Seeking the Portal to a Book

Four or so years ago, through a joint love of aprons, I made the internet acquaintance of Janet Downs. Janet, who lives in Goods Mill, Virginia, is a storyteller and fabric historian, her wealth of both drawn from a family that goes waaaay back.  
So I might put faces to her stories, Janet provided me dozens of black and white snapshots, among which was a photo of a woman standing at her stove. The details of the picture – a dishtowel folded over a hanger, the pots on the burners, her aproned self looking at the camera as if to say Well, take the picture already! Supper’s ready… I fell in love with its authenticity, and thought it the perfect voice and presence to be the portal to The Kitchen Linens Book. Turns out the picture is of Earl Downs’ mom, Virginia.

Forever, I am grateful to Janet and Earl for sharing this cherished photo. Does she not speak volumes without saying a word?

Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. EllynAnne,
    I have placed my order for your TKLB and according to UPS, it’s in Hermiston, OR….right now,,, so I am hopeing it will arrive to me by Saturday….I can hardly wait.
    I love all the wonderful stories, tidbits & “EllynAnneisms” in your books.
    Hugz & congrats for another wonderful book.

  2. EllyAnne,
    I just picked up your new book a couple of days ago and I really love it. I have your apron book too.A friend gave it to me as a gift two years ago because she saw it and knew I would love it because I have collected aprons for years! I have over 100 in my collection. I also collect vintage linens and have too many to count.
    Thank you so much for helping to keep the importance and beauty of them alive. I am a quilt designer and have been for 12 years- I try to do the same.
    Again, thank so much for writing such wonderful,beautiful and inspiring books.

  3. O my she does seem to have that “take the picture” look in her eyes.
    I love lookina at all the intricacies of the old kitchens. The kettle caught my eye as well as the wall paper. And what a smashing apron she has on!

  4. hey E.A.,
    Your book,,or should I say, my book, arrived yesterday….& OMG!!!! it is Soooo Yummmy!
    I love it all especially page 103, & the cute teapot cozy….
    And the transfer pattern in the back of the book was an added surprize/treat!
    Once again you out did yourself.

  5. The other thing that strikes me about that photo is the smallness of the stove and kitchen area. Even in my little tiny home I have what looks like more room on my stove. In addition to making everything from scratch our grandparents had to do so with less room and less convenience! Makes me appreciate what I have.

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