Saturday, August 18, 2012

An apron for a friend...

A sweet friend of mine said she had been looking around for an apron, but hadn't found one she liked (let's hope she likes this one!) and wondered if I could make her one. She said she wasn't picky, didn't want anything to frilly and that she like the things I had done in Emma's room. This was my first apron (I'm guessing when she asked me she didn't know I had never made one before, oops!). I found a few tutorials on line, but I wasn't thrilled with any of them. I did find some dimensions I liked and then kind of made it up from there. I picked the fabric up at our local Hancock Fabrics and got to work. I think it turned out pretty well for my first time!

I put some pleats into the bottom of the skirt, I think it helps with the fit and look.

The top is my favorite. I made it to be a sort of draw string. One size can fit most and it gives it some nice rushing. 

The tie could rap around front too.

Hope you like your apron, Brandy!

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Watermelon Party

This weekend we celebrated a sweet friend and the soon to be arrival of her little one. Nancy Hart and Josh are dear friends that we've made since being in Greenwood. They are expecting their bundle of joy in September and so we wanted to shower them with gifts and well wishes. They are letting the gender of baby be a complete surprise, so blue and pink themed showers were out of the question. After thinking, and of course consulting pinterest, a watermelon themed shower seemed the perfect idea for an August baby shower.
Watermelon is just too easy and delicious! It was great for a baby shower, but it would be great for a child's birthday party or a just because you love summer and watermelon party! Since it was so hot and we were having random rain showers it was better to have it inside, but it could be a lot of fun to have outside too. Plus, with kids it would be good to keep the mess outside and you could incorporate some fun watermelon games (seeding spitting contest, relay type games, etc.)
Here are some of our watermelon decorations and food....

Watermelon cupcakes (Vanilla frosting and white cake with red and green food coloring. I added mini chocolate chips to look like watermelon seeds)

Sorry the pictures are dark....

Green and red gingham fabric on the table with the watermelon cupcakes and red candies. The banner above the doors has "baby wicker" on it. The banner was made up of scrap book paper.

Easiest decoration in the world! Watermelon balloons, just put black "seeds" with a sharpie on the red balloons.

Green and red tissue paper pom poms helped take up space and add color.

It isn't pictured but we also had watermelon! I used a melon baller for the first time and we had lots of little balls of watermelon. The rind of the watermelon was hollowed out from making the watermelon balls so it became a great serving bowl for the fruit. The watermelon had a lot of great juice too, so we had watermelon juice for one of our beverages.
The shower was a lot of fun and Nancy Hart got some wonderful things for little one. The watermelon theme was a hit and I'm sure I'll be having another summer watermelon party again!