Jen’s Birthday Apron

My very best friend Jen turns 30 today! I have never had a friend like her, nor have I ever been through so many things, from the dramatic and traumatic to the blissful and fantastic, with anyone else. I wish I could have toasted to her “live”, but she is in Arizona and I’m not. Sigh.

Despite the fact that we’re thick as thieves, she isn’t a regular reader of my blog (she works in IT and doesn’t do anything in front of a computer screen that isn’t absolutely necessary, which I totally understand…we don’t even really email, we just call – woo hoo unlimited free long distance!), which means I can show off her birthday present which I sent off to her today.

What I miss the most about my Jenniefish is porch-sitting, hanging out on weekend evenings, usually with Jen whipping up something tasty and me opening wine bottles and keeping wine glasses full (because the Shellyfish did no food preparation until just three years ago…and I haven’t lived on the same continent as Jen in 5!). We’d sit outside in the warm pueblo, reinventing the world together… Jen is still often found entertaining post-work cocktails-cum-dinners, so an apron seemed like the perfect gift. She is, like me, always spilling and wearing what she is making or drinking, so this will help keep her clean, and she’s got two pockets for matches to light candles on the patio table, or to carry a bottle opener, her secret decoder ring…

I really wanted to make an apron with gathers at the waistband so I consulted my newly acquired Bend The Rules Sewing by Amy Karol and it was so flipping easy to do! It’s so funny how we think what we don’t yet know how to do is so crazy hard. Not the case at all. I like Amy’s blog Angry Chicken, and also happened upon her “apron blog” Tie One On which has a sometimes-monthly apron making theme/event. This time around it happened to be gingham, which is what this little flirty apron is made of (I actually bought the fabric to make something cutesy for my soon-to-be-born niece, but it preferred to be an apron. Not my fault) so I have submitted it to Amy’s Tie One On flicker group, to go up at the beginning of the month.

And don’t you love my little felt appliqués? Un repas sans vin, est comme une nuit sans étoiles… a meal without wine is like a night without stars…

Happy Birthday, Jen. I love you!

19 thoughts on “Jen’s Birthday Apron

  1. what a lovely apron! you are an awesome friend, and jen sounds like my kind og girl too! don’t you just love good friends? send her my birthday wishes too!

    thanks about my quilt…i have to be careful not and look at it too much cause i think i’d want to keep it. i decided to make that pattern as a trial for a larger family christmas throw…i think i’ll have too!

    on another note…i have a secret question to ask you…i’ll email you ;)

  2. Oh that’s adorable! I do love a good apron. It’s almost time for a new Tie One On Theme (And Daring Bakers, whilst we’re talking about upcoming themes!) I am so excited!

  3. Gosh your friend is lucky to have you! Homemade gifts are the best.

    Different topic: My dad decided that the GWB Library will have just one book in it– “My Pet Goat” (the book he was reading in the infamous 9/11 scene)

  4. what a wonderful gift! i know she’ll super love it! and i do love your felt appliqués – they’re spectacular, indeed! reminds me of evenings on my front porch with my friend. man, i miss those days!

  5. The apron is beautiful–makes me really miss sewing. Your friendship reminds me of me and my BF, who go way back (she also doesn’t read my blog!). And I’m like you and Jen when I cook–also when I eat (maybe I should wear an apron at the table, too?). She’s one lucky friend to have you, I think :)

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