This has been one of the most favorited posts of mine on Pinterest in recent months. I had neglected to ever find the original pattern so I have been getting emails from readers need it. You're in luck, I've posted it below. Here's the original story behind the apron.
On the night of April 27, 2011, I was in my sewing room. I had been asked to make a few items for a Mothers Day Banquet coming up and I started with this. I pulled together a pile of beautiful pieces of fabric and started cutting squares.
I pulled together a pile of beautiful pieces of fabric and started cutting...
I then cut the back piece to my apron so I would know how wide and tall to sew the front. I then started sewing the squares into strips to stretch across the apron backing. Apron pattern and instructions are found here.
While I was working, a storm was brewing. I would stand at my craft room window and watch the darkening sky and the churning clouds. I think storms are so beautiful. I wondered to myself, "Why do people get so scared of storms?" They are lovely to look at. I just kept sewing and ironing...all the while. My husband had my baby boys under the stairway eating their hamburgers. I managed to sew up the entire amount needed and then, our power went out. I decided then it might be a good idea to find the weather radio. We put the kids in bed after lighting the candles. My husband and I laid in bed and listened to the weather radio. At about 10:00 p.m. there was an announcement that the town (my town) had been destroyed by a tornado. I laid and listened in disbelief. I had no idea what to expect but I never expected the severity of the destruction and the turn my life would take in coming days.
I eventually finished the apron and gave it away to a deserving mother.
Enjoy the project. The effort is so worth its beauty.
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
The last few weeks I have taken the time to do a few fun things with the boys. One of them that I wanted to share was how we made our own terrarium. I try to look at everything before I throw it away to see if it has a new life. This cookie container from the grocery store looked like a perfect container for the kids to make a terrarium.
I went outside with some potting soil and asked them to bring me a cup of sand from their sandbox. We layered the sand and then the dirt and I asked them to find a few little plants in the garden (weeds) that we could plant. They found a random bean sprout a begonia and a weed. : )
We added water, a few rocks and tiny Indian and closed the lid. We noted how clear the "sky" was inside the container and then took it to our front porch to let it sit in the sun.
We checked it and it was getting cloudy. We talked about what might be happening and of course my oldest knew all the answers but he was still intrigued.
Even the littlest loved watching the water gather into droplets to form bigger droplets. Then Evan started talking about clouds and how he'd seen steam coming up out of the trees across the road from our house after the last rain we had in the summer heat. I think he got it!
This is an easy project and lesson that kids love to do. They love to watch their plants thrive, they love to check for "rain" clouds and they love to thump the top of the container to make it rain. I think it's been a week now and they have checked it every day.
I was asked by Evan if we had a tent. I said, yes we do. And you can guess by now what happened next. I was outside on a humid Georgia morning, pitching a tent in our back yard.
So, then someone said..."do we have marshmallows???
Yes we did mini ones, we also had a candle, lighter, and toothpicks.
Carefully, mini marshmallows burn just as easy as big ones. Which I think was their favorite part, plus they used about 50 toothpicks for some reason.
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