Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Apron is Here!

I want to thank Barb, aka "Dogmom Diva" for the wonderful apron and all the goodies. I absolutely love it. I came home from a quilting retreat and this wonderful package was waiting for me. I'll get some pics taken and posted so all an see what a wonderful package I received.

Thank you Barb!!!!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thank you Mary Lea!

Here's some pics of my fabulous apron and tuck ins!  Soooooo happy!!!

The first thing I saw when I opened the package was this awesome little flip flop case! cute!!!  Right away it brought a smile to my face!

And what was inside...but an awesome little mani-pedi kit!  Where is this going...straight to the glamper!

And a little something for a summer party...awesome flamingo napkins and invitations...and adorable pineapple straws.....perrrrrrfecttttt for my pina coladas!  I'll be using those straws this week!

And more awesome kitchen items...and where are they going...straight to the glamper!  My theme in the kitchen is red, yellow and everything here is perfect!  I love this little polka dot food tent...and the wooden spoons, corn holders and basting brush!  Again...perfect!!!

And here's the total package...with the piece de'resistance!  An adorable reversible flamingo apron!  I love flamingos...and of course have a pair for my vintage glamper!  Can't wait to use this all this week while I'm Glampin'!!

Thanks so much Mary Lea!!!  I love it did perfect!!! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Got my package

I got my package from Jennifer sorry for taking long to post. Thank you for the cute apron, flip flops, aloha towels and pot holder, the oh so stylish dog lead and the garden saying. This was just what I like bright and colorful. I am posting from my IPhone and will add a pic later. My radiation treatments have slowed me down a bit and leave me fatigued, but I will get through this. Once again thank you Jennifer.

Shipped Today!

Aloha fellow swappers, I finally finish, and my apron is on its way!  Almost wanted to get on a plane and relax by this inspired swap!  I have had so much fun with this fabric, the trim was a bear, I pull my seam ripper out way to much, I did my best, I hope my partner enjoys!

Finally done! Whew!

Here's my ALOHA apron ladies! I really hope my swap partner likes it! I didn't show the tuck-ins and hope she will share with you. Aloha!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What an awesome package, Tammy!!

I got home late to find my package!  I will post a picture tomorrow with all the AWESOME add ins and quite a cute flamingo apron when the sunshine is out!!  I couldn't wait that long to say thank you though.  Picture coming tomorrow after I get off work.  Thanks again Tammy.  You worked so hard and made such a thoughtful swap!!

You're a hoot Regena!

Many thanks to Regena for my wonderful reversible tiki owl apron. I love it!!

I also love my goodies. Regena sent a mini photo album, rotary cutter case, cd of Hawaiian music, cute little notepad and the most adorable owl pendant. She also sent some fabric which works great because I have some of the owl fabric.

Thank you again! I will put my owl apron to very good use! Aloha!!!

Aloha! It's Here!

A Ginormous Thank You to Donna aka 'tealovinglady'...
I hit the P.O. after swim class with my grandbabies today & was delighted to find a "you've gotta package'' note in my P.O. Box..... Oh could it be? YES! my Apron! wahoooo!

I was so excited when I got home,,,to take pics but no one was around to take a photo of me wearing my apron so I had to give the honors to "Lucy" my 'double'!
I am going to head right over to my blog next & post lots of pics of all the goodies that Donna tucked in for me....
Donna,,,Thank you so very much! I Luv It!
Aloha & Happy Day! (sneak over to my blog to see more pics) :>)

(p.s....Donna, I can not read the spelling of your street name...can you email it to me? Thanx)

I got my apron, I love it!

Thank You & Aloha!

I got my package from my wonderful swap partner Sally at Glamping Cowgirl!  What a wonderful apron and goodies she sent to are a few pictures..

Even the box was festive!


I couldn’t wait to dig in..


A very sweet note from Sally to me..


Oh goodness gracious!


There was a cute pitcher and glasses to match, cutie patootie dish towels that are really too nice to get dirty, so they are on display on a rack!  Also, some umbrella style straws, paper napkins and matching plates, a cute tissue box that is in my lighthouse decorated bathroom (Sally, those are Michigan lighthouses that I love), along with a Mary Englebreit pen and matching journal!  Finally there were two lei’s and a wonderful reversible apron!




Sally, thank you so very much, you did good, girl!  And I love it all!

Barb B.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A note to my partner!!

Just to let my partner know that I will be out of town for a couple weeks I won't be able to pick up my parcel when it arrives.  My mail is being it will be safe...I am sorry that you will have to wait to find out how much I will be loving my pkg!!  I will let you know as soon as I am back and have it picked up!!

I'm late ~

I am so sorry, partner, but your apron won't be leaving GA until tomorrow.  I had so many problems getting started on this project.  First, I had a really hard time finding Hawaiian fabric.  Second, I chose a dud smock pattern (it would have been great for a beanpole).  I didn't discover it wouldn't fit until I had already cut it out and sewn some.  I finally found a halter top apron that would look great with my material last night and worked today to get it done. 

Now - onto my wonderful apron package that arrived yesterday.  I got the cutest apron from Kerry, who btw has the neatest handwriting.  Notice the matching headband!

She also sent some popsicle makers with a recipes for our own homemade treats.  There are more recipes on the back of each laminated card, too. 

In the mesh bag, with matching fabric at the top, were some summertime toys for all of my kids.  She also sent spreaders - at first I thought it was two boxes of spreaders, but upon further inspection, I saw that the second box was table cloth weights!  How cute is that??

I am a very happy girl and thank you so much, Kerry, for spoiling me so!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Aloha Ladies

My swap package is boxed up and ready to send first thing Monday morning. I had such a fun time with this apron and I was even more excited since I made up my own pattern by combing a few that I had to get the look that I wanted. This was also my first time using hand dyed fabrics which I discovered are much narrower than normal but I made it work. I'll leave the full package for my partner to post but here is a peek at the product.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Packaged mailed

The goods are in the mail. Hope you love it partner!!
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It's Done!

YEA! My apron and tuck-ins are ready and going in the mail. I had a hard time getting this apron going! I haven't touched sewing in approximately 3 months and I needed 'something' to get me back in the studio. I believe this swap has done the trick. I'll wait till after my partner receives her package before I post pics. Thanks for a good time!!!

Going out in today's mail........

I will not be showing any tuckin's because I am quite sure my partner knows wHOOOO she is and I want her to be a little surprised!! But only a little!!

This is what you get when you cross the Brady Bunch in Hawaii with a peace loving surfer from Santa Cruz fighting to save the spotted owl.  LOL

wHooooooo's your Tiki?

Unlike many a Tiki idol curse, this apron is reversible!!
I hope my swappee likes it!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

I'm squealing with delight ...

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Madelyn for my gorgeous package!!!
When she posted about her fabric on the blog, I fell in love with it. It's on my list of fabrics to buy ..... I think it gets an A+ on the cute scale. So when I took delivery of it from the post lady, and saw Madelyn's name as the sender, I squealed ..... my son actually came to check I was ok!!!!
Is that not the cutest apron ever .... I adore the fabric:-D As you can see, she made me a matching oven glove, hot pad, and set of coasters - my family have been warned, that they're decorative!!! No sticky barbeque sauce for these lovelies.

She also spoilt me with 2 lovely dishtowels she embroidered for me ..... also for decorative purposes family!!! A candle, hand sanitizer, nail file, and the sweetest little tape measure, all rolled up in its own little tin ..... perfect for the road trip we set off on today:-D
The pack of picnic recipes will be put to good use .... I love all things recipes:-D
Thank you so much again Madelyn for spoiling me, and bringing a BIG smile to my day.

Prize from SewMuch2Luv

Received the beautiful SewMuch2Luv apron from Karen today. Wow! All I can say is that it is marvelous and she's an amazing seamstress. Thanks so much Karen and thanks so much for our apron swap coordinator. Luv the swaps!


Real Simple Magazine

Thursday, July 21, 2011

StacieJewelry On Time Mailing Giveaway

EVERYONE wants to mail on time in this swap!!  If you do, you will automatically be entered into the drawing for this Flip Flop Ankle Bracelet.

Retail Value $26.00

Flip flops on one side of the charm and bare feet on the you can wear it either way. Perfect for the beach lover!

The charm is handcrafted from fine silver and is approximately 1/2 inch round. Sterling silver ankle bracelet is 9 1/2 inches. If you need a different length, just let me know and I will cut a custom chain for you. Two sided clasp is also sterling silver.

Here's a bit about our sponsor...

Stacie from StacieJewelry!

My name is Stacie Spencer and I am a Maryland artist. I have created jewelry from my home studio for the past twelve years. All of my designs are original and handcrafted using a unique combination of precious metal clay, sterling silver, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals and vintage beads. 

I also enjoy drawing, painting and art journaling. My latest love is incorporating my artwork and jewelry together using a photo transfer method. 
My work is an ongoing process of creativity and is always changing. I love to combine materials that are not typically put together, like soft pink pearls and heavier antiqued silver chain and charms. I enjoy breaking the rules with my jewelry and finding a new look. I hope you enjoy my work and find some pieces to add to your own collection of wearable art...!

