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D.I.Y. Adult Holiday Apron

Apron (3)I’m in LOVE with my Sassy Apron design, inspired by The Dating Diva’s Flirty Apron Tutorial…  And decided to design a Holiday Apron for our Little Lovely Lily and this coordinating one for myself!

You can follow the same instructions from my D.I.Y. Sassy Apron Design or follow these with a NEW Holly Jolly fabric for the holidays

Supplies: 

  • 3 coordinating fabrics:
    • Apron fabric
    • Ruffle fabric
    • Pocket fabric
  • Ribbon to tie
  • Thread

Instructions:

1.  Create your pattern:  Using a newspaper create a pattern (LOVE this idea, why didn’t I think of this before?!?).  To create the curve for the underarm, I eyeballed a curve I liked but you can also use a T-Shirt arm as a guide.  To create the curve for the bottom hem, I suggest flattening the curve at the fold, to achieve a more pleasing looking curve.

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Measurements for apron fabric (created on a fold).  You will need 2 (for the front and back):

  • Height from Top to Bottom: 24in along the fold
  • Neckline: 5 ½in from fold
  • Width: 10in from fold
  • Height at hip: 9in from hip to top edge of bottom curve

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Measurements for Ruffle fabric (created a fold along the length):

  • Ruffle on bottom hem: 1 ½ times the length of the bottom curve x 5in width (fold will create a 2 ½in wide ruffle)
  • Ruffle on bottom hem of pocket: 1 ½ times the length of the bottom curve x 2 ½ in width (fold will create a 1 ¼ in wide ruffle)DIY Apron 5

Measurements for Pocket fabric (created on a fold):

  • 11inx14in fold on 11in (fold will create a 11inx7in pocket)

DIY Apron 112.  Cut all your pieces of fabric (wait on the ribbon ties, no rush). Did you buy enough fabric?  For each apron I have sewn, I purchased (yes, there is extra fabric, I like extra fabric):

  • Apron Fabric: 1 yard
  • Pocket: ½ yard
  • Ruffle: ½ yard

My suggestion for cutting the ruffles, if your fabric isn’t long enough (½ yard is not going to be 1 ½ times the length of the bottom curve), cut several 5in strips and sew them together and repeat this with the 2 ½in stripes as well.

3.  Sewing & creating the ruffles:

Sewing the Ruffle:  Lay the strips flat, folding the Nice Side of the fabric along the long center fold, sew along the short edge, creating a long pocket. Once sewn, snip the corner to create a flat seam, flip right side out, and iron flat.  Repeat this on all 4 ends of the 2 ruffles.

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Creating the Ruffle: Beginning along the rough edge, sew a long straight stitch (on a loose stitch setting) alongside the rough edge.  DO NOT back stitch at beginning or end of stitching.  Repeat this on both strips of ruffles.

Once the long straight stitch is finished, tie off ONE end of the stitching.  At the other end, determine which the top thread and bottom thread (the top will have a little bump in the stitch vs. the bottom which will be a straight line).  Begin gathering the fabric (to create the ruffle) by pulling the BOTTOM thread, as you pull be sure to gather the fabric all the way to the other end of the strip of fabric.  Be sure to tie off the end when you have finished gathering and creating the correct length, or it could unravel.  The 5in wide ruffle will be the length of the bottom hem of the apron, the 2 ½in wide ruffle will be the length of the widest part of the pocket (11in).

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Gathering the ruffle can take a little time, be patient and careful…  several times I got a little too confident with pulling and gathering, making it to the end, then with one quick pull and the thread SNAPPED!  I needed to start all over again!

I apologize for not having the correct sewing terms for this part, if you would like the correct terminology and a detailed description I would suggest using this link from Make It Love It.  In this link she gives amazing steps and tips for accomplishing what I’m doing…  She phrases everything much more eloquently and clearly though, lol.

4.  Assembling & Sewing the Pocket:

DIY Apron 26Assembling the Pocket:  Fold your pocket in half, Nice Sides of fabric facing one another creating an 11inx7in rectangle, iron it flat.  These steps are going to sound awkward – and it is, but it is the best way I could make it work –  With the Nice Sides of the pocket fabric facing one another, open the fold.  Place the ruffle into position; laying it along the 11in rough edge of the pocket with the ruffle’s rough side facing out and the nice edge of the ruffle facing the fold in the pocket.  Pin the ruffle into place along the rough of the pocket, making it look pretty  as you go.

