I finally finished the Santa apron that I made for a friend who does a lot of Pampered Chef shows and wanted a cute holiday apron. The red body is made out of a small corduroy and the white is faux fur with a felt belt buckle. The faux fur is kind of hard to work with. It's doable, just not my preferred fabric. I do like the look and feel of it though...much better than felt, which was something I was thinking about. It turned out cute...certainly not perfect. But it was my first Santa apron and I didn't have a pattern, so I did the best I could. Bring on the holidays!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I love Christmas time, in case anyone didn't know. I always have. When my dad took too long getting the Christmas lights up on the house (too late to me meant the day after Thanksgiving) you would find me digging them out, untangeling them and laying them out for him wanting to spur him on. I would find every single scrap of green or red paper to decorate the house in. Less was definitely NOT more in my book. Having kids has more than doubled the joy I get from Christmas. Even though they are still pretty young it's exciting to watch as the Spirit of Christmas affects them. Our home is more peaceful, happier. It truly is the most wonderful time of year.
Because I am one of "those moms," one of my favorite things is to have them all in matching Christmas Sunday outfits and then take at least a zillion pictures of them in their Christmas dress. Usually I buy them all from Children's Place because they have a nice family line where both boys and girls of all ages can match. But I am bored with Children's Place. Everything is always plaid. Since I still have Cade's plaid tie and sweater vest from last year (he doesn't grow very much, so it'll still fit) I decided to find something for Gavin and make Myla's dress. So I found a dress pattern that said "easy" on it. I figure I'll have more of a chance that way. :)
Looks cute, no? The only thing is that it has a zipper. I'll admit, zippers make me nervous. To be more honest, they terrify me! The zipper is one of the last things to sew into the dress. So what if I do okay on the rest of the dress and ruin the dang zipper?! I got some tips from a very nice woman while standing in line at Joann's to get my fabric cut. She said to go with an invisible zipper and buy the zipper foot and it will almost put in itself. So we'll see! If I never try I'll never know.
Posted by Christie at 8:19 AM
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I mentioned last week that I ordered the most adorable apron pattern from Zoe's and Beka found it online for me to drool over until it arrives!! I can't wait to sport this bad boy (or lady) around the house and maybe even to the store because it is that cute!!!
Posted by Jill Manning at 8:58 AM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
...hello more colorful ones! I just love this mobile of fabric birds. If I was single and living in a loft style apartment in NYC I would totally do this. And hang it in front of my floor to ceiling windows. I thought I would share this all with you because it really just makes me so happy to look at.
Posted by Jill Manning at 10:14 AM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Hi Ladies, It's that time of year again. I know everyone is busy starting to get Christmas projects underway, being pregnant, going to weddings, or just dealing with everyday life. Our good friend Abby is having their annual fund raiser garage sale to raise money to help her 4 year old son in his battle with autism. This is a good time to get involved and do something to help a wonderful little boy get the treatments he needs. My personal goal is to donate 4 aprons, one to be auctioned off on this blog. If you could just make one item (it doesn't have to be an apron, it can be anything) to sale, that would be a huge help... or if you are too busy to sew, send your junk my way & I will drop it off for you. Every bit helps & you will feel wonderful and begin the season of giving.
Posted by Maren at 9:07 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Yesterday I went to Blissfest to check out the carnival with Ty. I perused the very cute, and very pricey boutique booths as well. One booth in particular carried darling aprons. My mom declared, in a way only a mother would, "yours look just as good." Careful to accept such a compliment from a woman who may be slightly biased, I looked each one over, examined the stitching, then casually looked at the price tag. Jeepers! Almost all of the aprons were being sold for the same price, $80. At least half of them were patterns our little group has used. Yes, the fabric was dreamy and the embellishments were crafty and clever, but I realized (yet again) just how talented you all are. And that some of you could make some serious dough if you opened a little business. I, for one, need to improve my stitchwork first. And I have no entrepreneurial spirit to speak of. But truly, you gals amaze me. You sew with the best of them!
