Favorite DIYs of Pinterest – March 2012 Edition

As you’ve probably already read, I’m kind of a fan of Pinterest.  Being that DIY is such a hot category (and I’m a DIY pinning addict) I’m going to do a quick roundup of my favorites (that I will do – when i get a moment to breathe – i swear). 😉  I should mention that I like to tweak DIYs to give them my own personal style, so I’ve shared the links to the original DIY and included some of my notes / tips below each photo.  If you’ve done any of these or have any favorite projects, please share and comment with any tips, links or pics. In the meantime, Happy Friday and I hope this inspires you to get your hands creating this weekend.

-Stacy

Studded collar via Atlantic-Pacific (project inspired via Cheetah is the New Black). You can pick up these pyramid studs online at Studs & Spikes or at M&J Trimming here in New York (not available via their online site).  Just make sure you dab a bit of Fray Check around the edges of each hole to prevent the fabric unraveling/studs falling out.

Okay, this isn’t really a DIY but I’m digging around to try and find some ombre how-to instructions for at least a few of these (stay tuned). For now, I will say the petals on the cake are pretty self-explanatory (+ pretty beautious, right?) and can probably be picked up at your local silk florist, Michaels or Hobby Lobby. *Thanks to Decor8 for posting.

For those of us that haven’t fully purged our closet of that favorite too short sweater <<slowly raises hand>>, this DIY is for you.  *Disclaimer: I may try this out first on a Goodwill find before taking my scissors to that pink cashmere. I know, I’m a being a baby.

Puff paint? Spray paint? Redesigning? Amazingness. Who needs Jonathan Adler now? Thank you PS – I Made This.

Even though I don’t decorate in this style, I absolutely loooove this DIY. The instructions can be found here. Make sure to scroll down and read all the add’l tips as it seems this DIY has been a little tricky for some. *I’d like to modernize this somehow…maybe spray paint the doilies with metallic paint to make them look like metal embroidery? Add some small chandelier crystals dangling randomly throughout the interior? Do a cluster of sizes but in the spirit of the bubble lamp? Hmmmmmm…thoughts???

While we all would like to afford beautiful, handcrafted furniture, the reality is IKEA will often have to do for now.  Fortunately, there’s IKEA hacks, such as this that make designing your own unique piece of furniture inexpensive and easy.

I think this is SO simple and gorgeous. You can find the tutorial here. I envision this in pairs on the double doors of a library, an English classroom, but I also can totally see this on my front door, adding a little something to our dreary hallway.  But I’d probably dust the pages in gold powder (shocking). 😉

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Fashion:Music Monday

With both New York and London Fashion Weeks well-wrapped (and on the eve of Paris FW), this Music Monday is paying homage to Burberry Prorsum‘s gorgeous F/W 2012 collection, along with Joan Armatrading’s “It Could Have Been Better,” which opened the show.  It’s most definitely a departure from my usual playlist but is a beautiful, powerful ballad that rocked me a bit and deserves some attention.

The collection itself is heavy on menswear fabrics (think herringbone, tweeds, etc…) in muted, earthy tones recalling the house’s home country.  However, Christopher Bailey juxtaposed this perfectly with the ultra femme details of tucked in waists, bows and ruffles (a few of the standouts I’ve included below).  Definitely the collection of the week and will be extremely tempting to not pick up a piece or two come Fall.

Enjoy and hope you’re having a great, creative start to your week!

-Stacy

*Note: the songs that follow are:

Rae Morris – “Walls

Marina & the Diamonds – “Numb

The Cinematic Orchestra – “To Build A Home

**Photo credits to: ImaxTree

Winter Wanderings

We’ve been living in Fort Greene (a gorrrgeous little tree-lined, brownstone-filled neighborhood in Brooklyn) since September and wanted to give you a peek into our little slice of NY.  I’ve found it to be such an inspiring, beautiful place, especially on crisp winter mornings.  Before settling into work in the studio, Tank and I do our usual spin, passing the 9 to 5ers headed to the bus or train with coffee in hand, freelancers en route to the local cafe to settle in for the day and our fellow dog owners heading home from the park as the stroller crowd trickles in. It’s peaceful and lovely and home. Here’s a few shots from some of our strolls as of late. Enjoy and hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week.

ox

-Stacy & Tank

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With Love, From Brooklyn

It’s no secret that I absolutely love supporting and working with the bubbling entrepreneurial community of artists and startups in my little town of Brooklyn.  Needless to say, when I heard about With Love, From Brooklyn (thank you Daily Candy), I didn’t need much convincing.  Darla Furlow is definitely my kind of people, recently launching this online shop selling carefully curated care packages filled with only the best local sweet and salty treats, grouped by theme and shipped to your foodie friends, family or clients.

