Oilcloth Bib Tutorial


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.

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
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

84th Academy Awards: Most memorable moments


Laughable Moments:

Sacha Baron Cohen spills “ashes” on Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. A lot of people thought this was hilarious, but I found it really rude and tactless! Guess you can’t expect much more from Cohen.

Angelina Jolie’s leg was the talk of the night:

Emma Stone’s presentation of Best Visual Effects with Ben Stiller. I couldn’t find a video on this for youtube, but you can go here to check it out. She is just too cute!


Cleverest Quips

In accepting the award for Best Original Song, “Man or Muppet” writer Bret Mackenzie (of Flight of the Conchords), joked “I was genuinely starstruck when I met Kermit the Frog. But when you get to know him, he’s just a frog, and like many stars here, he’s shorter in real life.”

Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to ever win an Oscar at the age of 82 Sunday night. He won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners, and at the start of his speech he beheld his Oscar and said “You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?”


Best Acceptance Speeches

Finally, leave it to the Best Actor and Actress winners to have the most engaging, witty speeches! Jean Dujardin, of the Artist, and the one and only Meryl Streep (Iron Lady):

February 28, 2012 11:14 AM | Comments | Categories: Entertainment | No Tags

Frilling Oscar Gowns


Did y’all watch the Oscars last night?  I found myself not really in the mood.  We are catching up on season 2 of Downton Abbey, which if you haven’t checked out, you should.  You can find season 1 on Hulu.  I love period drama to begin with, but this show has something for everyone.  Completely engrossing.

In any case, I did catch some of the Oscar pre-show, if only for the fashion.  And of course, I also went straight to People this morning for a best-dressed recap (all images are from People).

A lot of folks were touting Jessica Chastain as Best-Dressed in Alexander McQueen…

…which was Frilling, indeed, but I was more partial to Viola Davis in green Vera Wang…

…and Emma Stone in a gorgeous red Giambattista Valli Haute Coutoure with a FRILLING bow collar that I think is so glamourous…

…and I adored this girly coral Louis Vuitton gown worn by Michelle Williams…

…and lastly, because I’m a sucker for a subtle polka dot, I can’t help but mention Natalie Portman in Dior…

Did you have a favorite I didn’t mention?  I seem to gravitate toward strong colors lately; did you have a different leaning?

February 27, 2012 9:49 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags

Stripes & stripes: on mixing prints


Top: Madewell / Leggings:  Victoria’s Secret / Cardigan: Old Navy / Scarf: Gap / Bag: Target / Shoes: DSW /Ring: Circle and Square /

If I’ve learned anything about myself in the last year when it comes to fashion, it’s that I absolutely LOVE mixing prints (like here, here and here). It’s kind of my thing. I also really love mixing prints of similar patterns, like here with polka dots and here with stripes.

My advice for pattern mixing is to be confident and don’t underestimate what you can get away with. If mixing prints makes you nervous, start easy with two subtle patterns like I have on here, and then you can add more layers with bolder prints as you become more comfortable. I think pattern mixing definitely adds FRILLS and an element of unexpectedness…so, go for it! Happy Saturday!

February 25, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Friday: Good Reads


Happy Friday!

A friend asked me what I’ve been reading lately, so I thought I’d dedicate this Frilling Friday to the stack on my bedside table.  I have always, since very young childhood, been a voracious reader.  I’m one of those (INTP) people who typically has several books going at once, of various genres, which I read based on my mood.  Here’s what I’m reading now:


Novel: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.

Christian Theology: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  This one is rocking my world.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy (yep, I’m one of those nerds): The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2).  I usually have at least one Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel going.

Parenting: Playful Parenting.  Revolutionizing my outlook on parenting.

Crafting: Embroidered Effects: Projects and Patterns to Inspire Your Stitching

Blogs I’m into lately:

The Sleepytime Gal

The Tiny Twig

I’m always going back to Ashley Ann

and, perpetually, Ain’t No Mom Jeans

The Tiny Twig’s No Brainer Wardrobe


What are you reading lately?  Do you read one book at a time?  Or do you have several going?

