something today, but time does not allow for it, so I’m sharing something I recently made. Last month I hosted a “Because I Have Two” giveaway. The very humble gift was recipe index book. I planned an unannounced surprise to accompany the book…unannounced mostly because I had not decided what the “surprise” would be…and a surprise is never a surprise if you know what it is.
Lennie, a new on line, blogless friend won the giveaway. What I knew about Lennie was basically nothing so I prayed about what to surprise her with. I decided on an apron and conferred with someone (Patty) who does know her well to see if my decided upon surprise was right for Lennie. It’s likely I could not have chosen anything more appropriate. She has a collection of more than 50 aprons and always has room for one more.
After deciding on what to make I switched trains and worked on how to make it. I’m forever bringing home pretty discarded linens from thrift stores and had recently claimed a lovely white cotton curtain embellished with appliqué and cut work. It’s become very fashionable to remake old things into new things…hence called “repurposing”, but I’ve been doing it for years out of necessity and good stewardship. I paired it with a piece creamy peach organic cotton and placed it together and looked at it for several days to make sure I was pleased with the color scheme.
This is what I came up with…
After receiving it Lennie took several pictures and shared them with me. (The padded mailer I used was also salvaged. It looks pretty rough, but it got the job done. :)) The apron and book were wrapped in vintage pattern pieces and secured with a pink flannel selvage scrap. I’m sure there are sewers out there who would openly chastise such a use of an uncut pattern, but I assure them I’ll continue the practice. I love the idea.
The package opened and the gift revealed. The tea bags were tucked in the pocket of the apron for a little added surprise. After all, apron pockets should hold treasures.
Lennie and her daughters were taken by the little homemade tag pinned to the pocket. (My sister loves the tags, too, so there must be something special about them.)
Lennie told me our new friendship and her apron have been recorded in her journal. I’m touched, honored and pleased. I’m glad Lennie won the giveaway, because meeting her has enriched my life. I hope she enjoys her apron and the little recipe index book.
Time for me to get hopping…when my DH returns from physical therapy we are headed to my parent’s house. I’m still in my pajamas and really should get ready.
Until next time…
Good thoughts are blessed guests, and should be heartily welcomed, well-fed, and much sought after. Like rose leaves, they give out a sweet smell, if laid up in the jar of memory. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon ~
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