I've recently gotten back into making aprons. I've made a lot of aprons in my lifetime. When I was in Middle school I made my first apron in my Home economics class, it was a required class back then both for boys and girls. It was my favorite class.
Then to help my then 10 year old daughter learn to sew we made matching aprons together. Then one year for Christmas I made aprons for my children who had gone off to college. When my first granddaughter came, I made her an apron using my very first apron as a pattern.
Then I made one for my second granddaughter as well.
I then made one for my son-in-law and daughter in- law using my first apron as my pattern again. After that I was really not wanting to make any more aprons but when my 3rd granddaughter was having her 3rd birthday in September, I realized she needed an apron from grandma. Tired of sewing the same apron pattern, I went searching for a cuter apron pattern and found one that I loved and went in search for the perfect material which I found.
I brought enough material to make my other two granddaughters new aprons and also one for my 18 mth old granddaughter for Christmas. I still had a lot of material leftover and when I showed my friends/co-workers that I work with they encouraged me to sell them at the store I work at and also where I sell my Jewelry Travel bags and Jewelry.
Then I had an idea for an apron for boys but I can see girls wearing these as well. ( I have a 9mth old grandson and another one coming in December) I love how they turned out and I found myself once again loving making aprons, and I don't think you can ever have enough aprons, I know I have at least three or more and I'm thinking I need a new too.
At the beginning of every year I think about a word that will be my theme and inspire me throughout the year and the word that came to me was "create". I had forgotten how much I love to create using my talents with sewing and I love starting with a piece of material and ending with a beautiful useful item that I can share with others.
My son's girlfriend Nicol spent this last year in Japan and in July she celebrated her birthday. When my husband and I were going though some material he found a beautiful piece that reminded him of Japan and he thought that it would be perfect for Nicol. So we decided to make her a jewelry bag out of this material for her for her birthday. We needed matching material for the lining and outside of the jewelry bag as well so we went to the fabric store. We found the perfect lining material, a nice maroon color that matched perfectly, we found out that maroon is Nicol's favorite color. My husband knew that he wanted a cherry blossom material for the outside of the bag but we couldn't find any in the store so he searched the internet and found the perfect cherry blossom material.
Nicol in Japan with her jewelry travel bag. She loved it!
We had so much fun making this special bag for Nicol that it got us thinking that making special order jewelry bags with people's favorite, color ,theme or any special requests would be a great addition to our store.
I love picking out the perfect gift for family and friends and what I love about making my jewelry bags is the thought of the joy that it will bring to those that receive them.
This year for our family reunion we decided to have everyone come home to Oregon, praying that this year it would not be smokey. ( the last 4 summers we have had so many fires surrounding our valley that it has been filled with unhealthy smokey skies for the summer months).
We had a lot of fun, 5 full days of fun activities and food planned by my four adult children. We went to a lake, swam and rode in Papa's boat, ending with a picnic. We went rafting down the Rogue River, went to Crater Lake and enjoyed a small hike to see the wild flowers and had another picnic. We played games in the park. My parents came as well and on Sunday we had a great time learning about our family history. The grandkids loved the little swimming pool, pink playhouse with a small play kitchen that we set up for them and they loved all of grandma's fun activities I had planned for them.
We did have two days that smoke filled the valley, because someone thought it would be a good idea to build a fire in the woods and it got out of hand. :( Despite that we had a great time being all together, enjoying each others company and making memories.
My granddaughter's loved their blankets I made for them and Finnley loved her jewelry/treasure bag I made her. :)
Here is a link to our Family Reunion video my son Kaleb made for us. Enjoy! youtu.be/ltr5zVJ8lhY
In seven days all my grandchildren (all five of them) are coming home to Oregon. We are having a little family reunion, all my children (4), spouses (2) and their children (5) are all coming home to Oregon. There will be a total of 13 of us and my parents are coming as well for a couple of days.
