Friday, September 4, 2009

Pink Saturday…with an Ole thrown in…

This week I had some fun with an apron…no not using one, silly, making one…The call for submissions from Somerset Studio  appeared in the premier issue of Apronology earlier this year. If you haven’t seen a copy, check it out.  I loved the variety and creativity and ingenuity of the creations.

Then in June at Paper Cowgirl Retreat I met mixed media artist Ann Denise Anderson who had created a crepe paper and tulle apron which was featured on page 17… and I started thinking that I wanted to make one…not a real get-out-in-the-kitchen-and-rattle-those-pots-and-pans  apron…but a fun apron to wear to a party where I would eat someone else’s cooking.   I knew it would be Mexican themed and since I’m a recycler, I knew it would feature reclaimed materials. So I started dragging stuff out…

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Just look at all that PINK! and all that YELLOW and all that PURPLE…I love Mexican folk art colors…and I found one of my  vintage tablecloths that had seen better days…

the perfect apron

It has a great border print but there was damage to the center…perfect for cutting in half and turning into an apron!…I knew I would use Loteria cards,

Loteria cards

and images from vintage Mexican ephemera and tourism flyers…

50's senorita

Sewn back to back  and hung from a rainbow of seam bindings…

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and I knew I had a perfect ric rac garland Lisa Laughs had sent me for a swap we did a while back…

apron and pink pyrex 006

and then using thin ribbon, I started tying straw balls and bright wooden beads all along the edge.

Pinata Embellishments

It just looks like a pinata exploding…. to make the waistband, I pulled out an old sash I had made in the late 80’s using these cute handmade Mexican folk dolls…they might be worry dolls…remember those? I sewed it all together…

Sash with worry dolls

And the it was done!!!



Just one last detail remained…

Hail Mary


Before I mailed it off, I stitched in a little Hail Mary prayer card and sent it on its way. On a wing and a prayer. It was definitely a Pink week project…not just the colors, but the humming and singing Cielito Lindo while I worked. The chances of being accepted for publication are minimal at best, but, hey, you don’t have to be Queen of the Hop to have a great time and at least I danced!!!

Visit Beverly to see whose joining the fun this week…   Have a great pink week…I’ll make my rounds on Sunday since this is Wimberley Market Day…stop by Booth 375 to say “Hi” if you’re in the neighborhood.


Catharina Maria said...

You have a lot of pinks in your colorful Pink Post
Love from the Netherlands Rini

Mary said...

What a creation and labor of love. I wish you well with the contest. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Tracy Suzanne said...

All I can say is wow! This is truly a unique and totally cool apron. I just love it. You're chances of getting it in a magazine look more than minimal to me.
I was browsing all the blogs of Xmas in July participants and I couldn't wait to see yours because I really did like your tag - absolutely one of my favorties. I love the vintage bird & snow card. It was perfect on the sheet music.
I hope to meet up again....Tracy Please stop in for a visit at

Claudia said...

That is one amazing creation! You are so talented! I hope it is accepted by Somerset Studio/apronology. It sure deserves to be. Happy Pink Saturday!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Laverne Ole!
This is the most beautiful apron of love that I have ever seen. I had some of those worry dolls too. I had forgotten about those. They look so sweet on the waistband. I do so love it. The fringe on the bottom with the beads looks so festive. What an outstanding job you did. Please stop by and say hi. I would so love to have you visit. Country hugs, Sherry

someplace in thyme said...

Don't you just love to go where you have no idea creating will take you. That apron looks like so much fun and would be the life of the party, lots of great things going on there, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

peppermint said...

What an incredibly fun apron! Job well done. I do hope you get published in the magazine. Love the vibrant colors! Have a wonderful pink Saturday. Please stop by and visit me.
Hugs and glitter, Patti

Julie said...

love it all...I am having a-give-away to celebrate my 1 month Blogoversary.... so come on over and check it out... We will picking a winner Late Monday night , and posting the results then...Have a wonderful Pink week and I hope to see back here next week...

My Crafty Little Page said...

LaVerne - it is absolutely amazing. You did a fabulous job on it and what a neat post. Love the Hail Mary to accompany it. My surprise would be if this did not make it in the magazine! Thanks for sharing, good luck and I'll call you later. xoxo Nancy

Lynn said...

I absolutely LOVE this apron!
I have always shunned aprons for fear they would mislead people into thinking I can cook.
BUT this one would be wrapped around my ample waist right away!
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Come back often!

Lynn said...

I absolutely LOVE this apron!
I have always shunned aprons for fear they would mislead people into thinking I can cook.
BUT this one would be wrapped around my ample waist right away!
Thank you for visiting my blog!
Come back often!

Anonymous said...

What a fun, fun apron you created. Everything is just festive - bet it'll affect the cooking done in the kitchen too :-)

Happy Pink Weekend!


Gerry said...

Your apron is all-out creative. What a bunch of fun ! ! ! ! !

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.