Thursday, November 20, 2008

Once again its time for Friday Show and Tell - a fun day created and designated by Kelli from her blog "There is no place like home". If you have something you would like to share, just click HERE and you will be taken to Kelli's blog where you can put your name on the Mr. Linky list too!

I have two things I'd like to share with you today. The first is an apron I have. The past few times I've visited all the participants in the Show and Tell I keep running across someone called "The Apron Queen" - I'm posting this for you, specially as you would appreciate this clever little apron.

This is the full length of it. The first one I saw was made by my friend Marie. If you have been a regular visitor to my blog, you will remember Marie, she's the lady with the Alpacas!

The one Marie showed me was given to her and was hanging off a chair in her kitchen. Hers did not have a 'bib' on it, it was just the jeans and frill part. I was gaga over hers. She saw my admiration and she said "I can do THAT!" And she did, for me. In fact I had her commission one for my sister too.

How COOL is this - repurposed Levi's for the kitchen?

I asked Marie if she might make a bib on my apron because I rarely get messy on the actual apron part - but WATCH OUT on the top! I've been known to have doughballs in my hair at times.

The second thing I'd like to share is this beautiful old chair. Its where I hang my apron, handy for when I need it.

My Grandma had a chair just the same as this, only upholstered in a turquoise blue plastic. Us kids all grew up using that chair. It was a treat to climb up on it and enjoy one of her cookies. We always felt taller. I wonder how many generations sat on her chair.

I found this chair at a yard sale about the summer before last. We had not been in our house for long so were still able to buy some small bits of this and that to outfit it. Oh what fun that was - yard saling with a PURPOSE.

My Mother in Law and Father in Law were visiting and they came out with us. The moment I saw this chair I knew I HAD to have it. My Mother in Law bargained for me (she does guerrilla bartering) and I took it home for a mere $5.

Its always a hit with guests, both big and small.

It comes in so handy for getting things out of high cupboards too - or washing the top of the fridge every so often when the dust bunnies and cobwebs lurk!

Then the little stairs fold neatly underneath. I love my little chair.

layout by blog reader Michele
credits: Worship the King Mini Kit by Barb Derksen

This layout was sent to me by Michele who used a mini kit I'd uploaded last year. I think its perfect the way she framed everyone in here. Thank you so much for sharing, Michele!

Layout by blog reader Judy
credits: Paper and Snowflake Overlay by Barb Derksen

And this very elegant and festive layout was created by blog reader Judy. Thanks for sharing as well.

I love to feature reader's layouts - so if you have made something using my kits or elements please send me a small jpg or link (with credits) and I'll blog you!

I have been recieving requests to revive some of my older kits, specifically my Christmas Season ones - so stay posted, I'll be feeling merry and generous one day soon.

And is everyone up for a contest? Alicia is having a celebration of her 100th blog post (woo hoo!) and she is putting a hardbound NIV Women's Devotional Bible and a leatherbound journal up for grabs for some random, lucky (or should I say 'blessed') person. To be eligable just post your favorite holiday, Thanksgiving or Christmas memory and then link back to Alicia's blog post and your name will go into the 'hat'. Just click HERE to go to Alicia's!

My fave holiday memory:

My husband and I usually travel to our parents for Christmas, but this one year found us stranded at home, due to the foul winter weather. At first I was so distressed and upset to not share it with our folks, but once we got used to the idea that there was no way we COULD go, we found ourselves with a VERY RARE time with no plans. No obligations. Nothing, just a few days when we could just be alone together.

I recall we even had snow at the time. So we put up a teensy tree and decorated. Usually if we were going away we would not decorate. My mother in law decorates enough for everyone - LOL.

So, we decided to decorate and created our own festive atmosphere. We were able to take part in our Church activities - that was important to us as well. And we lived across from a hill and we had snow and we were able to buy a crazy carpet and a 'saucer' and we went sliding. And somehow our house key got lost. And we had to call a key guy to break into our place.

And we snuggled, and watched movies and spent some very wonderful time together.

Don't get me wrong, I would not trade being with family for anything, but it was rather nice having my husband all to myself - kind of like the BEST Christmas gift of all.

With no further ado, here is the second ornament I promised - unadorned so you can decorate it to your heart's content. PS - I'd love to see what you do!


  1. Again, a beautiful ornament! You are very talented!
    I love the apron, looks really original. I don´t use one, but if I did I would want one of those.
    And the Christmas cards are great too!

  2. Thank you for this beautiful ornament.

    I have a favour to ask. Could you please reupload the Worship the King Mini Kit? I was not a scrapper back then but would love to have this. So hard to find scraps that tell the true meaning of Christmas.

    Thank you so much

  3. i LOVE the apron and thank you for sharing your pictures too!! Totally enjoyed your Christmas tale too!! Oh and Thank you, too, for the AWESOME ornament and visit to me blog!!!!!!!!!! HUGS!! :D Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

  4. Love the apron and the chair - thanks for showing it to us! And that ornament is just too lovely!


  5. Good Morning Barb:)
    First I want to say I LOVE your new header.:)
    Now..about that cool..I remember those!They come in so handy.Five dollars is a steal!!LOL
    I don't wear aprons most of the time either.I should though.LOL Yours is soo cute.!
    Fantastic job on your painting.Jim does that too on his wacom tablet.He'll find some photo of a beautiful scenery and paint it in PI then print it out.:) You have to have LOTS of patience to do that though.He can spend hours just tweaking stuff on his graphics program.:)
    I haven't been by the last couple of days.I have caught Jim's cold and felt miserable yesterday..and today isn't much better.:( I am gonna take the weekend off and cuddle in a warm blanket and drink sips of hot tea with honey and lemon.:)And..try to convince Jim..he did too make me sick.LOL He says he would never do that to me.hehe

    Have a wonderful weekend!!:)

    Virtual Hugs...cause I don't want to share my cold with you!:)

  6. oops..forgot to thank you for the cool festive element!:) Thank you!!!
    Oh..and thanks for sharing your Christmas story with us.:)

  7. Thanks for sharing both the apron and the stool - it reminds me of one from my granny's house too!

    As I am "vertically challenged" it would be very useful here. You strike me as tall (although hard to tell just reading a blog, and the odd photo!)

