21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways Winner #6

National Tie One On Day’s November 6th winner is

#55 / Mary Lea

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Mary Lea’s goodies are a My Memories Suite software package + a gift certificate to my.memories.com and from Lots of Buttons, the world’s largest on-line button store, a $25 gift certificate.

 

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How Mary Lea is putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving

I will be making my wonderful neighbour a new apron to wear while she cooks up a Thanksgiving dinner for a huge family…then I will bake up a batch of pumpkin loaves and wrap a hot one in the apron…add some apple cider and take it over!

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 and inspire others with how you will be celebrating National Tie One On Day, click HERE !

xxea and NTOOD sponsors

21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways Winner #5

National Tie One On Day’s November 5th winner is #36 / Magnolia Tea

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Magnolia Tea’s goodies are a My Memories Suite software package + a gift certificate to my.memories.com and from Nancy Zieman, a Trace ‘n Create Town & Country Bag Template and Accessories Set.

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How Magnolia Tea is putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving
This is truly putting the give back in Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I’ll be giving banana nut bread 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 and inspire others with how you will be celebrating National Tie One On Day, click HERE !

xxea and NTOOD sponsors

21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways Winner #4

National Tie One On Day’s November 4th winner is #23/ Project Hallway.

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Project Hallway’s goodies are a My Memories Suite software package + a gift certificate to my.memories.com and from Pamela Redmond Satran, a personalized copy of The Possibility of You.

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How Project Hallway is putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving

My downstairs neighbor has been having a hard go of it as of recently. Her husband just left her, and now she is the sole supporter of her 9-year old twins. I will participate in the National Tie One On Day, by making her an apron and a treat, I haven’t yet decided what.

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 and inspire others with how you will be celebrating National Tie One On Day, click HERE !

xxea and NTOOD sponsors

21 Days of NTOOD Giveaways Winner #3

National Tie One On Day’s November 3rd winner is #62 / Candy.
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Candy’s goodies are a My Memories Suite software package + a gift certificate to my.memories.com and from the American Sewing Guild, a gift package and year membership.

How Candy is putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving
I have one of my Gram’s aprons and use it often. I will make pumpkin bread and take it to the wife of a friend who is currently in a nursing home. 

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 and inspire others with how you will be celebrating National Tie One On Day, click HERE !

xxea and NTOOD sponsors

National Tie One On Day Expresses Gratitude

National Tie One On Day™ was created six years ago when I began to notice that Thanksgiving was talked about in terms more commonly associated with stress than with joy.

A day that should be about expressing gratitude, I created an opportunity to put the “give” back into Thanksgiving and easily share one’s own good fortune with someone in need of a kind gesture.
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Celebrated on the eve of Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 23 this year – National Tie One On Day™ is an opportunity to share our bounty by wrapping a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, along with a note of encouragement tucked in the pocket; then “tie one on” (an apron, of course!) and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of a bit of kindness.

What with technology replacing face-to-face communication, the act of writing a note and hand delivering it with an offering is an expression of kindness in itself, and bread is the ultimate expression of this, because it is the basic comfort food.

Give us this day our daily bread isn’t just a prayer. The words are also a reminder that to have more than daily bread is to be blessed.

In preparation of my own National Tie One On Day™ deliveries, I baked a double batch of cherry pumpkin bread. I love this bread because the recipe is a breeze, it freezes beautifully, slices without crumbling and tastes delicious. Whether as a single large loaf or mini-sized for tucking into an apron pocket, this baked good will make someone’s day sweeter.

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Cherry Pumpkin Bread
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (I use a whisk for this task). In another bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and pumpkin until smooth; then add to the large bowl. Stir just until the dry ingredients are moist. Now stir in the dried fruit. Spread evenly in 1 large loaf pan, 2 smaller loaf pans or as I do – a loaf pan divided into 8 mini loaves.

For the large 8 1/2” loaf pan, bake 1 1/2 hours or until a wooden skewer/toothpick inserted into loaf’s enter comes out clean. Bake less time as pan size decreases (mini-loaves take 20-25 minutes).

NATIONAL TIE ONE ON DAY™ INSPIRATION:  To see how others are celebrating NTOODay, click here!

The National Tie One On Day Goodie Giveaway  sponsors are generously providing an array of giveaways, which I’ll highlight throughout the NTOODay™ campaign.