February 24, 2012 11:10 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags

A Daisy Birthday Cake


Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. I have had quite a fun week; I spent the first part of the week celebrating my husband’s birthday and getting to hear one of my favorite bloggers EVER speak at Baylor’s chapel (she even featured my school in a blog post!)

The middle of the week has found me preparing for the season of Lent. I love this season so much because I feel as though it has a way of reawakening and refocusing my spirit on God. Do any of you participate in this season? I am giving up chocolate this year. It will definitely be difficult because I seem to find a way to have some nearly every day!

Finally, my friends and I were able to surprise a dear friend with a small birthday celebration last night. It feels so good to make someone’s day! Here are some pictures of the cake I made her. It’s a strawberry cake with a basket-weaved, butter cream icing. I had some leftover royal icing daisies that I made this summer, and I used them to top the cake. It reminds me of spring, and with the 70-80 degree weather we have been having, it couldn’t be more fitting!


February 23, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food | Tags: , , ,

80′s Sweater


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

Frilling Fashionistas: Bethany & Color Coordination


Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m so excited to introduce y’all to our new series, “Frilling Fashionistas”. This series is all about highlighting everyday women and the fashion quirks that make them unique. Kicking off the series is my dear friend, Bethany.

Bethany has a Master of Social Work and will be graduating alongside me this May with her Master of Divinity. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she lives in Waco with her husband, Adrian, and their baby dog, Ali. Bethany is a girl on the go!  She works multiple jobs, sings in a band, makes handmade goods for a local boutique and is in school full-time. However, even with her busy schedule, she always manages to look beautiful and put together.

Some of Bethany’s fashion tendencies include wearing handmade jewelry and hair pieces and styling her hair with various braided looks and messy buns. I love it! However, Bethany’s fashion frill that totally stands out as her signature look is her knack for color coordination. It’s definitely her thing, and she pulls it off effortlessly. Check it out:

Dress: Target / Cardigan: Gap / Shoes: Pac Sun / Headband: Harts N Crafts / Necklace: handmade 

I love the golden hues of the neutrals in this look. It’s soft, chic, and comfortable. My favorite piece is the necklace, which Bethany crocheted herself after being inspired by this.

Dress: Piperlime / Cardigan: Express / Scarf: Gap / Shoes: Pac Sun

If I loved the simple, natural hues of the first look, I am simply FRILLED by the vibrant reds and corals that pop in contrast with the black in this outfit. I am particularly in love with the scarf. The color palette makes it an endlessly versatile piece!

Dress: Modcloth / Cardigan: Target / Leggings: Target / Clutch: Chanel / Headband: Urban Outfitters

This final look mixes comfort and class, and like all of Bethany’s stylings, it can be worn in any season (especially when you live in Texas!) I’m telling you, these are all real examples of outfits Bethany wears daily. It REALLY is her thing! I love the way Bethany pulls off these looks, and I love that she doesn’t ever stay within one color scheme. She is always changing things up, and she looks gorgeous in every color!

I hope you all enjoyed meeting our first frilling fashionista!  Let us know in the comments what you think about Bethany’s various looks involving color coordination, and give her a word of encouragement, too. It’s not easy standing in front of the camera for those outfit pics!

Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for this new series? We can’t wait to introduce you to more FRILLING fashionistas in the coming weeks!


February 21, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Frilling Fashionistas | No Tags

15 Things at 15 months


This week B turns 15 months old! I was thinking about a couple of posts I wrote when I was pregnant with Baby B, 25 things at 25 weeks, and 39 things at 39 weeks.  And I’ve been reflecting lately on what I’ve learned about motherhood now that I have over a year of mothering under my belt.  It’s only a year, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot, and grown as a person in more ways than I can articulate here.  But I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve learned.

