Thursday, October 23, 2014

Still Making Those Shabby Chic Aprons!

It was two years ago that I made my first Shabby Chic Apron from discarded blue jeans.
The apron was a hit then. . .and remains so to this day. . .
I've lost count of how many I've made and sold. . .and given away as gifts. . .
The inspiration I had with that first one seems to be timeless. . .
 
 
If you missed the 'how-to' tutorial before, here's a link: Shabby Chic Denim Apron
 
While I was putting together the latest one, I documented a few more tips for you:
1. Choose your laces carefully, graduating from the widest at the bottom, becoming more narrow at the top. . .A different color tucked into the mix adds interest. . .The faded moss green layer is actually a vintage curtain. . .Remember when heavy lace curtains were popular?
2. There's no need to finish the bottom of the cut jeans. . .You may if you like but it can add bulk if the edge is turned under. . .A serged edge is best. . .I often hand tack the lace on first in order to make sure the gathers come out just right. . .Then sew with a machine.
3. A little more tacking--with the lace edges unfinished on the top. . .Sew flat onto the denim with a straight stitch . . .Then zig-zag the edges down if you like. . .Sometimes I do. . .Sometimes I don't. . .
4. A better shot of how I graduated the width of the laces. . .Cover the last raw edge with a flat lace. . .Now it's time to embellish. . .
5. Buttons and lace on the pocket. . .Also notice the waistband becomes the ties. . .If you need longer ties, add more denim fabric on the ends. . .I let them fray. . .It's a shabby apron, afterall. . .
6. There's more interest if you embellish each side differently. . .Makes the apron go from blah to WOW!
 
And Here You Have It. . .
 

The latest creation is much like the first apron I shared with you. . .yet different, too. . .
Isn't it adorable? . .One day I'm gonna keep one for myself!
With Christmas coming soon. . .(Can you believe it?). .
.these Shabby Chic Aprons would make nice gifts. . .
You can stitch one up in no time. . .for very little expense.

This one is now on it's way to it's new owner. . .
and I'm on my way back to the sewing machine. . .
Just wanted to pop in and maybe inspire you a little while taking a break.

Our tours are winding down.
Maybe we can get back to the house renovation soon.
A new living room floor is next. . .Of course, I'll be sharing that with you, too.

Have a wonderful weekend, My Friends!




 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

SUNDAY: I Meant That




Today's Sunday thought is brought to you by:
Farmer John and Little Bit
 
I'm resting after a long, hard week. . .
Have a REST-FILLED SUNDAY yourself!
 
 
 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

SUNDAY: Go Home and Get Your Lunch


You'll get a chuckle out of this tale from "The Grits Guide to Life". . . .
 
My young daughter Dana often visited her grandparents in a small Southern town where every day a siren blew to mark the noon hour. It was so loud that it terrified the poor girl and left her screaming. In order to soothe her and help her understand, her preacher grandpa (my daddy) told her the horn was to let the children know it was time to go home for lunch.  He even suggested that Dana say the words, "Go home and get your lunch" each time the whistle blew, which she would do at the top of her little lungs, albeit with the fear of God written all over her face.
 
One Sunday, our entire family was packed into the second row of the church, listening to Dad deliver his sermon. He was pretty wound up that day, if I remember correctly. It was breezy and all the church windows were open.
 
Well, right in the middle of his railing, and before we realized what was happening, darn it if that noon whistle didn't blow. Dana stood up in the pew, turned toward the three hundred people in the congregation, and shouted, "Go home and get your lunch!"
 
Do I have to tell you what happened? Church was over at that very moment. No benediction and no sevenfold amen! Later my preacher daddy, who had the world's best sense of humor, admitted: "It wouldn't have been so bad if half the congregation hadn't shouted AMEN!"  
 (Sue Buchanan)
 

 
Now that you're smiling. . .pass it on. . .
and have a JOY FILLED SUNDAY


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