February 28, 2008

My Apron from my swap partner

Today I received my apron from my swap partner. I was overjoyed at how beautiful this apron is. Even better, it is reversible. I absolutely LOVE it. I want to wear it outside of the house as a top - that is how crazy I am about it. Thanks go out to my AWESOME apron creator - Julie Ross from San Diego, CA. While making the apron and receiving one is such a fun part of this swap, I think the greatest part for me is that someone I never knew before put hours of their precious time into a gift for me to enjoy. Can you imagine what a better world we would live in if we all acted selfless like this? I would put a link on to my swap partner's blog, but I also want to protect her privacy - so for all of you out there, if you could take a moment to leave some comments about the apron that she could check in the comment section - I would love to hear what you think too!!!!! Julie - from the bottom of my heart - thank you for your time and effort that you put into my apron. I LOVE it and cannot begin to thank you enough. You created a masterpiece. Blessings to you and your family.

February 25, 2008

Apron complete!!!

I did it. I finished my first major apron project, 2 more to go. I had such a blast and learned so much - all from my pattern and books. I am so proud of myself for being able to figure it out all by myself with no classes or help. Go me!!!! Enough self plugging, let's see the results.

I am excited to mail this to my partner, but I hate to see it go too. I enjoyed making it so much. Oh well, on to the next one. I will let you know if I hear from my partner and what she thinks!!

February 24, 2008

No Sew Tutu for Kalyn

My friend Sarah told me about this cool tutu that could be made with no sewing. She sent me the instructions and I made it today for my niece. It only took maybe 2 hours to do the whole thing and it was fun!!! Here is what I did:

I bought 1 yard of light pink tulle and 1 yard of dark pink tulle. I folded the l. pink tulle in half and cut along the folded side so I ended up with two different sheets of tulle. I repeated the same with the d. pink. I then cut about 2" inch strips (the short length -not the long length) in the light and dark pink sheets. I ended up with strips like this:

I then cut them in half again at the fold side (at the top of the loop) so I got two strips of ribbon from one big one. For example: out of the two pictured above I now had 4 strips.
I cut my ribbon out. I used about 60" of ribbon so my sister in law would have a lot of ribbon to use to tie around the waist.

I folded each side of the ribbon down a few times and ran across it with the sewing machine so the ribbon doesn't fray. I then laid the ribbon out flat and started attaching the tulle strips.

I laid the loop at the top and strips at the bottom. I then grabbed the strips and pulled them through the loop over the ribbon - like this:
I then pulled on the strips to tighten the knot over the ribbon.

I repeat the assembly steps above with one l. pink and one d. pink until finished. Here is what it looks like laying on the table:

I laid in down on the ribbon in a circle like it would be around a waist. Since I don't have any children, I couldn't get anyone to try it on. I looked at my dog, but his look back said "Don't even think about it!!"

Thanks Sarah for the idea and instructions. If I get a picture of Kalyn in it I will have to forward it to you so you can see her all cute!! Good Luck making your own!

More Apron Success

I was able to assemble the apron with the pockets, rick rack, and gathered the top. I am getting closer. Here are some pics:

I just have to put the waistband on, finish the straps and put buttons on the pockets. I love this apron so much and have worked hard on it. I hate to see it go but hopefully my apron swap partner will love it!

The beginning of an apron

I got started on my apron yesterday for swap that is due in a couple of weeks. I didn't make as much progress as I wanted to, but it is started. I will probably get a good majority of done today though. So YAY!!!! Let me post a couple of pics so you can see it starting slowly.
The Material

Pattern cut out

Pockets cut and sewn

Today I finished the straps, attach pockets and waistband to apron, and finishing touches with rick rack. I can't wait to see it when it is finished. I will try to post the progress by tonight. Wish me luck!!!

February 23, 2008

Check out a new apron swap!!!

The site to visit is: http://flirtyapronswap.blogspot.com/

It is a different swap in the fact that there is no theme. You will get a partner and some have described some things they like or you can be creative. Check it out and sign up before March 2nd, so hurry and join now. Here is what the requirements are so you know what you are signing up for:

Total items required to receive a Swap-Bot 5 rating for the swap:
* Handmade adorable adult-sized apron (by you or you could buy one on Etsy I suppose)* A kitchen/cooking accessory of some sort - could be a fun gadget, a small cookbook, or new condiment. Must be valued at least $5.
* Two of your favorite recipes, preferably something fun, flirty and cute! =) (Feel free to make up a fun name for a more-ordinary recipe)
Want hearts on Swap-Bot? Make an effort for adorable packing, naming, creative embellishments, etc. Most of all , HAVE FUN!Click here to join at Swap-Bot.
Not a Swap-Bot member? E-mail me at shawneeh at yahoo dot com with your full name, mailing address and blog URL (if you have one).

As incentive to join as well, she is hosting a free give away on her site. Get the info on the Flirty Apron Swap site about the give away from Maple Lane Apron Company. Sign up and join the fun!!!!

February 22, 2008

Let the Sewing Begin

THE WEEKEND IS MINE!!! Okay, so starting tomorrow I am going to try to finish as many projects as possible this weekend. I need to finish an apron, curtains, my yoga bag, and many more projects I have started but not completed yet!!! Wish me luck. Hopefully by Sunday night there will be tons of fun photos to see!!!

February 18, 2008

The countdown begins

This is the last week of training and working until 10pm every night at my job, so this weekend will finally be mine to sew!!!! I have been trying to get a work routine down and papers for school written - so the sewing machine has collected dust. This weekend, however, the dust will be swept off and projects will be started and completed. I cannot wait to get some photos on here. I feel like I need to sweep my blog off too :) I hope this weekend affords you time to work on what brings you joy too!

February 14, 2008

A Great Gift

I have been so busy lately with work and school that I haven't had a chance to really work on sewing or anything I enjoy, so I have been very sad and mopey. Last night while I was at work I received a wonderful gift. It was what I needed to know that I was at the right job and that even if I haven't had a chance to do what I love to do lately - it is ok! My gift came from a gentleman at the Independent Living Community that I work at. He went to his room after dinner and made it for me. I think it is quite impressive. Please enjoy my wonderful artwork gift.

February 10, 2008

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