  • TIP #1: The edge of the ruffle along the outside edge of the pocket; scoot it in the wide of your seam allowance, this will ensure you will not sew the ruffle to the outside of the pocket (I sewed the edge of the rubble to the edge of the pocket a few times without knowing it until I flipped it right-side out.
  • TIP #2:  The best way for me to accomplish an even ruffle was to pin each end down, then flatten the ruffle slightly, and move to the center pinning into place. Then flatten again pinning center of each opening created by pinning and so on.

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Fold the pocket closed, beginning pinning along the ruffle edge.

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  • TIP #3:  Do not pin along the sides of the pocket yet.  Pin in between the pins already in place with the ruffle, once finished, stick your hand inside the pocket, pulling the ruffle taught (preventing the ruffle from folding onto itself and looking goofy, lol).

Pin all three edges closed.

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Sewing the Pocket:  Sew along 3 edges, leaving an opening to flip is right side out (an opening about the width of 3-4 fingers).  DO NOT sew along the folded edge of the pocket.

Flip the pocket right side out, pulling the ruffle taught and flat.  Iron the pocket flat, and making it look pretty.

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Grab your Apron fabric, which is already cut in the shape of the apron.  Place your pocket where you would like it, pin it, and sew it into place along the two outside edges and bottom edge of the pocket.  If you would like 2 openings for the pocket, stitch where you would like this pocket.

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5.  Cutting the Ribbon Ties:  

Using wide ribbon, 1in to 1½in wide, cut 4 lengths of ribbon to fit you; 2 for behind the neck tie and 2 for behind the back tie.  My trick for finding the perfect length:

For the behind the neck tie: measure from where you would like the neck of your apron the land, behind your neck to the other side, then create 3 loops (1 for each loop in a bow and 1 for the tails of the bow), add about 3-4 inches.  Cut this length, then cut it in half; one will be each of the behind the neck ties

For the behind the back ties: measure hip to hip, then create 3 loops (1 for each loop in a bow and 1 for the tails of the bow), add about 3-4 inches.  Cut this length, then cut it in half; one will be each of the behind the back ties

DIY Apron 416.  Assembling & Sewing the Apron:

Assembling the Apron:  Grab your pieces: long ruffle, apron front (the one with the pocket sewn into place), apron back, 2 neck ties and 2 behind the back ties.

Pin into place the ties.

Using the instructions above for pinning the pocket ruffle; pin the long ruffle into place along the bottom curve of the apron with the pocket.

Using the instructions above for pinning the pocket sides together; pin the apron back to apron front along all edges (the ruffle and the ties as well).

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Sewing the Apron:  Sew along all outside edges of the apron leaving an opening to flip is right side out (an opening about the width of 3-4 fingers).  Snip the corners to create flat corners when flipped right side out and snip along the bottom curve and arm curves creating slight darts when the apron is flipped right side out is will help flatten the apron properly.

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Flip the apron right side out, pulling the ruffle taught and flat.  Iron the apron flat and making it look pretty.

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You have a little opening in this apron (where you flipped right side out), to make it disappear once the apron is ironed flat, sew along the outside edge of the apron…  It also looks SUPER cute with this little detail.

Heat seal the ends of the neck and back ties.

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How about a Mini Size one for your Baking Assistant?!? Just adjust the sizing and your all set!

Do you have any questions?  Did I miss a step?  Is a step confusing?  Did you design your own apron from my instructions?  Please leave me a comment below, I would LOVE to hear from you!


Mint Grinch Cookies from Cake Mix

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I LOVE discovering NEW cookies recipes for the holidays and these Grinch Cookies from In Katrina’s Kitchen are absolutely delicious AND super easy to bake.

After I learned more about Cake Mix Cookies, I made a few alterations to In Katrina’s Kitchen’s recipe to suite my family’s holly, jolly, merry sweet teeth.  Below is my version of Mint Grinch Cookies, inspired by In Katrina’s Kitchen’s Grinch Cookies Recipe.  I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!

Lily LOVES to bake Mint Grinch Cookies in her Holly, Jolly Holiday Apron!

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Lily & Frog Ingredients:Mint Grinch Cookies from Cake Mix by Lily and Frog

  • 1 box of Pillsbury Classic Yellow Cake
  • 1/3 Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • Green food coloring
  • Mint Extract
  • Confectioners sugar for crackle effect
  • Sugar for crackle effect
  • Heart Shape Sprinkles

Lily & Frog Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare the cookie batter as directed in my Cookies from Cake Mix instructions…  Mixing together the cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs.
  • Once cookie batter to mixed together, add 2-3 drops of green food coloring (mixing as you go) until you have the correct Grinch Green. If you use a ‘yellow’ cake mix you will get a vivid-slightly lime-Grinch Green, if you use ‘white’ cake mix you will achieve a true-green color
  • Add 2-3 drops of mint for taste…  I LOVE a mint cookie, the Grinch Green made me think of mint right away, this is why I added the mint.  You are more than welcome to omit the mint though.

