Fall Fest Fun

It’s been awhile since Molly, Tami and I have all been together at a boutique and the Craft Fair at our local Fall Fest was a perfect place for us to work (and hang out) together!  Our community hosts a festival every year, but this is the first year in many years that they included a Craft Fair.

Molly picked me up in the morning and I knew it was going to be such a fun day.  The weather was perfect…not quite “fall”…but still gorgeous.  Tami joined us at the park and we unloaded everything.  There were other vendors already setting up their booths…we even knew a couple of them already which was super fun!

I really enjoyed setting up our booth.  We had a 10 x 10 covered area and it gave us the freedom to change up our normal set up. We added an extra table on the side which gave us more space to display our products. Here’s what our set-up looked like.

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We had lots of people come through our booth and it was great getting to know people in our neighborhood.  It’s amazing that I live in California, but live in a small town where everyone knows each other…I really love this community!

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It was also encouraging to meet so many believers…such a blessing!  For all of you who dropped by, it was so great to see you!

We even had the 3rd place winner of the Chili Cook-off drop by…Hi, Lisa!

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During the Festival, I was able to sneak away a couple times and shop the other booths.  There was a really a great selection of vendors. I wish I would have taken more pics…still trying to get a handle on this blogging thing!

I really loved Scrappy Girl Handmades which was right next to us.  I always appreciate handmade sewn items.  I am crafty in many ways, but sewing is not one of them!  Kristen had the cutest little girl pillowcase dresses.  Of course I had to get one for my niece!  I also scooped up a bib for our little guy waiting in China…love the turtles!  You can check out her shop on Etsy at scrappygirlhandmades.etsy.com.

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Another booth I loved was Little Happy Baby.  I have met Virginia a couple times and have always enjoyed talking with her. She is so super sweet.  She and her friend Heidi had tons of adorable baby burp cloths and binky clips.  Their stuff was adorable!  I was looking through the burp cloths and sharing with Virginia how we had just received a referral for a little one in China…she immediately insisted that she give me a set of the burp cloths as a gift!  Then Heidi threw in a binky clip!  I was so blessed by their generosity and their shared joy in my news of our baby boy!  I simply adore the nautical fabric on the burp cloths!

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Late in the day, Molly’s kiddos dropped by the booth.  Tami had made the three of us ladies the most adorable aprons (check out her tutorials:  HERE and HERE ) and she had made a smaller version for Lucy.  So sweet, right?

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Here is her brother Colin looking cool:

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With the constant stream of visitors to our booth and the lovely breeze, the day just flew by.  I really enjoyed the event and loved spending time with Molly and Tami.  They are such dear friends and any time I get to spend with them is always a blessing.

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It was a great start to the Christmas boutique season!

Love,deb

Winner! Winner!

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Happy Friday Throne of Grace Friends!

Whew! We had a marvelous response to our Fall Giveaway! Thank you to each and every one of you who entered, commented, joined our blog subscription, liked us on Facebook…and told your friends! It was such a blessing to read all the creative ways you had thought of using a $100 gift certificate to the Throne of Grace Shop!

We truly wish we could bless you all with the gift certificate, but we had to pick just one winner. Our friends at Rafflecopter.com have an announcement to make. Drum roll, please!

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And the winner is…ILKA J. !!

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Ilka, will be contacting you shortly with directions for claiming your prize! We are praying already that the Lord will multiply the blessings out and allow you to bless many with your prayers as we get to bless you with some FREE Throne of Grace products!

And for the rest of our lovely entrants…

Stay tuned for more opportunities to win in the future! In the meantime, we do hope you will remember Throne of Grace as you plan your holiday shopping. Wouldn’t you like to give gifts this year with eternal significance? We’ve got something special for just about everyone on your list!

One last thing…just a reminder that our first boutique of the Christmas season is TOMORROW, from noon to 4 pm at the Ladera Ranch Fall Festival. If you are local to the area, we’d love to see you there! Pumpkin patch, yummy food vendors, inflatable rides, and, of course, a handmade market! Guaranteed Fall Fun!

Blessings,

The Throne of Grace Team

Apron Tutorial – Part 2

Welcome back!  If you missed the first part of the tutorial, which shows how to make the apron itself, check it out HERE!  (It also includes the info on what size pieces to cut from your fabric for the pocket.)

Now, here’s how to add a large, cuffed pocket to your apron!

First, place the two main pocket pieces right sides together, and then place the two pocket cuff pieces right sides together:

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Next, sew around 3 sides of the main pocket pieces together (i.e. the two short edges and one of the long edges) using a 1/4” seam (leaving the top edge open):

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Then, clip the 2 sewn corners of the bottom of the pocket to make them easer to turn right side out.  Be sure not to cut over the seam, but just cut pretty close to it:

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Next, sew the two short edges of the pocket cuff pieces together (leaving the top and bottom edges open) using a 1/4” seam:

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Then, turn the main pocket piece and the pocket cuff piece right side out and iron them flat. Make sure the corners of the main piece are pushed out so that they’re as close to fully turned right side out as possible:

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Next, place the cuff piece over the main piece (i.e. the main piece is inside the cuff piece) so that their top edges line up:

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Make sure that the seams on either side line up with each other, and then pin the main piece and cuff together to secure them:

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Sew them together with a 1/4” seam:

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Next, flip the cuff piece up so that you turn it inside out and flatten it out.  Then, iron it flat:

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Fold the top of the cuff down 1 1/4”, and iron it flat:

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Then, fold the top of the cuff down again another 1 3/4”, and iron it flat:

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Now, your pocket is finished and it’s time to add it to the apron!

Start by finding the center of the pocket and the center of the apron.  Place the pocket on the apron so that the centers of each are lined up.

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I placed the pocket 1 1/2” from the top of the ruffle, but you can place it wherever you like!

Once you’re happy with the placement of the pocket, pin it to the main apron piece around the edges and the bottom to secure it.

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Then, topstitch the pocket down around the 2 short edges and the bottom with a 3/8” hem:

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If you want one large pocket, you can be finished at this point.  However, if you’d like to separate it into sections, do the following:

First, decide how big you’d like each section.  I decided to make one section about 7” wide and the other about 4” wide.

To do that, I placed my sewing tape measure across the pocket and placed a pin at 7” from the left side:51_Pocket_Find7InchMark

Place a few more pins in line with the first:

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Topstitch down the line you made with the pins to sew the sections.

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And now, you’re finally done!!

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I think the aprons came out super cute, and we’re so excited to use them for the first time!

If you’d like to come see us (and our aprons!) this fall, come check us out at the following boutiques!

 

Ladera Ranch Fall Fun FestSaturday, October 19th, 12 pm to 4 pm

Founder’s Park

28275 Avendale Boulevard

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

 

Believe BoutiqueFriday, November 8th, 4 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, November 9th, 10 am to 3 pm

Cornerstone Christian Church

1595 S. Alma School Road

Chandler, AZ  85286

 

Crossline Holiday Boutique
, Monday, November 18th, 5 pm to 8 pm and Tuesday, November 19th, 9 am to 12 pm

Crossline Community Church

23331 Moulton Parkway

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

We hope to see you there!

Love,tami