Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Little (Or a Lot!) of Birthday Sewing

Kelsey's Apron


As some of my long-time blogees know, my three daughters are adopted. In addition to providing me with a ready-made family, Vietnam also provided me with their birth certificates. Key word there is - provided. Since they didn't regularly issue birth certificates, they had to issue them for our adoption. And issue them they did, exactly 9 days apart. So beginning on July 21 and ending on Aug 7th, we have 3 birthdays, a birthday every 9 days. Since my birthday and my husband's are a week apart in May, it is either feast or famine on birthdays in the Sidewalk household.

Kate's Apron


This year in addition to the usual presents or money, I decided to make something for the girls. I haven't sewn for them since they were little. Since all of my girls know their way around a kitchen, I thought a cute apron would be perfect. I decided to make them reversible, because everyone knows, that's like getting two for the price of one.

Hayley's Apron


So, I turned to my new book, The Perfect Apron: 35 Fun and Flirty Designs for You to Make to see what I could find. I wanted something simple, since I had to make three.

I enjoyed making these so much, I think that I'll try to make them something every year for their birthday. Except that my youngest has decided to not celebrate birthdays anymore (because they didn't celebrate them in Vietnam). I imagine the other two are greedily rubbing their hands together imagining the overflow that will fall their way!

19 comments:

food with style said...

oh how cute and what a sweet story! i cracked up at the 2 rubbing their hands and smiling at their extra spoils~ wonderful story, thanks for the extra smiles~

Kat said...

Those are so cute. I love the combination of materials. I love aprons and always tell anyone who asks why I wear them I say because I can't cook without them! I have made a few too, but usually give them away. I am a full body apron girl.
What a nice gift! I am sure the un-birthday girl will take the gifts just because.

shabby girl said...

Great choice on the pattern and the fabric! So cute!

Antoinette said...

Pam, those are beautiful aprons! Thanks for the link back to the adoption post, too -- I hadn't seen that and I really enjoyed reading it. :) My mom is Vietnamese and it's funny how little birth days seem to mean culturally. I remember her telling me how they considered conception date more important than birth date. When she came to the U.S. she got a new birthday, too. LOL

Natashya said...

They are so cute! What a great mom your are.
I made a couple of dolls when my daughter was young.. that's about all.
ps. My birthday is in September. Just sayin'. ;-)

redmenace said...

These aprons are soooo cute. I love them!

noble pig said...

They are beautiful Pam, you are so blessed with talent and children to love!

Eve said...

Pam those are stunning! I'm half inclined to learn how to sew just so I can have one! love them so much. :)

I'm sure your daughters will be very happy with those beauties!

Marjie said...

Those are cute aprons. I am willing to bet that while the one daughter protests that she on't celebrate birthdays, she won't decline presents!

We have 8 birthdays (including mine and my dearly beloved's) between Halloween and Feb. 4, along with all the holidays everyone else has. Believe me, I suffer birthday overload, too!

a good yarn said...

They are domestic goddess divine!

Pam said...

Food - thank you!

Kat - I know, my next aprons will be full body.

Shabby - thank you!

Antionette - thank you!

Natashya - Um, could you tell my daughters what a great mom I am??

Red - thank you!

Noble - thank you!

Eve - thank you! Sewing really is easy (sort of) once you start.

Marjie - wow! I don't feel so bad about all of our birthdays now!

Yarn - yes, they are!

Joy said...

Loved reading your adoption story again. I still have two of those pictures. You have done a great job raising your girls.

Ty'sMommy said...

Its so funny, I am discovering that a bunch of the ladies whose food blogs I follow also SEW! (just like me!) Makes the world seem even a bit smaller. I love it - and the aprons are so darn cute!

si said...

very cute -- i'm impressed! if i had these aprons, i'd be inspired to cook -- maybe, sorta (probably not)... :)

the ungourmet said...

What a lovely gift! These are so pretty. I love that they are reversible too!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Our birthdays are bunched too; some in April, some in June, and a couple in October. The aprons are adorable; I'll have to give a look at that book. I can't live without aprons.

Kasha said...

So cute! How great of you to adopt! I want an apron! Those look fantastic!
Kasha
grubandstuff.blogspot.com

Rita said...

Those are adorable! What a talent you have.

Jennalu said...

these aprons are beautiful!