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Tie One On Day and Ellen March

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In 2009, I put together a mini-exhibit of my aprons and vintage domestic goods at the American Sewing Guild’s conference in Albuquerque. There, my path crossed with the sweetie pie editor of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery, Ellen March. Tying one on (…an apron, of course!), we discovered a shared passion for celebrating women of earlier generations and their talent in expressing themselves through needle and thread.

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Ellen March and EllynAnne first crossing paths at the 2009 ASG conference.

Two years later, Ellen invited me to appear as a guest on the inaugural season of her new venture, SewItAll TV. I was thrilled, very nervous and much relieved when Ellen brought her sewing skills to the Awesome Apron, and together we completed the project.

 

Ellen’s support of my love of aprons extends to her traditional sponsorship of Tie One On Day, my annual call-out to tie on an apron and bestow gestures of kindness to those in need. Responding to my yearly request for a TOODay goodie giveaway, she always provides…this year with a packed box of SewNews and Creative Machine Embroidery publications.

It was but a day or so after our TOODay giveaway emailing that I learned of Ellen’s concerns for her health and family’s well-being through her posting HERE. Please take a read, then take a look at this beautiful girl.

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Ellen March is asking for our support in her fight against breast cancer.

 

Wife, mama, daughter, sister, friend, colleague – Ellen is much-loved, admired and deserving of the very tenant of Tie One On Day: imparting gestures of kindness and especially in this situation, donations to her campaign: Ellen’s Breast Cancer Fight.

When considering kindness as a dollar point, imagine the campaign as the March family’s Thanksgiving dinner – instead of baking Ellen a pumpkin pie, donate the cost of the ingredients; in lieu of taking her a sweet potato casserole, donate the price of a sack of potatoes. I “fed” the fund a turkey dinner. Whatever your contribution, any amount will help to set the table.

The sooner the campaign’s goal is met, Ellen’s financial worries ease and she can completely concentrate on kickassing her cancer. So, please Tie One On (…an apron, of course!) and give from your heart and wallet to Ellen’s Breast Cancer Fight.

 

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

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Thank you, everyone, for sharing this blog posting, participating in Tie One On Day, and putting the give back into Thanksgiving through acts of kindness to those in need.

xxEllynAnne

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Nourishing Fare for TOODay Delivery

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

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Tie One On (…an apron, of course!) and make someone’s day brighter with a gesture of kindness.

 

I’m sure it’s the time of year that has me preparing soups for Tie One On Day deliveries. A hearty soup with a side of corn bread and jam made up today’s basket of comfort and friendship.

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The simplest fare wrapped in bright kitchen cloths will brighten someone’s day.

 

“From scratch” is one way to put together a basket of comforting fare, but honestly, a quick mix with grated cheddar stirred into the batter bakes into a delicious cornbread. The same goes for repackaging a gourmet jam into a petite jar.

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Whether made from scratch or repacking of store-bought, a basket of comforting foods will be appreciated.

 

Participating in Tie One On Day is a way to put the “give” back into your Thanksgiving, and in doing so, bring joy to the life of someone in need!  Supportive sponsors encourage your spreading the word and the love of TOODay with fabulous giveaways that will be won by four lucky participants. To Enter the Giveaways, click HERE.

 

When making a pot of soup to nourish others, I always set aside for us, too. Tripling the recipe will still have it a one-pot fixin’, and the extra can be frozen.

Sweet Potato Bean Soup

1 can (15 oz) chicken broth, 2 large sweet potato (peeled  cut up), 1/2 medium onion, chopped, 3 celery thinly sliced, 1 carrot cut into small pieces, 1 T tomato paste, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp cumin, s&p to taste, 1 can (15.5 oz) white beans drained (1 nitrate-free beef sausage sliced and diced)

In a large pot over high heat, pour in broth and add sweet potatoes, onion, celery, tomato paste, paprika and cumin and bring to boil. Reduce heat and summer until vegetables are tender, 20-25 minutes. Stir in beans (& cut up sausage) until heated through.

For a creamy soup, puree 1 cup in a blender/mixer/processor and pour back into the pot.

The sponsors of Tie One On Day give from their hearts without expectation of payment – only that you help to spread the word and love of TOODay. So, thank you for that!

xxEllynAnne

“Let us live well, simply, economically, healthfully and artistically.”

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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.”
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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.

