Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spent the day working on more aprons for Muddy's. And when I wasn't doing that, I was looking up recipes to cook for the inlaws on Sunday. And when I wasn't doing that, I was looking at stuff for the babies. I'm such a girl.

I'm also a sleepy girl, especially now that my eyes are tired from crying thanks to Glee. So for now I'll just post pictures of the 3 aprons I worked on today:

And in case I haven't said it before - thank you to my husband, Joe, for allowing me to follow my dream of making Love For Sale my full time job. As if being the greatest husband in the world and giving me two little bundles of joy wasn't enough, he gave me the gift of time - time to follow my passion. I love that man.
Ok. The pregnant lady will shut up with the mushy stuff now.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Just Curious...

Is it Christmas? Because I opened the mailbox today and saw Martha Stewart holding presents and I sure thought it was Christmas. It was really just her magazine, but that's Christmas enough for me! Already I have plans to make 3 of the recipes mentioned in the magazine. PLUS, I ordered the ultra cheesy, but ultra awesome, Knit-Wit that Martha talks about in the latest issue. Yes, it's that infomercial, 70's, As Seen On TV, product that makes knitting a cinch. The official website of the Knit-Wit still boasts photos like these:

I neeeeeed that wicker chair. It's more like a wicker throne. And it's amazing.
Anyway, I have no intentions of trying the afghan, but I am excited to try some of the projects Martha suggested in the new magazine. She used the tool mostly for embelishments and I think it's going to be the perfect thing to spruce up some apron ideas I've had. Along with some purses and blankets for kids and a whole mess of other things. Cannot wait to play with my new toy. just 5 more business days...

And since I mentioned Christmas and aprons, I'll share with you the latest apron I've made for the bakery:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Phenomenal Woman

I'm not usually one of those people that's moved by poetry or things of that nature. Don't get me wrong - a lyric in a song or a line from my favorite book or movie will have a lasting impact on me, as many lines have already - but, I guess I'm not someone who quotes things that often. And I really don't have the attitude I should towards being a proud woman. Scratch that - I didn't...before this summer. I got married and the kids are on the way and I see the way my husband looks at my pregnant belly and how proud he is that I'm carrying these children. I take pride in the things I do as a woman all of a sudden.

This morning I was watching the Today show while I folded laundry and the editor of Glamour magazine was there, talking about the magazines list of the years most influencial women. The list included Michelle Obama, Amy Poehler, Serena Williams, and Maya Angelou, who was also there, on the today show. At the end of the segment she was asked to quote some of her poem, "Phenomenal Woman". Now I remember reading this poem in high school. I may have read it in junior high as well. I know I've read it plenty of times. And I'm sure many have you have as well. And at the time, I appreciated the poem for being written by someone I knew to be this big deal writter and poet. And I could appreciate that she was passionate in writting it. It's sincerity wasn't lost on me. But hearing it this morning; seeing the smile on Mrs. Angelou's face as she recited the poem with her eyes closed but with the most beautiful mannerisms, I, for the first time, felt really moved by the poem. And I immediately thought of my mom and stepmom and grandmother and my friends Betsy and Natalie and Christie, who are my peers and mothers, and my sisters, and my best friend, who spent the weekend helping her mother and sister open up their own interior design store, and I wanted to call them all to excitedly say "Turn on the tv!". But out of respect for these women I adore, I did not. Because it was kind of early.

So instead I'll post part of the poem here. And I hope that anyone that reads this, man or woman, appreciates the sentiment behind me posting it. I feel so lucky to know the vast amount of phenomenal women that I know. And behind so many phenomenal women, is a phenomenal man. So I certainly believe my dad, my husband, my brother, my best friends, deserve credit too :)

"Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my step
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me."

I've got you under my skin

Is it gross that I've had that song stuck in my head for the past few days? I love Cole Porter (I mean I did name my business after one of his songs) so quite often, I've got one of his songs stuck in my head. But I sang it jokingly to my belly the other night and it's been stuck in my head ever since. I think it's cute. So don't find it offensive. Ha.

The babies are taking over...

I am apron lady...hear me roar

Seems that all I'm ever working on lately is aprons for the bakery (Muddy's Bake Shop). But that's no complaint, I assure you. Having more time to work on aprons or any other crafty endeavor has made me a happy camper.

So I'm sewing up a so I can get as many aprons out before I'm preoccupied by the new additions to our home. The best part of sewing aprons, most recently, has been that I've gotten a chance to start working on Christmas aprons. CHRISTMAS!!! It's my favorite time of the year. Yep. I'm one of those people. A total Christmas nut.

These are the 2 Christmas aprons I've finished thus far:

The half apron is a personal favorite because it jingles. What's more festive than that???
These are available at Muddy's right now if you're interested in getting your holiday cooking started early this year!