Posted by The Blakes at 9:32 AM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Aprons, cheesecake, good friends, cheesecake...definitely the recipe for a fun night! The SSC met at The Cheesecake Factory to swap our anniversary five ruffle aprons. (Rant: I have to apologize for some of the blurry pictures. Apparently when I handed off the camera to others and put it on the auto focus setting it turned out to not so automatically focus. What's the point of that setting if it doesn't do it's job?! End rant.) Check out the SSC photo shoot. Our fabulous waiter, who Abbey especially was fond of, took these pics, so (due to the auto focus problem) they are somewhat blurry. I think you can get the gist of the fun we all have together.
The Aprons (the real stars of the show):
Abbey created Rachel's cowboy inspired apron.
Christie made Abbey's pink & green delight apron.
Jill is in love with her green & teal apron from Maren.
Jen looks sweet in her pink & brown creation made by Jill.
Beka was the recipient of Jen's creative pink, green & black apron.
Christie received her brown and blue apron from Rachel.
Beka made Maren's brown and blue apron.
Everyone worked very hard on their aprons and every one of them was beautiful!
I posted my latest apron on my blog already so forgive me for putting on this one as well, is that showing off? Anywho, I was inspired by this apron found at this Etsy shop and thought, "Self, you can do this. You know how to do pleats and this would be a really fun one to try out without having a pattern." I prefer to have patterns, I'm not amazing like Maren.
Than I went to Joanns and found this adorable fabric in the home decor section (I just love polka dots) and had to do it. I saw it all perfectly in my head and just had to dive right in and do it. This apron gave me the push I needed to bust out my old friend Hansel (that is the name of my machine..."he's so hot right now") and get creative. Here is what I ended up with:
I love that the ties are ribbon and you weave the ribbon through the waist band using grommets...that is ingenious...and I can say that because I didn't think of it one my own...see I'm not always showing off. Some people are so stinkin' creative!!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I found out about this special apron holiday from the Apronista Queen, Ellyn Anne at this website and thought I would pass it on. I may actually do this, I love this concept and I know it would make Thanksgiving Day that much more meaningful. I like that she says that apron is "the universal symbol of home, family and mothering..." what a tender thought for all of us hard working mommas!
National Tie One On Day™ - November 26,2008
National Tie One On Day™ celebrates the humble apron and the spirit of women of earlier generations who donned the universal symbol of home, family and mothering as the uniform of their daily wardrobe and helped make America the great country it is today. On the day before Thanksgiving, EllynAnne encourages us to pause in the preparation of our own meal, wrap a loaf of bread in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on...an apron, of course!, and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of spiritual or physical sustenance. According to EllynAnne, no matter which way you turn out of your own front door, someone who is deserving of a hug is very close by. “Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal,” says EllynAnne, “and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”
For More Information, email EllynAnne or call 1.877.9.APRONS
Posted by Jill Manning at 11:33 PM
Monday, October 6, 2008
Since i've just finished my 10th APRON(Can you believe it?), my 2nd BANNER, and still working on the never ending-JEAN RAG QUILT, i decided its time to make a post. I'm officially addicted to fabric stores, thinking or copying new cute projects/crafts, and i love making aprons for friends!! I'm so glad i finally learned to sew b/c its a skill i've wanted to learn for a long time.... so thanks to all who inspired me and helped me!
i did it mainly for the pocket fabric which was a leftover scrap of my mom's fabric
2. Then Mother's Day came around,
3...and this practical reversible one for my mother
she loves it!
7. Then the APRON SWAP came around....and i made this one for Maren 7. After going to Hobby Lobby and seeing all the new cute fabrics, i decided to make a couple more 1/2 RUFFLE APRONS for friends birthdays..
8. and this one for ??? (i actually dont know yet)
9. i started to make a Happy Birthday Banner with this same fabric, and with the leftovers (and deciding i LOVE this fabric) i made another CHELSEA RUFFLE APRON for myself...i still dont know if i love it or not. (i added a 4th ruffle on the bottom b/c the middle 2 were too short)
i think i should've made the main part of the pockets with the contrasting fabric, but for some reason, i kept thinking this way would look better....oh well.