Tie One On Day 2015

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”
November 25, 2015 - Tie One On Day

Tie One On…Give from the heart…Then give thanks

On the eve of Thanksgiving some twelve years ago, I wrapped a pie in an apron with a handwritten note of sympathy slipped into the pocket, and delivered it to a neighbor experiencing more heartbreak than should be. Her response of delight and warmth was unexpected and very touching.

In offering a small gesture of recognition to the family’s situation, I was surprised at the unexpected joyfulness that I experienced. The win-win of the exchange was so memorable, I knew it had to be shared. So I created TIE ONE ON DAY™.

Celebrated on the eve of Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 25 this year – TIE ONE ON DAY is an annual opportunity to share our good fortune by wrapping a loaf of bread or other baked good in domestic cloth and tuck in a sweet note; then tie one on…an apron, of course! and deliver the offering to a neighbor, friend or charity in need of a bit of kindness.

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To encourage y’all adding TIE ONE ON DAY to your holiday tradition and embracing its message of sharing and gratefulness, a dedicated group of generous SPONSORS are putting some fabulous “give” into the TOODAY 2015 Goodie Giveaway!

To enter the TIE ONE ON DAY Giveaways, leave a comment at the end of this blog posting, sharing with others how you plan to be a part of this year’s TOOD. Your comment is your entry into the November 24th drawing for the giveaways.   Four (4) Giveaway winners will be randomly selected and contacted via their provided email.

*TIE ONE ON DAY Giveaways are open only to entrants living within the United States


Thanksgiving is a holiday known for recollection, making new traditions and sharing. The apron symbolizes these concepts. A small bit of your time will make someone else’s day brilliantly brighter. And the more who participate, the more who receive. Such is the win-win of TOOD.

So please join me and tie one on…an apron, of course! and through Tie One On Day, make a difference in someone’s life.

Tie One On…Give from the heart…Then give thanks

xoxEllynAnne

To accompany your Tie One On Day delivery, this complimentary note card is available to download HERE.

November 25, 2015 - Tie One On Day

The more who participate in TOODay, the more who receive!

 

PLEASE INCLUDE AN EMAIL WITH YOUR COMMENT, SO I CAN LET YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE A GIVEAWAY WINNER

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96 comments

  • 1
    Nancy L. Von Arx says:

    Promoting Tie On One Day at our local craft & vendor marketplace, and at craft shows. People think it is a neat idea.

  • 2
    Jini Burkholder says:

    Looking forward to participating in “Tie One On Day”. My vintage aprons are ready to go to a new home.

  • 3
    EllynAnne Geisel says:

    TOODay is a perfect opportunity to find new homes for our aprons! xxea

  • 4
    Daizy Bailes says:

    I enjoy doing this every year. This year I hope to share with more people….may have to start sooner !
    Hugs!

  • 5
    Kelli Tate says:

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks!!

    • 5.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      Kelli, hey! I’m so happy you discovered my Tie One On Day because whatever you chose to do, another’s day will be made more the brighter. xxea

  • 6
    Candy Soehren says:

    I plan to take a loaf of beer bread and an apron to my dear, sweet sister-in-law who is undergoing treatment for cancer. She has opened her house and heart to our extended family for Christmas every year since 1990. It is our turn to honor her.

  • 7
    Veronica says:

    What a great idea! I have so many beautiful aprons . . . but they are all sitting in a box. I now plan to share them with family and friends so they can enjoy them too along with some of my favorite pumpkin bread!

  • 8
    Jackie Downing says:

    I am participating in a craft show and I will mention this idea t o people. Let’s Tie One On for all the winter holidays we might celebrate, too!

  • 9
    LuAnn Clarke says:

    This year I am getting a couple of friends together and we are making 80 loafs of pumpkin bread and wrapping them in Thanksgiving kitchen towels that are being donated by my family and friends. We will distribute them at our local foodshelf’s November distribution. Its on the 21st not Thanksgiving eve. but the results for them and for us will be wonderful. I did this last year for the first time only the bread was not wrapped in kitchen towels. I put the names of the people that assisted me in a drawing for an apron I made. I would love to make 80 aprons for next years distribution. Any one want to help with that?

  • 10
    Eliza Ayers says:

    Thank you for your inspiration. I will Tie One on this Thanksgiving.

    • 10.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      Eliza, it’s great to have you become a part of giving from the heart and then giving thanks. xxxea

  • 11
    judy says:

    I have so many aprons and see such pretty ones everywhere

  • 12
    jojomatt says:

    I just found out about this and I love it. Going to make two aprons and some great bread and send them out. Thank you. Great Idea!

