Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ruffle Apron Tutorial

Here is (scroll down the page) a ruffle apron tutorial that reminds me of Jill's apron that she made by looking at Chelsea's apron. Since I'm a person that needs a pattern or direction (Jill is good at looking and doing from scratch) I found a cute ruffle apron tutorial online. I'm thinking of doing a halloween/fall apron with this pattern. Now I've just gotta get my sewing machine fixed!

Friday, September 28, 2007

sign me up

This post is all about signing up to do something good for each other. So let's just all be friends and share and care about each other (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Little Inspiration

My sweet MIL sent me a package with a cute vintage apron pattern and some cutsie, bright fabric. It gave me the jump start I've needed to pull out my machine again. I think I'll try to whip something up over conference weekend. I'll bring the new pattern on Thursday in case anyone wants to give it a go.

Also, today I wore an apron to school!!! It was marvelous!!! Let me explain. My colleague and I are preparing to teach Catcher in the Rye, (controversial, banned, I know), and it is set in the 50's. To get the kids in the right mindset, we showed clips from Mona Lisa Smile, and Far From Heaven. We also played some catchy 50's music and read an excerpt from Housekeeping magazine that instructed women how to be a good wife. (Instructions that made the feminist inside of me gag!) We decided to wear aprons and pass out homemade rice krispie treats on silver platters, while sporting heels and a string of pearls to enhance the tone. I wore my diner apron, and Craig wore my cherry apron. It was such a hit! Kids and colleagues alike thought the aprons were a nostalgic touch to our lesson plan. It just goes to show how far reaching are little apron club truly is! I only wish I'd thought to take my camera.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sexy Apron Day

Another apron group has implemented a Sexy Apron Day. Check it out!

Guilt Email

Weren't we just talking about this? Check it out, it's kinda funny.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Everything I've Learned of Life...

...I learned at Apron Night! So, after Apron Night I was laying in bed and just laughing to myself as I was thinking back on last night. What a fun night it was, don't you agree? (Okay, so I am watching Bridgett Jones' Diary right now, so insert British accent here). For those who missed it or couldn't stay the whole night, here are a few things that I learned and cherish!
1. You either love David Bower or you don't.
2. You either love the Doodlebops or you don't.
3. It is possible to absolutely in love with your husband and still have a little crush on men in uniforms, men with English/Scottish accents, or other movie stars.
4. You know you are good friends with people when you can admit that you have a crush on Shia LeBouf (the kid from Transformers, Disturbia) and Harry Potter.
5. It is important to have friends who tell you that you should in embarassed to admit that you have a crush on Shia LeBouf and Harry Potter.
6. Drunk people should not ride their bikes at night.
7. Chelsea will walk around in her infamous moomoos with no bra on.
8. Birthday cakes are more fun when their is a blow torch on top of it (I can't wait to get a copy of Beka's reaction...that is classic)!
9. Apronistas are amazing cooks! All that food was so delicious!
10. We missed having Aubrey there with us!
11. Everything is more fun when spoken in an English accent.

If I missed anything, please feel free to add to the list, I would love to see what other people learned from Apron Night! I am going to miss my weekly doses of life lessons!

For Maren

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Grandma's Aprons

My Dad forwarded this to me and told me to share it with the apron I am! You may have read it already. It's cute.

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Label Ideas

I just thought I'd come up with some ideas for labels. I had a hard time because I kept wanting to do elaborate stuff, but then realized that it's a labe. How elaborate can we get? I don't know. Let me know your ideas...what else you'd like to see. For some reason I've been really partial to black and lime green and pinks lately. The last two are pretty simple, if that's what we should got for. Of course we can create others...this is just to get the ball rolling.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Here may be an idea!

So I know that some of us Apronistas have been talking about making special "Secret Stitch Club" labels to put on our cherished aprons and other craft projects and I stumbled on a DIY project on making your own labels and I like the way that it turned out too! Check it out!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Saturday, September 8, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things...

It's 1:15 am and what more do I have to do then surf the net looking for cute aprons (actually I got kicked out of my bed by a sick 3 year old). I wanted to share these, because I know there has been talk about making & selling aprons lately - almost all of the following aprons I found at (the boutique/homemade version of Ebay) and they ranged from $12.99 to $55.00. Anyway, anyone who is thinking of it - it might be a good way to make a few bucks and you all do such a great job I would be proud to buy your stuff. Notice some of the patterns seem very familiar.

