Easy DIY: Paper Bag Banners

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Hi everyone! My super cute and crafty friend, Ashley (who endearingly calls me “Martha Stewart, Jr.”), has a DIY on her blog that is too FRILLING not to share!

I’ve tried my hand at banner-making before, but these variations are even more clever and fun! Here’s what she did:

1. Found some paper bags leftover from her wedding.

2. Found some scrapbook paper she had from ages ago.

3. Glued the paper to the paper bags.

4. Painted chipboard letters with ink (chalk or pigment ink is best).

4. Punched holes in the top of the paper bags.

5. Put inexpensive yarn through the holes…and VOILA!

Here is another variation Ashley used for a wedding shower decoration:

  1. Tear out pages from an old book. 
  2. Use some vintage photo distress ink and embellishments. 
  3. Use chipboard letters and paint with chalk ink.

Ashley, you are so creative! You totally FRILL us!

February 28, 2013 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Tutorials | No Tags

Melinda’s German Chocolate Icing

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Mmm.. Yum. My husband’s birthday was last week (remember our post on iFly?) Every year he asks for either carrot cake or German chocolate cake, and since we had carrot cake last year, I decided to whip up a batch of gluten-free cupcakes and use his mom’s delicious icing recipe to make them extra special!

I’ve used this recipe before (on a Father-of-the-bride’s cake order for Cake Jubilee). That was when I first learned that German chocolate cakes are the hardest to ice EVER. Seriously. I remember freaking out on the first one thinking I was doomed. But somehow it always comes together.

I frilled up the cupcakes using coconut shavings and chocolate chips, and I also added pecans to the little 6 inch cake. But the icing on these treats is the star of the show. It is absolutely delicious; so much so, that I had to share the recipe! (Also, thanks to Aunt Cindy for my newest cupcake stand!)

Melinda’s German Chocolate Icing: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup or so of chopped pecans
  • 1 cup or so of dried coconut
  • 3 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  • Cook all ingredients in a saucepan over the stove at high heat, stirring often until thick.
  • Spread on cake or cupcakes.
  • Enjoy with milk!

(I tend to cook it over the stove for about 15 minutes and then refrigerate it until it has reached the desired consistency.)

February 26, 2013 12:30 PM | Comments | Categories: Cake Jubilee, Food, Recipes | Tags: , ,

Born to Play

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And this is one reason we like Texas: cause we get to play in the dirt…

…barefoot…

…with crazy post-nap hair…

…and wear flipflops…

…in winter.

 

PS: Thank God for Oxy-Clean.

February 26, 2013 9:40 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | Tags: , ,

Dots + Bunnies

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Hi everyone! It’s that weird time of year in Texas where morning/nighttime temps get as low as the 30s while the afternoons are a sunny 75. We are all itching for Spring around here because most days it practically feels like it. The only problem is that it’s still February!

I’ve been mixing a lot of seasonal pieces to try and make due. For instance, here I’m pairing this sleeveless Urban Outfitters Dress from ages ago with last season’s Madewell Rabbit cardigan that has just enough wool to keep me nice and snug.

I’m also doing my normal thing of mixing prints with an added monochromatic flair. Here’s to layering color on color, no matter if the shades are different or not!

Cardigan: Madewell / Dress: Urban Outfitters / Boots: Arturo Chiang

February 25, 2013 5:06 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

iFly Austin

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Hi all! Guess what fun Fran and I have had recently?

For my husband’s birthday yesterday, his parents gave him a pass to the new iFly that just opened in Austin, and he was nice enough to share his minutes with us and a couple of friends. iFly Austin is Texas’ first indoor skydiving facility, so it was really cool to get to try it out!

We had so much fun! Watch our videos below:

We even got a flight certificate! Frilling!

February 21, 2013 4:19 PM | Comments | Categories: Stuff We Love | Tags: , , ,

Lent

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Do you practice any sort of Lenten fasting? This year I’ve given up one of my favorite things: reading blogs.  (Er, obvs I’ve not given up posting on them.) I like Lent.  I like the opportunity it gives me to reign things in, take stock of how I’m spending my time (or money or energy or calories, depending on what I’m fasting from any given year.)

And I really like blogs.  They are like magazines you get to read for free, about any topic you’re interested in.  They can be endlessly inspiring, but if I’m not careful, they can be an endless time suck, and a distraction from the nourishment and spiritual boost deeper reading can give me.  So this year instead of reading blogs I’m reading the daily office each day, as well as reading through several books.


RHE’s _A Year of Biblical Womanhood_, in which she de-mythologizes (is that a word?) and challenges common assumptions about what it means to be a woman who follows God. Love RHE.  I’m allowing myself to read her blog, because I consider it a form of nourishment.

Kathleen Norris’ _The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women’s Work_. This slim volume, really an elongated essay, is kicking my stay-at-home-mom ass, challenging me to consider all work, even laundry and dishes and diapers, as holy.

I’m re-reading (for the second or third time, can’t remember) Anne Lamott’s book of essays, _Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith_.  It blessed me the first (and second?) time, and I was listening recently to a friend talking about how impactful it was in her faith experience, and thought I’d grab it off the shelf again.

