THE APRON BOOK: Podcast #1 – Apron Memories

THE APRON BOOK Podcast
Storytelling and aprons go hand-in-hand. Share your stories and pictures at www.apronmemories.com

 

New: THE APRON BOOK : Podcast #1 – Author EllynAnne Geisel, foreword contributor Beth Livesay and producer/interviewer Tracy Wahl, formerly of npr, chat about their connection to aprons, the continuing relevance of aprons in today’s world, and connecting to the past while moving forward.

Contribute your written apron story and pictures at www.apronmemories.com/stories
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Enjoy listening to the podcast!

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About The Apron Book:

The Apron Book

Warm and inviting, but (like an apron) quite practical, The Apron Book is a celebration of a great American icon. Apron enthusiast Ellynanne Geisel, who curated the traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles, returns us to hearth and home in this updated edition of the award-winning book. In this paperback edition, EllynAnne reflects on the grassroots movement of apron love in a new introduction, and a new foreword by the former editor of Apronology magazine expounds on EllynAnne’s mantra that aprons don’t hold us back; they take us back because the connection to the past is a strong one.

The Apron Book showcases full-color photos of new and vintage aprons from Geisel’s vast collection, patterns for four basic apron styles and myriad variations, recipes, tips on collecting and preserving vintage aprons, and heart-tugging stories from the traveling apron exhibit. The book also explores the history and heyday of aprons and looks at the various roles aprons still play when worn in the kitchen, around the house, by the backyard grill, on the job, or for a special occasion.

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When Pictures Do the Talking

I recently received an email from a company seeking my business. The message contained so many symbols, it appeared more a drawing upon a cave dwelling wall than modern day communication. Interpreting the symbols’ intended conveyance wasn’t difficult, as the little graphics were easily recognizable, and were this a correspondence between an adult and a child, I’d not wonder as to the suitability of rainbows or happy-face sunshines in the stead of actual words.

When my children were very young, I purchased stationery for them to write thank you notes. The phraseology of such a typical note, from greeting to salutation, was printed on the sheet. What the child did was fill in the blanks with pictures of their own drawing. The notes were adorable keepsakes to doting family from children too small to write but old enough to express gratitude.

Such hieroglyphics were once an educational tool for elementary-aged students. In each issue of Children’s Activities, a magazine published from 1934 through the Fifties, there appeared a full page, two-column story. At the top of the page, a legend was provided to acquaint the child with the characters (both people and animals). The drawings broke up a rather long bit of type and made the reading more fun for everyone.

Substituting symbols for words wasn’t just for kiddos. Back in the day, such picture play was enjoyed by the vintage homemaker, also. Promising Hot Toast Makes the Butter Fly, this toaster cover is one of my favorite finds. I’d purchased it with the original tag stapled to the cover and always wondered if it was a kit or not. For others as domestically curiosity, I found the answer while flipping through Household’s February 1955 issue!

When we ran out of appliances to cover, there was always a child’s apron to adorn.

childs apron busy beeWhat’s old is new again, and yesterday’s hieroglyphic is today’s emoticon. While my toaster wears the cutest cozy, I’ll stick to letting entire words do the talking…that is until I’m corresponding with a grandchild; then, will my  heart rejoice and a  regular_smile be my umbrella.

xx EllynAnne

 

 

 

Listening with Pleasure

In the 15 years since I took that first step on my apron journey, I’ve received many aprons in the mail. Always, the aprons are lovingly packaged, as if to make the best first impression upon arrival.

When I spy a large envelope in the mail delivery, my heart beats a tad faster because I anticipate it holds a piece of someone’s history. Such a package arrived this week.

The apron was double wrapped, first in yellow tissue with the sender’s information handwritten on a piece of kitty stationery, and secondly in pink.

The apron is of a dressy nature, perhaps worn over a Sunday Best dress, to serve dinner after church. It was a kit, purchased or received as a gift, and sewn entirely by hand. A stain from a kitchen mishap or storage in a leaky trunk is the only blemish, which is amazing, considering its from the 1920s.

Not only did the sender provide her address, but a phone number. Upon my ringing her up, E.S. shared that she lives in Iowa and the apron belonged to her grandmother, Carrie Cameron Lathrop. Carrie was a farmer’s wife, known throughout the area as a great storyteller. E.S. loved visiting the farm and spending time with her grandmother. She always wore an apron, but when she passed, I took just this one as a remembrance.

The apron is in my care now because E.S. is herself “getting on in years,” and she’s divesting of her treasures as she wishes, while she is still able.

