Wednesday, November 20, 2013

♥♥ Mom Always Wore Aprons! ♥♥


This coming Wednesday is "National Tie One On Day".

You can follow this link to read all about it. 

"TIE ONE ON DAY™ Give from the heart on Wednesday – then give thanks on Thursday. This Thanksgiving Eve, Tie One On (an apron of course!) and bring joy to the life of someone in need.

Participation is easy and uplifting. Simply wrap a loaf of bread or baked good in an apron and tuck an encouraging note or prayer into the pocket; then present your offering to a neighbor, friend or person in your community who could benefit from your gesture of kindness. Tie One On – and put the “give” back into Thanksgiving.
“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” EllynAnne Geisel
Tie One On Day™ is a win-win, for the participant and the receiver. And by embracing TOOD, you will make someone else’s day brighter."

As we all bustle about the kitchen, baking cookies (see recipe at the end of this post) and getting ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, 

I thought I'd share some aprons that I've made for family & friends over the years.  I'm taking one to my new neighbors, along with a loaf of bread, to welcome them to the development.  She is a quilter & I just know we are going to become good friends!!

The wild purple one, above, was made from the pattern 



"Flirty Skirty" by The Apron Lady.

It was for my oldest sister, Mary Jane, who lives in CO.  

She likes the poem by Jenny Joseph,

"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple."

 I'm reminded of my Mom, always working in the kitchen, wearing an apron, 

similar in style to this apple themed one that I made for my next-in-line sister, Fritzie. 

 It criss-crosses in the ties to bother with.

  Border fabrics are so much fun to work with & it matches her cute kitchen, which has apples all over!


The next apron was made for my younger sister, Weeziebug, 

(whose real name is Louise, but we seldom call her that)

 who LOVES her coffee!

  She was called 'Weeziebug' while growing up & I was 'Rettabug'.  

We are less than two years apart in age.


She is no longer BIG after successfully doing Weight Watchers!
I should ask for it back so I can take out those stitches & make it say "Little Lou's".

 The colorful "veggie" apron (Flirty Skirty pattern again) & matching pot holder, 
were gifts for my youngest sister, Ruth E.,
who used to live in AZ but is now enjoying life
                                     to the fullest in Maui. 

  I embroidered a Sam's Club white apron for my younger brother's wife, as a Christmas gift, a few years ago.


I embroidered pots of rosemary, sage & camomile herbs onto this cute little gardening apron as a gift for a friend.


The Easter Basket Bunny apron, with his embroidered half-eaten ears & colorful eggs, was a huge hit with Ms. C., especially the fluffy yarns used to replicate grass.

  Kids love any 3-D textural touches like that.

  I thought I was being very clever with this play on words when I did this "Hail to the CHEF" apron for my nephew, who loves to cook.  The chef's face is actually a pocket made from a fabric panel of cooking motifs.

The "Wines Constantly" was done for a good friend who is a wonderful tennis player as well as an avid Oenophile.

Another clever play on words!


 This pretty RED Sam's Club apron was embroidered for another tennis player, as a hostess gift, when we went to their lovely home for a dinner party.

These cute kids aprons as well as the GREEN adult sized ones, below, were Christmas gifts for friends of my daughter.

I Love that fun Grinch alphabet!


This colorful play apron was made for Ms. C. out of a placemat! 

        Look at how little she was back then!  *sniff*

  I just trimmed, turned inward & stitched down two sides to make casings to thread an extra long shoelace through for easy tying.

I made the little Snowgirl & Snowman from basic white aprons available at Joanns.  

Fluffy pompoms were used for the "buttons" on the Snowpeople as well as trim along the bottoms.


The little "apron dress" that drapes over the oven door handle was made from two towels from Walmart. 

 I wish they still carried that style of towels...I would make tons of these for gifts!  I still have a few towels saved in the *resource center*, AKA my stash area in my sewing room.

My husband refers to it as "the dry goods store"!  LOL

They came as a coordinated set & the ruffles & trim were already on them.  I added the machine embroidered RED cherries after constructing the dress with ties to keep it in place.



I deconstructed a new scrub shirt that had this cute 'coffee & donut' print on it, to make this little shortie hostess apron (Flirty Skirty pattern again) with ruffled pockets for my sister in law.

Wouldn't this be cute for waitresses in a diner?


And, finally, last but not least, I made my daughter this pretty RED teapot themed set with lace & polka-dot trimmed pockets & a matching tea cozy, too.


I'm sure you've read the following description of "Grandma's Apron" before, but it is fitting to repeat it here, as we prepare to feed our loved ones another holiday feast.

"The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few & because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses & also, aprons required 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.

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 autumn, 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 folk 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.The government 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- but love...”

So go put on a pretty apron & get busy cooking!

 I'll be making these cookies today:

David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (excerpt from Ready for Dessert, page 188. Published with permission.)
2 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup  unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups  nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, or macadamia nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
14 ounces  bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped into 1/2-to 1-inchchunks or 3 cups  chocolate drops (see Tip)
1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a bowl by hand), beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla on medium speed just until smooth. Beat in the eggs on at a time until thoroughly incorporated, then stir in the flour mixer followed by the nuts and chocolate chunks.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough into quarters. Shape each quarter into a log about 9 inches long. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, preferably for 24 hours.
4. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat the oven to 350ºF . Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
5. Slice logs into disks 3/4 inch  thick and place the disks 3 inches  apart on the prepared baking sheets. If the nuts or chips crumble out, simply push them back in.
6. Bake, rotating the baking sheets midway through the baking, until the cookies are very lightly browned in the centers, about 10 minutes. If you like soft cookies, as I do, err on the side of under baking.
7. Let cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to handle, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack.
Storage: The dough logs can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month. The baked cookies will keep well in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Tip: Many chocolate makers now produce chocolate “drops” or “chunks” that are suitable for use in this recipe.