  • 13
    Lynne Wolters says:

    I’ve just been made aware of this great way to reach out with care and feeding of body and soul. I will definitely participate. As a newbie in a new to me neighborhood, this is a great way to reach out to my neighbors.

  • 14
    Vanessa Fleitas says:

    I have 3 aprons ready to go!!!! I’m excited to share the aprons!!
    Thank you so much!!!

  • 15
    Karen Rogers says:

    First time hearing of TOOD. Love to sew and now a great opportunity to use some of ‘my stash’ which includes some apron panels. Good, fun, way to share during a Season of Thanksgiving. Thanks for the idea.

    • 15.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      As a part of the Season of Thanksgiving, TOODay is an opportunity for a new holiday tradition. thank you! xxea

  • 16
    Sharon Rake says:

    This year, TOOD is November 25, and that also happens to be my daughter’s B’day. Along with her B’day gift, I will be giving her a TOOD of an apron with a loaf of bread for her to use as the hostess at the Thanksgiving Day dinner at her home the next day.

    • 16.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      Sharon, thank you for introducing TOODay to your family and through your daughter, spreading the love that is at the heart of TOOD. xxea

  • 17
    Monica AD says:

    WOW … What great memories I have of remembering my aunt putting on her apron 🙂

  • 18
    Sally says:

    What a wonderful way to meet your neighbors when you are new in town. Sounds like great fun too!

  • 19
    Linda Rupe says:

    I am participating by sharing TOODAY on both of my Facebook pages, Instagram and Twitter. I am telling all of my students. Most importantly, I am baking bread (trying Nancy Zieman’s recipe this year) and making aprons (I might even give Mary Mulari’s Hot Dish apron pattern a try!) for a minimum of 6 neighbors.

    • 19.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      thank you, Linda, for embracing TOODay and introducing it to others. Greatly appreciated! I need to check on Nancy’s recipe and Mary’s aprons are gifts themselves! xxea

  • 20
    Anna says:

    I just discovered this wonderful day. I have a small sewing company and make many aprons. I am going to donate some apron wrapped baked goods to the local food bank. I love this idea. Thank you!

  • 21
    KitchenWench says:

    I will be participating for the first time so I will start out with something easy and make a couple of simple aprons from my stash.

    • 21.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      That you’ve joined the grassroots movement of TOODay is wonderful – and all aprons have a basic simplicity and when sewn with love, are the best to tie on! xxea

  • 22
    Linda Kernodle says:

    I have an apron hanging in my kitchen that I made in 8th grade Home Economics class (1968). I made it from feed sacks that my mother had saved. My granddaughters love to wear it when they help me in the kitchen.

    • 22.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      For so many, that home ec apron is not a pleasant memory, but yours is so imbued with sweet memories, it is that most special of heirlooms. xxea

  • 23
    Sondra says:

    What a wonderful new tradition to pass on to my daughter and family. It begins this year!

  • 24
    Barbara Read says:

    This year I will again participate in the TOODay. I have a neighbor who recently lost her husband and needs some cheer.

    • 24.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      Barbara, my inspiration for TOODay was the result of my taking a “bit of cheer” pie to a neighbor who experienced a devastation, much as yours. So wonderful that she is on your mind and in your heart. xxea

  • 25
    Dell Martinez says:

    An attitude of gratitude is such an attractive element in our personality. It goes with sharing so well. TOODAY should be encouraged to last all year!
    I love the idea of aprons. I hope they will come back for others!!

    • 25.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      TOODay is an opportunity at Thanksgiving to give from the heart and then give thanks. Thank you! for embracing the Day. xxea

  • 26
    Pat says:

    Such a good idea and I am going to participate. This should be fun and rewarding. Plus, it will
    get me back into sewing. Thank you.

  • 27
    Denise Rehlander says:

    Just moved to the area and this will be an ideal way to meet my new neighbors! 🙂

  • 28
    Lorij says:

    Although instead of the 25th, on the 21st November my Granddaughter’s and I will be volunteering at the Good Seed Church helping to feed the homeless and hungry. On 20 th I will make 20 gallons of gravy and roast 3 of the 12 turkeys for that Saturday. As I’m visiting in another state I think this is a way to pass on the gift to my Granddaughter’s that giving to others is a special privilege and gift that never stops giving. Hopefully, this will stay with them for their entire lifetime and they will pass this on to their children.

  • 29
    Mary Ellen Honan says:

    Great idea for my neighbors and two friends who were recently widowed. I’m going to make Nancy’s Zieman’s
    A-Z bread.

  • 30
    Tina says:

    I love sewing aprons to give as gifts. This year I’ve got several to make for wonderful friends and relatives that provide cookie exchanges, Thankgiving and Christmas dinnertime key and my family.