E.S. inherited Grandma Carrie’s storytelling talent, and I was a willing audience to her recollections, especially her telling of hitchhiking to Colorado in 1952!

E.S. was twenty-two years old when she and two girlfriends hitched rides from Iowa to Denver. Their adventure lasted a year, ending when her friends up and married. Alone and lonely for family, E.S. borrowed the money for bus fare and returned home. But oh, her memories of Aspen, Boulder, and being a “single gal” in a city filled with rugged, western males. I adored hearing her voice lighten as she remembered that time and the adventure of her life.

One of the many lessons I’ve learned over the years of this apron journey is the value of practicing the old fashioned virtue of patience, zipping my lips and letting the apron direct the memory of the storyteller. A story unfolding on its own time frame eventually revealed something new about the human experience. Patience taught me that and I am the grateful recipient of the lesson.

E.S. will be 86 in March. While I’ll send a card and a little wrapped something, I know the gift she would appreciate most is a phone call and a patient ear. If I make it to her age, and in decent form, I so hope there will be a kind somebody with a willingness to hear an old lady tell a story.

xx EA

 

 

 

 

Vintage Patchwork a Modern Design

Although I don’t quilt, I love quilts. To me, a hand sewn quilt is a work of art, the hours spent creating it a testament to the virtue patience.

It is always stunning to me to find quilts in secondhand shops, tossed with the aprons and embroidered toweling as “mother’s old stuff.”  This quilt is one so rescued.

As a bed covering, the Dresden pattern brightens the room.

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Made up of scraps from the 1930s, it is a marvel. The bittiness and evenness of thousands of stitches defines awesome. Dresden closeup www

The Dresden design is a happy one, with the variety of fabrics complimenting without effort. I picked up a package of Dresdens that were never used to complete a quilt. I like looking at them, admiring the artistry and industry of the woman who so meticulously created each plate. Dresden from my collection www

But what to do with them?

To the rescue is creative sewer and quilting newbie Erika Mulvenna, who shows the possibilities of this beautiful pattern when applied to an apron.

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Just in time for Tie One On Day, Erika’s easy apron projects are featured in

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The website for Quilty is heyquilty.com and here’s the link to Erika’s aprons http://www.heyquilty.com/articles/Aprons_modern_easy_applique_aprons

It’s always a thrill when a friend’s talent is published. To celebrate Erika’s aprons, Quilty has provided two copies of this issue for giveaway. The magazine is page after page of tutorials, detailed photos and encouragement, and Mary Fons is a sweetheart of an editor.

So, how to win a copy of this magazine?  Just leave a comment at the end of this blog! Two (2) winners randomly selected and announced next Sunday, October 27th.

xx EllynAnne

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

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ENTRY for Tie One On Day Giveaways @ www.apronmemories.com

National Tie One On Day Bernina Winner

Thank you, Bernina, for supporting National Tie One On Day and

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The day is ever the more brighter for the winner, #114/maggie !

(I used a random number generator to select the winner )

National Tie One On Day 2012 received thousands of interested visitors to my website, which I hope translated to gestures of kindness.

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Thank you to all who entered the 21 days of NTOOD giveaways and inspired others with how you were putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving.

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

Website Thanksgiving           Happiest Thanksgiving! xxea and NTOOD sponsors

Dwindling Days of NTOOD Giveaway Winners

National Tie One On Day’s dwindling days of group winners are
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#43/Sister Sue:  From Andrews McMeel Publishing, EllynAnne’s trio of vintage love books.

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 #31 / lifesapeach : From photographer Tom Dodge, Sunday Dishes, a 16″ X 20″ image.

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#7/Anony_cartoys:  From Mary Mulari Productions, her latest publication, Travel Gear Made Easy, plus EllynAnne is providing a selection of fat quarters from her fabric cache.

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#83/Nancy Jo:  From Pamela Redmond Satran, a personalized copy of RABID: Are you crazy about your dog or just crazy?

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#125/Anony_lacey:  From Emily Ellyn, 2013 Food, Fun & Fashion Calendar all tied up in an apron that she wore recently on the Food Network!

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#1/mymosk: From Lots of Buttons, a $25.00 gift certificate for shopping the world’s largest on-line button store.

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#69/jennifer robin:  From PolkaDot Pound Cake, a delectable giveaway of a pound cake and an apron.

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#103/Anony_tef57:  From Paperdoll Review, a fabulous fifties wardrobe for four figures representing the quintessential look of TV Moms of the 1950s.

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#94/ Jane~: From IceMilk Aprons, the heirloomed collection waist apron.  TieOneOn_logo pocket onlyHigh Res (Medium)

PLUS, everyone wins the My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software  + a $10.00 gift certificate.

