Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Come One, Come All!!!...This Giveaway is now closed.

The moment that many of you and all of us as members of the Secret Stitch Club have been waiting for...drum roll please...may I introduce the Secret Stitch Shop!!!

Be a part of history and head on over to Etsy and check out our new store; chalk full of aprons, nursing covers and coming soon, other baby items and purses. We are so excited for this newest adventure and are just tickled that all of you get to be a part of it!
From the moment that we started our little sewing group and started showing off our adorable aprons (I am only a little bias when I say that), we have been asked multiple times if we plan on selling our aprons and we always said, "Maybe. Someday." CARPE DIEM, someday is HERE!!!! And get this, on top of having the opportunity to browse our store and feast your eyes one some delicious handmade goodies, we are having a Giveaway in honor of our Grand Opening (and the crowd goes wild)!!!!

Isn't she a Betty? This reversible Church Lady apron could be yours by following these simple instructions:
Head over to the Secret Stitch Shop, take a gander at the merchandise and than come back here to our blog and leave a comment telling us which apron or nursing cover you just can't live without (leave your email or blog address so we contact you when you win)! The giveaway will close April 8th at 11:59 pm and we will use a random number generator to pick a lucky winner!!! If you do see something you like and would like to purchase it, there is an added bonus (I know, I know, the surprises just keep coming), we are offering FREE SHIPPING on everything. This offer is only good until May 15, 2009, so act fast!!! We can't wait to hear from you all and to see what is in store for our little shop!
Want an extra entry?? Of course you do! Post about our giveaway and Etsy site on your own blog and come back and leave a second comment telling us about it. That second comment will count as your second entry into the Giveaway. Have fun!!
**Giveaway Update**
After laying in bed totally giddy over our Etsy shop and also with a baby who is teething and has a cold (splendid!), we are going to throw in another way to enter the Giveaway twice (thanks for the suggestion Maren)! No, this is not an April Fools joke (BTW, Happy April Fools Day everyone), we just want to ensure that people have a good time with this giveaway. Soooooo, on top of leaving us a comment on this site, go ahead and write about our giveaway and Etsy site on your own blog and come back to this post and tell us about it and that second comment will count as your second entry into the Giveaway. Am I saying that right? You understand what I am saying right? Happy Blogging everyone! And remember, the Giveaway ends May 8th at 11:59 pm.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Giveaway (not a contest) from Apron Memories

Ellynanne from Apron Memories & Aunt Martha have put together 6 prize packages in celebration of the release of Ellynanne's new book, The Kitchen Linens Book.

This is what's in the prize package...
Vintage Red Striped Towel
Vintage Blue Striped Towel
Vintage Multi Striped Towel
Vintage Green/Yellow Strip Towel
2 - Flour Sack Towels
1 - 7" Embroidery Hoop
6 - skeins of embroidery floss
2 - Aunt Martha's Embroidery Transfers "Busy Babies and Barnyard Romance"
A sheet with basic embroidery stitches, and

Prizes are packaged in vintage toweling envelopes, each hand sewn and beautifully embroidered by mompreneur Amanda Thompson of Spokane, WA.

To enter this Fabulous not-a-contest Giveaway!

Create something wonderful re-using household goods from the past, such as fabric, hotpads, handkerchiefs, table coverings, curtain paneling, toweling, embroidery, doilies, placemats, napkins...

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Happy Stacker

(I know I posted this already on my personal blog but I thought it was appropriate for this one as well. Don't think me vain, okay?)
I know I have been a slacker on the blog lately but I promise I have not been a slacker when it comes to being crafty. Along with cranking out half a dozen nursing covers, baby shower gifts and of course aprons, I wanted to make Elsie her very own Happy Stackers using this pattern from Heather Bailey.

How cute is this?!?! As soon as I understood what the directions were asking of me, it went pretty quickly and wasn't as intimidating as I thought it was going to be. And she actually plays with them so that means I was victorious!!! Here are a few pics to show off my hard work (as with most things I make, especially the fist time around, don't look too closely):

The fabric is Amy Butler and I just about died at the fabric store when I saw them all together in a bin. They needed a good project and good home and I am so happy I got to provide that for them. Elsie will give them the love and attention they deserve.
I wish I was better at stuffing things, they always come out so lumpy and uneven but good news, I finally learned how to slip stitch. By the last ring, I was really good at it. Overall, a very doable project and one I will do again for gifts. Thanks Heather Bailey and Amy Butler for the adorable fabric!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stay Tuned...