    Final exam over, Praise the Lord :)

  8. I've seen a couple of chairs like that on blogs, and I'm on the lookout for one I can put in my kids would love it! Very cute apron!

  9. Thank you for the ornament and sharing about the stool - my MIL has one, too, and it really comes in handy! I love Michele's card and I, too, would appreciate it if you would make the worship the king mini kit available again this year.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing another gorgeous ornie! Thanks also for showing us your Levis apron - I don't usually wear aprons, but I just may have to make myself one of these and actually use it!!! *Ü*

  11. Thank you so much for visiting my page. I love that apron. How cute is that!! I am am apron fan and use them all the time, but I have never seen one as neat as that one.

    I remember my Grandma having a step chair like that one in the photo just with a solid covering instead of print. I had actually forgotten about it until I saw your photo. Thanks for bringing back a memory jogger for me.


  12. That apron is fabulous. What a wonderful idea - I love it.
    Thank you again for such kind words about my blog.
    Have a great weekend xxx

  13. What a BEAUTIFUL apron! I love how a simple pair of jeans can be repurposed!!! LOVE IT!

    Mrs. U

  14. I adore aprons and that is one of the cutest I've seen. What a neat idea.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog earlier today. Love those comments!

  15. What a great show and tell post. My grandma had a chair very simiar to that one and we loved it as kids. I wonder what happened to it? I also really think that apron is great and who doesn't have a wholey pair of jeans that would be perfect for.

  16. I love the chair! It brought back memories b/c my grandparents had one too! Your cair brought back memories. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Wonderful post! I loved the apron. The colors were a wonderful combination with the jeans :). I liked it very much! I will have to follow up on that contest, also. Thanks for letting us know about it! Great post!

    Please feel free to visit my blog anytime. You are always welcome in The Shadow of the Cross.

  18. Very cute apron. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  19. Hi Barb, I need to buy myself an apron..I am always popping something onto my top!!!Your apron is darling..I love your Christmas love story...Thanks for our cute ornament.. hugs, Baba

  20. What an adorable apron!! That's an apron I would definitely wear. That high chair is very unique and beautiful. Love the butterflies!

  21. I love the apron. Too cute! And the layouts are beautiful. Maybe one day I will start tryint to figure out digital scrapbooking. It looks like fun!

    Thanks for mentioning my giveaway. I love your story! You are now officially entered!

    Have a great weekend!

  22. I love the Levi's apron! You know, I remember my grandmother having a chair like that too. Interesting...I had not thought of that until seeing your picture.

  23. Mrs. Miles...your blog makes me smile...

    Thanks so much for sharing it all!

  24. That apron is super cute. Great chair to.

  25. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Nov [LA 08:22pm, NY 11:22pm] - 22 Nov [UK 04:22am, OZ 03:22pm] ).

  26. Such a funny apron. I like it.


  27. Thanks so much for posting my Happy Times layout. I feel very honored. I love the stool, brings back wonderful memories, we had one at home and so did grandma. Wow, wish I could find one at a garage sale. Thanks for the great ornament.

  28. love that stool...and yes some of your last year kits would be awesome to get ...these ladies would love them ...thanks so much for the ornament ..will be using it soon ...well sis love you lots and miss you to you real soon

  29. Thanks for stopping by and visiting:) I love the apron as well!

  30. Check your banner girl, the word MINUTE is not spelled correctly.

  31. Pretty ornament! Thank you so much!!

  32. I like your apron and the chair...what fun yard sales and thrifting!!!!!!Blessings just waiting to be gleaned....

    Thank you for visiting with me and please do come again....

    Have a blessed weekend....Betty

  33. That is the cutest apron and I love the chair, too!

  34. what happened to ya? you said hi then disappeared! lol...

    I have to tell you how much I love that chair! My Grandma Nay used to have 2 bright vinyl yellow ones, and 2 ugly ugly green ones! 2 for upstairs and 2 for downstairs by the pool table. Oh my, what memories flooded back seeing that beautiful chair!

    One time, I was watching my uncle play pool and he dropped a chalk thing. I went to pick it up and my hair got hung up in the foot lift thing! We had to cut me out!

  35. I love your apron AND your chair! I have to wear full aprons too - I get grease spots on all my shirts if I don't. And my Granny had a chair just like yours, upholstered in red vinyl! That really brought back memories of my sweet, sweet Granny - thank you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

  36. The apron is a cute idea, some of
    us love our bluejeans!!!

  37. I loved the apron and the chair. So original. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Thanks for the ornament. Now I wish I could just reach in and snatch it for my tree!

  39. Hi there! Love the aprons! My computer crashed so I wasn't able to stop by sooner. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

  40. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 10 Jan [LA 09:00pm] - 11 Jan [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).


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