Ready! Set! Tie One On…and put the give back into Thanksgiving!

Grab an apron and get ready to put that “give” back into Thanksgiving with your participation in this year’s National Tie One On Day!

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Sponsors of National Tie One On Day 2012 are generously providing 21 days of daily goodie giveaways. You need only enter once to be eligible for a chance to win. Nothing to buy. Just a click and a comment, and you’re entered!

To ENTER, leave a comment and share how you’ll be “giving” at  

The more who participate in National Tie One On Day, the more who are touched by a gesture of kindness. Thank you for telling others of this annual opportunity of sharing and gratefulness, and for making National Tie One On Day a part of your Thanksgiving tradition.

xxea and NTOODay’s sponsors

Mama’s Got a Grand New Bag Winner is…

Thank you, Random Humans Molly and Austin for so adorably selecting the winner of Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag Giveaway!

And congratulations #39, Green Goose. IceMilk Aprons‘ Piggy market bag is yours! Please contact me with your info for mailing.

I so enjoy that moment when I come across the perfect Random Humans to select the winner of a giveaway. More fun than letting a number generator do the picking. Molly and Austin are stylists at Denver’s Rockstar Industries , my “rockin'” hair salon.
IceMilk’s new line of market bags is fabulously functional, well-priced and cute, to boot. Would that I could give one to each of you who entered. I so appreciate your dropping by my blog.
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Final Day to enter Mary Can Sew Giveaway!

Countdown! Today is it – the final day to enter this Giveaway!

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Caleb wrote up the Giveaway and posted it on his site:

To celebrate Spring, Apron Diva EllynAnne Geisel is featuring a loaded giveaway on her blog Apron Memories. One lucky winner will win yardage from my Confections and Suburbia fabric collections courtesy of Robert Kaufman.

Also included in the giveaway is a personalized copy of Judi Ketteler’s new publication Sew Retro

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and two personalized copies of EllynAnne’s own book Apronisms.

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To enter, leave a comment on the Apron Memories blog by today, April 6th. So hurry, and good luck!

Winner of this Giveaway announced tomorrow.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Mary Can Sew and Sew Can You Giveaway!


With spring’s arrival, it’s the perfect time to plant seeds of inspiration with a giveaway that will provide one very lucky winner with yardage for aprons designed by graphic artist Caleb Gray

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and courtesy of

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3 yards of “Cocoa” from Confections and

3 yards of “Vintage” from Suburbia


a personalized copy of Judi Ketteler’s fabulous new publication

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my very adorable little book, which will slip perfectly into the pockets of your new aprons!

To enter, leave a comment here, on this blog posting. Deadline for comments is late Wednesday evening. One winner selected by Random Human and posted Thursday, April 7th.

***bonus entry – “like” Apron Memories on Facebook & leave an additional comment that you’ve done so.

Just so y’all know – I never receive compensation from a company, designer or author for lauding a particular product or book.

This giveaway is the result of an email from Caleb. He’d written that upon visiting my website, he thought his fabrics to be perfectly suited to the vintage spirit of my line of aprons. I decided to check up on Caleb’s genuineness and see if he was really familiar with my aprons or what. So I called him.

Judi’s book is just wonderful. How she managed the research, writing and project design while pregnant and mommy to a toddler is beyond me. I’ve been working a year now on a project that has much cross-over with her book’s contents, and I wanted her to know I hadn’t swiped from her hard work. So I called her.

Both Caleb and Judi are the nicest and most agreeable creative types one could wish to meet. I thought to combine their offerings because of their complementary nature.

I hope you’ll take the time to visit their sites and learn of their endeavors. Creating can be lonely work, and I know they will appreciate your visit.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 –

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.
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Sweetie Pie Giveaway! winner…

Random human number pickers Dave and Mike of Solar Roast Coffee selected # 39 MamaT as

the winner of the Sweetie Pie Giveaway!

I couldn’t let the month end without one more giveaway, which I’ll be posting Monday. So, check back and maybe this next one will be your lucky draw.
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

A Sweetie-Pie Giveaway!

There’s a saying in the rodeo royalty world that when the winner of Miss Rodeo America is announced, there are only two happy people in the room: the newly crowned queen and her mother. And so it was with the recent Apron Lover’s Giveaway. Catey, the winner of the second edition of apronology magazine, was ecstatic, and I shared in her excitement because I had the pleasure of telling her she’d won. That was fun, but at the same time, I was very aware of the many disappointed entrants. What to do?
I know! Replace bummer-ism with optimism and a new opportunity to win something neat: Hence, this Sweetie-Pie Giveaway! courtesy of my dear friend Susan, notquitejunecleaver herself!
First in a planned series, NQJC bakes a pie is page after page of recipe, encouragement (a decent pie crust does not require a college degree), storytelling…all classic Susan (a true sweetie-pie herself), and photography that is equal and better to what we see in national publications.