TieOneOn_logo pocket onlyHigh Res (Medium)Wednesday/November 21st is the final day to sign up to participate in the sponsor giveaway by Bernina of the newly released vintage inspired Bernette 46!

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Inspiration for gestures of kindness abound. Thank you for participating in National Tie One On Day and in doing so, making someone else’s day brighter.

xxea and NTOOD sponsors

21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways

Hello, all!  Today and Tomorrow’s National Tie One On Day Giveaways are in two groups, with Wednesday the final day to sign up to participate in the sponsor giveaway by Bernina of the newly released vintage inspired Bernette 46!

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#3 / Anony_robcoll : From Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery, a one year’s subscription to both magazines.

 
#40 / Leslie B :  From Forshee Designs, an iPad sleeve to safely hold your tablet while protecting it from bumps and dust & scratches when inside a larger bag or tote.

#56 / M.E. Stephens :  From Modern June, a personalized copy of Sewing with Oilcloth and oilcloth for one of Kelly’s projects.

#100 / Anony_lutzinpa :  From Eleanor’s NYC, a super cycling chic Choirbox Leather Hub Shiner bicycle accessory.

#114 / Maggie :  From Andrews McMeel Publishing, Giveaway #1,  the cooking contest “In a Box” series by Gina Hyams.

#16 / Woodsong Workshop : From Craftsy.com, Giveaway #2 – a selection of colorful, textured skeins, tucked in surprises and a certificate for a craftsy class of your choosing.

#161 / Brenda : From Chaps Coffee,  a sweet giveaway: a tee and 4-cup set from chapsgirl’s new product line of cups, shirts, hats and more. 

#74 / emmy :  From Heavenly Hostess, Cynthia’s new halter apron design, Sweet Cherry.

          
PLUS, everyone wins the My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software  
+ a $10.00 gift certificate.

I’ll be contacting the winners via email – A tad behind because I’m in Philadelphia, still celebrating our eldest son’s recent awarding of National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year!

Do we feel an abundance of good fortune?  Absolutely! And in such a frame of mind and heart, anticipate a personal NTOOD of brightening the day for many!

xxea and NTOOD sponsors

21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways Winner #17

National Tie One On Day’s November 17th winner is
#12/Anony_Jodi
 

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Jodi’s goodies are a My Memories Suite software package + a gift certificate to my.memories.com and from Chaps Coffee, giveaway #1, the signature apron of Cindy Dockins of Queen of Tarte.
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How Jodi is putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving:

My son and I started this last year and we loved it so much have incorporated into our giving throughout the year. We are excited to be able to participate this year.

National Tie One On Day is a win/win for those who participate and those who receive, and the more who are involved, the more who experience a gesture of kindness. SO, please spread the love and the mission of National Tie One On Day!
TO ENTER the month of sponsor giveaways, inspire others with how you will be celebrating National Tie One On Day, and share your apron love, click HERE !
xxea and NTOOD sponsors

21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways Winner #16

National Tie One On Day’s November 16th winner is
#75/Unkn_Mimi
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Unkn_Mimi’s goodies are a My Memories Suite software package + a gift certificate to my.memories.com and from MikWright Ltd, a giveaway jam packed with MikWright goodies, including greeting cards, a holiday book, holiday boxed cards, bar towel, mini calendar, girlie case, cocktail napkins, apron, pursepad, and writing pen.

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How Unkn_Mimi is sharing her apron love

Making my daughter a new apron to wear for her families first american thanksgiving.

National Tie One On Day is a win/win for those who participate and those who receive, and the more who are involved, the more who experience a gesture of kindness. SO, please spread the love and the mission of National Tie One On Day!

TO ENTER the month of sponsor giveaways, inspire others with how you will be celebrating National Tie One On Day, and share your apron love, click HERE !

xxea and NTOOD sponsors

21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways Winner #15

National Tie One On Day’s November 15th winner is
#122/Linda VanDervoort
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Linda’s goodies are a My Memories Suite software package + a gift certificate to my.memories.com and from Stampington & Company , two issues of apronology, a tote bag, two ready-to-alter tins and a pack of grubby tags.

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    How Linda is putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving

Banana Bread wrapped in a crisp homemade apron for a friend.

National Tie One On Day is a win/win for those who participate and those who receive, and the more who are involved, the more who experience a gesture of kindness. SO, please spread the love and the mission of National Tie One On Day!

TO ENTER the month of sponsor giveaways, inspire others with how you will be celebrating National Tie One On Day, and share your apron love, click HERE !

xxea and NTOOD sponsors