Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My work area.

Welcome to my office/sewing room.

I still have a bit of work to do to get it just right. However to do that I need to invent more storage options for the closet! LOL what I have is obviously inadequate!

As we walk into the door we see the desk with most of my books. This is where I do my writing, bill paying, planning, and some designing. I also do my craft stuff that does not involve sewing here, like making the button magnets for my magnetic aprons. The loose buttons are in the antique sewing basket and the carded ones are in the plastic tote. I get buttons new and used, always looking for something cool or fun!

Yes I really do run 2 pcs at the same time. Sometimes one is helping me research while the other is a chat or searches or music and so forth. The laptop really lives in the living room so I can compute while Beloved and I watch Tv. For the 2 years we had the kids living here it was my only pc. The desktop is a recent thing, built from cast offs of the kids updated computers. It has most of my genealogy and such on it, though I guess I ought to put it on the lap top as well...

Above the books and laptop you can see my toy collection. Well part of it anyway. I LOVE raggedies! Some Barbies are cool too and the big doll is a Baby Crissy from the 70's. My goal some day (when time permits) is to get her new hair and make her a new outfit. I want one to match that sweet bonnet she has!

Behind the desk you can see the "black out" curtains I made to keep heat and light out of the room. I dislike the need for them but the lamps make less heat than the 103 days we often have here! My hope is they are also heavy enough to block cold winds out in winter!

Looking to the left you see my antique rocker. I LOVE this chair. It is old and comfy and the perfect place to read and pray. Please note the stack of "to be read" books on the top shelf! Below that are 1 set of my LHOP (I have 3, 2 are vintage and delicate so I got a newer set to actually read!) and my Anne Books, ones I reread quite often! Notice the quilted flag hanging up? My friend Kristi made that for me and I adore it!

Next we see the other ugly window. I do not have a curtain rod for it yet. So sadly the black out material and the curtain are just stapled up for now. This window is where the sun comes directly in. Some day there will be a trellis with roses outside it to help block that blazing sun! Under the window sits Elvis. Elvis is an albino orangutan Beloved got me one Christmas. I adore him.

Next we see Kenny, he is for now my staging area, where I iron small bits and pin things. Kenny is a 1967 Kenmore in a really nice table. In the corner is White, a 1940's cast iron machine. White has been I think rewired. He boasts a knee pedal instead of a foot pedal. I have never used White, he so far has intimidated me! Add to that his table is falling a part I do not want to do much with him until I can find a decent replacement table. 


Next we see my pattern/thread/ and other sewing needs shelf. On top is my "Mel" doll. My friend Ella made that doll as close to resembling me as she could! It really fits who I am too! Next up is Baby, my new Brother machine. She is covered to protect her from dust and kitties. She worked hard this morning finishing curtains! Beloved bought Baby for me last year as a surprise valentines gift. I LOVE sewing on her she is so smooth! 


Next we see the drawers where I keep more sewing needs and other craft items. The book shelf holds most of my favorite series of books. MY Grace Livingston Hill collection is here, as are my Leisha Kelly, Maggie Sefton and Jan Karon. I love to read, as you can tell! Many of the books on the bottom 2 shelves, are a set that I have not read. They are called inspirational romance. I need a good quick read now and then and these so far fit the bill! On top is one of the nativities I collect. Beloved bought this one for me 2 Christmases ago, it depicts small children. Next to it is the video picture frame Chris (youngest son) sent me for Christmas when he lived in Washington state. A much as I like it, I am happier with him home in Texas!

As we turn towards the door we see my disorganized closet! The shelves hold books for sale, craft items and I forget what else! The totes are fabric in the bottom 2 and ribbons and laces and trims in the top one. On top of it all are the materials ready to go to my cutter when she is ready for them.

Well thanks for visiting! As I said it is still a work in progress but at least it is finally set up enough where I can get to work! I hope you come back soon and often!

Keep on Sewing y'all!

Monday, May 30, 2011

I love surprising my friends.

I have a very dear friend who has a lot on her plate just now. I had wanted to send her a box for her birthday last month. I have wanted to send her a box since Christmas actually. However I was sick, then MIL passed, the kids moved and Mj landed in the hospital. I never got the chance to finish her box.

Well I spoke to her on the phone the other day and decided to send what I had. I worked hard on Friday and finished her personal apron.

I hope she likes it. I feel in love with the material. When she mentioned a while back her kitchen redo would be in burgundy and sage green, I knew I had the perfect material!

