Friday, August 22, 2014

Domestic Goddess Apron

The Domestic Goddess Apron is a pattern created by Amy Butler.  I decided to make one for my friend Kendra.  She's playing with cooking lately and I wanted to surprise her, when I visited last weekend!

I recycled some fabric that had been curtains that covered a bookcase in my classroom a few years ago.  I loved that bright colors of the Kaffe Fassett fabric.  And then I found the pattern at an estate sale and an idea was hatched to make this apron.

 Here I've laid out the pocket lining.  I used some interesting contrasting fabric for the ties and the waste band.

Because I didn't have enough length with the contrasting fabric, I added another for interest and pieced them.  All those skills as a quilter were working for me.

The words Joy, Strength, Peace, Love, Bliss, Hope were selected to  read on the pockets.  

The directions for creating the apron are quite straight forward.  I changed adding the top bodice by leaving the waistband open on the top.   Then I stitched one side of the band right side together with the top bodice.  Then I sewed all layers together allowing no raw edges to show in the inside of the apron.  

When following the directions, here are my changes:  On step 9 leave the top seam open the length of the bodice.  On step 13, sew the bodice to right side waistband--only the front.  When that is sewn, sew waistband front, bodice and lining together right sides together.

Kendra modeling her Domestic Goddess Apron.  She ready to cook up something good!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

30 Seconds in Winona

Mary Lee Eischen
Nia Instructor and Mixed Media Artist

My friend Jade Fang, Jade Community Acupuncture Clinic created this 30 second video of me for our Frozen River Film Fest 30 Second in Winona Videos.  It a mini film festival benefit for Frozen River Film Fest that will be August 23 at 7:30pm at the Winona Lake Bandshell. 

Nia is a movement practice that involves the Martial Arts, Dance Arts and Healing Arts. It is based on nine movement forms.  It is danced to fun soul stirring music.  And anyone can do it!

Come try out Nia in Winona at the Friendship Center, Manitou Martial Arts and Wellness Center, the YMCA and at Winona State University.

Find Nia in your area.  Nia is practiced in 48 countries.  Hope to dance with you soon.


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