Wishing everyone a "Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving"!

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today.

 Won't you follow me over to Marty's Holiday Baking Party?

I'll also join Yvonne's StoneGable for The Scoop on Thursday & The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday. 


  1. I love every single one of them Rett! How fun that your sewing machine does embroidery-very cool! Gotta chuckle because I guess that fun textural Easter grass appeals to big kids too:@)

  2. All are beautifully done, favorite style is the apple one, but I sure like that wild purple fabric! Do you ever take orders for them?
    Have a wonderful week.

    1. I don't, Marigene, because then it becomes "work" instead of play for me. I have soooo many of my own projects that I want to complete, I just hope I'll live long enough to get them all done.
      HOWEVER, if you scroll down to the comment 'Goosegirl" left for me & go to her blog, I know that she sews for the public & is a much better seamstress than I am, believe me. She does fantastic work!!
      Thanks for the compliment of even asking...I'm flattered.

  3. Love these aprons. I've sewn a few lately, too, and have more on my worktable. I should be sewing instead of blogging.

  4. Love the aprons and the cookies look delicious!

  5. Oh, I wear an apron every single time that I cook and I adore all of the cute ones in this post! You are so clever!! The cookies do look good and I enjoyed the poems!

  6. Hi Rhett, How your aprons bring back memories of the ones that my mom always wore? I still have some that my mother made for me many many years ago. Yours are so adorable and the cookie recipe sounds yummy, but if I made them I would eat them all myself only sharing a few with hubby at the nursing home. I try to eat healthy, but so hard when only one is at home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  7. What a fun post! You have made some really colorful and whimsical and beautiful aprons. My favorites are the colorful one for Ruth, and the teapot one. Your cookies sound good too. Have a nice wknd, Rett, and a happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Oh Miss Rett! I love this post! So darling and fun and homey.

  9. Oh wow, so many fabulous aprons. Love them all and such a precious post. Love the cookies too and Thanks so much for linking to the Holiday Baking Party. Hugs, marty

  10. Oh Rett, you know I always love seeing your pretty sewing projects!!! I adore all of them. I have so e of that same ME fabric in my stash. I love how you coordinated it with the polka dot. I finally got back in my sewing room and you're inspiring me to do even more projects. Thanks for your inspiration. xo

  11. You have such a fabulous collection of aprons. I love to make ruffled ones but I haven't been nearly as creative. Your embroidered fairy of course speaks to me, but all of your embroidered ones are so clever. I never could figure out what could be done with all of the darling fabrics at the fabric stores until I started making aprons!

  12. This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, Rett. My grandma always wore an apron and I picked up the habit from her. I have to have a place for kleenex, my cell phone, things I carry from one room to another...most of my clothes don't have pockets. I can be a messy cook and it saves me having to change clothes after I bake. Your apron collection is wonderful. I must say that you are an artist with that sewing machine.

  13. First thank you so much for your kind words about my Milk Glass collection....long story on that one. My mother also had a very nice collection. I would buy her a piece for almost every occasion. She left me all of it when she passed away in her will...My brother who handled the will said there was no will (even though I had a copy) and I never got even one piece. So for the past ten years since he snookered me out of the collection my family and friends....including wonderful bloggers from all over....have been buying and sending me pieces. along with what I gave bought....I have over 100 pieces. I always get thrilled when I come across a piece that she had..But collection is far larger then hers. So thank you for appreciating just how beautiful it all your aprons...especially the's so darn cute.....Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you stop back to my blog again....Sue in Atlanta.

  14. Each of the aprons is so special and perfect for each person. My favorite is the one for your mother. Also, thanks for posting the pieces about wearing purple and about grandma's apron - two of my favorites.

  15. Each one is darling, Rett! Guess my favorite would be the black and white check made for Miss C. Wonder why? '-)
    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family. Hugs ~ Sarah

  16. SEW many adorable aprons Rett, I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite! I think it might be Wines Constantly since I'm a wino :) So clever to use a placemat for a pint size version too! Wishing you a Delicious and Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. What a wonderful, fun post to read. You certainly have made some lovely aprons over time! I can't even pick a favorite..they are all adorable! :)

  18. Yay....these aprons are amazing...I can't pick a favorite....all too cute.
    I have to tell you that our girl, Stacy, was called Stacybug all the time she was growing up.

  19. Oh, Rett! What wonderful aprons. You are more than a seamstress... you are an artist!!! I adore aprons and I call them my "uniform". I wear them every day! I just wish I had one half as pretty as you make them!
    I'm so glad you stopped by StoneGable my sweet friend. Your precious comment really was balm to my knees! Please continue to pray. I am having a lot of bleeding with my left knee cap! xo Love you!

  20. You are so darn clever and talented, loved them all!
    Many blessings and a happy Tgiving! Thanks for all your kind thoughts on Mike's health.


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