  • Mary Mulari is busy – appearing regularly on the PBS show Sewing with Nancy, at national quilt and sewing expositions throughout the year, and adding to her apron pattern business with new and re-envisioned designs. Mary is providing two lucky winners with her latest patterns:

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  • Modern Junes Kelly McCants specializes in retro-inspired apron designs and other goodies for the hip housewife. Her love of oil cloth is the inspiration to her newly published book, which she will personalize for the lucky winners. Kelly is also providing oil cloth yardage for sewing up a project in her book!

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  • IceMilk Aprons gourmet line of heirloom aprons is designed of quality linen, nature’s natural fiber. Each apron is preserved in a jam jar and includes a heritage tag, apron story and blank recipe cards. Two winners will receive Vanilla-Churned Sunday

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Thank you, dear readers, for spreading the word about National Tie One On Day™ – for the more who participate, the more who will receive.

xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Victory Apron a Patriotic Icon

In its 69th year, the USO continues its mission to deliver a touch of home to those serving in the military in a faraway place.

Organized in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a “Home Away from Home” for U.S. troops, the United Service Organization (USO) is a non-governmental organization still run by civilian volunteers.

Throughout World War II, USO centers in over 3,000 communities provided the military with offerings as diverse as child care for military wives to a quiet place for talking, writing letters or receiving religious counsel to an off-duty place for dancing and socializing. On hand to greet, comfort and serve a cup of free coffee, sandwiches and doughnuts, were the young women and ladies in their victory aprons.

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.

Printed and copyrighted in 1943 as a beginner sewing project, the Victory Apron and its pocket variations could be easily sewn, either entirely by hand or machine stitched.


For sixty-nine years, where America’s men and women in the military have gone, the USO has gone.

Today’s USO continues this tradition at more than 120 USO centers worldwide, in order to fulfill its mission to U.S. military personnel and their families, “Until Every One Comes Home.” The Victory Apron is a reminder of that mission.

To leave a message for our military and to learn more about this decades old, volunteer organization, please visit the website for the USO.

xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!


Sex and the City 2 Tie One On…Giveaway!

I was such a fan of Sex and the City as a television show. I liked catching up with the girlfriends on a weekly basis because that’s how life really is – a compilation of short and sweet moments more often than ninety minute obsessions. Because we so missed them, the Sex and the City movie was a huge success. I wish SJP had left it at that, but apparently there were just too many loose ends that needed tidying and too many fashion statements yet to be made.

Despite a declaration to my uninterested spouse that I was over all things Sex and the City, fashion is reason enough to see installment 2. And so I found myself clicking on the Sex and the City 2 internet links that popped up over the past month everytime I launched a browser. One such link took me to this photo – of Charlotte tying one on… !

How exciting, for the old fashioned symbol for domesticity to be donned by the movie’s glamorous homemaker! Yet, how disappointing the apron is from Anthropologie and not the design of an independent apron entrepreneur. Oh, what it would have meant to any of us to have Charlotte tie on one of our creations.

And so I decided to showcase my apron-designing friends and their goods with a Sex and the City 2 Tie One On…Giveaway! One very lucky winner will receive a gift package from:

Rebecca Anderson shares her love of quilting and aprons through Rebecca Ruth Designs, where she translates her award-winning quilting talent to the art of felting, soft dolls and animals, and aprons. http://www.rebeccaruthdesigns.com/

IceMilk Aprons is a gourmet line of heirloom aprons, beautifully executed in linen by heirloom designer Ashley Leckey. From packaging to monogramming, Ashley brings a touch of class to aprons. http://www.icemilkaprons.com/

From her sewing parlour in Aurora, Minnesota, Mary Mulari has been teaching and writing about creative sewing since 1983. With appearances throughout the U.S., as well as guesting on PBS’s “Sewing with Nancy,” Mary is known for her hand-drawn apron patterns, which are reminiscent of folk art and how pattern making used to be done. http://www.marymulari.com/


Cindy Molitor’s collection of vintage tablecloths and all manner of retro linens are the inspiration to her Retro Revival line of gifts and accessories for personal and home use. The time and attention Cindy spends on each product is reflected in the quality of the finished item. http://www.retrorevival.biz/

Two Sisters Traveling Boutique is the creation and passion of sisters Kathy Carter and DeDee Birdsall. Two Sisters offers a wide selection of one-of-a-kind entertaining aprons, vintage key necklaces, altered couture clothing, and much more. dedee0430@hotmail.com

Under the direction of the Price family, Colonial Patterns maintains the integrity of the original Aunt Martha’s vintage transfers, while infusing the company with new textile designs, which include aprons sewn of reproduction dishtoweling. Colonial is included within this entrepreneurial grouping of apron designers because this company is ALWAYS available to donate and support my giveaways, sponsor my National Tie One On Day, sell my books and celebrate any idea I come up with. Chris Price – http://www.colonialpatterns.com/


