Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Montessori child's apron

I used Meg McElwee's Montessori child's apron pattern to make two aprons this fall and I love how they turned out! The pattern is available free at Sew Liberated and it's perfect for the 3-6 year old in your life. This ingenious apron is designed so the child can independently put it on, so handy! The neckband is elasticized and the waist strap has a velcro attachment on one side. What an improvement from the apron we had been using where I had to tie the neck strap and waist strap for my daughter!

Sophie in her apron, making porridge with Grandpa

I made both aprons using Alexander Henry's apples and pears print. Sophie has the brown one (with Kona red on the back) and the blue one (with Kona chartreuse on the back) was a gift to a friend who was turning four. Funnily enough, after I had decided to use that fabric, I noticed that Meg had used the same brown apples and pears print for the pattern photo!

My cooperative model in the blue apron

The pattern was easy to understand and went together smoothly for me. My only problem came with the velcro - I didn't realize there were both adhesive-backed velcro strips and sew-on strips available! You want to use the sew-on velcro for this project. Sewing machines and adhesive-backed velcro are not friends.

Thank you, Meg, for making a great pattern available for free! I hope to make many more in future!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Vancouver neighbourhoods

You can now get your own awesome poster of Vancouver's neighbourhoods, courtesy of Ork Posters. Thanks to Inside Vancouver for letting me know that our fair city is now part of a group that includes NYC, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and Toronto. Think this would be a great Christmas gift? Buy it online here:

Friday, November 5, 2010

This view makes me happy

Tulip trees (aka Yellow Poplars) lining West 10th Ave in Kitsilano

We were lucky enough to have several days of sunshine here in Vancouver during early November. It looks like the rain and clouds have set in for a while now, so I'll just have to remember the glorious yellow leaves shining in the sun. I love the trees of Kitsilano!


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