The Huffington Post: Gift of Kindness at Thanksgiving
“Nine years ago, as I was preparing for my family’s traditional turkey dinner, I suddenly thought about a neighbor. Her family had recently experienced a tragedy, and their Thanksgiving was not going to be about pumpkin pies.
Spur of the moment, I wrapped a loaf of bread in an apron and slipped a handwritten card in the pocket…”
The Huffington Post: Victory Apron Celebrates the USO
“As the icon of America’s mothers, the apron symbolized the comfort and security of the home, with the red, white and blue Victory Apron a reminder of motherhood and the American home as patriotic symbols worth fighting for.”
Tampa Bay Times: Tie One On Day encourages us to think about friends in need
“Plenty of people need extra TLC to get through the long holiday season. People grieving, folks who are ailing or simply friends who might be a little blue.
Some of those people could be your neighbors.
That’s why EllynAnne Geisel created Tie One On Day (… An Apron of Course!) to encourage people to show a little kindness to others the day before Thanksgiving.”
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The Denver Post – Colorado Table:
The Washington Post: Aprons: simple to make, easy to personalize, full of nostalgia
Tie One On Day (an apron, of course!) and EllynAnne featured in AP apron piece.
Tampa Bay Times: Vintage aprons and modern re-creations are the new fashion statement
“EllynAnne Geisel may be the nation’s foremost authority on aprons — and the strings that bind us to the women who nourished us.”
Oct./Nov 2012 issue features EllynAnne’s inventive vintage sewing kits, pages 62-65
CountryWoman magazine celebrates Tie One On Day™ 2012
Article in Country Living magazine December/January 2012 issue:
Show Towel Showdown – EllynAnne shares insight and toweling from her vintage show towel collection.
Sew It All Season One / Awesome Aprons: EllynAnne Geisel shows how to make an apron using vintage linens, featuring a ruffled border.
Aug 24, 2011: Cooks of All Sizes Hot for Hostess Aprons
Hannah Raskin, a reporter for the Seattle Weekly, interviewed EllynAnne for her thoughts on Sur La Table’s new line of kitchen couture
NPR On Point – August 2, 2011:
Guest EllynAnne Geisel shares her experience at the inaugural Denver County Fair
EllynAnne and Apron Chronicles appear in a beautiful four-page color spread in the March/April 2011 issue of Texas Live Magazine
The American Interest (www.the-american-interest.com) March/April 2011 issue.
The Apron Chronicles by EllynAnne Geisel:
December 22, 2010 – EllynAnne was interviewed on the Creative Mojo radio show. Listen below:
Denver Post – Oct 23, 2010 :
EllynAnne sews an “Awesome Apron” on “Sew It All,” a new PBS show airing 2011.
Article in the AARP Magazine – Nov/Dec 2010 Issue:
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Journal & Courier – Aug 29, 2010 :
EllynAnne Geisel an apron expert and aficionado shares the history of the apron in America.
Dallas Observer – Aug 9, 2010 – The Opinionated Apron
“…One of the things about opinionated aprons is they’re mass-produced,” Geisel explains, “so there’s safety in that. You’re not standing out there alone saying ‘For this, I went to college?'”
The Globe And Mail – July 16, 2010 – Stylish aprons make a comeback
The Virginian-Pilot – July 13, 2010 – Domestic Renaissance fuels Apron Revival
Alice Brown hopes to launch a revival.
“I think aprons should make a comeback,” she said. She’s been sewing and wearing aprons for years – to cook, to garden, to clean, to paint. She has aprons for holidays – St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas – and for just about every activity” …
EllynAnne Geisel doesn’t know Brown, but they would probably get along as well as a pair of apron strings. Geisel, who lives in Colorado, is the author of “The Apron Book,” “Apronisms” and “The Kitchen Linens Book.” She celebrates aprons, items that she calls “the armor of domesticity.” …
… On hearing about Brown’s nostalgia for aprons, Geisel said, “I thought it was so fascinating that this woman is sewing aprons from her grandmother’s pattern because, in the apron book, I quoted women who remembered their mothers and grandmothers sewing aprons as a way of augmenting their incomes.”
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – May 28, 2010 – Aprons are heating up homes again
“Aprons are soooo back!” whoops EllynAnne Geisel, author of “Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day” (Andrews McMeel, 2008). “When I saw that Charlotte (Kristin Davis in Sex and the City 2), the sophisticated icon for Mommyhood, was wearing one, it was wonderful!”
LA Times – May 6, 2010 – Aprons: Go ahead and tie one on
"The garment no longer symbolizes women's relegation to the kitchen but their delight in being there."
… Author and apron archaeologist EllynAnne Geisel, whose website, www.apronmemories.com, is dedicated to celebrating aprons, kitchen linens and the women who used them, sees the renewed interest in aprons as something that goes deeper, something spiritual. Something that allows us to make peace with the past.