And for your apron pocket, a personalized copy of my most adorable publication, APRONISMS


plus, I am putting together a package of yardage from my personal fabric stash, along with “this and that” to assist in the design and embellishment of an apron creation.
Entry is just so easy. Just leave a comment at the end of this blog. This Giveaway ends late evening on Wednesday, May 26th (one day before the movie opens in theatres). One very lucky winner to be announced Thursday morning.
Please share this Giveaway via your networks, and in doing so, you’re supporting handsewn and the independent apron entrepreneur.
xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

My every day life is quite basic and without much distraction. So when I am struck with inspiration, the details are very clear and stay so. For instance, I can describe the exact moment when I considered that aprons held the voices and spirit of the women who’d worn them. So, too, can I recall the second of spontaneity that, in a gesture, became Tie One On Day.

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National Tie One On DayTM a Win-Win

Gesture of Kindness a Win-Win for Participant and Receiver

PUEBLO, Colo. – Four years ago, EllynAnne Geisel was rolling dough for “one more pie” for her Thanksgiving feast, “When I suddenly took stock of the amount of food I’d prepared for the next-day’s holiday meal.” For a dozen guests, Geisel recalls, “there was just too much!” Deciding that her company “absolutely did not need another dessert choice,” she spontaneously wrapped a sweet in a handy piece of cloth…an apron. “Then I wrote Thinking of You on a notecard, and still wearing my own apron, walked out the front door.” Within a block, Geisel was presenting the wrapped treat to a very surprised neighbor, “who I’d heard was experiencing a difficult time.”

Turns out, Geisel was in for a surprise herself. “I hadn’t anticipated that acknowledging my neighbor with a baked good would have me feeling positively buoyant.”

It is that win-win for participant and receiver that Geisel is promoting through her National Tie One On DayTM.. Celebrated on November 25, 2009, Tie One On Day is an opportunity for people throughout the country to put the “give” back in Thanksgiving.

According to Geisel, a store-bought item is as easily wrapped as homemade, “and the cloth can be anything from an apron to a napkin.”

Geisel’s lemon quick bread recipe can be made in advance, wrapped and kept fresh in the refrigerator for Tie One On Day delivery.

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A Lovely Lemon Bread

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons lemon extract

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking power

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup milk

2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

Lemon Glaze

¼ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed for zestier flavor)

½ cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix the butter with the sugar, lemon extract and eggs.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating flour mixture with the milk, stirring each addition just enough to blend.

Fold in the lemon peel.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Use a spatula around the four sides to loosen the loaf from the pan. Remove loaf from the pan onto a cooling rack. With the wooden pick, poke holes in the loaf top.

Drizzle the lemon glaze over the top (Tip: Place rack over a piece of wax paper for easy clean up)

**Wrap the cooled loaf in foil and store in the refrigerator for 1 day before serving

**Plastic or foil wrap will protect the cloth from the syrupy glaze

EllynAnne Geisel is the author of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort; Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day; and The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives

Additional information about National Tie One On Day can be found on Geisel’s web site, www.apronmemories.com.

Recognized by Chases Calendar of Events, National Tie One On Day is sponsored by Mom Bloggers Club, American Sewing Guild, The Women’s Museum, McCall’s Pattern Company, Stampington & Company, Aunt Martha’s Colonial Patterns, Inc., Simplicity Pattern Company, National Association of Baby Boomer Women, Creative Machine Embroidery, SewNews, Apron-iCity and The Fabric Shop Network.

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Easy Entry for National Tie One On Day’s Goodie Bag Giveaway here! Thank you for sharing National Tie One On Day through chit chat, blogging, tweeting, facebooking…the more who participate, the more who will receive.

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

On the Count of Three…

Arriving twenty minutes early for my interview with Julia Child, I bided time snapping pictures of her front door with my new camera. Satisfied the flash was working and the film advancing, I thought to read the manual on setting the self-timer, but dismissed any need-to-know, figuring whoever answers the bell will take the photo of us. Julia Child herself opened the door, and I closed it. No housekeeper in sight to later press into service.

The patio where we settled was a serene oasis, vibrant with plantings and comfy outdoor furniture. Seated across from one another at a small table, we conversed about my apron journey of three years, the storytellers whose apron memories I’d collected, and her personal apron story. In case my tape recorder failed to capture every syllable of her priceless recollection, I took down her words on a little notepad, utilizing a sort of frantic shorthand I hoped to God would later be decipherable.

