{food for thought}
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. {1 Thessalonians 5:16-18}

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Aprons Abound!

I have been meaning to write this post for the last week or so, but have been unable. And I am so glad that it was delayed because my Grandma Greywitt sent me this yesterday:

~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.

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 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 menfolks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

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 never caught anything from an apron but love.

Too cute not to share:)

Before heading to Chattanooga for Thanksgiving I whipped up these two aprons. One for my mother, who truthfully has been waiting on hers since last Christmas and one for my good friend Kelly P.

She was very surprised and excited to finally receive her apron!!
Hope she gets much use out of it:)

~Apples & Polka Dots for My Mom~

For Kelly I hand appliqued the word 'IMAGINE' across the bottom of the apron.

She is not the ruffly type, so I made a diagonal cut in-loo of a ruffle & didn't gather the bodice. With the time I put into embroidering the letters I didn't make hers reversible. I hope she is truly inspired to this while cooking or making pottery. Because she did make the comment that it is too pretty to use, but just remember... you can wash it!


On the drive to Tennessee I finished-up a Santa Ear-flap Hat, for a friend whose baby boy's due Dec.13th. I was very unsure of the pattern at first, but I think it really turned out great! Can't wait to see baby in it:)

~Santa Baby Ear-Flap Hat~

More apron action to come soon!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Things sure have changed, but the most useful things stick around.