Thursday, July 29, 2010

The History of Aprons

The History of Aprons

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
People would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. But you know what? I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ' old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Knowing I have been sewing my fingers off make lots of aprons, my friend Barb sent me the History of Aprons, and after reading it, I love them even more! My Question to all of you is, do you wear aprons? Or would you if they were easier to find? If you do wear them, where do you get them from? What style do you prefer? I am thinking of starting to sell these possibly at a craft fair, and wanted to do a little market research and then I thought, who better then all my blog friends to share their opinions. I am have a great time making them. Here are a few that I made, and I am just looking for honest opinions on them, thanks everyone!

Oh and thanks to my model of a daughter Nikki for allowing me to photograph her with some of my aprons!

These are a few I made for the littlest bakers

This adorable ruffled apron that I made was straight from the blog of a talented lady, Morgan Moore, at One More Moore

This little cutie was inspired by Karen at Sew Many Ways

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a second to leave an opinion/comment!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


i recently stumbled upon a gem of a show and i just have to share. it is on planet green channel, and it is awesome! the name of the show is the fabulous beekman boys, and it is well, fabulous!! it's a reality show about 2 city guys who fell in love with the beautiful beekman farm in sharon springs, ny, and decided to buy it. it is on in my town on wednesday nights at 9, but check your local listings. josh and brent are two gay men who are trying to turn their farm into a profitable business venture. brent, the shorter one, used to work for martha stewart and now runs the farm full time. josh still works in nyc as a writer and comes home to brent and the farm on the weekends.
the farm is beautiful, the town amazing, and their adventures are priceless.
check it out and let me know what you think, or let me know if you already watch and love it. my friend and coworker have added having a gay male friend to our bucket list, and i think we may have just found 2!!
thanks for stopping by, SUE

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Blogger Inspired Projects!

I used to make crafts, lots of them, but slowly I lost my inspiration, my will, my crafty touch. But reading blog post after blog post has suddenly awakened my inner crafter, and I am slowly starting to create again. I am a great, well pretty good, copier of ideas and here are a few ideas that I have recently "borrowed".
For the first pic, I scoured the local GW for a wood cheese dome and a wooden candle stick. I gorilla glued them together and spray painted them, love it!!
I bought some pretty buttons at JoAnn's when then had them 50% off, removed the backs and glued them to the ring blanks that I bought on Ebay. Easy peasy and the most one of them cost me to make was 50cents. Gosh, my hands look old, no comment please, lol.
And lastly APRONS, lots and lots of Aprons. I now have about 25 completed, and have no idea what I am going to do with them. I am sure to figure something. If nothing else, my pastry chef daughter will put them to good use!
So thank you, all of you creative bloggers, for reinspiring an old crafter like myself!!

***Warning*** Before Watching This Video, YOU are going to want to empty your bladder, trust me!

I dont know how to make this video show up on my blog, but trust me when I say it is truly worth clicking on the link and taking a peek! It is the funniest thing I have ever seen!
And I am not lying!
Real Water Bed Video
Thanks for stopping by! Would love a comment! Sue