Thank you, Lark Crafts, for this giveaway, which contributed to a very happy Mother’s Day for the lucky winner, who was selected

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by Random Human, Leigh Anne. Entry #13 = Kristin Ellis !

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I have just returned from the Apron Extravaganza in Tennessee, which is where Leigh Anne and I met. I’ll spend tomorrow downloading pictures and putting together a blog on this incredible event!

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The day is always special when Noah and Gideon visit, so this Mother’s Day was extra special.

The comments for the I Made It Myself! Giveaway and the Apron Extravaganza are suggestive that we are rekindling the “ways” of the women of earlier generations, letting go of perfection and embracing the attitude that when it comes to making it ourselves, good enough is more than satisfactory. I think such a mind-set is the best present to give oneself this Mother’s Day!

Thank you to everyone who enters my giveaways. It’s always disappointing when your entry # isn’t selected. Please continue to enter, even if “…I never win anything!”…which is each winner’s response.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Tennessee to Tie One On…

A year in the planning, Tennessee’s very first Apron Extravaganza promises to be an event to remember! Theresa Allan of the University of Tennessee’s Extension Offices and Sumner County’s fce ladies have put together a unique, two-day apron-love fest, and I’m going to be there!

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I’m always excited to see the aprons of a particular region and extra so here because the area’s apronistas and apronistos (a/k/a men who tie one on…an apron, of course!) will be displaying their domestic heirlooms and new creations in an


Here are the entry categories – I’ll need several camera batteries and a few memory chips to take photos of what I know will be an extraordinary display.


A ticket for this amazing event must be pre-purchased, so Chef Christopher knows just how many to cater to.

Apron Tickets

To purchase tickets and for further info, contact:

(615) 452-1423 or email: tallan@utk.edu

There’s also an Apron Mall (!) where vendors will be set up and selling apron-theme goods.

Galatin is just miles outside of Nashville. If you’re anywhere close by or feeling like flying into Nashville and experiencing two days of apron love, I’d love to experience this incredible Apron Extravaganza with you


Tie One On…an apron, of course!