We'll have some fun news and an apron giveaway coming within the next week! Check back soon.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Aren't these adorable! (Jill, they can be red and yellow:) I know my SSC gals would just LOVE to make these. I know I do! They don't look to hard and you can get so creative with the fabric! Enjoy. Check out the tutorial on Retro Mama blog.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Maren's survey

Hey Ladies, for any of those who didn't get a chance to email me, this is the survey for my thesis, the first part is a disclaimer... yada, yada, yada if you didn't email me but are interested in taking the survey after perusing it over - I will love you forever & your childrens children - Please copy & paste it into an email and send it to: maren_buchanan at yahoo {dot} com

Survey for SSC Thesis Paper
Maren Buchanan

Thank you for volunteering for this survey. Your answers will help me to get a better understanding/feel for the relationship that you have with blogs, online/offline relationships, and your creative outlet (ie sewing, scrapbooking, etc.).

Any information that I obtain will be used for academic purposes. Please complete the survey as well as you can. If you have any comments, do not understand what I am getting at, or need further clarification, you can email me or respond to that effect on your survey. If there is anything you don’t want to answer just state that, please don’t leave any blanks. Completion of this survey is optional. You may quit at any time during the survey; it does not need to be submitted. Your name will be kept confidential, any answers provided will be written under a pseudonym.

I might email you after the survey is complete for further light only you can shed. Again, I truly appreciate your time and thoughtfulness to these questions and participating. You rock!

Online/Offline Bloggy Survey
Marital status:
Children, ages:
Pets, how many what kind:
Whose responsibility is it to care for them?
Which of the following categories do you fit into: (check all that apply)
stay at home mom
work full time away from home
part time away from home
work full time from home
part time from home
full time student
part time student
other, please explain:___________________________________________

Your “techno” status:
1. What is the easiest way to get in touch with you (cell, email, txt, etc.)?
2. Why is that easiest?
3. Does your computer have a nickname?
4. Does your car or cell phone have a nickname?
5. Can you give a rough estimate (for a typical day) how many hours do you spend using a computer? (Include listening to music or watching movies/work or personal use)
6. How much time in a given day do you spend “online?”
7. How frequently do you use email?
8. How many email addresses do you have?
9. Are you a member or do you visit chat rooms?
10. How much time do you spend in chat rooms?
11. Are you a member of any social networking sites? (facebook, myspace, ning, etc) Which ones?
12. How often do visit them?
13. How much time do you spend in a day at these sites?

Your home life:
1. How many people depend on you in your “home” setting?
2. What are your top ten (or so) responsibilities?
3. How often do you perform these responsibilities?
4. How does it affect your household if you are unable to meet your responsibilities?
5. What is your least favorite responsibility? Why?
6. What is your most favorite responsibility? Why?
7. What are one or two motivating factors for you to fulfill your responsibilities?
8. What percent do you contribute to your family income (%)?
9. If you had no income source would this affect your quality of life?
10. Would it affect you emotionally, mentally, and/or physically? How so?

Your “Online” relationships:
1. How many blogs do you author/coauthor?
2. How many are strictly personal?
3. Why do you blog?
4. Have the reasons for blogging changed from when you began blogging until now?
5. Who is your intended audience?
6. Who is your actual audience?
7. Do you blog stalk or lurk? Why?
8. Are any of your blogs restricted to private? Which ones?
9. Do you follow other people’s blog? Officially/unofficially, why?
10. How many? How often do you check them?
11. What do you like about blogging/and or bloggers?
12. What do you hate about blogging/and or bloggers?
13. Do you participate in a group blog? What percentage do you contribute?
14. What is your relationship and/or responsibility to the group blog?
15. How often do you get online to participate in group blogging or other online discussions?
16. How do you feel about your relationships online vs. offline?
17. Do you feel a special connection to an “online only” friend?
18. Do you know any of your “online only” friends educational background, race, class, gender? Is this important to know? Why or why not?

