This is my apron for the Sassy Apron Swap. The theme was summer and I had lots of wonderful ideas, but I decided to go for simplicity. Though we rarely go on picnics (I regard assembling picnics with the same disdain I have for daily school lunches), they seem to define summer. This was the inspiration for my apron. I really wish I had a mannequin so I could properly show off the apron. Alas, I had to settle for standing on a chair (note my toes in the bottom part of the photo) and pointing my camera downwards at my spread-out apron.
We also had to enclose a dishtowel to match the apron. Always the over-achiever, I included a flour sack tea towel I embroidered and trimmed with matching bias trim and crocheted a dishcloth out of blue cotton to match the ric-rac. I packaged everything up in blue & white gingham & red tissue (because presentation is everything). I hope to mail it today, which really is some kind of miracle because I'm usually struggling to make deadlines, not getting things done early. The aprons must be sent by May 31st and it isn't even May 15th yet!
The recipe I enclosed is for non-alcoholic sangria, another requirement of the swap. I admit to preferring the adult version with lots of red wine and resulting buzz. However, we were to submit 'mock'tails. Here's the recipe for you to try at home, hopefully during a lovely summery day.
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
1/2 fresh lemon, sliced
1/2 fresh orange, sliced
1 small apple or peach, cut into wedges
4 cups club soda
4 cups grape juice
In large pitcher, combine orange juice, sugar, and grape juice. Add cut fruit and stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cook and add club soda just before serving. Enjoyado!