Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sew, Sew, Sew

I have accomplished so much this week! It helps that my parents took the kids to Branson for 4 days. I sewed darn near everyday this week! It was nice:)

I completed my apron for Beelicious, my partner in the Hittin' the Trail Apron Swap. It was supposed to have ride em' up cowboy theme. I am not much of a cowgirl so I put my own little spin on it. I use a gingham fabric (which turned out to be pretty lucky since it is this month's theme over at Tie-One-On) and made bandanna flowers to applique on there. Attached some green ric rac for stems and green felt leaves. Also, to stick with the western theme, I found little buttons at the fabric store that reminded me of Old West Sherif I used them as the center of the flowers. I didn't take a close-up of them so you really can't tell from the photo.

I just made a traditional clothespin apron. I didn't have a pattern so I winged it. I am pleasantly pleased with the outcome.

I also squeezed in a little me sewing time. I made myself a Jenny bag...the one that I had penciled on my to-do-list. Check it out, I am loving the way it turned out:)

I didn't have quite enough fabric leftover to make the handles so I pieced some of my remnants together. I am kind of glad it worked out that way cuz I like the way they turned out.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Back in the Saddle Again....

With summer drawing to a close I am finally getting back into my apron-ing. I just sent this off to whirledpeas00 for the Profile With Surprise apron swap (for the Apron Lovers Group on the Bot). I was late of course, true to form, but not as late as I am with my current swap send off...but that is another story (and it is going in the mail tomorrow!!!).

I bought a pattern off of Ebay about a month ago...retro 50's-the circle skirt kind. I have been trying to win one of these patterns since about April...I guess it was finally my time. I love how these aprons look, and I love the fact that when you twirl it kind fans out!

In checking my partners profile I saw that she loves cupcakes so I decided to make another cupcake apron (not the same as the previous cupcake apron though). I also embroidered a little dishtowel. I found a dessert transfer by Aunt Martha's (I believe it is called "Death By Chocolate"-yeah, that's right). I also threw in some cute little mini cupcake wrappers that I found at the craft store.

She really seemed to like it, and I think it turned out pretty cute. I love that polka dot fabric (you usually can't go wrong with Amy Butler's fab designs!) I had enough left over to make another Jenny purse so I have that penciled in on my to-do-list. I think I will start on it all this time I have been sewing I have never made something for myself. I have 2 swap aprons to get going on, but I have everything ready...I am making it my goal to be done BEFORE the deadline for once!

Thanks to NanaDeb for hosting this fun swap!

I have received some swaps as well (from NanaDeb and Bean)...once I get all the pics taken (camera needs some batteries-died during the cupcake apron photo session) I will be sharing photos of their aproning talents with all of you;)