Your “Offline” relationships:
1. Are your parents married? Divorced? Remarried?
2. How often do you talk to your parents/in-laws? Grandparents? How do you communicate with them? (online, email, phone calls, IM, txt, etc.)
3. How many siblings do you have? How many live close by (within the valley)?
4. Do you feel obligated to maintain any of these relationships?
5. Are they mostly positive/negative encounters?
6. What friend(s) do you communicate with most often?
7. Do you feel obligated to maintain any of these relationships?
8. What is your definition of friend?
9. How do you communicate with your friends most often? (online, phone calls, IM, txt, etc.)
10. Does internet use detract from time spent with friends and family?
11. What church/civic responsibilities do you have?
12. Do you feel they detract or add to the time you spend with family/friends?
13. What are your feelings about these responsibilities?
14. Does the internet affect neighborhood/religious/civic community?

Your creative outlet (aka hobbies):
1. What are your creative outlets?
2. What is your preferred creative outlet? Why?
3. How were you introduced to this creative outlet?
4. What does it do for you?
5. Do you see it changing or your relationship with it changing in the future?
6. What do you love about your creative outlet?
7. What do you hate about your creative outlet?
8. Do you use this creative outlet as a business opportunity?
9. Do you feel successful in this endeavor?
10. Do you belong to a (hobby, book club, craft, etc.) group of some kind?
11. What group is it?
- If you don’t participate in a group… you can stop here, and Thank You!

Online/Offline Group:
1. Do you meet online/offline or both?
2. If it is an online group have you ever set up an offline meeting with anyone you’ve only met online? Explain.
3. How have your relationships with other people in the craft group changed/developed since joining the club?
4. What were they like before? Now?
5. Do you feel like the online community you are involved in is important to your creativity and crafting? Why or why not?
6. Does your blogging/online community motivate you? Inspire you?
7. What have you sewn/crafted/read that you probably wouldn't have if you hadn't been involved in an online group?
8. How do you accomplish your creative "needs" and your everyday house responsibilities?
9. Is one sacrificed to the other?
10. How alike are the people in your group?
11. How different?
12. How do these differences and similarities contribute to the group?
13. How do they hinder?

Thank You for your time and attention to this survey. I need this back ASAP - by Wednesday, March 31st at the latest.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Such a sweet purse!

For a while now I have been eyeing this purse pattern from Heather Bailey.

Again with the red and yellow and the fabric flower...I think this is what started it all for me! But I am a little intimidated by the pattern and with the thought of sewing something besides aprons. I think aprons are a security blanket for me. But than I was surfing on One Pretty Thing and found a tutorial for an equally adorable and less intimidating purse. It is the buttercup bag from Made By Rae and she was able to do it with just two fat quarters...LOVE IT!!! I think I may just dive into this one and using the free tutorial I found for those adorable fabric flowers and I could be the happiest girl on the block!!

Fabric Flowers

I have been scouring (I had to look up how to spell that word in the dictionary...I feel dumb, anyways) the internet looking for the perfect fabric flower plus tutorial. I saw a girl wearing the Lilly apron and she added the most perfect vintage brooch to the apron and it the most perfect finishing touch to an already practically perfect apron. Anyways, this got me thinking about how I could embellish the aprons that I make and will someday (hopefully soon) sell. So when I stumbled upon this fabric flower at The High Heeled Mama and saw that it came with a tutorial, my heart skipped a beat!

It pretty much encompasses two of my current obsessions, fabric flowers and the red/yellow color combo! I can't get enough of either. My dream kitchen will be all white, with black and white large checked floor and tons of red and yellow accents everywhere. I dream about this kitchen daily! But I digress...the entire process looks easy enough and the possibilities are endless! Seriously, I get two of my obsession in one item, its too much, too much I say!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

a call for help

Hi there all you wonderful, fantastic, cleverly smart women! As many of you know (or not) I am writing a thesis to earn my MA in Rhetoric/Composition (English) at ASU. After this semester I am done (hallajulah!) with school (or at least until I get my student loans paid off - long, long, long time from now)

But in the spirit of sisterly sewing kindness I am looking for as many participants (who read/follow) this blog and would be interested in participating in a survey.