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

 

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TOODay 4th Giveaway Winner!

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Happy Wednesday,  #99  Jennifer You are the 4th Tie One On Day Giveaway WINNER.

Jennifer will be making someone’s day brighter: Kindness is a good thing and for TOODay, I am hoping to get my sewing machine out and make an apron with some cool fabric I pick up and then “file” and forget about. It will be given to someone who needs it for many reasons other than just protecting from the food splatters.

 

The generous sponsors of this fourth giveaway are: Cultivar, Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, the American Sewing Guild, Stampington & Company, Emily Ellyn Retro Rad Chef, Simplicity and My Memories digital scrapbooking.

Without hesitation, sponsors responded to Tie One On Day as consistent with the heart of their companies, and I am extremely appreciative of their support.

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MyMemories is also providing its giveaway of the My Memories Suite v4 and two Gift Certificates to four additional randomly selected winners:

#44  Terri K                  #165  Colleen

#15  Judy K                  # 81   Kimberlee

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I titled this blurry Kodak moment “Waiting for the Doorbell to Ring” because it so perfectly represents that moment when all is at the ready – the gravy is simmering, the potatoes covered and warming in the oven with the vegetable casserole, the turkey plattered, the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie in a stainless container chilling in the refrigerator. Father is proud of the Mrs. for setting this beautiful table while she is likely exhausted from the preparation. Yet all is well in this home, where a feast awaits and thanks will be given.

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To all who participated in Tie One On Day 2013, and through acts of kindness made someone’s day brighter, thank you, for giving from the heart. May all be well as we prepare to give thanks on Thanksgiving.

xx EllynAnne

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A Giveaway and a Take-Away Apron

TOOD_2013_504x607 79 dpiTis the eve of the 4th and final fabulous Wednesday giveaway, with sponsors Cultivar, Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking, American Sewing Guild, Stampington & Company, Emily Ellyn Retro Rad Chef, Simplicity and MyMemories providing a caboodle of giftees to one winner. Sponsors sign on to be a part of Tie One On Day because they support giving from the heart through a gesture of kindness to one in need.

Sponsors giveaways are the loveliest and you need only have entered once to be eligible for this final drawing. If you’ve yet to enter, do so HERE.

 

As an apron collector with hundreds to choose from for tying on or wrapping a baked good for TOOD delivery, I’m not sure what led me to put everything on the back burner and sew an apron, but so I did.

What I came up with is such an easy project, I decided to create kits for guests to sew their own aprons before settling in around the Thanksgiving table!

 

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For the children, cut the towel in half or in quarters (use pinking shears to avoid messy edges or let it fray au natural) and cut the ties to 12”.  Adult assistance is necessary for avoiding needle pricks, but having band aids available for the big and small is a good idea.

While everyone is busy sewing, final preparations in the kitchen can be handled without well-intentioned interruptions.

This take-away apron will be a nice reminder of our gathering. I’m already thinking of next year’s kit – what a new and fun tradition!

xx EllynAnne

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3rd TOOD Giveaway Winner and Pie or Biscuits?

Happy Wednesday, #124 Kathleen!   Via a random number generator, you’ve been selected the third Tie One On Day Giveaway WINNER.

Here’s how Kathleen will be participating in TOODay:

With the rush of life, I constantly check on at couple in their late 80s, bringing them meals. They are a delightful couple who have weathered 67 years of marriage. By making her an apron and filling it with baked goods, it will make their day! Thank you for a wonderful idea!

I love my aprons. It is one thing that I do to keep memories of days gone by. Soon it will be time to bring out the holiday aprons for all to enjoy (and put everyday ones away for awhile).

 

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The generous sponsors of this third giveaway are: 5 green boxes, Heavenly Hostess, CKMedia: SewNews/CME, Andrews McMeel, Colonial Patterns, Susan Marks (author), Simplicity and My Memories.

For a complete listing of Tie One On Day sponsors and their giveaways, please click here. Without hesitation, sponsors responded to Tie One On Day as consistent with the heart of their companies, and I am extremely appreciative of their support.

Remember, you need only enter/leave a comment once to be eligible for the remaining giveaway !

Entry is HERE

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MyMemories is also providing its giveaway of the My Memories Suite v4 and two Gift Certificates to four additional randomly selected winners:

#39  Mildred                                    #94   Barbara Kratz

#139 Lee Newcomb                    #62 Linda VanDervoort

 

 

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I thought I’d decided on biscuits and a pot of jam as my Tie One On Day offering, but this flashcard may be influencing me otherwise.

