Singing With my Singer

June 29th

dinner anyone

Dear Finny,
How are you, my friend? Guess what? Yesterday, after thoroughly complaining I haven’t had enough time to be creative, I told myself enough was enough. Stop complaining and start doing. So, I cranked up the tunes, sat down at my sewing machine and completed a few wedding gifts. You know how you and Meg took plenty of time and thought into what fabric to select when creating your place mats and napkins for the June In Stitches theme? I, in lazy contrast, grabbed from the top of the pile and dug in. The JoAnn’s by my house recently had a moving sale and thankfully I had purchased several yards of lime cotton at a considerable discount. It nearly took as long to wash and press all the fabric for these as it did to sew these babies — my kind of project.

Limon inspired
June In Stitches

Voila — a summery dinner setting, which is being dropped in the mail today to celebrate a friend’s wedding. I am so glad I used canvas for the middle and back sections of these place mats. The extra weight is nice and they are durable. This couple has a young daughter, so I wanted something they could easily throw in the washing machine and use many times over without worrying about them falling apart. And yes, the trim is the same fabric I used for my May project. (And an Amy Butler Barcelona skirt that I was wearing when I posed with the donkey on Burro Street in Santa Fe. The Donks. Ha!) Are you sick of this fabric yet? Because I have a wee bit left and we’ve got five more months of projects.

martha tea towel apron

While I was being all crafty, I whipped up one last summer wedding gift. You know how Anna Wintour has her signature haircut? Jackie O had her signature sunglasses and style? Bush has his signature strategerie? Well — I now have a signature wedding gift — the basic apron that can be worn for either baking by the misses or grilling by the mister and my very favorite cookbook on earth:

my signature wedding gift

And with that, I wish you a very happy Friday, my friend. I miss you.


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14 Responses

  1. Well played, my friend. I love the fabrics that you selected, Show-Off! If I were you, that purple and lime number would indeed be featured in plenty of projects; it would take a while to grow sick of such a winner. And, finally, I love the signature wedding gift of choice. I’m becoming a big fan of “signature” everything; one less thing to think about!

  2. Very nice… I love your signature wedding gift. The Martha dish towel you used is one of my favorites!

  3. All very cute! It is indeed a great book, and to have an apron too, perfect! I am sure that they will both be happy with thier gifts.

  4. When I first saw the photo of that book, I thought, “When did Laura Bush find the time to write a cookbook?” Hahaha.

  5. Ha! As you know, that is my signature bridal shower gift. That book and a baking pan or two. EVERYONE should own it. šŸ™‚
    OMG, I clicked the link that was supposed to go to your skirt and it went to some girl’s b*tt. And it wasn’t yours!

  6. I love that apron – although I can’t see too many guys wearing it! =)
    (And yeah, I got sent to to the “bedonkadonk” picture just like atpanda. Egads.)

  7. love the place settings! they would look perfect in my breakfast area! too much! and the apron? love it! what a great gift!

  8. All the placemats and napkins I’ve seen have turned out soo cute!! I just love yours, and I esp. love that stylish red-patterned apron. What a great wedding gift!

  9. Craft on for me! I am tired just looking at the photos! šŸ™‚

  10. The green is so fresh – I personally can’t wait to see more of it!

  11. ‘Stratergie.’ ahaha. I love that fabric.

  12. i love the placemats and the apron… that fabric is delish.
    and the cake mix doctor… swoon… adore!! the darn good chocolate cake is my go-to cake for everything– parties, late night chocolate cravings, everything. yum.

  13. I love that fabric – little sandollars – so pretty šŸ™‚ And the canvas is a good idea! I have some left over from the abandoned bedside organizer fiasco. Perhaps I’ll make myself some placemats from it, since I sent the set I made off to my Grandma for her birthday (she called to say she LOVED it, btw – yay!).

    Nice job taking it off the top of the pile and I, of course, love the apron and that cookbook.

  14. Such beautiful fabrics! Especially the red one.