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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Halloween Apron Swap gift revealed!

Is there anything more fun than wrapping up a few little gifts specially made or chosen for the recipient and then finding out they were received and enjoyed? I think not! I just got an email today from Micki who was my swap partner for Aunt Pitty Pat's Halloween Apron Swap. She received a package in the mail with all of this in it...

Halloween Apron Swap gift revealed!I had such fun picking out a few little Halloween themed gifts to go along with the apron I made for her, and then wrapping all of them up in this fun Halloween tissue paper with long, reusable pieces of black and yellow ribbon. Besides the apron which was the main item in the swap, I sent Micki a little ceramic jack-o-lantern, a fall scented candle, enough Halloween candy bracelets to share with her whole family, and some fun Halloween stickers.

When she unwrapped the apron, this is what Micki found...

Halloween Apron Swap fall side of reversible apron...an apron that looked perfect for fall with colorful leaves and a large, functional green-leaf pocket across the front. But when she opened it up and really looked at it, this is what she would find on the other side...

Halloween Apron Swap Halloween side of reversible apron...a one-of-a-kind original Halloween themed apron, designed and executed by me especially for her! I cannot tell you how much FUN I had making this apron!

Halloween is not exactly my favorite day of the year, mainly because it has become so much more than just a day and I think some people take the gory, bloody, scary aspect of it much too far with their decorating and such. There are some places here in my own city that I try to avoid driving by at this time of year because I don't like my children to see some of the stuff people have out on their lawns from mid-September all the way until November.

However, I can certainly see the fun in having a practical and useful themed apron for the occasion, and that was the point of this swap. So I jumped into the project with both feet and both hands, and when I came out the other end of it, I was quite pleased with the effort! I used some familiar methods of needlework and some not so familiar, so I went outside my comfort zone to put this together.

In my next post, I'll show some close-ups of the finished apron along with a few photos of the creative process that led to this fun Halloween graveyard scene on an apron.

Happy Stitching!

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  • What a fantastically fun apron!

    By Blogger Abby and Stephanie, At October 7, 2009 at 7:18 AM  

  • OMGosh!!!!! That apron is just too much - I love it! I know your swap partner will too. I just couldnt' get my creative juices going for this one but you certainly did ;-)

    By Blogger Adrienne, At October 7, 2009 at 7:27 AM  

  • What a fun apron! Micki can use it all throughout the fall. Clever you to make it reversable.

    By Blogger Rumi, At October 7, 2009 at 7:41 AM  

  • Hi Mary Grace,
    What a wonderful package of goodies you sent her. I love the reversible apron...great for Halloween and then all through the fall into Thanksgiving. Perfect!

    By Blogger Karen from Sew Many Ways..., At October 7, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

  • You are one clever gal.. thank you for the great Idea. Who would have thunk to make it reversible.. surely not me :) I just love what you did with this apron it is so darn cute.. great job of it ;)Mostly I am happy you had fun going outside of your box ;) That is what I hope for any of my swappers. To dare to try something new!!

    By Blogger Unknown, At October 7, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

  • That is one awesome Halloween gift you set out! I'm sure it will be well used every Fall/Halloween! 8-)

    By Blogger Myra, At October 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

  • That apron is the cutest thing and what a surprize for the eyes when they turn it over to the other side. BOO-Ti-Ful &
    Mwahaharevlous!! ;D

    By Anonymous Pat, At October 7, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

  • WOW! I LOVE the apron! So creative and unique! I sure wish I could sew like you do. You are a great inspiration and I love reading your blogs and seeing all the pictures! Thanks for sharing this! I am sure your swap partner was just thrilled when she opened up her package of goodies! I know I would be! :o)

    By Blogger Gina's Custom Creations, At October 8, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

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