My topic/title is: "Those who Stitch Together, Stay Together; the Modern June Cleaver's Relationship with Online Group Blogging and an Offline Social Sewing Community" - I'll be focusing my analysis on the SSC, but I'm looking for additional perspectives of housewives, mothers, wives, grandmothers, etc. Who blog and have a creative outlet such as sewing, etc.

If you are interested. Please send me an email to maren _ buchanan at yahoo dot com.  I will be emailing out the survey in the next couple days and need it back within a week. I'm sorry about the last minute-ness of it. But, if we haven't yet met... Hi my name is Maren, and I am the worlds biggest slacker.

If you want/need additional infor email me or leave a comment.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Yum, Yum, Yummy!

Okay girlfriends, I just discovered this recipe and made it for Ty (yes, I can find recipes that are Ty friendly) and I thought I would share it with you all because it is sooooo yummy. Ty even called me at lunch, after having the left overs for lunch, and told me again just how much he loved this one. So I think it is a keeper. Caution: It is spicy, but a good spicy...a yummy spicy!!! It goes as follows:
South Pacific Shrimp
1/3 cup coconut milk
2 serrano chiles or jalapeno peppers, preferably red, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
1 pound medium shrimp (30-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup diced seeded tomato
4 cups baby spinach
2 cups cooked wild rice
Cooking Directions

Combine coconut milk, chiles, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. Drain well, reserving marinade.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, turning once, until barely pink, about 30 seconds per side; transfer to a plate. Add tomato and spinach to the pan; cook, stirring, until the spinach starts to wilt, about 30 seconds. Add the reserved marinade; simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Return the shrimp and any accumulated juices to the pan; heat through. Serve immediately over wild rice.
Yield: 4 servings

Monday, March 16, 2009

Annie Doll Swap at Aunt Pitty Pats

Hey Ladies - I was just found out that Aunt Pitty Pat is hosting a Annie Doll swap for 4/09. I jumped on board. I think this will be a fun project for me & my daughter, Paige to make together. She has been begging me to sew so I finally caved in and will surprise her with this project. Aunt PP will email you the pattern to follow for the swap - you get to make it your own with personalizing it.

There is one stipulation, AuntPP doesn't want a lot of fluff in the swap. You have to keep the extras under $5 (Thank Heavens!). Anyway, if your interested I made a button on the side or you can click here. For those of you not interested in dolls -  she is also hosting a recycled-clothing-turned-apron swap, So there is something for everyone.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

wearing art...

What would it be like to wear artwork? I think it would be a lot like wearing one of these peices. Aren't they amazing?
I could definitely see myself in this... this is amazing. Doesn't their model have the prettiest neck & skin. It's so delicate (stop. I'm not having a Twilight moment. I don't day dream about Edward or my life as a vampire... now the Goblin King (aka David Bowie) - that's a whole different story)

Isn't this a gorgeous necklace. Have you ever seen anything like it? Can you believe that someone crocheted it? or maybe there is a better word for it... the knitting realm is a whole new undiscovered world to me.
And a ring?... amazing.

This is my last favorite. If you want to see more, or you are a vampire and David Bowie does nothing for you - check out this Etsy site. Their called, "Irregular Expressions" and they are physically located in Istanbul (do you even know where that is? I had to look it up) I found their stuff located off a wish list of Heather Leigh from To the Nine's (she has simple and elegant jewelry) - ohhhh, I'm in love with wearable art.

Update: I had to post this here as well in case you are not a comment reader, this is an email that was sent to be by the daughter (Aysegul) of this mother/daughter team...

Hi Maren,

I apologize that I could not answer your message before, it was an extremely busy week. I just got the chance to check the messages.

I have seen your blog, loved it, full of inspiration and we are dying to try some recipes, and thank you so much for the blog post. It is my favorite blog post about our shop so far. More about us; All our creations belong to my mother and I am the model, photographer of her work, handle the shop, etc. And we live in Turkey :)

You can check out our photos here:

Thank you very much for the lovely compliments and the blog post! Many thanks!!! Wishing you happiness and lots of luck.


(Isn't she the nicest girl ever? Not only creative & hard working - but super nice! That's a rarity now days. I wish them all the success in the world)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

And the winner is...

Cassie and Chad said...
Oh I would LOVE this! I do not own an apron and I am a daily baker so between the two I always have flour on my middle! Oh I hope I am picked! Oh ya and Sassy sent me!

Congratulations Cassie! We hope you enjoy this wonderful Kitchen Linens Book and the apron. Now your middle can stay clean. :)

Thank you to all who entered! We are amazed and grateful at the response. Stay tuned. We have a few more apron giveaways in the works during the next couple of weeks. Check back soon for your next opportunity to win!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Thank You - i HaVE suPeR coOl fRieNDs

Hey Ladies - I was going through my pictures and realized that I never posted these pictures from the Women's Conference. Thanks to all my contributors for letting me raid your houses & trusting me with your valuable stuff. Chelsea, Tiffani, Beka, Rachel Christie, Stefani, and Jill. (I hope I didn't forget anyone)

I was in charge of "Home Decor on a Budget" display and it was a huge success.

I never could have done it without all your help. You gals just plain rOcK!

I count myself lucky to be associated with such clever ladies. Thank you for sharing you fun stuff and your creative minds.

This didn't make my display table, but I thought it pretty clever! I didn't have the right tools (gorilla glue) to fix it in time, but I wanted to share it anyway.
My friend Tiffani came up with this. The cool thing is that it cost her maybe, 10 bucks (thrift & dollar store finds) and she can switch out her flowers to correspond with the season. And it looks fantastic hanging on my door.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Key Lime Pie

Almost 10 years ago I spent some time in Florida as a missionary. Part of the time I lived in Key West, one of my favorite areas in Florida. It actually reminds me a lot of AZ, minus the open ocean and the three hour jaunt to the main land. Quite appropriately, it was when I lived in Key West that I first tasted Key Lime Pie. And boy did I fall in love with it! Before I left to come home to AZ I received a gift of a bottle of Nellie and Joe's Key West Key Lime Juice, with an accompanying Key Lime Pie recipe that I loved. That bottle of Key Lime juice has long since been used up, but lucky for me, Key Limes aren't too hard to come by here. I just bought the Key Limes pictured above last week 20 for $1.00! I made Key Lime pie for our last sewing night and thought I'd share the recipe that I received so long ago by Stephen. It really is easy. Try it!

Stephen's Key Lime Pie with Meringue
1 graham cracker crust (recipe below)
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup Key Lime juice
2 tsp lime zest
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 tsp cream of tarter
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 c confectioners sugar

Prepare your graham cracker crust. I really love a thick, freshly made graham cracker crust, but you can buy a premade one as well.

Beat the egg yolks. Add the can of sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest. Mix well. Pour the filling into the graham cracker crust and bake at 350 degrees for 10 -15 minutes (or until the filling is just firm). Remove from the oven and cool on a rack while you prepare the meringue.

For the meringue, put your egg whites, cream of tarter, and salt in a mixing bowl and beat until foamy. Start adding the sugar a little at a time. Beat until eggwhites are glossy and can hold firm peaks.

Cover the pie with the meringue. Be sure that the meringue touches the crust all the way around the pie because it will shrink in the oven. If the meringue isn't touching the crust then there will be separation. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes on a rack and then place in the refrigerator. In my opinion, Key Lime pie is always best served cold.

Graham Cracker crust
6 Tbs butter
1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbs sugar

Melt the butter. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and slowly add the butter. Mix well and press into a 9 inch pie pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes. The crust should just begin to brown. Let cool while you prepare the filling.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Long Time Coming

Hi my fellow secret stitch sisters. I am still out there! It' been hard for me to look at the site and see all the wonderful amazing things you all are making because I haven't been able to do much since I had Camden. YOU ARE AMAZING, and I have to say, I've been a little jealous of all your projects and free time. You would be happy to know, I got together with my friend, Jamie last night to teach her how to do a hooter hider. She's almost done with her first, and I'm onto my third. I love giving them away to new mommies! This is a long time coming, but the last finished project I did was over Christmas. I made an Amy Butler birdie sling for my sister, Alison. I loved it so much after making it, it was hard to part from it. I still want to make one for myself but it was a lot of work. After I figured out what I was doing, it wasn't too bad and I sure felt PROUD afterward. I think that's why its been so hard for me lately. Who knew that sewing would make me ... feel happy, feel like myself, give me a sense of accomplishment and purpose, help me be more patient and content. Who knew some simple stitches could complete your life? :) Maybe that's how it is in life, you need to find you own "stitches" whether its cooking, sewing, writing, organizing, scrapbooking, it's something and its YOURS. So, I'm grateful today that I was able to enjoy some simple stitches last night that put a smile on my face.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Kitchen Linens Book + Apron Giveaway!!

