Thursday, May 14, 2009

Some fun crafties....

When Luke was born I got involved in an online group with a great group of women all around the country. One factor that ties us all together is our love of being "crafty". For Mother's Day we decided to do a craft swap, sending out love via sewing, baking, jewelry-making, and amazing handiworks. Now that the swap is over, I'm free to share the things that I made for my amazing partner, Molly.

I've been wanting to try some jewelry making, so this was my first shot at using beading wire:


And I had long ago fallen in love with the pleated bag from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing. This was the perfect time to try it out. While I liked the finished result, next time I wouldn't use linen for the body - a stiffer cotton would hold it's shape better. I also made the zippered pouch from the same book:


Here's the inside of the zippered pouch - it has a fun little paisley lining, and was my first shot at sewing in a zipper:


All three projects were a blast to make, and having a deadline forced me to do some long-missed sewing. I now want to try all three again for myself! And the best part of the swap? I got some amazing gifts from an amazing woman, Emily. She is a crafter and photographer that I greatly admire, and to have her create amazing handiwork for me was so special!

The package started with these - Cherry Almond Chocolate cupcakes in a jar! They are to die for!!!!! And could they be any cuter?!


Then was this beautiful grapevine wreath with two beautiful lovebirds perched inside:



Then she took two of my favorite pictures of the boys and had them printed on display-designed foam board with fabulous quotes about moms and their boys underneath:


And last but not least? This amazing apron! It is adorable and a work of sewing art - gathers, reversible, fabulous fabric choices. It is going to make baking so much fun - and I'll look just so cute with my red kitchen aid mixer.



Here's everything together (and the other side of the apron):


I am just so fortunate to be a part of this great group of women - and want to publicly thank the Divine Miss Em for her thoughtful gifts. They made my year!

6 comments:

Stefanie said...

You ROCK that apron, Megan!! You need to get behind the camera more often!!!

Way to go on that necklace and bags....I need to learn to sew!!

*jess* said...

i agree...you are beautiful! we need to see MORE pics of you. :) what an awesome care package too. ELW rocks. :)

Emily S. said...

You are so sweet, Megan... Thanks for your post, and for loving the gifties. I was SO thrilled to get you as my swappie. BEyond thrilled!

And ditto to the other girls... you ARE gorgeous!! I love how you look in the apron!

xxoo!!

Erin said...

That's awesome! I'm glad that you have such great friends to share your creativity with!

Gloria O said...

I have craft/sewing envy right now! =) What beautiful handiwork.

j.yue said...

craft envy too! you look adorable as always megan! what a fun group!