Hard to believe Christmas has already came and went! I had such a nice time this holiday season and am looking forward to ringing in the New Year with a fabulous Dance Party at Fran and Jordan’s home. Can’t wait to show y’all my dress!
In between all the holiday parties, my birthday, Christmas and New Years, I’ve been dressing down a lot. On casual, comfy days I still like to add some FRILLS, like a pop of red and a patterned clutch.
My husband’s office rented out a theater downtown for a prescreening of The Hobbit a few weeks ago. It was so much fun to get to see such a highly anticipated movie early! There wasn’t much else going on that day for us, so I wanted to be casual and comfortable since it was a pretty long movie.
What a fun day! What are your go-to pieces to frill up a casual look?
hat: F21 / Lips: “Russian Red” by MAC / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Silk Cami: Madewell / Pants: Banana Republic Factory Store / Boots: DSW / Clutch: J Crew
Just some festive photos as Christmas draws near…
As promised yesterday, here is another post and a totally frilling gift idea from Stephanie of Teal Annie. Thanks so much for your contributions, Stephanie! We hope to see many more “Old Made New” posts in the future! You FRILL us!
If you are needing a last minute baby gift and really want it to have a special handmade touch, this little DIY is perfect for that special little stylish one in your life. It is pretty quick and very affordable as well.
1. Cut a small triangle out of the cardboard.
2. Using hot glue, attach the cardboard triangle to the wine cork creating a stamp.
3. Lay the leggings flat and stamp the triangle in the pattern of your choice.
4. Let dry and stamp the back if desired. Then, give as gifts!
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!
Mmmm, one of my favorite things about Christmas is the smell of a real Christmas tree. This year we are fortunate to have a real tree, a fir, for the first time in several years. It’s not a particularly compelling or fancily decorated tree (maybe next year when I don’t have a tiny new baby) – just our collection of mismatched family ornaments – but it makes our house smell lovely and feel cozy.
But if you don’t have a real tree, or any tree at all, you can still have that smell in a natural, non-toxic, pthalate-free way. Just warm essential oils in an oil diffuser or burner. Essential oils are naturally derived from plants and contain no harmful or toxic ingredients. Many even have health benefits.
I have Aura Cacia’s pine essential oil, but I think fir needle would be even better. Add a few drops to the water in an oil diffuser or warmer and light a tea light underneath to warm the oil and release the fragrance into the room. If you really want to get festive (you do! YOU DO!), add some Cinnamon Leaf oil or Clove oil to the blend. It’s bottled Christmas. Just add eggnog.
Sure, you could buy a fancy, expensive, naturally-scented soy candle – those are nice too. But a bottle of essential oil costs considerably less and lasts waaaaay longer
Introducing, my first ever pieced together quilt! I made it as a baby gift for my childhood friend’s first sweet baby. She wanted purples and blues, so here’s what I came up with. My amazing mom-in-law helped me EVERY step of the way. I couldn’t have done it without her!
My mother-in-law added these sweet frills: the baby’s monogram, a surprise cupcake stitch, and a patch on the back of the quilt with all the important info. Very nice!
Stephanie here! Happy Wednesday to you all! Today I’m going to share one of my favorite old items to make new.
I really enjoy finding frumpy ole’ dresses at thrift stores, bringing them home, and giving them a fresh look. I’m going to show you how to very basically alter a 90′s dress.
1. Find a 90′s dress at your local thrift store. During your search, look for a print that catches your eye or a color that is your favorite to wear. Look for dresses that have a straight or box shape, and with no zipper. These are easier to alter (with basic sewing skills). I always like going with a dress that is a bit larger than my normal size so that I have some extra room to play with the fabric.
2. Measure and mark the length of the fabric you want to cut off of the bottom of the dress. Add an extra inch to account for the hemmed portion.
3. Apply a line of masking tape across the dress where you marked your measurement (this helps me to cut straight across). Cut off the fabric below the tape.
4. Snip off those shoulder pads.
5. Roll under the cut portion (about 1.5 inches) of the bottom dress fabric holding with straight pins. Sew the hem with your sewing machine.
6. Style with a coat, black tights, boots, and your favorite necklace for a fun winter outfit!
Here’s a project I’ve been trying to share for about six weeks now I had all of the materials assembled and ready to put together on the night before Baby T was born. Then of course she was born and I am only recently getting around to completing and photographing it. I’m rather proud of it a) because it’s really cute in Baby T’s room – colorful and whimsical – and b) because I have never seen a mobile like it so maybe there’s a chance in this overly-pinterested era that I actually invented an original project. Maybe. I will admit to having been inspired by this felt ball garland project on ARMommy, but the rest is imagined by me. I think.
I give you, my DIY Felt Ball Mobile.
Pardon the poorly-lit photos. The good light and I aren’t on the same nap schedule. Also, upon further reflection, I should have turned the hoop so that the clasp faces the wall. Sigh. I don’t sleep so much these days.
All you need to make this are:
Once you have the materials, assembling the mobile is straightforward. I don’t have to go through each step, do I? You all are smart and can see the obvious. String balls on floss using needle to make garlands of varying lengths. Tie garlands to hoop (only on the inner one, so that the overall look is cleaner). Attach charms to ends of garlands. You get it. (Am I assuming too much? Ask questions if not.)
I just love the bright, whimsical effect it has in the room. When B first saw it, she said “ooooooh! touch it!” I have now fallen in love with wool felt balls and am thinking of all kinds of things to do with them. Ooh ooh, Christmas tree garland!
Just some glimpses of the cake I made for my sweet niece’s 2nd birthday recently: