Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Snowy Apron and a Captivating Experience

Even though I haven't mentioned it in the last couple of entries, I have been working on some sewing projects. I am in the process of making some Criss Cross Christmas coasters like these. There are several ladies in the front office at school who will receive these as small tokens of appreciation for their help throughout the year.

Snowflake Apron
I also completed an apron out of some snowflake material. The pattern did not have the patchwork on the pocket. That is my attempt of trying to be creative. I do not know if you can tell but I also sewed three little buttons on the patchwork. My husband offered to model...maybe I should have taken him up on the offer.
Snowflake Apron

Yesterday I had a very interesting experience. Next year our school will move into a new building. My principal and I spent all day at a state prison picking out furniture for the school. Yes, I said prison. It turns out the state prison has a program where prisoners build and upholster furniture for state government. Office furniture, library furniture, tables, etc. I must say they do beautiful work but it was strange being there. When we entered the property, I assumed we would have to stop at a gate, show our identfication to a guard before proceeding to our destination. Nope, we drove straight through the gate because there was no guard on duty. We found out later that the only time a guard is at the gate is when there is going to be an execution. There is more security at airports than at this prison. Creepy feeling. As we drove around this huge place trying to find where we were to go, fences with razor sharp wire coiled on top surrounded the perimeters of buildings, pastures and warehouses. According the directions, we were to turn at a gas station. Everything was so dull and drab, we never saw the gas station. Creepy feeling. Prisoners were everywhere and I don't think I saw a single guard or anyone who resembled a guard the entire time we were there. Creepy feeling.


Beth said...

What a strange experience to be at the prison with no guards!

Your apron looks great! I love the snowflake fabric. Have you seen the snowflake postage stamps? I usually buy the Madonna and Child stamps for my Christmas cards, but this year I had to go with the snowflakes. :)

patti said...

Leslie- I really thought I was going to mail out your package today, but I didn't :(

I promise I will mail it on Monday!!!!

Raesha D said...

I bought the snowflake stamps too - they are awesome! Your apron turned out fantastic:)

Knit and Purl Grrl said...

I have heard about that -- state prisons making items for schools. Interesting!
Love the apron -- I am on an apron kick right now. I think I need to learn how to sew -- that would make the whole "kick" a little more fun!