A Pop of Red

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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

December 27, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Holiday Frills

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Just some festive photos as Christmas draws near…

December 22, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle, Parties, Stuff We Love | No Tags

Old Made New: DIY last minute baby gift – hand stamped leggings

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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.

Original inspiration from the lovely Katie over at Lemon Jitters with her DIY for patterned heart tights.

Supplies Needed:

  • baby leggings (I bought these from Old Navy)
  • scissors
  • small piece of cardboard
  • craft paint
  • wine cork
  • hot glue gun

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!

Old Made New: Advent Calendar

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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!

Fake That Fragrance

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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

December 19, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Crafted Christmas Ornaments

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Hello Friends!  Today we have a holiday guest post from our dear Caitlin, my almost-cousin and kindred spirit, who totally FRILLS us always.  Cait and her fella Kevin got their creative juices flowing in a Frilling, festive way. Enjoy!
- Fran
Caitlin Martin is the New Media Manager for the Association for Public Art (formally the Fairmount Park Art Association). She tweets, posts, and Instagrams about Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art. Trained as an architect, she is also currently working as an Architectural Intern for Loomis McAfee Architects. In her free time, she is a long distance cyclist and is in the process of writing a food guide for cyclists on tour based on her cross country journey completed in August 2011.
Hey y’all! Today I am going to share with you some simple and fun ways to create your very own Christmas ornaments. Kev and I have invited our families to Philadelphia for the Holidays this year! We realized after purchasing our Christmas tree that we had zero ornaments. So, instead of buying a bunch of brand new fancy ornaments, we decided to make our own. We did some really simple and fun things that resulted in an array of unique decorative pieces for the tree.
First, we purchased a bunch of cheap glass ornaments (like $1.99 for a pack of six cheap). We also bought ribbon and lace. I went to Jomar to purchase all of my supplies because they have a great selection of fabric for an affordable price as well as other craft supplies, but you could go to any craft store.
My friend also gave me some feathers that she had purchased from KIMONOS Feathers on Etsy. They have a great selection of colors, and they ship quickly.
All I did here was glue feathers all over the ornaments. I put short feathers of a different color on top of the long feathers to give them a more dynamic look.
We had a lot of fun with the lace, but you can use any type of fabric. First, cut out a large piece of the fabric and wrapped it around the glass ball. Then, wrap a rubber band around the top to hold the fabric around the ball. After the fabric is secured, glue ribbon, feathers, or more fabric around the top to hide the rubber band.

We didn’t want to waste anything, so we placed fabric and ribbon scraps inside some of the ornaments. We also used paint pens to do some decorating, and used more lace scraps and glued them around a wire ball that we had.

We complimented the three dimensional ornaments with some two dimensional ones. We cut circles out of a book of fabric samples and glued a hook to them. Thanks to our friend Gus for the brilliant and simple idea as well as lending us the fabric!

We also bought a few candy canes and there you have it folks — our very own Christmas tree filled with home made ornaments and holiday fun. Please take note of the awesome star. Kev had some fun with paper-mâché.
- Cait

December 18, 2012 1:40 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Handmade, Holidays | Tags: , ,

My first pieced together quilt

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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!

December 17, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

Old Made New: Refreshing the 90s Dress

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us!  Don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

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!

December 12, 2012 11:10 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Fashion, Stephanie of Teal Annie, Tutorials | No Tags

DIY Felt Ball Mobile

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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:

  • felt balls in whatever colorway you prefer (I got mine here.  They took for-stinking-ever to get here from Nepal. I ordered the 100 ct pack and have some left over to use for another project I have in the hopper)
  • embroidery hoop (I painted mine silver)
  • ribbon for hanging the hoop (I chose silver to match my hoop)
  • embroidery floss for stringing the felt balls (I used gray)
  • a needle to string the felt balls
  • scissors
  • whimsical charms (found in the jewelry section of the craft store)

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!

December 11, 2012 2:45 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Nursery, Tutorials | Tags: , , ,

Sweet Saturday: A Birthday Cake

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Just some glimpses of the cake I made for my sweet niece’s 2nd birthday recently:

December 8, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Cake Jubilee, Food, Sweet Saturday | No Tags
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