Tuesday, July 19, 2011

An Apron For A Bracelet

A couple of months ago, my bloggy friend Patty from My Life Under the Bus and The Junquerie on Etsy, asked me if I would make her a custom apron.  After explaining what she wanted and agreeing on a price, I told her I would be happy to make one.  Not long after that she asked me if I would be interested in a trade.  She had made a bracelet that I just fell in love with and she would trade the bracelet for the apron.  Well, I jumped at that suggestion!  Who wouldn't want this bracelet?

I waited for Patty to send the fabric and I just couldn't believe what came in that package.  I couldn't believe how wonderfully decorated the envelopes were.  I felt special before I even opened it up!  There were two envelopes.  One contained the fabric and the other was full of goodies I wasn't expecting.

There were the sweetest paper dolls and these wonderful teacup prints 'wrapped' in toile.

Don't you love this wrapping?  I was just in awe of it.  It is a page from a book and Patty did a tutorial on book paper that you can see here and here and here.

These little note cards were in there!

And then of course there was THE bracelet!  This bracelet won a Facebook contest and you can have one of your very own because there is one in Patty's Etsy shop, The Junquerie!  My photos don't do it justice.  Trust me when I say it is simply beautiful.

Patty wanted a full apron that she could wear to do craft shows.  She wanted the skirt to be ruffles and she wanted pockets on the inside so she could use them for money at the show.  Isn't that just a great idea?    This is what I came up with.

I also made her a lavender sachet to let her know how special she is to me.

Patty was one of my very first blog followers and has been a constant source of encouragement and support.  I was happy to make her an apron and even more happy to have one of her original bracelets.

Thank you Patty for everything!


  1. What a wonderful surprise! The bracelet is just beautiful and that apron? FABULOUS! I adore it!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! The bracelet and the apron are magnificent! What a great idea for the apron too. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Well I'd say that this was definitely a win win. You both ended up with fabulous treasures. Patty gets an apron to die for (really it is the prettiest apron I've ever seen) and I can't believe the wonderful package of surprises that she sent your way. Patty's jewelry is just gorgeous and has a style that is unmistakably "Patty". And the way she packaged the parcel made it as special as birthday present. Yes, I'd say you both made an exceptional deal with each other.

  4. Aweeee!!! I LUVS MY APRON!!!! It's Fantabulous!!! It was exactly what I had pictured - and I mean exactly!!!! You are such a Sewista!!! Thank You My Friend!

  5. ...and I forgot to mention it smelled like Heaven too! That sachet is unbelievable!

  6. Really awesome trade you girls did! Definitely a win-win!

  7. WOW. Everything is absolutely gorgeous! What a great exchange.

  8. Beautiful!! That apron is lovely...so perfect. Patty's packaging is soooo cute...I love it and her jewelry is beautiful...I'm lucky to have a couple pairs of her earrings and I love them.

    Aren't blog friends the best!!

  9. your happiness beams up from this post! congratulation for the good mail and trade!
    you girls really have stunning handmade items ♥

    etsy blog team

  10. Beautiful bracelet!
    LOVE the apron!! Almost tempting to start wearing one :)

  11. How awesome that you have become friends as well! I say it's a great trade on both sides.

  12. WOW Annette! It looks like Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday here on your blog! What a beautiful apron and gorgeous bracelet and all those wonderful goodies! You are both sooo talented!!!
    Judy K.

  13. As they said in Dances With Wolves..."good trade". What a beautiful design for a bracelet and such a pretty apron. I'd be too afraid to wear it and gunk it up (which I've been known to do in the kitchen...I'm SO messy)

  14. thats an awesome trade!!! good job with the apron. My mother just made me one.

  15. That apron is crazy gorgeous! Wonderful work!

  16. I think you are both VERY lucky girls. The bracelete and the apron are both just amazing!!

  17. Oh, that is just so sweet! You ladies are wonderful!!!

  18. great trades, Both lovely!

  19. Hi Annette!
    isn't it just great to swap handmade items with fellow bloggers?
    That bracelet is very special and I LOVE your apron, especially the ruffles and lace!

  20. It's always is nice to get the "unexpected" added goodies =) I love to do that too when I can =) So nice!

    Everything is very nice! =)

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