JUST AS KITCHENS
THE HEART OF THE HOME
ARE THE FABRIC OF OUR PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Hello, I'm GMAMA JANE, from GRANDMAMA'S STORIES
Thank you Madame Samm for allowing me to share my love, or more appropriately, my RESPECT for
Warning: This is a Picture heavy post! Aprons can not be simply "talked about" they must be SEEN, WORN, RESPECTED for the stories they tell about our lives.
THINK FAST...What comes to your mind when you hear the word APRON?? Did your Mother or Grandmother wear an apron? Do YOU wear an apron?
EllynAnne Geisel has written the definitive book on aprons, called simply
THE APRON BOOK.
Making and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort
I ADORE this book and highly recommend it if Aprons are of interest to you. She has also written another book KITCHEN LINENS which is just as good!
May I share a treasure with you?
This Christmas apron belongs to my mother who passed away at age 87 in 2003.
Mama wore an apron every day. My sense of order and home is sealed in the memory of my mother's aprons. Growing up, my father was a very difficult man and my childhood could have been clouded with sadness and anger if not for looking at life through the prism of my mother's unconditional love and protection. In keeping her daily routine of cooking, cleaning, and laundry, all under cover of the apron of the day, my sister and I felt a sense of order and calm despite the mood swings of a troubled father. My sister and I grew up to be resilient, successful, happy women because of the strong woman who wore the apron in our home.
What I love best about this apron are the coffee stains still on the fabric. Oh did she love her coffee. I would NEVER want to even attempt to remove these stains. If I want pristine, I"ll go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. But if I want to FEEL a MEMORY, all I have to do is look at those coffee stains and my mind goes back to my sweet mama sitting at our kitchen table with a cup of coffee in her hand, Brown mug, exhausted from preparing the Holiday meal, and taking a little coffee break before clean up. I can bet she had a "little something sweet' to go along with that cuppa!!
Do you own some items with "memory stains"?
Next, are Aprons made with a more Modern Twist!
I made the above polka dot apron for an Apron Swap.
This springy green apron was made for me in an Apron Swap!
I love the extra long strings and two deep pockets.
Aprons on the clothesline in late February
says a lot of housework gets done here on the farm.
A dainty little white apron found in an antique store.
The embroidery is beautiful
A Blue Gingham Cotton Apron covers my entire dress from waist down! Great on Sunday Mornings when getting ready for church. The Grandpeeps think it makes a great hand towel!
I like the front flap on this modern twist apron.
One of my Go-To Full-Size Aprons
It's also reversible!
I won't let you see the other side...let's just say it's been a busy bee!
THE GMAMA WORKHORSE
Here is my uniform, my baby, my well-loved and well-worn apron of choice. I wear this olive green, cotton duck apron by CANNON while baking, cooking supper, canning green beans, carrying a load of fresh picked tomatoes, holding eggs retrieved from my hens, making strawberry jam, peeling potatoes, washing dishes, fixing lunch, potting plants, crafts with the grandpeeps, hanging clothes on the line, doing laundry (check out the bleach stains), pretty much everything I do in the course of a day requires this APRON. She almost needs a name, don't you think?
BIG GRANDMA made this little Apron for me in 4th grade.
Can you see the little torn corner at top left ? Gives it character I think.
I've shown my Coat of Many Colors in a long ago post but thought I would show it one more time since it hangs in my Kitchen as a permanent reminder of my Great Grandmother who made this little house-coat from scraps of fabric. I actually remember wearing it while watching Sat. morning cartoons and my daily does of ROMPER ROOM...
I was a Good DO- BEE!
I'm now on the hunt for more aprons with embroidery work. Aprons with embroidery work are "historical artifacts as well as vintage domestic treasures."(The Apron Book) I also believe in order to appreciate the beauty of Aprons, Aprons are to be WORN. It is their purpose and we can never pass on *our stories* with aprons that sit in drawers. Get those aprons out of the drawer, buy one, or better yet make one and then make another! I like to trace and make my own patterns from an apron I already have. I'm not much on store-bought patterns. I hope you've enjoyed my Apron Stories. Make your own Apron Stories to pass down to your family...stains and all..."perfection slightly flawed...a candidate for GRACE, that state of unconditional love and forgiveness." Judith Olson Gregory, artist.
CUSTOM ORDER APRON FOR WINNER
PICKED AT RANDOM, FRIDAY APRIL 27TH
As an ode to this APRON POST, I will pick a winner at random and make a custom order APRON of YOUR CHOICE! It should take me a week to make the apron if you tell me what you like and give me a mailing address. Would you like that? I LOVE to make aprons for friends and family!
This has been a LONG POST
Please go to my blog for an added bonus of a tutorial for making a kitchen bag for recycling plastic bags.