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March 29, 2009

"Never," he said, with great force. "Blue Horizon" by Wilbur Smith ♦♦♦♦◊

Mom's ApronAnother in the offering of gifts to my mom!

This time it's her apron from Christmas. It was okay on Christmas, but the ties at the neck were kinda long and she commented that it would work just as well to remove the tie-ability and just make one loop at the neck.

Hmmm. She said it much more eloquently and succinctly.

So, instead of taking her gift home with her, she left it for me to modify. I removed one of the ties at the neck and attached velcro at the ends of the remaining tie and the corner of the bib.

Mom's Apron detailSo, isn't this a nice apron? Can you tell what's 'special' about it?

It was made from two dishtowels and a placemat! One towel was cut up for ties and pockets, the other used for the skirt. The placemat was cut (just a bit) and sewed on as the bib. Except for the ties and pockets, all of the edges are already finished! Woot!

And, I'm not giving anything really secret away here, but another cool thing? I got the towels and placemat from the Dollar Store. Three bucks for an apron! Seriously, why doesn't every one of my friends and family have ten of these??

Now, I'm sure you're wondering:
How on earth do you keep track of all of your wonderful aprons?

(Okay, so I only have three - for now - but still...)

Apron Rack
I put them on my custom-painted apron rack, that's how I keep track of them!
(If you click-to-big, you'll get an un-cropped picture)

Proj1First I decided how I wanted to label my aprons. Then I decided on the font and size of my print and printed out a sheet of paper.

Proj2I scribbled on another piece of paper with a pencil...

Proj3Then, using the end of a paintbrush, I put the printed letters over the scribble (scribble side to the wood) and rubbed (hard) over the letters.

Proj4It's pretty faint, the transfer (might be easier to see if you biggify), but it's there enough for me to see.

Proj5Paint over the transfer with acrylic paint (the inexpensive stuff you get from any craft store in the little bottles)...

Proj6...then outline it with a black fine-point Sharpie.

After that I added other decorative touches, hung it on the wall after waiting a week for Mr. W. to do it, and now I'm enjoying the fruits of my labor! (I'm also grinning every time I pretend to be Suzy or Martha or Betty or June. :snort:)

Okay, one last thing in this chock fulla aprons post: Calamity Kim is celebrating the publication of one of her aprons in Apron o logy Magazine by having a giveaway! Click on over to Calamity Kim's Apron Celebration G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y for your chance to win (not surprisingly) apron-related goodies! She's also including things that aren't obviously apron related, but pretty much everything is off the CUTE charts... (LOVE the miniature apron!).

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permalink 3 Comments:
At 3/29/2009 3:13 PM, Blogger Julie Babbled Back:  

Well, isn't your mom lucky? And such a good idea on printing those names! I will have to try that sometime.

At 3/29/2009 4:51 PM, Blogger Brenda Babbled Back:  

Aren't you the craftiest? You are too fancy for me, LOL! I have my aprons in the closet with the dishtowels...maybe that's why my shirts have more stains than my aprons, LOL!

At 5/13/2009 2:06 PM, Blogger Aunt Spicy Babbled Back:  

What a super cute idea, that apron is fabulous!

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