“It’s a connector, it’s one item that ties us to women everywhere, across time,” says Geisel, who makes, sells and collects aprons and brings many of them along with her when she travels the country for speaking engagements.
And wherever she goes, the women line up and the memories pour out. “It just makes people melt. They talk about aprons and suddenly they’re talking about their mothers and their childhood.”
“Aprons don’t hold us back — they take us back,” she added. “They honor women of an earlier generation. And those women were doing the best they could.”
Additionally: Check the LA Times (apron) photogallery. EllynAnne’s photographs # 4, 5, 6
Houston Chronicle – Jan 20, 2010 – Aprons: Wrapped in history
Additionally: View the photo gallery – Aprons: a comeback
Artdaily.org – December 20, 2009
The Washington Times – Nov 4, 2009
Montecito Journal – August 25, 2009
– BookPage reviews THE KITCHEN LINENS BOOK!
On or before the first of August, 450,000 copies of BookPage’s review will arrive in more than 3,000 subscribing bookstores and public libraries nationwide, who will then distribute BookPage to the avid readers who patronize their stores/libraries.
The Denver Post – May 9, 2009
The Kitchen Linens Book and The Apron Book are listed on the Denver Post’s local best sellers list! » Click to view the list
Southern Lady May/June 2009 issue features The Kitchen Linens Book
Denver Post – April 29, 2009 Stories woven in vintage cloth
April 23, 2009 – EllynAnne’s appearance on ABC-TV/San Fransisco’s View From The Bay :
» Link to video
Dallas Observer – April 8, 2009 City of Ate blog – 10 Questions : EllynAnne Geisel
The News Press – April 2, 2009
“Vintage Linens Worth Cherishing” Read EllynAnne’s interview and book review here
Sun Herald – March 19, 2009
Great Review of The Kitchen Linens Book~ read it here
Lulu’s Vintage – March 15, 2009
EllynAnne’s Vintage Style Council Interview. Read it here!
The Kansas City Star – March 9, 2009
The Kitchen Linens Book a must for “anyone with an appetite for vintage ware.” Read the full review.
Indie Wedding Guide – March 4, 2009
The Kansas City Star – February 14, 2009
apronology Magazine Premiere Issue February 2009
“Aprons are Hot!” Jenny Doh, Editor-in-Chief & Director of Publishing
EllynAnne’s original Domesti-Chic apron design and her artist’s statement are featured in the premiere issue of apronology Magazine, a Stampington & Company publication.
Click on the thumbnails below to view (will open in new window)
Chicken Soup For The Soul
EllynAnne’s essay, “I Never Saw My Mother Do a Sit-up” was selected as a Chicken Soup for the Soul favorite. Originally published in Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul, 2004, it is included in the newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother Like Daughter. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, which is highlighting some of its very best stories.
The Food Channel – November 26, 2008
Tie One On Day” Offers a Way to Give Back
Tie On an Apron and Spread a Little Cheer
You probably didn’t realize it, but Tie One On Day is almost here. Slipped up on you again, didn’t it? In fact, Wednesday, November 26, 2008, will mark the third annual observance of this event, celebrated each year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
EllynAnne Geisel, author of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort and Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day is the force behind this relatively new and giving tradition…
» Read the full article
The Kansas City Star November 26, 2008
Aprons are once again welcome in the kitchen
Aprons are suddenly back.
They were popular in the ’50s when women were sewing aprons with fun fabrics and flounces. But in the ’60s they went away — for decades, says EllynAnne Geisel, author of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort (Andrews McMeel, $17).
“They didn’t just go away, they were thrown away,” Geisel said in a phone interview from her Colorado home. “They were considered symbols of holding working women back.”…
» Full article
EllynAnne, the Apron Memories® website and Tie One On Day™ all got a mention in the latest Boomer Women’s World Newsletter.
EllynAnne announces the launch of her Tie One On Day™, an annual opportunity to Tie One On—an apron, of course! and share your bounty with someone in need of physical or spiritual sustenance. As encouragement to your assistance in the promotion of and its message of sharing and gratefulness, Andrews McMeel, my wonderful publisher, is offering 5 copies of The Apron Book and 5 copies of Apronisms in a giveaway, along with 5 vintage aprons from my very own personal collection! Enter HERE!
Apron Memories® selected as this holiday season’s Must Have apron resource at ShopAcrossTexas.com, THE shopping resource to the 205 million travelers to Texas each year. November and December’s Holiday Gift Guide is an annual feature, drawing visitors from across the word, looking for unique gift ideas.
From their website »
Best Aprons for Thanksgiving
EllynAnne Geisel is the designer behind these cute and one-of-a kind aprons. You can see her collection on exhibit, called Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections at the Grace Museum in Abeline, TX.
