Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For the Love of Aprons

My dad sent me this in an email and I thought it would be appropriate to post in light of the apron swaps I am participating in:). My fabric has been ordered and is on its way to me. I hope it comes today. I am anxious to get started!

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 cleaningout dirtyEars.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.Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.From the garden,it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out thehulls.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.It will be along time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.Send this to those who would know,and love, the story about Grandma's aprons.Or it can be a good history lesson for those that havenoIdea how the apron played a part in our lives.REMEMBER:Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

It's finally here!!!

O.K. I confess, I have been stalking my email on and off all day and I finally have my partner for Mommy Holly's Amy Butler Apron Swap. I have been drueling over all of the beautiful fabric waiting for my partner info so I can pick just the right one for their apron. Now the fun part starts. I hope they like it!!! ttfn, Kelly

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New apron patterns!!!

I have been collecting new and new to me apron patterns in anticipation of the first apron swap I am participating in. Thanks to ebay and a pattern sale at Joanns I am all ready to go. I can't wait to buy the fabric and get started. I am anxiously awaiting my partner so that I can get a feel for their likes and dislikes before I get started. Here are a few pics of the aprons I have recently acquired.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Valentine swap 4

Valentine swap 4
Originally uploaded by mamabyrd12
I am so excited. I have joined my first apon swap. I have been sewing for years for family and friends but this is a little intimidating. I will have to swap aprons with a total stranger!!! I hope my partner is not disappointed! I am also new to this whole blog thing. 2009 is going to be a year of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. A year of new experiences and learning. If I could only figure out how to create a button/badge for the swap? ttfn Kelly

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My first post

This is the first post on my new blog. I have been following several blogs for awhile now and thought why not start one myself. I have joined several stamping and sewing swaps and this will be a good way to showcase my work and keep in touch with my fellow swappers.