Ok, I made that up. But it’s Thursday, and I wanted to show you what I finished yesterday. [Better grab a cup of coffee – this is a long one!]
This is the ever-important Christmas apron. Most years, I have good intentions about getting my holiday decorating done nice and early so that I can enjoy a festive December, but the reality is that there are usually still pumpkins on the stoop and gourds on the table well past the middle of the month. Not this year! I still haven’t decorated, but I’ve at least put away all of the fall stuff. And in the kitchen, I’ve got my lovely holiday apron to wear so that I may retire the fall apron I’ve been wearing.
As usual, I’ve based this on the cafe apron in Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing book. I used prints from the Christmas Past collection by Minick and Simpson, and I topped it off with a Biscotti button of my own making. [By the way, I made an extra one of these buttons, but I haven’t put it in my shop yet – if you’d like to buy it, just drop me a line and I’ll give you an extra $1 off to thank you for saving me the trouble of listing it
After the apron, I set to work making the matching napkins, also inspired by those in Simple Sewing. Normally I spread napkin-making out over the course of a week or more when I have a 20+ set to make, but I was motivated to put away the fall stuff and so I did all of these in two days. Whew. I may actually make a few more of these. While 23 is a fine number for my family of four – even when I’ve gotten behind on the laundry, our chances of running out are slim – but I’m not sure if it’ll be enough when you add in our celebrations this month. We will have our day-after-Christmas family party as usual, and I haven’t counted heads yet for that. Plus, I’m still deluding myself into thinking I’ll have an open house to sell some of my claythings in a couple of weeks. I’d like to use the napkins for that… Yeah, I think I need a few more. Preferable more red ones and more green ones. I’d like those two colors to be a bit more prevalent than they are.
I also want to make a couple of small table runners for my house out of the scraps, and if there’s anything left after that, I’ve got a gift or two in mind. I have a feeling my sewing machine is going to be smokin’ after I close up the shop on December 16th. It’ll be six days of cranking out all of those fabric gifts that I have been thinking of making, followed by two days of cranking out clay ornaments, followed by a mad dash to Target buying gifts for all of the people I failed to finish making handmade things for
Oh! Speaking of gift-giving, I thought I’d pass along something for those of you who have young ones on your shopping lists.
Let me tell you, this is a big step for me. I would prefer to spend the entire winter – and I mean the entire winter – curled up next to a fire and under a blanket, than anywhere near the great outdoors. But that’s not really fair to the kids, is it? I’m seeing from Soule Mama and Blue Yonder and Vintage Chica and so many others, that there is a lot to be appreciated and learned just by following a child’s natural curiosity. And it’s not that I didn’t know it before, it’s just that seeing it documented in beautiful photography on their blogs, alternately makes me feel like a lousy mother, and inspires me. Right now I’m going with the “inspires me” feeling because I know I’m not a lousy mother. But I also know that sometimes I need to put down the laptop and go outside to make handprints in the freezing snow, no matter how attractive the warmth of the couch might be.