PLUS she's offering a 20% discount to ALL swappers who purchase from  StacieJewelry through July 31 - enter the code "ALOHA20" at checkout.

be sure to leave your name in the comment since I can't always correlate your blogger name to your real name

Mandatory Entry: Visit StacieJewelry, browse around, then come back here and comment on your favorite item in the store - tell her everything you adore!!

Bonus Entries (leave separate comments for each entry plz):
FAV Stacie's Etsy Shop
POST a sneak peek this week
COMMENT on someone's post
MAIL BEFORE THE DEADLINE and EMAIL me your tracking info

DEADLINE TO ENTER: Midnight, Monday, July 25

Finally Finished!!

I didn't think I would ever get the right fabric, but I finally did this weekend. I finished shopping for the add-ins this evening - then came home and finished the apron.  Now I will mail out Saturday morning to my partner. I hope you love it.  I think I want to make myself one too.  The pattern is the Lilly Apron if you love it and need one for yourself!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Secrete Swap partners package is in the Mail!

OK, it's in the mail & on it's way! Yipee KiYay!
I decided to get a 'signature' confirmation after the last (swap) fiasco! I am still dealing with the P.O. on the missing package with out any luck.... It was delivered but unfortunatley not to my swap partner.....and the person who received it was not honest enough to return it.

I love this Aloha theme! Thanx Shawnee for being a wonderful 'swap mama'.

Ready for the mail! it is...just in the nick of time!  I hope my swap partner loves it! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fabric finally arrived!!

My choices:

 A loverly batick and a santa cruz beach boardwalk, hippy kinda vibe

 And an uber close up of the one that makes me sing the tiki room song every time I look at it.

I am leaning toward the laid back tiki drinking hippie  with some batik accessories....yep, that's my direction.

mwha ha ha


Well I finally got my fabric, I was so uninspired until I saw this


Today, sewing, sewing and more sewing!  I hope my partner likes!

Barb B. AKA DogmomDiva

Package All Done

My apron package is finished and is ready to be mailed. Very colorful I must say. Here is a quick peek:

Tuck In Idea - Fabric Coasters

I saw this tutorial on another blog and the writer didn't mind me sharing here - quick fabric coasters. I made some to include with my package: Fabric Coasters Tutorial

Monday, July 18, 2011

PinkPupDesigns Banners Giveaway

We have TWO adorable swap-themed banners for two lucky winners this week!!

Here's a bit about our sponsor...

Pam from PinkPupsDesigns!

My two "girls" (a yellow lab/shepard mix & a chocolate lab) were the inspiration for my shop name. They like to hang around and supervise while I'm creating new banners. :)

I hand make banners for all occasions - Birthdays, Holidays, Parties, Weddings, Baby & Bridal showers, Sports, and other Celebration events. I can also custom make name or word banners. Please convo me if you would like a custom item! I use ink, stamps, acrylic paints, heavy cardstock, chipboard, ribbons, glitter & embellishments.

I have a variety of paints, inks, and stamps to use for creating each banner. The metallic paints are my favorite - they have a little sparkle!

PLUS she's offering a 15% discount to ALL swappers who purchase from PinkPupDesigns from 7/19 to 8/19 - enter the code "PINK15SALE" at checkout.

be sure to leave your name in the comment since I can't always correlate your blogger name to your real name

Mandatory Entry: Visit PinkPupDesigns, browse around, then come back here and comment on your favorite item in the store - tell her everything you adore!!

Bonus Entries (leave separate comments for each entry plz):
FAV Pam's Etsy Shop
LIKE Pam's Facebook Page
POST a sneak peek this week
COMMENT on someone's post
MAIL BEFORE THE DEADLINE and EMAIL me your tracking info

DEADLINE TO ENTER: Midnight, Saturday, July 23


My swap partner wanted a half apron and Simplicity 2011 made this a very easy project. Hope my swap partner likes it. I found the fabric when I was out shopping on Friday. The rick rack came from a Pick Your Plum package that I ordered a little while back. Now on to finishing the tuck ins.

Aloha Ladies

I'm done ( except for a few more tuck ins)

Wanted to try and incorporate the hula skirt and of course the Hawaiian fabric.

Mailing Time

Just a quick reminder, swappers, that this is the week to finish off and mail your Aloha packages. Please include some inexpensive summer goodies to make a fun package (minimum of $10 in value in the tuck-ins).  Then, head to the post office and ship it with 2-day priority, get a tracking number for delivery confirmation, and send me messages when it's gone.  Pictures are nice, too.  

I gotta get to work to finish MY sweet package now!