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  • Create a Crackle Cookie Assembly Line and grab an Assembly Line Baking Assistant
    • Station 1: Cookie Batter
    • Station 2: Bowl of Sugar
    • Station 3: Bowl of Confectioners Sugar
    • Station 4: Cookie Sheet
    • Station 5: Heart Sprinkles

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  • Roll the green cookie batter into balls (If you used mint, the batter will be SUPER sticky – this is your warning, lol), roll them into the sugar, then confectioner’s sugar, place them onto the cookie sheet (So easy a toddler could do it, lol)…

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  • Press heart shaped sprinkles into place on the green cookies.

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Mint Grinch Cookies from Cake Mix by Lily and Frog (14)Mini Suggestions & Notes…

  • Cover all your cookie sheets in parchment paper before laying out cookies…  Your clean up time will be a fraction of what it used to be and the cookies will slip right off!
  • Do not bake them too far in advance, 1-2 days is just enough.  If you bake them more than 2 days in advance the oils from the cookie start eating up the confectioners sugar and they get mushy looking.
  • Purchase your Heart Sprinkles in February!  Searching for Heart Sprinkles in the grocery store or crafting store in December is NOT fun.  I happened to stumble upon left over multi colored Valentine’s Day Heart Sprinkles and I was stuck separating mini heart sprinkles!
  • I prefer a Crackle Cookie-Look over a dusting of confectioner’s sugar on a cookie…  using the process of rolling in sugar, followed by confectioner’s sugar is the best technique I have attempted thus far to create a festive Crackle Cookie-Look for my Mint Grinch Cookies.

Please let me know if you try  these cookies out for yourself…  I would LOVE to hear about them.  If you make alterations/changes let me know and I’ll try them out…  Who doesn’t love a Cookie Taste Testing Kinda-Day?!?


Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Jolly Christmas Cocktails

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As you have probably noticed, I have a thing for a festive holiday cocktail…  Here, Here, HereHere, and Here

I have found 5 (ok 6, I couldn’t help myself, lol) Holly Jolly Christmas Cocktail which look delicious!

Gingerbread-Martini-6-mark  Gingerbread Martini 

Lily and Frog Christmas Cocktails The Grinch  

Lily and Frog Christmas Cocktails (5) Peppermint Frost

Lily and Frog Christmas Cocktails (4) Cranberry and Rosemary White Sangria 

Lily and Frog Christmas Cocktails (3) Peppermint White Christmas

Lily and Frog Christmas Cocktails (2) Holiday Spiced Manhattan


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Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Easy Christmas Cookie Swap Recipes

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Hand over a plate of Christmas Cookie and they are going to be gobbled up in about 15 minutes, OK they will be gone in 10.

Which is why I adore my close friend for planning a Christmas cookie swap each holiday season.  But I NEVER know what to bake (and always forget my cookie swap box for NEW cookies, lol).  I have to bake 6 dozen cookies…  6 dozen is a WHOLE lot of cookies, I only have the patience to bake about 2 dozen.  This is why when I started looking for a recipe for this years cookie swap I needed something easy and delicious, which screamed HOLIDAYS… Of course I decided to share them with you…

I’m envisioning baking all of these cookies, while building a Gingerbread house, dripping in chocolate, with melted snowmen in the front yard, all while drinking Hot Chocolate AND watching the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  I think I got them all!

And, if you LOVE these, you will ADORE last Holiday’s Christmas Kiss Cookies

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Do you have a Go-To Cookie Swap Recipe??  I would LOVE to try it out, post it below!

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


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Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Hershey’s Kiss Christmas Cookies

1220CAs soon as I started searching for cookies for a Cookie Swap I’m going to tomorrow, I was incredibility overwhelmed!!  I knew there were oodles and oodles of Christmas Cookie recipes, but I NEVER knew there were that many.  Then when I searched Hershey Kiss cookies I was flabbergasted by the number of creative and scrumptious cookies…  There are more flavors of Hershey Kisses than I could have imagined.