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Busy days ahead, but filled with good things. Tie One On Day takes a lot of energy, but the results are so worth it. Thank you for helping to spread the word and love of the day.

xx EllynAnne

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2nd Wednesday Winner & Table-Scaping for Fall

Happy Wednesday, Deborah Johnson !  Via a random number generator, you’ve been selected the second Tie One On Day Giveaway WINNER.

                      #63  Deborah  writes:

I love the TOOD idea! I have made aprons for friends for years, and have enjoyed your books so much…they inspire me. The thought of sending someone a little encouragement in such a creative way sounds good to me, and I purchased my apron fabric over the weekend. I have a friend who has had a very tough year, and has managed to maintain a thankful spirit in the face of adversity. I will acknowledge that with an apron and loaf of something delicious on the 27th, thanks to you!

 

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The generous sponsors of this second giveaway are: Craftsy,   National Association of Baby Boomer Women, IceMilk Aprons, MikWright, Nancy Zieman, Simplicity and MyMemories.  For a complete listing of Tie One On Day sponsors and their giveaways, please click here. Without hesitation, sponsors responded to Tie One On Day as consistent with the heart of their companies, and I am extremely appreciative of their support.

Remember, you need only enter/leave a comment once to be eligible for the remaining two giveaways !

Entry is HERE

 

MyMemories is also providing its giveaway of the My Memories Suite v4 and two Gift Certificates to four additional randomly selected winners:

#50  Mary Jo Sommerfeld         #24    Alice Happe

#75  Betty Lou                     #105 Mindy

 

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Tie One On Day received a major shout-out by AP Reporter, Jennifer Forker !  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/thanksgiving-handmade-apron-20862831 .  Jennifer’s reportage will appear nationwide over the next two weeks. Thank you, Jennifer, for including me and TOOD in this so-sweet article.

 

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When entertaining, I enjoy the table-scaping as much as the actual event because it’s such a creative outlet. For a recent fall-ish gathering, I dug out from the stash this quilt topper, which I’ve had forever. Not once making a move toward sewing it to a bottom, I used it as a tablecloth.

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The fabric squares date from the late 1930s into the 1950s. The borders aren’t finished, so there are lots of threads dangling, which one day/some day, I will or not get to.

I set out to buy a bouquet for a central vase arrangement, but then I saw
the price of green peppers, 4/$1.00, and instead used those at each place setting. So easy and so beautiful. Love it when a spontaneous inspiration turns out much better than the plan.

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Extending kindness is such a great All American impulse!

Katherine Frame via @tieoneonday/facebook

 

Give from the Heart. Then Give Thanks!

xx EllynAnne

 

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2nd Tie One On Day Winner Wednesday

… is tomorrow (Nov 13)!  Sponsors Craftsy, National Association of Baby Boomer Women, IceMilk Aprons, MikWright, Nancy Zieman, Simplicity and My Memories are offering fabulous products as a thank you to one Tie One On Day entrant for participating and inspiring others to become involved.

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The more who take part in Tie One On Day, the more who receive gestures of kindness, so please spread the word and love of TOOD. And if you haven’t already entered the giveaways, to do so is easy!

Just click HERE.

TOOD_2013_504x607 79 dpi Last week’s Wednesday Winner, Cyndi Swank, was thrilled of her selection, which she hopes is also a good luck sign for her brother-in-law, who was seriously injured in a car accident.

“Wow, this is so incredible! This win is coming out of left field, and is really a wonderful surprise for me.  At last, something really good is happening!”

And Linda, Jane, Patty and Debra, the four additional My Memories Digital Software recipients, are super happy with their surprise winning.

TOOD_2013_504x607 79 dpi  If you’re like me and always looking for apron inspiration, sponsor Bernina is showcasing apron designs on its sewitall blog, which includes this log cabin patchwork apron designed by my friend Erika Mulveena.

TOOD_2013_504x607 79 dpi  After skyping for a year with retro rad chef Emily Ellyn, our paths finally crossed while I was visiting my sister in Florida.

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Two peas in a vintage pod!

