Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cherries, Cupcakes and Mary Engelbreit

You might be wondering what cherries and cupcakes and Mary Englebreit have in common. I recently joined another of the "Flirty Apron Swaps" and the theme for this swap was to create for your secret partner a package that would incorporate each of the items of the theme, i.e. it must include something with cupcakes, cherries and Mary Engelbreit.

For the apron I created for my partner I used this wonderful cherry print fabric and used a contrasting red dotted fabric for the pocket. So sorry my photos look so washed out. I hurriedly took the pictures in the bright morning sunlight so I could get my package in the mail that day and the bright sun makes this yellow appear very pale when in fact it is a sunny yellow and bright red. I wished I'd made myself the same apron because this fabric is just so sweet, but alas, I did not buy enough fabric for a second apron (though in a few posts back you'll see that I made a pin cushion with some of the scraps.)

A closer look at the contrasting pocket. Frequently I like to use rick rack on aprons but not this time. This apron just seemed to NEED to be trimmed in eyelet and I love the soft, feminine look of the eyelet edging all around the apron and pocket edge.

So, you say, fine. I see cherries but where are the cupcakes and Mary Engelbreit? Well, we always include what has become known as "tuck ins" in our apron swaps. So my tuckins to my partner along with her apron are in the above photo. I had some Mary Engelbreit jellyroll fabric strips so I used the fabric strips on some terrycloth fabric I had and edged them for my partner as hand or fingertip towel. I also made her the set of note cards using a Mary Engelbreit stamp I have. And now for the cupcake inclosures I made the cupcake pincushion, which you've seen in a previous post. And also included some Mary Engelbreit cupcake paper liners.

So this was my surprise package for my secret partner that I put together for her of the apron and the tuck ins, all in the theme of cherries, cupcakes and Mary Engelbreit. I hope she'll enjoy the package. I should be receiving a package in the coming week from a secret partner who'd been given my name to create a package. These swaps are such receive handmade items from strangers around the globe, all in the name of love of aprons and fun.




  1. Oh Jennifer, this is such an adorable apron and I love all your sweet "tuck-ins" too! Your swap partner is going to be in Heaven with all these goodies!! :) Smiles, Pam ♥

  2. Your swap partner is so spoiled to be receiving all these goodies!!! I can't wait to see what you get in return, Jennifer :)

  3. You are such a talented lady, and although I dont sew at all, I follow your blog and just LOVE to see all the beautiful things you make.Thank you for sharing.v

  4. Your partner is one lucky lady! Wow wow and WOW! Love all he details HP. You always put so much love into your projects whether they be from fabric or paper or animal! xoxo

  5. Hi Jennifer
    What a talented lady you are :-) My Mum and niece are both artistic and crafty but alas, it didn't pass on to me! Still I love writing and you visited my blog on all things lavender and left a nice comment so wanted to ask you a question about lavender recipes.
    Do you know any sites that share these recipes that I can share with my readers. I am keen to try out some interesting lavender recipes both sweet and savoury that I can recommend to my readers. Also want to be able to recommend good cookery books with lavender recipes inside.
    Thanks for such a delightful site.
    Patricia Perth Australia
    all things lavender

  6. My mom will going to love that very adorable apron. What makes it more amazing is that cute little red pocket. That makes the total package amazing.

  7. Your apron is adorable! I love the pincushion too. I'm sure your swap partner was thrilled with her apron!


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