My husband thought I was crazy to host this swap this time of year!! But I say otherwise!! What could be better than receiving packages in the mail every day full of fun surprises!!
I also figured because it was this time of year, It would be a small yet manageable swap!!
So first things first!! I HAD to make each participant a gift... Hmmmm... what was I going to make.. I thought! a TOTE!! Better yet... a festive tote so they could use it for shopping lists.. etc... only this time of year!! So that's what I did..
Here they are!!
I can not wait until the ladies see these!! I hope they like them!!!
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I am so happy I hosted this apron swap!! All the "player's" have made it so much fun!! Everyone was so creative as you will see from the photo's below!! Every time, I opened a new package, I screamed with excitement!! I wanted to keep every single apron.. Each one different in their own way, but just as beautiful as the next!! I couldn't image a better group of girls to participate in the swap!!
so here it is.... The results of the Apron Swap!!
First up, is my apron. I used lots and lots of layers of lace and a beautiful satin damask fabric as the base. I made a pocket and embellished it with a flower I dyed to match. I included some little extra gifts, a brass letter, some old sheet music and book page. A vintage postcard and necklace. I also included a soldered Christmas Ornament. I hope the recipient is happy!!!
Betti, Betti, Betti!! WOW!! and OMG! Was what I said when I opened the package!! Top part is a pink salmon colored satin taffeta. The "Toast the Host" is hand painted on and then she used a sparkle fabric for the lettering!!! The skirt is a martini pattern. I also love the 2 different color tulle at the bottom!!
Just over the top fabulous!!
Thank you Betti!!!
Susi's apron is made from vintage linen fabric. I just love the black polka dot ornaments she made for pockets. The red bows are so festive and the pom pom fringe on the skirts bottom are the perfect finishing touch!! I am a classic black and white person!! I think as the host I should be able to keep two!! Don't ya think?? Heehee!! Speaking of host! Susi made me this incredible hand dyed ink journal!! One page is better than the next!!
I just love it!!
Thank you Susi!!
This is Marian's Apron. Reminds me of the Grinch who stole Christmas.. The apron is has wonderful sewn on candy canes and snowflakes!! Marian also kindly sent me a hostess gift, which is a handmade ornament, by her. It is now hanging on my tree!!
Thank you Marian!!
OHH! Mizz Bee!! What can one say! Just as adorable as can bee!! Marlene, poured her heart and soul into this apron.. She used a quilted satin fabric for the sides of the apron and she made her cute snowman with all vintage doilies. To add a festive touch she then covered the apron with a sparkled tulle.. I think I have the perfect recipient for this one!! heeeheee!!
Beverly's apron is simple yet CLASSIC!! But if you really look, it has gorgeous details!! She started with a vintage tuxedo shirt which she deconstructed to use as the apron top. Then she added some beautiful vintage earrings as button with a flower base so they pop!! The skirt fabric is an incredible rose motif throughout the entire piece!! The waistband is a beautiful white lace!! She also made a matching hand towel and hot pad for the lucky recipient And that gorgeous pumpkin fabric is my hostess gift from her to me... Hmmm. I think I will make a Halloween Apron from it!
What do you think!!
Thank you Beverly!!
MINE! is what I squealed when I opened Heidi's packaged!! She used a beautiful combination of vintage fabric's. I love it all, from the chenille Christmas tree with buttons, and vintage pin as the tree topper, to the vintage damask ruffled bottom. The pocket is made with trims and fabric from old linens as well. Heidi also included a beautiful package full of vintage fun goodies for the recipient and a handmade hand towel and a vintage sewing apparatus with a thimble as a hostess gift for me!!!
Thank you Heidi!!
I laughed when I received Carla's! (In a good way!! )
She was sooo worried! I WAS NOT! Carla's apron is done in beautiful colors of orange and white polka dots. She hand stitched antique lace accents all over. She then added antique ribbon trim and beads. All hand sewn. Then She added a beautiful antique gold adorned trinket that she made herself!! Thank you Carla!!!
oops! Mizz Bee! You did it again!! To quote Brittney Spears, that is!! hee hee!! Boy you have been a buzy bee!! Marlene submitted 2 aprons... and she definitely put just as much creativity in this apron as the first! I can see the recipient of this one in pink high heels, serving pink Cosmo's..
you can see it too.. right!!
She made the tree from from individual strips of fabric and added for the ornaments, topped off with a vintage embellishment for the star. The apron is finished with glitter ribbon. Marlene also included some candy and my favorite malt balls as a hostess gift with this apron!!
Kelly's apron is just as cute as can be... Old fashioned 50's apron!! She used a netting as the apron skirt. Then she sewed on the most adorable felt applique's each adorned with a bit of whimsical tidbits... I love the satin tie and rick rack trim!! Thank you Kelly!!
I have to say it again!! WOWIE! Thank you ladies for your participation in this swap!! I am so happy to have hosted it!! I am already looking to do another!! But not just yet!! I am going to enjoy my apron choice and relax for just a bit... I picked each apron recipient with alot of thought and hope that you are all happy with my choices!!