(These are not advice.  They are just my own observations of my experience parenting one child.)

1) Always carry a Tide pen.  I am serious about this.

2) Motherhood = Choose which eye you’d like to have mascara on, and which leg you’d like to shave today (at least for a while).

3) Too many parenting books stresses me out.   But I do need to read at least a few well-chosen parenting books, enough to keep me creative and thinking.  So far I have read approximately two (Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne, half of Parent Trek by Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi, and just started the wonderful Playful Parenting by Leonard Cohen (thanks to my dear friend at Sweet and Arch).).

(bananas on her head, seaweed snacks on her face)

4) Babies + food = mess.  We may as well just face facts.  I think I had some illusion that I would be able to keep the mess to a minimum. Not so, my friends. My kid is just as messy as the rest of em.

5) And speaking of mess and stains, if anything works better than Shout, I’d like to know about it.

6) A light heart goes a long way.  Insofar and we can keep our parenting light and humorous, we are a happier family. This goes for messes, sleeping/not sleeping, screaming in the car, broken snow globes, unraveled yarn skeins, and the odd runaway turd.

7) It pays to be That Prepared Mom.  You do not want to get caught in an impromptu restaurant experience with no squeezable applesauce. Or bandaids.  Or the Tide Pen (see #1). Or heaven forbid you don’t have Sophie the giraffe.

(our favorite version of Old MacDonald, by Ella Fitzgerald)

8 ) It pays to have an endless repertoire of songs to sing.  This way you don’t have to sing “This Old Man” up to 100 on car rides. This Old Man, he played ninety-nine, he played knick-knack on the shiny pines… it just doesn’t work, friends.

9) It also pays to have some go-to songs for key times in the day.  The Waldorf folks have me convinced that this is good parenting, and we have a song for pretty much everything: teeth brushing, church-going, bath-taking, cleaning up, falling asleep, you name it. But at any given moment, we may be singing silly made-up songs, too.  Like the New Dipe song, which is as follows: New dipes, new dipes, new dipes for you, dear….

10) That dream I had, the one about only having beautiful, handmade toys made out of quality natural materials, lovely to look at and inspiring to play with….it has worked out about half as well as I’d hoped.  It’s a process.  People give you things and you’re grateful, you know.

11) I thought I could never countenance the use of disposable bibs when we’re out and about. How wasteful, How un-ecological, I thought.  But I do.  Because I can’t remember to wash the regular ones and get them back into the diaper bag.  So I keep a stash of disposables in the bag. In my case, a disposable bib is better than no bib.  See item #4.

12) Another thing the Waldorf-ers have me convinced of: babies need undershirts, socks, and hats.  Unless it’s summer in Texas.  After B was born, our midwife would come over and say:  “She needs an undershirt.” and “Where is her hat?”  And I took the lesson to heart.   B still wears an undershirt daily, and a hat if it’s cooler than 70.  My baby is calmer and happier if she’s warm.

13) If you like your diaper bag, then your life is better.  Some days I feel like stinking Mary Poppins with the bag.  But really, it’s an item you carry with you every day.  You want to like it when you see it and use it.

14)  The hours between her bedtime and ours are precious.  We love our child and we give our everything to her during her waking hours.  A set, early bedtime, and the adult time it provides, are necessary for us.

15) Bubbles make the world a better place.


February 20, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Lifestyle | No Tags

Sweet Saturday: Baby’s Valentine


I knitted up these little bean bag balls for B’s Valentine gift from Mama.  They’re perfect size for little hands to toss about. I knitted them from a single skein of self-striping Adriafil Knitcol, using this pattern.  I made a hat out of the skein last year, and had enough left over to make these three balls. The pattern says to fill with scraps or batting, but I used dried beans instead.

And, that’s a wrap for Valentine’s Week!  Hope you enjoyed the week’s festivities.  Here’s to love!

February 18, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags
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fran & aurelia

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.