This is the perfect time to move onto all the Christmas fun, decor and baking if you haven't started already. I am, truly, so excited at this time of year, so much to do, so much beauty to see, family and friends all around and so much to be thankful for! I love it, even more, that you can deck your halls from top to bottom and spend very little doing it!
This year, I thought I would start by making a Holiday Apron (that I've been meaning to do for quite a while)!! It really couldn't be much easier.
If you are anything like me, you spend a lot of time in the kitchen this time of the year getting all those Christmas cookies, breads, squares, candy, etc.. made. What would Christmas be without all our traditional faves and a few new ones?! (We are so completely and abundantly Blessed)
Although, that, generally, leaves me looking a bit harried when people pop by... I thought about this, last year, and came to the conclusion that it doesn't really have to be this way. For example, If I had a pretty apron on... I would be festive! (Whether or not my hair or makeup were done). Haha. That's my justification, anyway.
And, so, begun the idea of transforming my everyday apron, which I must concede, had seen better days, into something colorful and festive, but most importantly fun. The joy I feel while baking in my kitchen, should be reflected in how I look, right? I do get so much joy from cooking or baking, especially, when I am going to be sharing with others.
Clearly, this one (the one I was wearing) did not convey that message.
So, in true Shoestring Elegant style, I was on the hunt, at my local goodwill for fabrics that would help me create what was in my head!
This read sheet for $1.99 was perfect and not a difficult find. But for some reason, I didn't like any of the greens I was finding, until last month, when I found this truly vintage-y green print. I snapped it up for a cool $2.99!! Double size and hemmed all the way around! Yes! Saves me a lot of time.
After measuring, pulling and then pinning all my ruffles in place, I was ready to sew them on!! This is my favorite part... seeing it all start to take shape and become what I had been seeing in my head come to reality. Of course, you could choose whatever colors speak to you, but, come on, ladies...who doesn't feel prettier in Ruffles?!
I got it all sewed together, but it seemed to be missing that certain 'je ne sais quoi', the little bit of whimsy that makes it even more festive. Just then, I opened my Michael's email add and saw this perfect candy-striped red and white fabric ribbon that would finish it off perfectly, and for 60% off!!
So, now, the final test! How does it look and feel on?!
I quite like it! Somebody asked me recently, "aren't you worried it will get dirty?" Not at all, after all, it is just an old worn apron and a couple of sheets! LOL We dress ourselves up so pretty for so many occasions and events, why shouldn't we feel and look just as beautiful at home doing what we love? I hope this inspires you to do something to make yourself always feel special, too!!
Blessings to all!
Oh yes, One other little thing I finished! Can you tell How big my smile is right now?!
I will be sharing this post with these wonderfully inspirational ladies:
Kathy @Life On Lakeshore Drive, Beverly@How Sweet The Sound, Cindy@ My Romantic Home, Vanessa@ Nifty Thrifty Sundays, Aimee @ It's Overflowing, Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home, Linda @ What To Do Weekends, Ramona @ Create with Joy, Anita @ The Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Joy & Wanda Ann@ Treasure Box Tuesday, Kim@ Savvy Southern Style, Christine@ The DIY Dreamer-From Dream To Reality, Katherine@ Katherine's Corner: Thursday Favorite Things, Susan@From My Front Porch To Yours Kerryanne @The Shabby Art Boutique Natasha @ Say G'Day Saturdays Savory Saturdays The Sunday Showcase: By Stephanie Lynn~Under the Table & Dreaming Nici@ Posed Perfection~ Creative Ways A Little R & R
Pleasantly surprised and honored to say that this post was featured by Kathy @ Life on Lakeshore Drive!