One winner will receive a personalized copy of …bakes a pie. Easy entry – just leave a comment on this blog, along with a contact email so you can be notified if you’ve won.

A Sweetie-Pie Giveaway! runs through Friday, February 12th; winner selected Saturday morning by a Random Human.

I prevailed on Susan to provide us an easy-to-bake Valentine sweet that includes cherries and chocolate. Here ’tis: St Valentine’s Tea Bread –

1 egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped well drained maraschino cherries, candied cherries, or canned cherries, drained.
1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I’m all for dark chocolate here!)

In mixing bowl, beat egg with electric mixer until light, about 1 minute. Add sugar, oil, and vanilla. Beat well. Blend in the buttermilk. In another bowl sift together the flour, soda, and salt. Add pecans, cherries, raisins or dates, and chocolate chips; blend well. Add to the first mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×5-inch loaf pan. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 1 hour, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove to a rack to cool completely.

I’m going to parcel the batter into little loaf pans, for extra to wrap and deliver to a few people I know who could use a little “heart.” Busy day I’ve set for myself. But a sweet tomorrow breakfast!


Tie One On…an apron, of course!

An Apron-Lover Giveaway!

If I could change one thing today, it would be that the date is June 25, not January 25th. Alas, that wish is not reality, so how else, I mulled, to bring all that is the uplifting spirit and gaiety of summer to a dreary, winter Monday? One phone call later, and do I ever have the answer: a giveaway featuring a pre-release copy of the second edition of apronology magazine!!!
GIVEAWAY ENTRY IS EASY: Just leave a comment, along with your email address (!) – so I can notify the winner. Winning number selected by Random Human Generator.
GIVEAWAY DEADLINE: this Friday, January 29th – so I can mail the winner her copy on Saturday morning.
Due to publish February 1, 2010, apronology “2” was nurtured over the past year to its fullest creative potential by editor Beth Livesay. As with the February 2, 2009 inaugural issue,

apronology “2” is her baby, so we can expect aprons-as-inspiration through the loveliest photography, artist revelations, tutorials, editorial commentary and goodness only knows what else! What I do know is I cannot wait to receive my own copy (which I ordered directly from Stampington, but can be purchased in stores all over).

I’m doubly antsy to see “2” because I have the honor of appearing in the inaugural issue. In Spring of 2008, I responded to a call-out for apron designs to appear in apronology, a newly conceived magazine devoted to the love of my favorite domestic icon. When I received notification from Beth that my design, Domesti-Chic (the entire article + photography is posted on my website. Just scroll down a bit and you’ll see it), had been selected from among hundreds

of apron submissions, I was astonished and very very happy. I loved working with Beth to finalize my creation and artist’s statement.

Stampington publishes a roster of publications, each a sunny-day to the spirit, no matter the season. Do visit the website, do read Beth’s blog, and do enter this giveaway…just one copy, I know, but that winner’s smile will be so bright, we’ll all need sunglasses!
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

National Tie One On Day – a win-win!

National Tie One On Day Six Goodie Bag Giveaways!

To enter, just leave a comment – I’d so love to know how you will be participating in National Tie One On Day, what you’ll be making, baking or sewing, the beneficiary of your act of kindness, how you’re putting the give back into Thanksgiving…that sort of thing!

The six Goodie Bag winners will be selected by my lovely sister Carol, who I’ll be ring-a-ling-ing early Thanksgiving morning. She will choose six numbers, which I’ll match up to the same-numbered comments.
Thank you, thank you for participating in National Tie One On Day, for spreading the word and posting the National Tie One On Day logo on your site. The more who give, the more who will receive.
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

How many fingers?

The winner of an on-line giveaway is usually left up to a random number generator. But to me, there’s just no fun in that.
When it comes to surprises, I love that moment right before the big reveal, when anticipation is highest, and the reaction of the surpris-ee is a blink away. A computer does not blink. So when it came to choosing the winner of the freshly published Cake Wrecks, I utilized Leslie, my pilates instructor, to pick a number. Congratulations, comment #8/Tart Deco!

Cake Wrecks is such a huge success already because it is genuinely funny. In celebration of a good laugh, Andrews McMeel is providing a second copy of Cake Wrecks for me to giveaway.

To be eligible, just sign up to receive my Apron Memories newsletter. The latest edition will go out Saturday, so quick like a bunny… Winning subscriber will be selected Tuesday, October 22nd, by a random human.

Tie One On…an apron, of course!