Her aprons are nationally recognized and have even been worn by Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives.
Talk about the perfect accessory for Thanksgiving Day!
Romantic Homes magazine August 2008
EllynAnne’s Apron Memories® Deni design appears in Romantic Homes, August issue
Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine July 2008
As part of an article about impulse buys, Apronisms receives a nice mention and photo.
Tuscon Citizen May 8, 2008
“An apron can sometimes be more than just an apron.”
The Denver Post – Colorado Sunday March 15, 2008
Out There this week
The apron adages “Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom For Every Day” by EllynAnne Geisel (Andrews McMeel) Kitchen acumen. Pueblo author EllynAnne Geisel, whose national art exhibit “The Apron Chronicles” celebrates American kitsch and kitchen…” » Link
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – March 6th, 2008
Author spills all on this homey cover-up
Ellyn Ann Geisel has long apron strings, and not only does she like that, she encourages it…
Vogue Magazine – March 2008
EllynAnne’s Smoochie apron was used on a Vogue mag photoshoot .
Click on the image to the left to view the page, or click here.
Tulsa World – February 23, 2008
A story told in aprons
“Author comes to Tulsa for book signing.”
Double page feature on Apron Chronicles, EllynAnne and her aprons.
Click on the image to the left to view the article, or click here.
Orlando Sentinel – December 23, 2007
Memories tied to American apron strings
“Nostalgic collectors of Americana embrace these once-practical items that our mothers used to wear.”
The Pueblo Chieftain Online – November 20, 2007
Tie one on -A new tradition: Wrap, write, deliver gift of kindness:
The Denver Post – November 18, 2007
Snippet from Colorado Sunday: Tie One On Day, Pull on the Apron Strings :
St Joseph News-Press – November 11, 2007
Tie one on
“Aprons being rediscovered as practical and fun hostess wear .”
Press & Sun-Bulletin - Binghamton,NY,USA
… author of “The Apron Book: Making Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort” (Andrews McNeel, 2007, $16.95) calls “today’s hottest collectible. …
The Port Arthur News– August 8, 2007
Apron book offers nostalgic ties to the past. Remember your grandmother’s apron? A new book recalls aprons of old and gives a pattern for the new.
– July 25, 2007: THE APRON BOOK is a finalist in the Non-Fiction Category for the 2007 Colorado Book Award.
Colorado Book Awards
Colorado Humanities &Colorado Center for the Book
1490 Lafayette Street, Suite 101, Denver, CO 80218
303.894.7951 ext 21, email@example.com
Salt Lake Tribune– July 11, 2007
Amazing aprons – Kitchen coverup makes a comeback.
Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion– July, 2007
Houston Chronicle– June 30, 2007
Rutland Herald– May 27, 2007
“Collectors feel the urge to tie one on”
IPPY Awards Winner ! – May 18, 2007
The Apron Book was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Screen capture of the announcement on the IPPY Awards website:
More information: www.independentpublisher.com
Kentucky.com– May 13, 2007
“Tying one on. Aprons, especially vintage ones, come wrapped in nostalgia”
TimesRecordNews.com– May 12, 2007
” Apron memories prompt stories. EllynAnne Geisel’s kitchen attire collection bring reminders of past”
Ippy Awards semi-finalists – May 9, 2007
THE APRON BOOK has been selected as an IPPY (Independent Publishers Book Awards) Awards Semi-Finalist. It was nominated under the How-To (Crafts/Hobby) category.
Final results will be announced on May 18th.
Country Woman Magazine – May 5, 2007
The Apron Book is featured in the May 2007 issue of Country Woman magazine.
Website » www.countrywomanmagazine.com
Also: The Apron Book is available for purchase through Country Woman’s Country Store. » Link
APRON CHRONICLES is the feature Arts & Entertainment article in Frontier Airlines in-flight magazine, Wild Blue Yonder. March.April 07 issue, page 22
Pantagraph.com– March 6, 2007
ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards – February 22, 2007
The Apron Book is a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year.
More info: www.forewordmagazine.com
New York Times (Travel) article. – January 21, 2007
National Examiner– January 22, 2007
Issue No. 4, 2007. EllynAnne and The Apron Book are featured. – pdf
The Salem News– January 12, 2007
“Tying one on Aprons: From ’50s relic to today’s hot hostess-wear”
Deseret News– January 12, 2007
“The ties that bind. The ultimate symbol of pre-‘women’s lib’ days is enjoying a magnificent revival”
Rocky Mountain News Book Review – Dec 8, 2006
RMN Book Editor Patti Thorn’s Top Ten List includes The Apron Book.
» Read the review (scroll down to near the bottom and look for “Best pick for nostalgia lovers”)
AARP & Bulletin– December, 2006
An article about EllynAnne written by Sharon Peters will appear in the December issue of AARP’s Bulletin.