  • 31
    Connie Kapferer says:

    Love this idea. Bread and aprons just go together. Thanks !!!

  • 32
    Juanita says:

    What a great idea! I discovered your site through Nancy zieman’s blog. Will try her recipe for bread and wear an apron made by my mother in law Angelina who I never met. My hubby kept several of her things, of which were aprons she made for herself.

    • 32.1
      EllynAnne says:

      Nancy Zieman is a dedicated sponsor to my TOODay and I am so grateful for her generosity and sharing. Thank you for becoming apart of the TOODay mission! xxea

  • 33
    Patricia Polmanteer says:

    I shared the link on facebook. What a great idea and I am so pleased to share it with others. If even ONE person shares AND bakes to care and share it will be great indeed. I got the idea from this email … http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/sewing-2/national-tie-one-on-day-is-november-25/ Here’s praying others find the same link.

  • 34
    ROBIN, HUNTSVILLE TX says:

    I love this idea. I have saved all the details and plan to do this next year.

  • 35
    Diana G says:

    Kudos and thanks for the apron idea . I give away more pies than I keep at the holidays, and the apron idea is a good one. Thanks for the idea and the chance to win …

  • 36
    Becky E says:

    What a wonderful idea! I will begin praying about who needs a special remembrance on this day and will definitely promote it in my church next year.

  • 37
    Suzi Smith says:

    My daughter is hosting thanksgiving this year. A new apron and some pumpkin bread will be a great thank you. Maybe even an apron for grand daughter too!

    • 37.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      The Thanksgiving hostess can always use a new apron, and a sweet she didn’t bake is like that cherry on top! xxea

  • 38
    Margie V. says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful way to give comfort to someone- I shall be “tying one on” before Thanksgiving!

  • 39
    Marilyn says:

    I’ve made sewn items and quilts for charities for years. Tying one on day will give me another opportunity to brighten someone’s life. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • 39.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      It’s such a win-win, isn’t it, Marilyn, giving from the heart and brightening someone else’s day? xxea

  • 40
    Nikki Wilson says:

    I am going to make an apron from a men’s shirt and bake a loaf of bread for a family who lost their house to fire over the summer.

  • 41
    EllynAnne Geisel says:

    Oh, my goodness, what a huge loss for them. Your gesture will surely be appreciated. xxea

  • 42
    Toni says:

    I’ll be giving away an apron on Thanksgiving day, and thank you for this lovely opportunity to share and maybe get something in return. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • 43

    My sister in law recently moved out of state to be closer to her grand daughter. I made them matching aprons so they look great during quality cooking time

  • 44
    Teresa L.Davis says:

    Love that this is so popular…I do this the week before Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 45
    Susie Kroll says:

    My daughter and I came up with a list of women in our community that need a smile and helping hand. We are going to buy aprons this year. But, next year we plan on expanding our list and making the aprons ourselves.

  • 46
    RoxAnn says:

    This is my first year participating in Tie One On. I made two aprons that I am going to mail out to my two best friends to share in this new tradition/holiday. Thank you for starting a great tradition and bringing the apron back. (Was it ever really gone?)

    • 46.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      RoxAnn, thank you for participating in Tie One On Day, sharing the message of gestures of kindness through aprons! xxea

  • 47
    Mary Lea says:

    I’ve participated in the TOOday in past years….. And have always been delighted with the reaction my gift of a hand made apron and homemade bread have gotten! I will of course be seeing and baking up s storm again…… And surprising my recently divorced friend!

    • 47.1
      EllynAnne Geisel says:

      Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for those of us with “spare” to share our bounty, as with your friend. Bread and an apron are truly giving from the heart. xxea

  • 48
    Mary Lea says:

    Opps….that’s sewing and baking up a storm!!!

  • 49
    Jessica Mayer says:

    My 20 month old daughter and I will be participating by giving a goodie wrapped in a homemade child sized apron! I’ve also been posting about it on my FB page. This has been a family tradition of ours for the past three years!

  • 50
    Wink says:

    I discovered your site—and your mission—just in the nick of time! I’ll be promoting TOOD via Instagram and Twitter, and I’ll see if I can’t leave work a little early today so a neighbor I should know better can have some fresh-from-the-oven goodness.

  • 51
    Gina Lagaly says:

    I am so excited about this project. Count me in for TOOD 2016…. Off to start making aprons and share with friends.

  • 52
    Joan Windschitl says:

    What a great idea! I remember being a waitress at weddings and each girl got an apron to wear as a gift for helping. I fondly remember my grandmothers always wore an apron! I will be sharing my canning bounty from my garden this year all wrapped up in apron. Share the love!

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