Thursday, March 5, 2009

Proud Mama

I have been very neglectful in posting lately. Life has seemed to get in the way:)! I have a bunch of stuff to post but I first I just had to say how proud I am of my oldest boy. He was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society last week. I am such a proud Mama!!! Keep up the hard work J.C.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Check this out

If you are into creative sewing you will have to check out this website She has some fantastic new apron patterns. I think my favorite is the Hot dish apron pattern. I love that it has some extra fabric to collect the veggies when you are out in the garden. I never seem to have enough hands to carry it all back to the house. With our garden being quite a distance away from the house this apron certainly would come in handy. She has some other great patterns also, check it out you will not be disappointed.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A needed boost

Those that read my blog may or may not know that I am also a liscenced Real Estate Salesperson. This is one of the ways that I fill my time while the kiddies are in school. One of the main reasons why I decided to try my hand in real estate was the flexibility of the schedule. I also love working with people and what better way to see some really beautiful homes. Anyway the point of this post is that I have been selling real estate for a year an a half now and with the current market conditions it has been really tough!! Yesterday was our annual award ceremony for our region. Well guess who was named "Rookie of the Year" ME!!! I was so excited and it was totally unexpected. I also made the million dollar club which also came as a surprise! I don't believe there is any monetary compensation for these awards but the recognition itself certainly lifted my spirits. I am ready to go sell, sell, sell. :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mommy Holly Apron Swap

This is the apron I made for my swap partner in the Mommy Holly Apron. My pictures do not do it justice. I can't wait until my dress form gets here! My partner Mallory liked all of the ruffles. The two most recent aprons that I made came from the Retro Apron pattern I bought at our local quilt shop. They both came out so cute. They weren't terribly diffucult just a bit time consuming. I have signed up for some other swaps but none have to do with sewing. I can't wait until the next apron swap, so much fun!! Oh my swap apron also arrived but I haven't taken a pic yet...think green so cute!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Giving is just as good as receiving

I had so much fun participating in the Sassy Flirty Apron Swap hosted by Shawnee and Lucy. My first swap was a huge success. My swap partner received her apron today and I think she really liked it. See her comment on and earlier post. Hi Lolly!! Here are a few pics of the apron before I sent it out. I can' t wait for my dress form to make its way up from Florida with Meeme but that is a whole nother post.

First swap received..I'm in love:)

I received my first swap and was so overwhelmed with the thought and generousity that went into my swap package. What fun to receive a surprise in the mail from a total stranger that put a package together like she knew me all my life. My apron is beautiful and all the little extras were just perfect. I also received a scrumptious scarf that is my favorite color and missing from the picture because it was around my neck. I also received a tea towel apron, ribbon and fabric for my next project, a spiral notebook and the biggest surprise Avocados!!! Love them all. Thanks again Nicki!!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For the Love of Aprons

My dad sent me this in an email and I thought it would be appropriate to post in light of the apron swaps I am participating in:). My fabric has been ordered and is on its way to me. I hope it comes today. I am anxious to get started!

The History of APRONS: I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaningout dirtyEars.From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.From the garden,it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out thehulls.In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.When unexpected company drove up the road,it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.It will be along time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.Send this to those who would know,and love, the story about Grandma's aprons.Or it can be a good history lesson for those that havenoIdea how the apron played a part in our lives.REMEMBER:Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

It's finally here!!!

O.K. I confess, I have been stalking my email on and off all day and I finally have my partner for Mommy Holly's Amy Butler Apron Swap. I have been drueling over all of the beautiful fabric waiting for my partner info so I can pick just the right one for their apron. Now the fun part starts. I hope they like it!!! ttfn, Kelly

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New apron patterns!!!

I have been collecting new and new to me apron patterns in anticipation of the first apron swap I am participating in. Thanks to ebay and a pattern sale at Joanns I am all ready to go. I can't wait to buy the fabric and get started. I am anxiously awaiting my partner so that I can get a feel for their likes and dislikes before I get started. Here are a few pics of the aprons I have recently acquired.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Valentine swap 4

Valentine swap 4
Originally uploaded by mamabyrd12
I am so excited. I have joined my first apon swap. I have been sewing for years for family and friends but this is a little intimidating. I will have to swap aprons with a total stranger!!! I hope my partner is not disappointed! I am also new to this whole blog thing. 2009 is going to be a year of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. A year of new experiences and learning. If I could only figure out how to create a button/badge for the swap? ttfn Kelly

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My first post

This is the first post on my new blog. I have been following several blogs for awhile now and thought why not start one myself. I have joined several stamping and sewing swaps and this will be a good way to showcase my work and keep in touch with my fellow swappers.