Yes, we have bananas

Here's my apron for this month's Tie One On apron challenge. Our mission was to create an apron for a doll or stuffed animal.

First, some background. This little guy is a Mac Monkey. Originally purchased at the dollar store as decorations for an animal-themed party, he and his siblings were later distributed to all the Macintosh computer operators on staff (art and production people). I should explain the joke. One of our boss' favorite sayings was that "any monkey off the street could do our jobs", meaning that we were expendable. At least he thought so—we knew better. So, after the party we all became official Mac monkeys with our own personal mascots. When I left that job he came with me and now sits perched on the shelf above my computer. Reminding me of what I left behind. I'm still a part-time Mac monkey but I get more bananas now :)

Since he's also the only doll or stuffed animal in my house, he became my muse for this project. My friend Jennifer at Textile Fetish pointed me to some great (and very appropriate) fabric - Funky Monkey by Max&Nobie for Moda, which I was able to find on Ebay. I used the red with yellow bananas for the apron base and the coordinating red and brown polkadot on white for the top and bottom bands and ties.

A very simple style that ties at the neck and waist (actually I miscalculated slightly and it ties around his butt—but you can't see that in the pictures)

I photographed him at work with his new apron, which he's liking very much. I suppose he doesn't really need an apron for this kind of work, but I told him I'd kill him if he got any more banana on the keyboard.

Now, if I can only get him to stop downloading banana recipes ;)

More fun aprons here!


Even though it's snowing...

...happy first day of spring! While I was running around on Saturday morning getting my new collection photographed and ready to list for today, I actually saw a bluebird at my bird feeder. That's a first. We do have indigo buntings - also blue - but I've never seen a bluebird here. Since it was 20 degrees he didn't look too happy and soon flew off.

But I took it as a good omen. You see, my new pillows are all about birds. And the photo I wanted to use to introduce it has bluebirds, too. I found this chippy vintage plate at an antique shop for $1. The chips just give it character and I love the painted birds and flowers. I bought it to hold business cards when I do craft shows, but mostly it holds loose buttons in my studio. I thought a photo of it would make a nice graphic for introducing the collection.

About that. I was going through my stash of vintage linens last fall and noticed that I had lots and lots of things with birds. Damask tablecloths, redwork quilt blocks, embroidered runners, appliqued tea towels. I even had a few fabrics with little birdhouses and flying birds. "Hmmm", I thought "what can I do with all this stuff?" And a spring collection was born. Nine new pillows!

I had planned to walk our property and gardens today to check for more hints of spring, but with the snow it might be better to stay indoors. Maybe I'll do a little spring cleaning in my studio - it could use it :)