I forget how fun stripes & polkadots can be used to offset each other.

This is a retro take on a double sided half apron. I love the pom-pom ball trim.

Gyrl Powa!! I love Rosie because she's strong and reminds me I can be strong too.

I love the mix of these fabrics. This is one thing I want to learn is how to choose great coordinating fabrics. I get hung up on things "matching" instead of finding cool colors and textures. I also love that the ties are forever long. The brown ruffle is so subtle and understated.

This one is made from a vintage table cloth. I thought about looking at thrift stores for sheets, but tablecloths would be more wholesome, less scandelous.

Again I love the coordinating fabrics. These could easily be found in the (boring) quilting section of Joann's - but the mixture of fabrics just makes them pop out at you.

This apron is called "housewench" I love the patchwork style, retro looking fabric and the colors are the best!

This apron made me think of Jill. The cupcake has buttons on it for the cherry and the straps are made out of bias tape - our newest BFF!

I love cherries, and this is a darling apron, but I only want it if the cute nana comes along with it. I bet she smells like a bakers dozen of cookies fresh from the oven. Isn't she the cutest thing ever!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Randomly Spontaneous Night Out!

So, I'm not much for spontaneity.... mortgage, car payments, school loans, grad school, running a playschool, kids, writing a thesis, tight schedules, and an even tighter budget ... tend to slow you down - and your honestly just grateful for one night a week to chat with ladies your own age (whether any sewing gets done or not) while eating yummy treats (thanks Chelsea & Christie). But spontaneity or staying "out" late left my agenda somewhere round the turn of the millennium. (I know I make it sound that I am writing this from the rest home) But the truth is - life slows you down, and I've become a compulsive planner.

Well, Apron Night tonight was hijacked by a well-meaning fun girl, Amber "Spontaneous" Webb. We have been trying to get Amber to come to Apron Night for weeks, and tonight she showed up and then told us all she was headed to the movies and invited us to turn off our machines and join her for the 9:40pm showing of "The Nanny Diaries". I was thinking (in my best Minnesota mom voice) ooohh. Gorsh. I jest don't know. It's awfully dern late right now. The movie wouldn't get oot until after midnight.... But then my sweet husband looked at me like I was a crazy loon and told me I would be sewing 'til midnight anyway. He's right. That did it. We all went (except the kindred hair goddess - who has to make peoples hair pretty tomorrow). I admit, I felt kind of naughty and rebellious - but dernit if I didn't have so much fun!! So here's to Amber for throwing some spice into our Apron "Night Life".

Monday, September 3, 2007

Trick or Treat!

Okay, so this apron encompasses two of my most favorite things. I absolutely love Halloween, I think it may be my most favorite holiday. There is something about dressing up in any way that I want and it is considered okay and acceptable. And than to take Halloween and put in an apron doesn't get much better than this! I just finished this apron today, actually I think it is the easiest apron that I have made thus far and one of the funnest (I know this is not a word, but just work with me here) because of all the colors that I got to work with. I found this way cool sparkley purple ric rac at Joanns and I fell in love and than to find fabric with little candy pieces outlined with silver glitter was more than my heart could handle! Here is a close up of the ric rac and fabric:

I know that Halloween isn't for another two months but I think I may start wearing this apron now. I don't think this is all that weird, I mean people start listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween, how is this any different? I love this one, it is so sassy and fun, it makes me want to start on my Halloween costume right now...okay, not really, what it makes me want to do is wear it while I eat my favorite Halloween candy, Fastbreak! mmmmmmm, Fastbreak!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Kidprons Revealed!

Definitely not as cute of a model as Miss Myla, but James shows off Paige's apron. She has a touch of brown rickrack at the bottom to cover or hide some crazy stitches.

These are the contrasting sides of "the girls" aprons. The fabric is pink with white polka dots.

Next on the program we turn our attention to a well deserving mommy & babies!

Hi . My name is Beka - I just had 2 babies, but I look better than most high school students. Aren't I the cutest mom ever in my chocolate yum yum apron? My babies have cute coordinating aprons to mine. Check them out!

This is Landon's same idea as Braden's with a lower case "l" embroidered on it.

So this is Braden's with the initial "b" sewn on contrasting fabric.

of course "B & L" wouldn't be complete without our "T" our yummy little truffle. And he does look adorable in it! Check out Rachel's blog for some cutie cute pictures!

Stay tuned for some aprons with bite! James & Cade will proudly wear their Dino-darling aprons in the upcoming days.

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