Oooh, Pretty: Huck & Jo

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Go check out my friend Dani’s lovely Etsy shop, Huck & Jo.  She makes adorable baby items like crib sheets, blankets, burp cloths, bibs, etc. as well as home-greening items like cloth napkins and, my personal favorite, reusable sandwich bags.  And her fabric choices are always so right on. Next time you need a lovely handmade baby gift, look no further than Huck & Jo.

Some of my favorites:

Cowboy Bib

This guitar-themed blanket with coordinating crib sheets

Huck&Jo’s signature reusable baggie. Not just for sandwiches!  And you get to choose your fabric!

And adorable burp cloths; trust me, when you have a baby, you can never have too many burp cloths.  We keep one in every room of our house.

I LOVE buying handmade.  It’s good for the earth, good for the crafters, and good to own lovingly-crafted items.  Yay for everyone!  If you’re not convinced, check out Simple Mom’s post on why handmade makes sense.

-Fran

March 16, 2011 6:52 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | Tags: , , , , , ,

A Frilling Philosophy: Love is the Anchor

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My neighbor knocked on my door this morning to tell me that his car and mine were broken into last night, with the windows smashed.  Somehow thieves got into the garage and broke into our cars.  They stole our GPS, and some quarters I had in the console for parking meters, and made a big mess of broken glass. Nice.  Happy Monday to me, right?

The police officer I spoke with explained that usually in these situations it’s a person who is drug addicted and looking for quick cash and items they can quickly sell for cash; just smash and run, don’t bother with anything big.  It seems like a lot of trouble to go to, to break into a locked garage, smash windows and all, just for a few bucks.  And of course it leaves me with all the trouble of cleaning up, getting a new window, calling insurance, and whatnot.  Sad and annoying.

My lovely friend and Midwife for Baby’s birth, Angelika, used to tell me when I was pregnant and feeling all the things you feel when you’re pregnant: “Throw some love at it.”  Whatever is going on, whether you’re feeling angry or afraid or peeved or sad or whatever, it never hurts to throw a little love at the situation.  So today I can get upset, or I can rear back and hurl some love from afar at the sad guys who smashed my car to feed a sad addiction.

So, the project I was planning to show you today appears to be appropriate for today:

Remember when I mentioned that I was dreaming of embroidering things with maritime images? Well, this is my first effort — pillowcases.  (I ONLY like crisp, clean, white linens.  For me, no other color will do; my sheets have gotta be white — there’s nothing more inviting than a bed freshly made up with clean white linens.  Which means I have a closet full of white pillowcases just waiting to be embellished.)

Next time my mom comes to visit I will have to get her to teach me some more advanced embroidery stitches, as these are quite remedial.  Nevertheless, I’m happy with these little guys; I’m glad I made them.  Because today they are a nice reminder to me that, sometimes if you toss a little love at a sorry situation, it can help anchor you in a more mindful, patient, loving frame of mind.

-Fran

March 14, 2011 5:01 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Frilling Friday: 3/11/11

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Happy Friday!
Guess who slept 8 hrs last night?!  MY BABY.  my very own baby.  Of course, I myself wasn’t actually allowed to sleep 8 hrs due to a barrage of early morning texts from family members who shall remain nameless, who got overexcited about the tsunami that hit the West Coast this morning, posing absolutely no danger to San Francisco (unless you happened to be surfing).  Grrrrrr from a Mama who hasn’t slept a full night in four months.  However, after looking at the news and seeing the terrible destruction that happened to the folks in Japan, I won’t be too upset over a little lost sleep in comparison.

I’ve been thinking about Lent, looking inward, reflecting, and doing some spring cleaning, mentally, emotionally, and in my home. That said, here are some FRILLING things I found this week:

Carrie’s ideas for celebrating Lent with kids, including this Lenten calendar project.
Project Simplify, from Simple Mom.
Martha Stewart’s Spring Cleaning Checklist; I mean, I prolly won’t do all that stuff, but…
These little boats by Ann Wood Handmade are so lovely and creative, I can’t stop staring at them.



Aurelia introduced me to Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos and they are yum, light, springy (hint: I would tweak this recipe by adding pickled jalepenos to the slaw).
I’m drooling over Anthropologie’s dinnerware collection—love the colorful pallete and vintage-inspired designs.
Affordable and stylish: poster art
Oh how I love pom-poms ! (via poppytalk)  These make me so happy:

Have a happy weekend!

-Fran

March 11, 2011 10:55 AM | Comments | Categories: Parties | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Little Crochet Birdies

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I have recently begun a new crafting addiction: crochet!  So far, I know how to crochet granny squares, potholders, dishrags, scarves, and this cute little birdie, of which I have made one, whose wings are slightly crooked, but is nevertheless lovable:

(photo from Bittersweetblog)

But, I think I’m going to have to get a little more ambitious, now that I have seen these:

via flickr

Ok, I know that birds are getting a little overdone in the design world, but I am envisioning an adorable mobile for Baby’s room…or a Christmas tree decorated with crochet birds, or crochet bird bunting, or using them as fan pulls… oh my goodness I’m getting carried away…

I wonder how long they take to make… longer than naptime?

-Fran

February 18, 2011 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | 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.

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