The first picture is of an apron that I finished for mother-in-law and I need to go wrap it ;o). I made one of these aprons for both Julie and I for our Christmas show and had enough material left to make one for a gift. The print fabric is from Anna Griffith in the Dorothy line. It is a black french inspired print on an ivory background. The waistband, skirt, and ties are just solid black cotton. I love this pattern with the little flip skirt around the bottom. I used Simplicity pattern #3752.
Several weeks ago, I shared some altered spoons that I decorated for Christmas Ornaments. I found some odds and ends silver-plated flatware at the Good Will and mixed in with the lot was a an old tarnished toddler fork. The detail on it was very pretty, but I was stumped with what to do with it. It was small and only measured 4" long. While cleaning up my work area (which doesn't happen very often....:o) ), the three main components came together: the fork, a vintage rhinestone pin, and a pin back. I glued the vintage rhinestone pin to fork and then the pin back to the back of the fork handle. It looked neat, but needed a little something else. So I tied a piece of ivory seam binding to the base of the handle and wah-lah.....a cute and unique pin to put on my jacket. I could change the seam binding color to match any outfit I wanted too.