I have been looking forward and preparing for this for months, I want everything to be fabulously fun for all, but mostly for my grandchildren. I've got lots of fun activities planned just for them.
One of the things I've been working on is making 2 quilts for 2 of my granddaughter's who are turning 3 in the next 2 months. This is a family tradition I started when my oldest granddaughter Finnley turned 3.
Finnley's favorite color is pink :)
I wanted to give them to them in person so I have been cutting and sewing for a week so they would be done when they got here. I've had the material picked out and brought for months.
This is Zhenya's quilt she turns 3 in August and I've been told she likes green and blue, I hope she will like her quilt from grandma.
Aven turns 3 in September and I hope she will like this purple quilt I made for her. Her older sister is Finnley and she tends to like everything she likes so I'm crossing my fingers that she will like this purple quilt I made for her.
This is one of my favorite quilts I've made so far. (purple is my favorite color ha ha!)
I didn't want Finnley to feel left out so I made her a fun jewelry/treasure bag.
I will share pictures of them receiving their home sewn gifts from grandma soon.
I have been feeling very grateful these past few months and weeks as I have been sewing a lot and starting my new business of making and selling my jewelry bags and making these quilts for my granddaughters.
I am very grateful for my mother and her willingness and patience to share with me her love of sewing and the rewards that come from sharing your gifts and talents with others. My mother has made many quilts for my family, other family members and many others as well that have been well loved and appreciated.
I love being able to give gifts that brings such joy to myself and now others as well.
Thank you Mom for sharing your passion with me and setting such a good example for me and my family. Love you.
This is my husband Chuck and I, he has always been very supportive of me and whatever my passions are. Recently I had the idea(with the help of my friends) to make and sell my favorite jewelry bag that was given to me by my childhood friend (Stephanie) over 35 years ago. I have loved and used the jewelry bag she gave me all these years and wanted to share them with others. I work in a great grocery plus store in Ashland, Oregon called "Shop n Kart" in the supplement department. It is a very unique store that offers lots of great healthy grocery items, supplements, even clothing, jewelry, rugs and crafts from all over the world and they also support local artists as well. When I talked with my boss about my idea to make and sell my jewelry bag she loved it. So I got busy making jewelry bags. Chuck designed and created this display that is above our heads in the picture. It is located in Shop n Kart above the Jewelry section in the store.
This is my original Jewelry bag, I still use it every time I go on a trip and I think of Stephanie and what a good kind friend she was to me all those years ago.
As I mentioned above Chuck is very supportive and wants to help in anyway he can. So I taught him how to clip the seams around the circle and turn them right side out. (he even found a better and faster way to do it) Then when they are ready to thread the satin ties though the castings he does that as well.
He recently went material shopping with me to help me pick out material for my new bags that are now up on my website. He was very passionate about picking out which materials should go together. We have different styles, I tend to like cutsie (I know this is not really a word but the best way I can describe it) material with cute flowers with matching, matching patterns, like polkadots and he likes the more realistic looking flowers with lots of contrast. You can probably tell in the picture above which material I picked out and which ones Chuck picked out. Anyway, right before we were ready to go he said " I want to show you something" and he showed me the strawberry material and said "I think this will make a great looking bag". I was not sold on the idea but agreed to it. While we were making them he told me that if the strawberry bags don't sell he will buy them all. l0l
I recently had a friend who I hadn't seen in a long time who was visiting her family and had seen my facebook posts and wanted to come and buy some of my jewelry bags for gifts. It was so good to see her and talk with her and catch up on how she and her family are doing. I love that my new passion is helping me reconnect with old friends and making new ones. ( I wish I would of gotten a picture of us together. The first bag she picked out was the strawberry one ( Chuck's material pick) I was so excited to tell Chuck when he got home from work that his pick was the first picked. I love how involved and invested he is in me and my projects and I'm so glad that I listened to his artistic point of view.
I am a soft subtle woman who loves to make others happy by sharing my gifts and talents with them.