These are the three I’m reading through so far, but I think I’ll likely be finished with all of them by this weekend.  Anybody got any recommendations for more spiritually nourishing reading?  I’m considering reading some CS Lewis I haven’t gotten to yet, maybe _The Great Divorce_.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Anne Lamott’s essay, “Ashes” about Ash Wednesday, which was a week ago today and is the beginning of Lent in the traditional Church calendar, and which sums up some of the reasons Lent is meaningful for me:

“Ash Wednesday…is supposed to be about preparation, about consecration, about moving toward Easter, toward resurrection and renewal. It offers us a chance to break through the distractions that keep us from living the basic Easter message of love, of living in wonder rather than doubt. For some people, it is about fasting, to symbolize both solidarity with the hungry and the hunger for God…

The ashes remind us of the finality of death. Like the theologian said, death is God’s no to all human presumption… [In awaiting redemption and resurrection] how can we cooperate with grace? How can we open ourselves up to it? How can we till the field? And so people mark themselves with ashes to show that they trust in the alchemy God can work with those ashes–jogging us awake, moving us toward greater attention and openness and love.”

February 20, 2013 9:59 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | Tags: , , ,

It’s the little things

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The little things are the big things. That’s kind of my mantra lately, and I think that’s what our little blog is all about, too. Finding the FRILLS in the ordinary, daily stuff (Check out our Frillosophy for more); seeing the beauty in the little things.

We try to see life this way on both deeper levels and at the surface. For me, even when I’m getting dressed, I try to add tiny frills of creativity that will provide me with little reasons to smile amidst stress and chaos.

Like a rolled skinny pant, with a pop of cute sock:

Or just a bit of a popped collar, with a bright bauble to add some FRILLS:

Or a rolled up cardigan, layered with a rolled up chambray:

Necklace: J Crew / chambray: J Crew / cardigan: Madewell / pants: Banana Republic Factory / socks: gifted / shoes: Naya (a collection from Naturalizer) 

Casual, but comfortable, and also creative. It’s all about the little things, right?

Frilling Friday: Project in Progress

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We have this random cubby-like space in our house, just off the fireplace room.  It used to be a wet bar, complete with 80′s-tastic mirrored shelving.  That promptly went the way of the eight-track.  We have little use for a wet bar separate from the kitchen, and would rather make a better use of the space for our family’s daily operations.

Since we moved in, it has just been blank space, sitting dormant, waiting for me to decide how best to utilize it (and to actually have time/energy to execute a plan).  I spent last weekend painting some old office furniture; a desk I’ve had for many years, a file cabinet my mom wasn’t using, and a cubby-organizer thingy.  Because I’ve finally decided to make it a home office space (aka You Frill Me headquarters). Here it is now in a disorganized mess.

I’m going to ditch the big brown desk; it cramps the space too much.  We are thinking of installing a sturdy desk-height shelf to make an L-shaped configuration. But still mulling over how best to make the space pleasant, uncluttered, and harmonious.  And of course, FRILLING.   I’m hoping for pretty shelving, a cool vintage-y chair, some fun wall art, and good task lighting.  My budget for this project is pretty much nonexistent, so I’ll have to find some time for thrifting.

Meanwhile I’ve been pinning inspirational small offices and organization.  Got any ideas?

 

February 8, 2013 1:28 PM | Comments | Categories: Design, For the Home | Tags: ,

A Peek at Little B’s Room

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After sharing Baby T’s room, I thought it would be fun to show you B’s room also. It’s all about vibrant, playful patterns, and of course, handmade details.

As in T’s nursery, I deviated from my white-walls-only policy and, at the risk of being cliche’, chose pink for the wall color.  I wanted the palest shade of pink I could find, and I have ended up really liking it; it’s so pale it reads neutral and allows the vibrant colors and patterns to pop, but adds just a fluttery hint of extra femininity to the room.

 

Many of the elements from her original San Francisco nursery (also here) have made it to her new room in Texas, and are right at home in their new setting — the framed prints by Erin, my grandmother’s needlepoint footstool, my handmade crochet heart bunting, the vintage bird prints, and the lantern/pom installation, to name a few.  But I’ve added and re-purposed some elements as well.  One new item is the ubiquitous Expedit shelf unit, which makes for great toy storage.

The dresser was my own childhood dresser.  A basket on top makes for a convenient place to keep shoes (keeping them out of toddler reach means they are strewn about less of the time. The map of SF was  gift from my aunt; I framed it and gave it a home here because B is our San Francisco baby.

The rug is a family heirloom that belonged to my great grandmother.  The rocker is the twin to the one in T’s nursery.  And I chose a playful floral for the window valances, which were sewn by, you guessed it, my mom.  The little hand-painted porcelain shoe was a gift from a family friend, inscribed with her name and date of birth.

 

These bookshelves are a DIY a la Pinterest, made from vinyl window gutters.  I was dubious about them at first, but they work well.  I even added an extra one by the rocker for the special bedtime books.  You may recall the “sugar and spice” cross stitch from a previous post.  The play kitchen is from Ikea.

We just love all the special details in this room. It’s a pleasant place to play and rest.

 

February 4, 2013 10:19 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Design, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , ,

Birthday prizes

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I am realizing just how behind I am on outfit posts! This outfit is what I wore out to my birthday celebration with family and friends all the way back in December! Oops!

My birthday was on a Friday, and I had plans to go out with a big group so on the night before, my husband took me out on a date with just the two of us. I was able to do two of my favorites things: eat and shop! The plan had been for me to be able to pick out a few items for my birthday dinner and purchase a dress for New Years. I’m happy to report that the night was a success!

While out on our date, I bought this dress from Zara as well as this necklace I had been wanting for a while from J. Crew (more on it in a later post!). I paired them with another birthday prize, these amazing Born wedges from my mom-in-law! What a perfect pop of purple! Happy birthday to me!

Shoes: Born Lusi Crown Collection / tights and necklace: J Crew / Dress: Zara

February 1, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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