Apron of the Day and Couple of Good Deals

I spent more time than strictly necessary on this apron. You see, I had a pad of graph paper on the coffee table, a soft pencil, and a glass of cold tonic water handy. (Plain tonic water I drink like soda because it’s refreshing but not sweet, like ginger ale. True, it’s improved by gin, but not at 10:30 am.) I doodled around, blocking out cross stitch patterns for the heck of it, and discovered i’d come up with a heart. Then I realized I had some red gingham lurking around and decided to trim an apron pocket with some embroidery.

Here’s the Girl Side. The smaller hearts aren’t cross stitch, they’re composed of what I call Union Jack Stitch, because the of the vertical and diagonal crosses. I cut a larger heart pattern from a folded piece of paper — remember making Valentines in grade two? –and worked it with straight stitch and cross stitch.

I think it’s value added and the process had the advantage of calming any cross stitch jones indefinitely.

Here’s the masculine reverse — yes it’s a yin/yang modello.

Perhaps my all-time fave masculine print: beer, barley and bottle caps.

In the three minutes it took to dress my model, do his hair and makeup, and shoot, I was on the wrong end of eight mosquito fannies. With all the rain and  heat of the last week it’s tough to walk to the mailbox or pull a few weeds, even early in the day. In my thirty-odd years in Chicagoland I’ve never felt the fury of the mosquito as I have this week. Last night I fantasized about mosquito netting, like some Somerset Maugham heroine.

I bought a few yards from http://fabric.com a couple of years ago and they attack my inbox weekly. If you’re as addicted to fabric as I am, I can recommend them. Free shipping over $35, and who in our sisterhood has ever spent less than $35? A tremendous selection, and  between now and August 16th, they’re taking off an additional 30% off their sale cotton prints.

While I was finishing  topstitching  the apron, Lou was out hunting and gathering for dinner. I’ve said forever that I find the freshest, cheapest food in stores where the rest of the shoppers look nothing like me. Lou headed  a few miles up the road to the  Carnicerias Jimenez, and here’s a copy of the receipt:

That 4.83 is for two and a half pounds of  USDA Choice skirt steak. That translates to five meals for two people –you’ll deduce from the receipt that we’re cooking fajitas tonight. But I love my skirt steak so many other ways (like a Berghoff Beef Salad) that the flat strip of beef will be transmogrified into Beef Dishes From Around the World.

Cheap. And mucho cheerful.



Filed under Apron of the Day, Food, Home, Needlework, Ten bucks or fewer

3 responses to “Apron of the Day and Couple of Good Deals

  1. Patty

    I absolutely LOVE this apron, and of course the model goes without saying.

    But the more I read about (and taste the delicious results) from your fresh, inexpensive groceries, it would be great to have a book of menus, recipes, and costs. I know the ones in print already do not compare to what you two could do. I know I’m only one of many that think so.

  2. Thanks, Patty — I’m pleased at how this apron turned out too.

    Hmmmm. I’m flattered by your faith in me. I also like the idea of menus as well as recipes. Let me think…

  3. kim shook

    Oh, yes! I’d buy that book!

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