Between nibbles of a simple luncheon, Ms. Child complimented me on my interview preparedness, noting I hadn’t asked the usual media litany – What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you? What’s your favorite restaurant? What would be your last meal on Earth? She gave a little head shake at questions fueled by intellectual laziness. I preened or something close, for Julia Child had specifically noted I was not of that ilk. Then, with a glance at her watch, she mentioned ever so graciously she needed the afternoon to prepare for the evening’s lecture. It was time to take my leave. Oh, Ms. Child, might I please take a picture of us? She looked at her watch; I knew to hurry things along.

I balanced the camera atop a stack of magazines, peeked through the viewfinder, centered Ms. Child within the frame, pressed a button I thought must be the timer, then raced to her side, stooped so our heads were even, put my arm around her shoulder (!!!), smiled to beat the band, and…nothing. No flash, no film advancing.

On the third try, Ms. Child suggested we postpone further photography attempts until the evening engagement, when she would make a point of posing with me. This time, I opened the door, and she closed it.

I despaired the lost opportunity, for I’d had the camera a week already and there’d been time aplenty to practice using its gadgetries. Like the interview that had Ms. Child shaking her head, laziness was at the heart of my picture-taking debacle.

Rather than wait until after the lecture and battle the hundreds wanting their own photo moment with Julia Child, I stayed outside the auditorium, hoping to see her before she entered the building. Curbside when the limousine pulled up, I rushed to Ms. Child’s side as she exited the car; I pointed to our pants and squealed Pink! Then I pointed to my friend, her camera at the ready.

I wanted to tell Ms. Child I’ve learned my lesson, and I’ll work hard to deserve your accolade. Instead, I took her arm (!!!), smiled to beat the band and said Cheese!

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!








Julia Child’s Apron Memory

On June 22, 2002, I interviewed Julia Child about her apron memory.

How I came to be seated at a cloth covered patio table across from America’s most beloved cook is a whole other blog (tags: serendipity, friendship, largess).

I arrived bearing two gifts: an apron I’d sewn especially for Ms. Child and a bottle of expensive champagne. Ms. Child unwrapped the apron – at least 10 sizes too small and ruffly-edged – held it up and in her distinctive voice said, “Oh, Dearie, dainty doesn’t do in the kitchen.” Then she sweetly handed it back to me. I quickly handed her hostess gift #2, along with a jumbled sort of pre-happy-ninetieth-birthday wish. Sliding the bottle out of its bag, she rewarded this present with a nod and murmured notation that this was one gift she would not be returning. Thank God I’d brought a backup to the apron.

For the next hour, I sat with Ms. Child as she ate a simple lunch of an unadorned hamburger patty and a pint carton of milk, and we chatted about my apron journey and her apron memory.

Ms. Child told me that she hadn’t much experience in the kitchen nor had she ever worn an apron, until she met her husband. Newly married in 1949, they moved to France, where she tasted French food and knew right then she wanted to learn about French cooking. Following the tradition of the Cordon Bleu cooking school, she began wearing the chef-type blue denim apron with a towel draped over the waist ties. When Paul and I cooked together, he wore the same type apron, only folding the bib at the waist and hanging a towel from the apron pocket.

As soon as she began talking about her husband, sadness misted her face, and no longer was I sitting across from an icon; rather, I was in the presence of a woman who’d lost the love of her life.

Paul and I always had breakfast and most of our meals with one another. After his retirement, we often ate at home in our kitchen. Upon his death in 1994, Paul and I had eaten together for almost fifty years. Fifty years.

Sitting across the table from Ms. Child, I watched as she tidied the cutlery on the plate. One day,I thought, I could be you…alone at a table, with memories of my prince charming as a luncheon companion.

Right then, I resolved to be grateful my husband comes home every day for lunch, to make his sandwich with love, to sit down at the table as he eats, and to abide Sports Center in the background as he recounts his morning at work. For one day, I may know of Julia Child’s loss and heartache.

The digital recording of that interview has been in a fireproof box for the past 7 years, so fearful have I been of taping over it. There’s over sixty minutes of conversation, revelation, poignant recollection, homey, personal advice and her words of wisdom, which I’ve integrated into my life…all fodder for a whole slew of blogs (tags: foreign, food, language, writing, cookbooks, celebrity, chef, teacher, hostess, wife, wisdom). Julia Child was a teacher of more than cooking.

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!


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