Red apron for swap

My partner for the Cheap Hot Mama Apron Swap requested “RED<RED<RED<” and chose the Wild and Crazy theme.  We were supposed to use only things we already had, thus the Cheap part of the title, and red is not one of my main stash colors.  I could do anything with a blue or green request, and I was struggling with finding enough red for her.  I pulled out my few pieces of reddish fabric and let them sit for a few weeks.  Several days before the deadline I remembered a new full apron I won in a contest last fall and I decided to refashion it.

The pictures make the apron look more orange than it really is.  The ruffle is a shimmery sheer orange and the rest is red.  I covered one of the existing pockets with a darker red print and did two bands of tomato across the top and bottom.  I used the original apron’s narrow ties.  It’s the first apron I’ve made for a swap that’s not lined or reversible.  When taking a picture I was asked, “What theme did she want,’gaudy’?”  I said she requested “wild and crazy”.  “Ah, that works too,” he said.

February 7, 2010. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 3 comments.

New swap apron!

I received a delightful apron from Ruth in the latest Hot Mamas apron swap.  I wore the apron that very same day — within an hour of opening my package, actually — while making cupcakes and I didn’t want to post about it until it was out of the laundry pile and ready for a picture.  It’s a perfect apron for me: vibrant colors with a precise ruffle at the bottom and simple as I like it (not a lot of unnecessary frippery mucking things up with cutesy-ness) and I know I’ll use it frequently in the kitchen.  I love the red fabric.  As a certain man said, “It looks like an apron a dinosaur might wear,” meaning the pebbled pattern could be the skin of a dinosaur.  It even looks good with my workout clothes, short socks and all.

In addition to the apron she gave me a set of salt & pepper shakers, a votive candle, and a bag of Lindor truffles.  I set them on an open shelf in the kitchen and I looked forward to enjoying the chocolates as a fancy treat when I wanted an indulgence.  Several days later I picked up the bag to find it already open and half empty.  I walked into the office and asked, “Did you open my bag of chocolates from the swap?”

He looked around at the empty wrappers strewn across his desk.  “…Yes. I thought you didn’t want them because you hadn’t opened them yet.”

“I do want some, so don’t eat them all, ok?”  I said.

“Ok,” he agreed, before excitement got the better of him and he continued, ” The yellow ones are white chocolate and the red wrappers are milk chocolate and the blue ones are a darker milk chocolate and they’re all truffles, all of them, within creamy chocolate filling inside!”

Yes, they were all truffles.  I liked the white chocolate ones the best.  Thank you Ruth, from both of us!

February 3, 2010. Tags: . Links, Pictures, Words. 1 comment.

Spooks Rattles Pots and Pans Swap Package

Halloween apron swap 09 package

The Halloween apron swap package that I put together included the apron, a tote bag made from my favorite Skullfinity fabric lined in orange, a set of Halloween fabric scrap cards, and a bag of candy corn.  I’ve gotta say, I was really proud of this package, I think it is my best yet, and the package I received in turn was also fantastic.  As for the apron, I recommend that it not be worn with four-year-old SpongeBob pajama pants and a tank top wet with spilled toothpaste.  (The picture was taken at 7 a.m. when the photographer generously agreed to wake up early to take a picture before mailing it off that day.)  For some great pictures displaying the items, check out the recipient’s blog post.

Halloween apron swap 09

Halloween cards

October 21, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Halloween apron swap package!

Halloween apron swap 2009

When I got home tonight I realized that I didn’t check the mail yesterday.  I went outside and found a box for me: my Halloween apron swap package had arrived!  I got the camera and opened it right away.  As I type this, I’m wearing my delightful new apron and black headband with black rose and feathers.  It also came with purple and orange jack-o-latern tote bag, perfect for bringing my lunch to work tomorrow; a small plate with the cutest bat saying “Screech” (in my right hand, it’s turned away from the camera); a beaker full of skull and bones candy; and a smaller felt Happy Halloween bag.  You can see more pictures of the apron at Gin’s blog.  I especially like how the ties are long enough to be wrapped around to the front, as I’m doing in the picture above, or tied in a big bow in back.

October 18, 2009. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Words. 1 comment.

Aunt Pitty Pat’s Halloween apron swap

I haven’t participated in an apron swap since St Patrick’s Day, when I received a lovely apron that I use on a regular basis (my partner correctly assessed from my blog that I’m “not a cutesy kind of woman” and made me a great, simple green apron that doesn’t scream Saint Patrick’s Day Check Out These Adorable Leprechauns and Clovers OMG Adorable With the Green Lace!).  I think it’s time for another swap, and I just came across Aunt Pitty Pat’s Halloween apron swap.  I’ll receive my partner assignment in a week, and aprons are due by mid-October.  For anybody who has considered signing up for a swap and hasn’t done so yet, I highly recommend it.  Now is the time!

Spooks & Rattles Apron Swap

August 29, 2009. Tags: , , . Links, Words. Leave a comment.