Saturday, December 29, 2007

Merry Christmas!

My work here is done! It's Christmas Eve, very late and I have wrapped the last present and put it under the tree. I wanted to take a picture to document my efforts and because it seemed so peaceful. Looking at our tree with all of the gifts piled underneath it I felt very blessed. I hope that this Christmas has left everyone else feeling the same and that the coming year is even better. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Retro-Reversible Christmas apron

Here is a picture of my retro style reversible Christmas apron. I'm at work in this picture. I made the apron with the idea that wearing it would help me get into the Christmas spirit. The other side is black with poinsettias. The green with Santa fabric I found at Joann's and it is very cute and cheery. I designed the pattern after I saw some really cute Jessie Steele hostess aprons. Here is a basic instruction: If you already have a apron pattern or one at home that is a typical "work apron" simply trace it on some paper and determine how long you want it to be at the front midpoint. Now with your pattern fold exactly in half you can come up with your own scalloped edge. Cut the apron from two different fabrics and pin together at edges with seam binding that coordinates. You will do this with the right sides of the fabric facing out. Stitching the binding on will sew the two pieces together. Once you have done that choose the 1 inch double fold seam binding to make your neck strap and the waist ties. Determine the length on yourself or a mannequin and stitch those on continuing the seam to stitch the binding closed. If you choose to add pocked do so before you stitch the apron together with the binding. Once completed wear and be cute. I'm sure you'll receive lots of compliments on your cute apron!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Vintage Shiny-brite

Last Christmas I became obsessed with vintage Christmas ball ornaments. I love the artwork on the boxes and the patina that the ornaments have. I was able to amass a small collection but I am always on the hunt. I thought I would share a couple of my favorites...