We created a video for Tie One On Day packaging, which you can watch HERE. It includes biscuits from a recipe called HamBob’s out of the Hamery in Murfreesboro, TN. This has to be the easiest, no-fail biscuit to bake. Here’s the goods:

  • 1  cup buttermilk
  • 1/8  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1  tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  cup warm water (100F to 110F)
  • 3 to 3 1/4  cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup shortening

Instructions

  1. Mix buttermilk and baking soda together.
  2. Mix yeast, sugar, salt and water together. Let stand until foamy.
  3. Combine flour and shortening, stirring with a fork until mixed well. Mix in buttermilk mixture. Mix in yeast mixture. (Dough will be wet.) Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  4. Pat out dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a heavily floured board. Cut biscuits with a 2-inch cutter. Place on a baking sheet and let rise 20 minutes.

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5.  Preheat oven to 400F.

6.  Bake biscuits 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Makes about 18 (not sure why, but I get more than 18 with this recipe, and I have to bake a few minute longer for that golden color).

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A butter slathered biscuit = the yummiest!

 

TOOD_2013_504x607 79 dpi  Thanksgiving is a holiday known for recollection, making new traditions and sharing. The apron symbolizes these concepts. So please join me and tie one on (an apron, of course!) and through National Tie One On Day, make a difference in someone’s life.

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Answer: The next day’s breakfast!

 

xx EllynAnne

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2 Peas in a Pod Tie One On

Some things are just meant to be, and so it is that after a year of chatting via skype, Retro Rad Chef Emily Ellyn and I meet up! As EE and EA, we’re two vintage-lovin’ peas in a pod with a penchant for cat eye glasses and tying one on…an apron, of course! EE EA yellow front door fixed no www1991

 

When we weren’t laughing, we talked. And one topic was Tie One On Day and food as a gesture of kindness.

As a sponsor of Tie One On Day, Emily Ellyn brought with her a neat idea for the packaging of a TOODay food delivery, which appears in this video:

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We may live far from one another, but as two peas, our paths are destined to cross again and often. Stay tuned!

Tie One On Day participation and entry for the giveaways is easy. Clicking HERE will take you directly to the blog, where you can leave a comment and inspire others by describing your gesture of kindness.

Thank you for spreading the word and love of Tie One On Day, because the more who participate, the more who receive!

Give From the Heart. Then Give Thanks.

xx EllynAnne

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Giving from the heart.Then giving thanks

Happy Wednesday, Cyndi Swank!  Via a random number generator, you’ve been selected the first Tie One On Day Giveaway WINNER.

#56  Cyndi Swank says:

I just love sewing aprons, and I just love baking bread. This is a win, win, win (giving) for me! I even have some people I know picked out to give an apron and a loaf of bread to. Some are in need as well as some who give so much to others. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in TOOD, as well as model giving for my children.

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The generous sponsors of this first giveaway are: Marula – the Leakey Collection, Chaps, Country Woman Magazine, Eleanor’s NYC, Bernina USA, Simplicity, MyMemories.  For a complete listing of Tie One On Day sponsors and their giveaways, please click here. Without hesitation, sponsors responded to Tie One On Day as consistent with the heart of their companies, and I am extremely appreciative of their support.

Remember, you need only enter/leave a comment once to be eligible for the remaining three giveaways !

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MyMemories is also providing its giveaway of the My Memories Suite v4 and two Gift Certificates to four additional randomly selected winners:

#86  Linda Kernodle     #19 Jane Pearson

#42 Patty Phillips       #6 Debra

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My Tie One On Day recipients are no longer in charge of their own kitchens, so baking for them is an enjoyment from the past. Imagining myself in their shoes, my offerings always include something sweet. As I’m still deciding just what to bake, I’m playing with the packaging.

Last year, I saved up those plastic food (mushroom) containers, which are perfectly sized for lining with toweling and nestling a small sweetbread loaf, a petite jar of jam and a miniature serving spoon.

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Another year, I used florist corsage bags to package individual pumpkin pies and old cups (literally a dime a dozen) filled with a cranberry compote. A vintage apron wrapped around an old plate (dime a dozen on these, also) provided stability as well as an eating utility.

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In our rush-about world, though, perhaps more meaningful than the creatively packaged food, was visiting at each delivery. I take that to heart and make the time.

I love reading everyone’s gestures of kindness – thank you for sharing and continuing to spread the word and love of Tie One On Day.

From my heart to your pocket…apron, of course!

xx EllynAnne

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

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