Of course you could always schlep around the city putting together a care package yourself, but when her baskets don’t break the bank and each product has already been taste-tested by a panel of local food lovers, how can you go wrong?  Check out Darla’s rotating selection of goodies at  With Love, From Brooklyn and let your people outside the borough know where it’s at.

Pintervention

“Hi, my name is Stacy and it’s been 2 hours since my last pin.”

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Pinterest.  If not, well let’s just say it’s crack for creatives. Creative gals more specifically. Okay, maybe just women of the world period (not to be sexist but I have yet to see a guy with an active pin board).  Anyway, being the visual, social media savvy, creative chick that I am, it’s the epitome of awesome.  Think the best of internet images (+ each links to the original website for further instructions/details/to purchase/whathaveyou) all living on one streaming page of goodness. From fashion to food, DIY to home design, recipes to fitness tips.  Just pick your poison, pop it in the search bar and wah-lah: a seemingly endless scroll of relevant images to add to your own virtual “pin boards” (they give you some standard boards to start with but you can edit their titles/delete/add as you so choose).  Here’s an example of how I’ve organized mine:

I joined last year, shortly after its launch but it’s really blown up over the past few months.  People seriously have planned interiors of entire homes on this thing.  Pinning serious or not-so-serious quotes has proven popular.  My cousin posts a photo on her Facebook almost every day of “another meal courtesy of Pinterest.”  Others use it to pin their products to increase exposure and sales, which is what I’ve done with some of my handmade Etsy items, linking back to my shop. ; ) Certain things, such as this bedazzled mixer, which I pinned via Iron Cupcake Milwaukee, has received INSANE amounts of traffic: 1400+ repins in 2 hours!  Yes indeed, women (who apparently love sparkles) currently DOMINATE this site.

Your Pinterest can also link to your Facebook if you so desire (although posting pins on your Facebook feed is, quite honestly, about as annoying as Spotify listening posts).  The better part of this is that you can be followed by your Facebook friends that have joined Pinterest and vice versa to see what each person is pinning.  Essentially, you can “like” their pins (i still don’t quite get the point of that) or “repin” to one of your own boards (which is my typical choice if i do indeed like the image).

The icing on the cake (and where the real addictive element lies for me) is the “Pin It” button, which you can add to your browser.  So say you’re on your favorite fashion blog and are obsessed with the dress in a post, just click your “Pin It” button, select the image on the page you want to pin and what board you want to add it to. Easy peasy and much better than dragging and dropping into a “favorites” folder on your desktop (like I used to do).

So that’s the rundown! At the moment, it’s still invitation only, but if you’d like an invite, just include your email in the comments section or drop a quick email to fritzandfraulein@gmail.com and I’ll shoot one over to you.  If you already have an account, feel free to follow me.  I’ll have an active account at least until A&E shows up at my door.

My co-worker…

falling asleep on the job again…
As I grow this blog, I thought I should introduce my partner in crime (and CPO – Chief Persuasion Officer), Tank.  I adopted him back in 2009 via The French Bulldog Rescue Network, which is an amazing national organization dedicated to helping and finding new homes for abandoned and unwanted Frenchies.  How you could give up this face is beyond me, but their loss was definitely my gain.

Some random facts you should know about Tank:

  • his favorite hot spots are Fort Greene ParkSmooch Cafe and people watching on Venice Beach.
  • he’s a total sun worshipper.
  • favorite foods: chicken, cheese, broccoli, carrots and brussel sprouts (yes, he’s definitely my dog)
  • likes: cats, squirrels (see also: dislikes), his peanut butter toothpaste,  Nylabones (what boy doesn’t love bacon flavored anything?), “killing” squeak toys in 30 seconds flat
  • dislikes: having to sleep in his own bed, squirrels (queue whiplash), non-squeak toys
  • he will also be guest blogging on here from time to time, so look for his posts / rants / raves in the coming weeks on his role in the studio and adventures in New York.

I’ve just been reminded it’s dinner time, but hope you all are having a great week!

