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Monday, September 8, 2014

Getting Focused

It seems like I haven't seen my sewing room for weeks.
The holiday weekend I was out of town and
this weekend we had our grand daughter Evie for a sleep over!
Did you know it was Grandparents Day?
Well, that works for me just fine!

I was able to get escape into my sewing room yesterday afternoon...

And I had a great time in there!
I made up a couple dish towels that will be samples
for something I am teaching next month.

I also made this mug rug that I had seen on Pinterest.
The tree is 3-D so you can slip in a couple of cookies or a 
recipe card maybe.
This is another mini project that I will be teaching next month.

In fact, all of my attention is focused on the retreat I host in
October at Bass Lake (California).

My theme and decorations this year is
"Vintage Homemade"
and that's why
I had to include
those sweet little bottle aprons...
Lori Holt has a great tutorial for making these and I decided that 
everyone will get one, along with the other goodies...

A friend gave me vintage binding to finish off the
little aprons... did I mention there is 50 of them to 
whip up???

(photo borrowed from Lori Holt you can click here for the tutorial)

One of the other items I am putting together is also a Lori Holt
inspired gift idea. 
Apron kit in a mason jar. 

(borrowed from Lori Holt)

Bee in my Bonnet blogged about these apron kits exactly 3 years ago and
how they were perfect gifts for a retreat... I have kept that in mind ever since.

Time is drawing near... so although I have a good start on
my projects, there is still a lot of decorations to make etc.
It's like putting on a wedding every year!

It's always worth the work you put into it!

 My other little weekend project...

I made a couple blocks for my Bees Knees sewing bee group.
Fun novelty fabric and a simple nine patch and friendship star...
and wha-la! 

14 friends stopped by to chat:

dream quilt create said...

Your retreat sounds like a lot of fun! I've made the bottle aprons before, and received a lot of compliments. Isn't Lori an awesome resource? I love your aprons in a mason jar, everyone will love them!!!

Anonymous said...

Totally enjoyed your post today. Lori is a creative individual and you help inspire others by sharing your finds and work.

Jeanna said...

I say this every year... I wish I lived close enough to attend your retreat. I may ask for that for a birthday gift next year.

Love your ideas for this year's theme. Good luck pulling it all together...not that you will need it.

Nancy said...

What a cute gift for everyone. And what a wonderful friend to give you the binding. You will be busy sewing but it looks like it will be a fun retreat.

Auntie Pami said...

Did you know that some machines have a foot that applies that in one step? We made big aprons and used that binding for the ties and finish. I like the borttle aprons

Anne Heidi said...

Oh I would love to be at your retreat!!! Love those little aprons :-) I'll have to pop over to Lori's now!

Lesley said...

Your projects are so unique and special. The retreat sounds wonderful!

sunny said...

What great ideas. But you better get off the computer and get busy! Love those first aprons.

susie said...

What great ideas and sounds to be a Fun Retreat!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Geez! You really have a lot going on and on your plate. Your mason jar kitchen towels are too cute!

Cheryl said...

You have a lot of fun projects! A lot of work but a lot of fun.

Thimbleanna said...

Boy, you've got a lot going on! Have fun getting ready for the retreat!

Anonymous said...

Awww, I want to go! Love those aprons in a jar!

Patty said...

What a bunch of fun ideas. enjoy preparing for your retreat!