Sunday, January 16, 2011

A special ‘shabby’ apron, sneak peek and other goings on!

I thought you might like to see a (relatively) recent finish?

Before I left the branches of the Gum Trees, us girls had arranged an apron swap for Christmas. You can see the bright and cheery (and very ‘me’) apron that Vicki made for me, here.

My swap partner was Fee – and she really is a shabby girl at heart! She’s always repurposing furniture and finding vintage goodies at flea markets… and she’s no stranger to a pot of white furniture paint!!

This is the gorgeous shabby chic apron I made for her!

Fee's apron 1

I designed the actual apron with long wide ties and a flower-pot-shaped-pocket - but the standout is obviously the painting design!

I can not take credit for this (although I wish I could!) as the design is the amalgamation of two painting patterns by the talented Kerryanne English of Woodberry Designs! The Victorian boot design is my all-time-favourite and it is Christmas themed, but I wanted to use the same design with roses so that Fee could use the apron all year-round. The roses were the second design of Kerryanne’s, featured in Handmade magazine a year or two ago. Mine look nothing like the original – try as I might! LOL!

Here’s a close-up. Although it’s difficult to see, I used a bit of crystalina sparkle on the finished roses… and the buttons are sewn on, not painted.

Fee's apron close up roses

Shabby apron 3

I think it’s the prettiest project I’ve ever made, although Rosie’s nappy stacker came close! :-)

I’m working on a new design at the moment – fancy a sneak peek?

Red polkadots

Mysterious? This project has been designed for a special friend, I hope to finish it next week, while I also work on some special sewing kits for THIS good cause…

New beginnings

The Gum Tree Designers are collecting sewing kits to give to those affected by the flood disasters in Queensland and NSW. Just click on the button above to see if you’d like to help – you don’t have to be a sewer – there are other ways of donating – whether it be purchasing needles and threads, or donating money for postage costs.

I am going to make up a few kits and was going to use fabric already in my stash, until I headed to my local craft store yesterday and picked up this fabric at half the usual price…

Lynette Anderson fabrics

It is called ‘Stitches’ by Lynette Anderson Designs for Henry Glass Fabrics. I thought it was PURRfect (sorry couldn’t resist!) for making up sewing kits… will show you more as I progress!

On the subject of Flood Relief – I have put a list of favourite auctions and raffles in my side bars and will no doubt keep adding… the more exposure the better!

If you haven’t done so already – I am raffling my recently published travel caddy, and also auctioning a complete set of the ‘Springtime’ BOM designed by the Gum Tree Designers… I think it retails for around $160… so you never know your luck – you could grab a real bargain! Details at the top of my right-hand side bar – or just head here and here!

*Please feel free to use the pictures/blog buttons of my auction/raffle to post on your blog*

Until next time – enjoy the sweet fragrance of those shabby roses!

Hugs! Vikki xo :-)


Fee said...

And I just adore my apron - Thanks so much Vik - It is awesome !

Hugs - Fee X

Deb said...

Hi sweetie, the apron you made for Fee is beautiful and I can so understand how much she loves it. You're a clever chook!!
Lynette Andersons fabrics are so sweet and as you say they are "purrect"!

Unknown said...

Lucky Fee that apron is stunning !
That sneak peek is going to be gorgeous and it has dots , I love dots !

Wendyb said...

Huh??? No talent????....I wish I had an ounce of skill that you have my sweety!!!??? that painting is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s....dont you dare sell yourself short!!!!! If it were mine I wouldn't dare wear it....I'd make a huge mess!!! hee hee.....framing sounds good!
I cannot wait to see your sneaky and white AND polka dots......yuuuuuuuuuummmy!'ve hit my buttons!!!! LOL I'm proud to be associated with the flood relief appeal too....and helping out with the sewing kits....glad there is something we can do, no matter how small!
sweet sweet sugary hugs lovely one
XXX Wendy :O)

John'aLee said...

That apron is absolutely adorable. You are so talented.

Allie said...

Darling girl I think that's the prettiest apron ever - and you did a fabulous job on the roses! So, so beautiful!
I can't wait to see your design, red and white polka dots, I'm drooling already!

Crowing Moon said...

ooooooh Vikki that apron is gorgeous!!!! I LOVE the boot. You did an awesome job on it :)

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

The apron looks gorgeous Vikki and you did such a beautiful job of the painting. I love how you used elements from the two patterns. BTW... your roses are perfect.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Oh, what a gorgeous apron.
I'm sure Fee was wrapt with it.

Ah, great job on painting that Victorian boot and roses too!
That's the first bit of painting I've seen here.

Stina said...

It's beautiful:-) Stina

Monica said...

Beautiful Vikki! You are a real artist!!
I like anything that is "shabby chic" and your apron is perfect!

Ciao ciao

I appreciate also your efforts to help those persons who are affected by flood in Australia.

Anonymous said...

Frien It is a wonderful Project! Lovely.
May be you can tell me or send me the magazine cover where this project was published.
My e mail is
Thank you in advanced Claudia


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