I recently participated in a Handmade Gift Exchange sponsored by Craftaholics Anonymous. This is a twice yearly event. I always enjoy having an excuse to make something fun for someone and I get a fun package in return. I was paired with Julia "Scrappy Jewels" for the exchange. This is the first time I haven't been able to peruse a blog to get an idea of personality, so instead I perused a few of her Pinterest boards. I found a ruffled apron pattern and knew that was my gift to make since she loves pink frilly things. This is the apron I sent to Julia. I'm glad she loves it.
I was thrilled with the gift Julia made for me. I told her that I didn't have much decor for my beautiful mantle. It is beautiful wood flanked by built-in bookcases on both sides and has wood paneling above. This is the focal point of my family room, and sadly it is a very overlooked part of my decor. Mostly it provides storage for whatever we decide to stash there. I have started hanging some printed banners for different holidays, but that's about the extent of my actual decorating, other than my nativity displays for Christmas.
Now I have no excuses, at least for the month of July. Julia sent me these beauties:
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