This apron is a proto type of one I am tweaking. I designed it so it is very simple but I hope functional. I have one myself and I love it.

Isn't this material gorgeous?

Keep on sewing y'all!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mel's Apron Philosophy.

I have some specific ideas on aprons.
Aprons must
1) provide good coverage.
2) Have pockets!
3) cover my skirt at least to the knees
4) make me feel good about wearing them.

I have many apron patterns. One thing I notice about many simple bib patterns is the lack of front coverage. As one of my friends once said, I need them to cover my girls. When I make a bib apron I always make the bib bigger than the pattern, just because my friend reminded me that splatters hit all over, not just the 1 spot the pattern designers thought of.

An apron with out a pocket, preferably 2, is just useless to me. As I rush around my home, and I generally go a a fast pace every where, I need to have an extra hand, even if it is just to carry my chain... I mean cell phone with me. As I flutter through the house I pick up bits and bobs that belong elsewhere. Some times I need more hands than I have to cart them where they belong. Plus there are the inevitable stops and starts on the journey.

I dislike the new mod short aprons. I wear mine in the yard as well as in the house and I like to have my knees covered too. No sense ruining a skirt with grass stained knees. When I make an apron I make it a bit long, so I have solid knee coverage.

Now this last item is really important to me. I am short and fluffy. In general things marketed to my size range are... well ugly. I mean I have yet to find a denim skirt I would feel pretty wearing. I stick with basic tank tops and tees because I can not find blouses. However I can control anything I make! There for I declare that just because I am a sahw does not mean I must dress in sweats and dull drab things. I can make aprons to brighten my day and make me feel pretty. My apron is my sign that I am on duty, cooking and cleaning seem to be easier when my apron is on. I KNOW that is just in my head but still it works that way for me.

My friend Miss Maggie says "Aprons are the lingerie you wear on the outside. " I love that idea. So when I look for fabrics, and I gather them from all over, I go for the pretty patterns and colors. No browns, grays or dark dull colors for me. I want reds and blues, maybe even a pink or 2. And I SHALL wear purple! Even though I have no red hat to go with it yet...

Different aprons in me produce different moods too. A simple cleaning apron is different to me than my favorite LHOP apron. 

My favorite style is the LHOP apron. Here is the one I have made:



It is too long and needs some tweaking but I LOVE it and plan to make many more!
I was able to enlarge the pattern just a bit and make it good for my short fluffy self.

What is your favorite style of apron?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What to do?

The need : Curtains to cover the ugly window...

The available tools:
Sewing machine

Since this blog is all about aprons, you just KNEW aprons had to figure into this some how right???
Cutting the apron in half proved to be very difficult. Not because straight lines and I do not get along (though we do not!).

It was made by a cherished friend I have lost touch with. However being a ½ apron, I just kept it in a drawer. I need the drawer space and can not longer justify storing aprons I do not use. What to do??? I want to keep it for the memory it holds of my friend.

The answer was repurpose it and make it into something else. I have 5 such aprons and am thinking on projects for all of them. However this one is perfect to cover my ugly window.

The window in my kitchen is ugly. Well ok all the windows in my home right now are ugly. They all need to be replaced, but I only have 1 that can be fixed with an apron.

So I cut the apron in 1/2. I actually cut 2 aprons one I will use for a different idea later.

Here is the ugly window:

Yes I have a window ac unit in the kitchen. When it is 103 outside, I need all the help I can get to stay cool!

Here is the area where magic happens... ok so it is where my feeble efforts to produce pretty things happens:

The beginning, 2 aprons with no clue the harm about to befall them:

Under the watchful eyes of Spazzie Girl the cruel scissors do their work...

2 aprons are now 4 panels...

Off to the sewing machine for new hems...

Sew Sew Sew... 


Viola, the ugly window is... still ugly but less so with pretty curtains in place!!!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my philosophy on aprons!

See y'all then!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Welcome to All About the Apron

This blog is for discussing my and my daughter in love's business, Prairie Homemaker Aprons and Accessories.
We will share links to apron literature, yes folks write books about aprons. I will share my philosophy about aprons and links to cool sites with aprons. Crafts made with aprons and hopefully lots of apron pictures!

This post is just a teaser guess, to let you know what is coming! For now I need to go get some apron work done! I will be back tomorrow hopefully with some pictures and Mel's Philosophy of Aprons!

see y'all then!