DIY – Apron

On Sunday, as I was dominating life, I decided that I should get out my sewing machine and make an apron, something I have been meaning to do for a while.

I had purchased Amy Butler fabric online a few weeks back. I first learned about Amy Butler when Abby gave me a book of her patterns for Christmas last year. Her fabrics are fun and bright and her designs are incredible. She is definitely someone who I would love to work for.

I didn’t have a pattern for my apron, but I decided to model it off another apron that I had purchased years back, that was stained and ruined. I grabbed my seam ripper and torn the apron apart. I ended up with a pile of material that I could use as a pattern.

When I was laying out the fabric pieces on my yard of fabric, Matt got very confused. He thought I was just going to wrap the new fabric around the old, dirty, cut up fabric in order to create a new apron. Sort of like the concept of bath fitters – cover up the old, dirty bathtub, with a new one. That commercial always gives me the creeps.

Anyway, I completed the apron yesterday and love it. At points I was slightly confused as to how to sew all of my pieces together, but eventually I figured it out. Go Me!

So now, the question is, should I become a professional apron maker? I am thinking that will the sad state of the economy, less people are going out to dinner and more people are cooking. If that is the case, they certainly will need to buy aprons. Because if you are going to be stuck slaving away in the kitchen, you might as well look cute and keep your clothes clean!

In other news, there is a rumor going around that another check is going onto our wedding checklist today… sweet! More to come!

Lazy, yet productive, Sundays

Yesterday Matt and I had an extremely lazy, although very productive, Sunday.

It started off with breakfast sandwiches and coffee, like many weekend mornings. We sat around for a while, watching various things on tv. Then I decided that it was time to get some stuff done.

I cleaned our apartment, while gimpy Matt sat on the couch. Occasionally he would offer to help, although I am not sure how sincere his offers were. What was I going to have him do, use the vacuum as a crutch? It didn’t really seem possible to task him with physically strenuous chores. And let’s be honest, cleaning is hard! I was working up a serious sweat as I scrubbed the kitchen counters and cleaned the bathtub.

So while I cleaned, I tasked Matt with a more stationary chore: working on our wedding website. This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Basically, we just need to come up with some of the text to put into the awesome template we found. I wrote 75% of the text in one day but really needed Matt to do some of the entries that are from his view-point. He has been putting this off for a while now, because writing is not his strong suit. So, by the time I finished cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, living room and doing a load of laundry, Matt has successfully written 3 paragraphs for the website. I guess I am marrying the tortoise and not the hare.

Afterwards, I decided that I should put my craft table to use, since I hadn’t for a while. I had ordered some cool fabric off Etsy a while back but never used it for anything. I had also totally disassembled an old apron so that I could use the pieces to recreate one myself. What a perfect activity for a lazy sunday. I started working on the apron at 4pm and by 6pm, I had completed 3/4s of the apron. It is just missing a pocket and a tie. Unfortunately I lost my motivation and put it on hold until later. The good news is, it looks pretty sweet so far.

While I was motivated to be a good fiance, I used to make Matt and I dinner on Sundays. Unfortunately, our tradition has changed from cooking to ordering take out. Last night we changed up our normal pizza take-out order to BBQ. It was a great decision and left my belly in a very happy state.

After dinner, we settled in for an evening of Mad Men and some more crafting. Matt even got in on the action and helped me sort colored beads for an upcoming project. Pretty soon I will come home and find him sitting at the craft table making decorations for our apartment.

The day was great. We crossed a few things off our “to do list”, went to bed in a clean apartment, ready to start the week.  Honestly, to me there is nothing better than that.

DIY – mobile

Sometimes things happen in life and there are no logical explanations. Sometimes, you get dealt a bad hand and the only thing you can do is play it and see a disaster unfold. Sometimes there are no answers. Sometimes there is no sun, no colors and the world is grey.  During these times all you can do hold tight to the good things you know to be true; family, friends and hope. Hope that things will get better in time and the color will return to your world. Until that time, here is a project that will help you remember the good times and bring back the color.

Today at the hospital it was “Sewtastic with Molly.” Once a month, I step outside of my typical volunteer role at the hospital and lead the group in a sewing project. Last month we made ribbon belts, bringing me back to the days of “Prep By Molly” my old business (a term that I use that term loosely here) that I ran out of my parents’ basement. The kids loved the project, but it required a lot of work on my part. I pinned and sewed together 8 belts in the span of an hour; rivaling the rate of little kids working in sweat shops in Asia.

This week we made mobiles using colorful foam paper. The project was simple but had a lot of effect. You can use sheets of foam paper like we did, vellum paper which has a nice effect if you are hanging it in front of a window, or colorful scrap booking paper. Start by cutting the paper into 1-2 inch strips. Place the strips in the color pattern that you want and sew them down the middle, leaving 10-12″ of thread at the top. Try and leave equal space between each strip for a more uniform look. At the end, leave another 10 – 12″ of thread. Complete the look with fishing weights or colored beads. This will give the mobile enough weight to keep it straight.

I wish I could take credit for this idea; however, I found it on a fellow blogger’s site Oh Happy Day when doing “wedding research.”

Carry with you the good times, the laughter, and the love. Don’t let the world go grey.