These are the 5 Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookie Recipes I discovered (I’ll have a whole NEW list for ALL the other flavors):

Cherry Chocolate Kisses from With thy Needle & Threadcherry cookies (267x400)

Kissed Gingerbread Cookies from Cozycakes Cottage

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Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies from Cupcake Crazy Gem

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Red Velvet Kiss Cookies from Bakeify Blog

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Candy Cane Blossoms from Baked Perfection

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If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


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Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 Easy Toddler Christmas Arts N’ Crafts

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I’m a huge fan of arts n’ crafts for the kids…  But when I have to purchase a million and ONE different supplies for an arts n’ crafts session, I get a little flustered.  For this weeks Lily & Frog Friday 5, I collected 5 easy toddler Christmas arts n’ crafts which appear to be uber EASY, wicked simple, re-using items which I would have thrown away, and supplies I already have in the house!  Plus, I do not foresee a mess with these crafts… There is no paint!

1.  Ramblings of a Crazy Women:  Paper Plate Angelspaper plate angels 011 (400x300)

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2.  Authentically Ashley: Crafty Christmas Kid Edition

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3.  Be a Fun Mum:  Hand Print WreathDSC0275 (480x416)

4.  Milk Jug Snow Men41025c80c7c3849d84de69c9292f1102 (640x640)

5.  Party Idea Parade:  Paper Plate Snow Men48_4501 (350x350)

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 EASY Elf on the Shelf Idea Pages

Elf on the Shelf 2I LOVE an original, imaginative, and playful Elf on the Shelf idea just as much as the next Parent…  But, when it comes to Elf on the Shelf, I have Z-E-R-O creativeness!Circue Berry 2 (640x316)

And I’ll admit I’m a little jealous of all the parents out there who get their creative juices flowing and produce some truly   imaginative Poofy Cheeks A (640x610)situations for their Elves, I wish I could pull that stuff off!  Now, I’ll confess there are a few things about this pesky little Elf which drive me BONKERS (OK, there are 5):

  1. They are messy little Elves…  All I want is a tidy little Elf, is that so much to ask for?!?  A pool of marshmallows, ripping apart a tissue box, a snow ball fight, snow angles in sugar…  I can not take the MESS.  Plus, if you follow the ‘Rules’ the kids can’t touch the Elf, so I can’t either, which means that MESS will be there ALL day long, staring at me ALL DAY long, driving me bonkers ALL DAY LONG!
  2. Our Elf doesn’t know our babies can’t read yet…  My babies can not read yet!  Need I say more?  Our Elf is banned from writing letters to Santa or leaving mysterious (sometimes creepy) messages for Zach and Lily on the bathroom mirror.
  3. Our Elf has mastered the fine art of camouflage…  Seriously! Our Elf can remain unseen (from ALL of us) for up to a Sweet CS Designs 1 (384x640)whole afternoon, and through no fault of the kids either…  It is because Mom & Dad were not paying attention when they helped the Elf find it’s new location and completely forgot!  Are there Elf on the Shelf Search Parties we can hire?!?
  4. Our Elf is sleepy…  Sometimes, our Elf falls a sleep early on the couch or reading a book and ‘forgets’ to move to a new location.  Which means Mom & Dad need to cover for him pronto (we are cool parents like that)!  We need to race down the stairs, dodging kids, dogs, blankets, and stuffed animals to hunt down the camouflaged Elf (see #3) before our 2 peanuts discover him in the SAME location as before.
  5. Our Elf enjoys looking down…  The number one rule of Elf on the Shelf is the kids can’t touch him, or else…  Blah, Blah, Blah…  Basically, you are lighting up arrows with bright Christmas lights alerting my kids to invite the Elf for a tea party.  This is why our Elf is ALWAYS off the floor, off the counters, or climbing the walls, hanging from the chandelier, or propped in the Christmas tree…  The kids can not kidnap him for a Monster Truck Rally!! SIDE NOTE: Now that I have the idea for Magic Elf Dust from Sweet CS Design, I’m all set.

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Now that you know why our troublesome Elf drives me BONKERS and I have Z-E-R-O creativity when crafting the perfectly imaginative situation for our Elf…  I have collected 5 of my favorite Elf on the Shelf Idea pages.  They are my FAVORITE because they are easy, semi-mess free, semi-last minute, high flying, AND easy to find…  OK, there are some messy and high volume of work ideas, but who cares, the whole Elf on the Shelf idea is meant to be entertaining and enjoyable, plus, the pictures are fun to scan through and laugh at as well:

  1. Poofy Cheeks: 20 Elf on the Shelf IdeasPoofy Cheeks (640x426)
  2. Circus Berry: Elf on the Shelf Ideas {2012}Circue Berry (640x316)
  3. Poofy Cheeks: 15 More Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas (what can I say, I like her ideas, lol)Poofy cheeks 1 (640x457)
  4. Daily Leisure:  Elf on the Shelf IdeasDaily Leisure (480x640)
  5. Sweet CS Designs: Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Kitchen IdeasSweet CS Designs (426x640)

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.