Welcome to our first giveaway! And what a perfect giveaway it is. Everyone's favorite apronista, EllynAnne Geisel (author of the beautiful books The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort and Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Everyday) has just released The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives. And it is a treasure. Here is a brief description from, EllynAnne's website Apron Memories:

"The Kitchen Linens Book invites women of all ages to visit with the past. In this book, Geisel gives us an up-close look at tablecloths, dishtowels, and napkins with details and histories as fine as the stories themselves. Embroidered or hemstitched, linens or oilcloths–these are the fabrics and the memories of our mothers and grandmothers. And each one has an endearing story and a vivid history."
Not only that, it features over 20 projects, 8 recipes, and a 1945 Butterick transfer pattern for a vintage kitchen towel motif.

In addition to The Kitchen Linens Book, you can win this lovely apron, repurposed from a vintage kitchen curtain. This lovely linen has sweet embroidered flowers along the bottom and is finished off with red ric rac and a cute red gingham ruffle. The Kitchen Linens Book and an apron made out of repurposed kitchen linens...could it get any better?! All you need is your favorite beverage on a quiet morning and you've got the perfect moment.

Ok, on with it...how do you win? It's simple. Leave us a comment. Any comment. We would love suggestions as to what you'd like to see on our blog. But just leave us any comment and make sure we have a way to get in touch with you. Want to be entered twice? Blog about this giveaway on your blog, then come back and leave another comment and you'll have another chance to win! You have until next Wednesday, March 11th 11:59pm to enter. We will choose the winner through the random number generator at random.org.

* A big thank you to Andrews McMeel for providing the book!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Featured on Tip Junkie

I'm so excited! My bath apron tutorial was featured on Tip Junkie. You can find it here.

While you're there, check out the Tip Junkie Mom-preneur Shops & Giveaway. She's giving away two fabulous prizes worth $50 each and it ends Friday! Be sure to stop by and enter to win!

$4 off

If you order any shirt today only (3/3/09) you can get $4 off each shirt at Zazzle. Just use coupon code PATTYSHIRT09. What a perfect time to buy an apron shirt!

More Shirts to Choose From

For those of you who would love to wear an apron shirt, but aren't too fond of the "apron dork" saying (we can understand that!) there are now more options to choose from!
I *heart* Aprons

The Tilted Apron
(I, for one, think that's an excellent name for a restaurant)

Hot Apron Mama

Apron Chick

Monday, March 2, 2009

A darling rag rug!

I remember seeing a rag quilt rug at an Amish shop in Pennsylvania and trying to figure out how I could squeeze the price out of our very strict travel budget in order to own it. I couldn't make it work and I have been dreaming about it ever since. Well, I can't even remember where I was searching the other day but I came across this tutorial for a rag quilt rug and I swoon!! I am still swooning, I don't know if it is the colors or it's simplicity or what, but seriously...SWOOOOOON!!! The tutorial can be found at The Moda Bakeshop, which by the way, is too cute. Instead of patterns, everything is called "recipes" and instead of supplies needed for the "recipe", they are called "ingredients." And everything is done in Moda fabrics so of course it all looks adorable. Or you can go to Vanessa's blog (she is the creator of the turotial) at V and Co., which I recommend as well because she is a really fun writer to read and could be just sassy enough to be a part of the SSC.

Calling All Apron Dorks!

The Apron Dork t-shirt is now available for purchase. We decided to go through Zazzle. You can customize your own t-shirt by choosing the style and size. You don't like the ringer tee? That's okay, choose a different style. You prefer gray to white? No problem! You wish the graphic were a little bigger? Smaller? You can resize it to your pleasure. Okay, now I'm starting to sound like an infomercial. :) So, on to the real info: you can go here to order the t-shirt or click on the shirt on the sidebar.

If you do order, we love to see pics of you in your Apron Dork shirt! Send 'em our way!

Just a little sidenote: Zazzle mentions that their sizes run small, so to get a good fit we'd suggest order a size or two larger than you usually do.

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