Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Some kind of sewing miracle

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.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

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!


MJ said...

The apron is lovely but I have to admit that the towel caught my eye! Lovely work! Am looking forward to seeing what you receive in exchange!

Liz said...

What a cute apron! And I'm with you, a sangria without the buzz is not the same. :)

Saucy said...

You are a serious over-achiever. Now I know we are friends.

Tara said...

What great work!

the tumtum tree said...

Ooo doesn't rick rack make everything that much more yummy? It's one of my instant pick me ups.

Yetta said...

The apron arrived today! Thank you so much. I love the hand embroidery and the colour combination and the shape of the apron and your tight, neat crochet stitches. The whole package is just gorgeous. This makes me so happy since I had just sent out my box this morning and was thinking to myself, I wonder when I will get mine. :-P Thank you again for a sassy apron. I can't believe you attached the rick rack by hand. I didn't even know you can do that!