I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving! This is the perfect time of year to move onto all the Christmas fun, decorating and baking if you haven’t started already. I am, truly, so excited at this time of year, so much to do, so much beauty to see, family and friends all around, and so much to be thankful for!
I love it, even more, when you can deck your halls from top to bottom and spend very little doing it! This year, I thought I would start by making a Holiday Apron (that’s something I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while)! It really couldn’t be much easier. If you are anything like me, you spend a lot of time in the kitchen this time of the year getting all those Christmas cookies, breads, squares, candy, etc. made. What would Christmas be without all our traditional faves and a few new ones?! (We are so completely and abundantly blessed).
Although, I don’t know about you, but that, generally leaves me looking a bit harried when people pop by… I thought about this last year, and came to the conclusion that it doesn’t really have to be this way. For example, if I had a pretty apron on… I would be more festive! (Even if my hair or makeup weren’t done). That’s my justification, anyway.And so I came up with the idea of transforming my everyday apron, which I must concede, had seen better days, into something colorful and festive, but most importantly fun.
The joy I feel while baking in my kitchen should be reflected in how I look, right? I do get so much joy from cooking or baking, especially, when I am going to be sharing with others.(It’s my God time. Well, at least one of my God times). Clearly, this old one (the one I was wearing) did not convey that message.
So, in true Shoestring Elegance style, I went on the hunt at my local Goodwill and thrift shops for fabrics that would help me create what was in my head! This red sheet for $1.99 was perfect and not a difficult find. But for some reason, I didn’t like any of the greens I was finding, until last month, when I found this truly ‘vintage-y’ green print. I snapped it up for a cool $2.99! Double size and hemmed all the way around! Score! Saves me a lot of time.
After measuring, pulling and then pinning all my ruffles in place, I was ready to sew them on! This is my favorite part… when I can start seeing it all take shape and become what I had been seeing in my head come to reality. Of course, you could choose whatever colors speak to you, but, come on, ladies…who doesn’t feel prettier in ruffles?!
I got it all sewed together, but it seemed to be missing that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, the little bit of whimsy that makes it even more festive. Just then, I opened my Michael’s email ad and saw this perfect candy-striped red and white fabric ribbon that would finish it off perfectly, and for 60% off!
So, now, the final test! How does it look and feel on?!
I quite like it! Somebody asked me recently, “aren’t you worried it will get dirty?” Not at all, after all, it is just an old worn apron and a couple of sheets! We dress ourselves up so pretty for so many occasions and events, why shouldn’t we feel and look just as beautiful at home doing what we love? I hope this inspires you to do something to make yourself always feel special, too!!
Theresa Begin lives in Northern California, where she was born and raised. She is a Christian who loves her family and says, “I have been blessed with the world’s best parents!” She has three sisters and one brother, as well as 16 beautiful nieces and nephews who “mean the world to me!” She is “differently-abled,” and chooses not to allow her limitations to define her life. She loves to write and share her various projects on her blog, “Shoestring Elegance,” which came about as she discovered that living on a tight budget did not mean compromising on style. “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 NLT