever outfit post.  Woo hoo! 

Here, I’m wearing my favorite floral skirt of this season, from Anthro; topped with a stripey tank from Urban Outfitters.  Plus, my favorite frilly, multi-patterned sandals.

Even Baby B is getting in on the action, mixing up stripes and florals like Mama. She’s wearing her new legwarmers that her Auntie Aurelia made her.

-f

August 8, 2011 3:13 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: ,

Sweet Saturday: Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

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Another sweet Saturday; another successful sweet treat thanks to Pinterest! Get the recipe here.

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

August 6, 2011 9:57 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

Frilling Friday: Happy Things.

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San Francisco summers are kindof a bummer.  Gray, chilly, foggy.  While you are all sweltering and eating SnoCones, we are wearing fuzzy socks and drinking warm tea.  It isn’t all bad, but I am dying for an escape into sunshine and hot weather.  To keep my mind off the gray skies, today I’m thinking about happy things, like…

You know I love tights.  And little girl polka dot tights are especially FRILLING.:

This floral rosette fascinator is lovely.


A geeky doormat.

I’m inspired by Melissa’s adorable 30 minute sheath dress.  hot!

I would like to make a cornhusk doll.  I think I will.

Anything making you happy today? 
-f

August 5, 2011 11:56 AM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | No Tags

Ruffle Butt Onesies

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I’m slowly but surely working through my summer to-do list. This week, I took two onesies that I had previously appliqued and blanket-stitched, and I added some frills by sewing ruffles on the butts! 

They are for my friend’s sweet little twin girls. Check it out: 

You can go here for a tutorial on how to do the ruffles. 

- Aurelia

August 4, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | Tags:

Fuzzy Baby Rooster

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This little guy was the first toy I made.  I have been meaning to show him to you.  He’s crocheted of 100% wool yarn and stuffing, with the exception of his eyes and nose, which are acrylic embroidery floss.  You can find the pattern here. I just improvised his comb with a series of double and triple crochet stitches.

I think he reminds me of baby, I say, baby Foghorn Leghorn. Maybe we’ll name him Foggy, as a tribute.

-f

August 3, 2011 10:01 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | Tags: , ,
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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