More info: http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/
TimesDispatch.com Richmond,VA – Nov 22,2006
‘Apron Lady’ ties on a good story. A feature article about EllynAnne and the aprons as well as the Apron Chronicles: http://www.timesdispatch.com/
Lincoln Journal Star– November 19, 2006
A feature article written by Erin Andersen about EllynAnne and the aprons:
Rocky Mountain News, Colorado. – Nov 16, 2006
Tie-on fashion. Make a statement while making Thanksgiving dinner.
Washington Post – October 26, 2006
A Fashion Show In the Kitchen:
Sun Sentinel, South Florida – October 25, 2006
Nostalgia sparks exhibit, book, and aprons: pdf
Food & Wine Magazine– November 2006 Issue
Five reasons to wear an apron:
The Apron Book’s debut and press tea party – October 10, 2006
Hosted by Ellen Levine in the Good Housekeeping dining room, Hearst Tower, New York City, 5-7 pm.
Aprons, Belles and Literacy – August 24, 2006
A Girl Raised In The South, G.R.I.T.S. EllynAnne Geisel is “just a tad” excited her story of the book that influenced her life is one of 55 vignettes in Jack Canfield and Gay Hendrick’s new publication, You’ve GOT To Read This Book! (HarperCollins, August 2006)… pdf
Good Housekeeping – August 2006
In her column, On My Mind, editor-in-chief Ellen Levine touts EllynAnne and The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort. Ellen Levine wrote the book’s Foreword.
The Denver Post – July 2006
Aprons and memories by Ellen Sweets, Denver Post Staff Writer. Colorado Springs – Ellyn Anne Geisel is a cross between an eagle-eyed observer of social change and the sister from another planet, with a substantial dollop of steel magnolia thrown in… pdf
Tie One On Day!!
– November 22, 2006 (Annually, the 4th Wednesday)
McGraw Hill, publisher of the Chases Calendar of Events, announces it has accepted EllynAnne Geisel’s submission, Tie One On Day. Description: Tie One On and celebrate the humble apron and the spirit of women of earlier generations who donned the universal symbol of home, family and mothering as the uniform of their daily wardrobe and helped make America the great country it is today… pdf
1943 Victory Apron Still a Patriotic Icon – July 1, 2006
… As the icon of America’s mothers, the apron symbolized the comfort and security of the home, with the red, white and blue Victory Apron a reminder of motherhood and the American home as patriotic symbols worth fighting for…
» Large pic of the Victory Apron pattern
“DESPERATE” Domestic Diva Ties One On – April 2006
When Desperate Housewife Bree Van De Kamp ties one on, apron designers pray it will be their apron she’s wearing. On March 26th, 2006, designer EllynAnne Geisel’s prayer was answered… pdf
Humble Apron Channels Universal Memories – March 6, 2006
In an expanded tribute to apron wearers, Star-Telegram Art and Design Critic Gaile Robinson devotes the Sunday, March 6, 2006 Living section to the traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections… pdf
» Read her insightful review
The Women’s Museum – February 9, 2006
TWM Shows Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections
The Women’s Museum, A Smithsonian Institution, today announced that it is premiering a traveling exhibit to North Texas—one that pairs powerful photography with real world stories and sentimental ties to the past—namely 200 vintage aprons… pdf
The Apron Lady Does Dallas – February 8, 2006
Wearing her signature pearls and Smoochie apron, EllynAnne Geisel a/k/a the Apron Lady greeted the Dallas press February 8 at the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future and the national debut touring site of her traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections… pdf
Chicken Soup for the Soul – Winter 2005
While other girls were making plans to be secretaries, teachers and nurses, EllynAnne Geisel wanted to be just like Harriet Nelson when she grew up… pdf
The Wall Street Journal – August 12, 2005
Once Dowdy, The Apron Ascends to Costly Kitchen Couture
Aprons, which fell largely out of favor with the rise of the women’s movement in the 1960’s, are enjoying a renaissance as a retro-chic fashion accessory… pdf
Country Living – June 2005
“Long time ago, people weren’t dressed until they put on an apron”, recalls 94-year-old Ada Florence Ashford, one of 46 contributors to the traveling exhibit “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections”… pdf
The Denver Post – September 20, 2004
Everyone who walks through the door gets an apron. House rules. The guests on a late-summer afternoon are mostly strangers to each other. They are ushered into the backyard, where, with waists wrapped in cotton, they take their place at the table. A catered lunch is served; napkins and tablecloth freshly ironed… pdf
Time Magazine, August 30, 2004:
TALES WRAPPED IN APRONS
Good Housekeeping – June, 2004
EllynAnne featured in Real Lives