– S & T

Music Monday

It’s been a crazy busy week between filling orders for my new, Garrison Clutches (which I’ll talk more about in an upcoming post), getting started on an awesome project with an uber-talented new client and planning a biz+pleasure trip back to California (yay!!!)  With that said, we’re just going to enjoy a little Music Monday with some funk/rock/electro beats straight out of the UK from my new favorite group, Fujiya & Miyagi. Enjoy and hope you’re having a great start to your week!

-S

Granny Chic

Who would have predicted what once was only hot on the bingo circuit would become such a long-staying trend?  Knitting, crocheting, quilting, doily’ing (errr..?). Until recently, these words probably brought to mind those not-no-chic, cringe-worthy gifts from your childhood (three armed sweater anyone?).  Today, Gramma’s crafts have turned into one of the biggest trends to hit the design world.  With the revival of the handmade movement over the past several years + the comfort these sorts of materials have brought through these not-so-fun times, Granny Chic has infiltrated all aspects of product design.  You can find it in interiors, with these cute, knitted ottoman poufs from CB2:

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CB2 Knitted Poufs in GraphiteCamoPool, & Blood Orange (online only), $79.95-$89.95. Available in store or online.

Or you can go modern handmade and snatch up these upcycled doily-laden pillows and crochet Kindle cases from Betsy Bell:

Rockin' Grandma Vintage Doily Cushion Cover

Granny Chic Throw Pillows (available in a variety of colors and sizes/also does custom orders), $32-$38/each

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles - Chunky Crochet - 100% Peruvian Wool

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles (available in 12 colors/also does custom orders), $26

If you need to get organized, go for some vintage crocheted hangers from our own Fritz & Fräulein shop:
Crocheted Wooden Hangers - Blue, Cream, Green, Turquoise and Red Split (set of 3)

Vintage Crocheted Wooden Hangers (wide variety of colors) $9-$18/set

Or add a cute, retro touch with these LOVE yarn stitched coasters:

Coaster Set - LOVE Coasters

LOVE Coaster Set, $14

If you’re looking for a unique (and super cute) handmade gift, check out Skunkboy Creatures. She hand stitches every plush item, including the most adorable ornaments, larger plush animals and amazing custom cake toppers.

Image of Penguin Ornament  Image of Custom Blue Bird

Image of Laying Fawn

Image of Custom Bunny Wedding Cake Toppers

Penguin Ornament, $40; Blue Bird, $75; Laying Fawn, $200; Bunny Cake Toppers, $100.

Maybe fashion’s more your game? Be super chic with the Dublin knitted handbag from Gerard Darel, the designer French women and celebs alike (Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry) flock to for his classic styles.

24 heures Dublin

Gerard Darel 24 Heure Dublin350 €. Available in store (France only) or via gerarddarel.com.

If you’re not ready to hop the pond and drop that kind of coin, you can always pick up a lace shirt or Granny-inspired sweater, at retailers like Zara or American Apparel.

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Silk Lace T-Shirt, Zara, $25.90

Sweater, Zara. *photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com

So whether it’s home goods, accessories or fashion, pick your poison and insert some Granny Chic into your life. Gram would indeed be proud.

Welcome!

Welcome to Fritz & Fräulein’s Vintage Redesign blog, featuring favorite styles, vintage finds, interior design tips, DIY and great handmade artisans.  We’ll mix this up with a dash of our creative, life adventures – including the latest and greatest of what we’re getting up to in the studio.  Read on and enjoy!

**For those of you who don’t know Fritz & Fräulein, the company itself was born out of my love for all things vintage combined with my personal passion for sustainability and formal training in design. In my travels to flea markets around the globe, I come across gorgeous pieces that inspire me and where, oftentimes, their original use has become obsolete. I decide how I can breathe new life into them through functional redesign or simply allow them to be as they are and appreciated again in a new home. Because of the nature of the materials I work with, every piece I create is truly one-of-a-kind with an extreme attention to detail and quality. I also do custom orders and interior consultation and sourcing.

So what’s with the name? It’s a tribute to my German heritage and great grandfather, Fritz, who lived to be 103, and always said the key to a long life is to live positively, passionately, love fully and “don’t sweat the small stuff.” I carry this mantra with me everyday as I pursue building Fritz & Fräulein.

My ultimate goal is to pass along a bit of history through these pieces while enriching people’s lives with function and great design. I hope you enjoy these as much as I love discovering and creating them.**

Besides here on WordPress, you can find us on the web via the following:

Our Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FritzandFraulein

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FritzandFraulein

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FritzFraulein

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/54779945@N07/

Email: fritzandfraulein@gmail.com