2 Peas in a Pod Tie One On

Some things are just meant to be, and so it is that after a year of chatting via skype, Retro Rad Chef Emily Ellyn and I meet up! As EE and EA, we’re two vintage-lovin’ peas in a pod with a penchant for cat eye glasses and tying one on…an apron, of course! EE EA yellow front door fixed no www1991


When we weren’t laughing, we talked. And one topic was Tie One On Day and food as a gesture of kindness.

As a sponsor of Tie One On Day, Emily Ellyn brought with her a neat idea for the packaging of a TOODay food delivery, which appears in this video:

EllynAnne and Emily Ellyn Tie One On Day chit chat and packaging ideas


We may live far from one another, but as two peas, our paths are destined to cross again and often. Stay tuned!

Tie One On Day participation and entry for the giveaways is easy. Clicking HERE will take you directly to the blog, where you can leave a comment and inspire others by describing your gesture of kindness.

Thank you for spreading the word and love of Tie One On Day, because the more who participate, the more who receive!

Give From the Heart. Then Give Thanks.

xx EllynAnne

Giving from the heart.Then giving thanks

Happy Wednesday, Cyndi Swank!  Via a random number generator, you’ve been selected the first Tie One On Day Giveaway WINNER.

#56  Cyndi Swank says:

I just love sewing aprons, and I just love baking bread. This is a win, win, win (giving) for me! I even have some people I know picked out to give an apron and a loaf of bread to. Some are in need as well as some who give so much to others. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in TOOD, as well as model giving for my children.

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The generous sponsors of this first giveaway are: Marula – the Leakey Collection, Chaps, Country Woman Magazine, Eleanor’s NYC, Bernina USA, Simplicity, MyMemories.  For a complete listing of Tie One On Day sponsors and their giveaways, please click here. Without hesitation, sponsors responded to Tie One On Day as consistent with the heart of their companies, and I am extremely appreciative of their support.

Remember, you need only enter/leave a comment once to be eligible for the remaining three giveaways !

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MyMemories is also providing its giveaway of the My Memories Suite v4 and two Gift Certificates to four additional randomly selected winners:

#86  Linda Kernodle     #19 Jane Pearson

#42 Patty Phillips       #6 Debra

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My Tie One On Day recipients are no longer in charge of their own kitchens, so baking for them is an enjoyment from the past. Imagining myself in their shoes, my offerings always include something sweet. As I’m still deciding just what to bake, I’m playing with the packaging.

Last year, I saved up those plastic food (mushroom) containers, which are perfectly sized for lining with toweling and nestling a small sweetbread loaf, a petite jar of jam and a miniature serving spoon.

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Another year, I used florist corsage bags to package individual pumpkin pies and old cups (literally a dime a dozen) filled with a cranberry compote. A vintage apron wrapped around an old plate (dime a dozen on these, also) provided stability as well as an eating utility.

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In our rush-about world, though, perhaps more meaningful than the creatively packaged food, was visiting at each delivery. I take that to heart and make the time.

I love reading everyone’s gestures of kindness – thank you for sharing and continuing to spread the word and love of Tie One On Day.

From my heart to your pocket…apron, of course!

xx EllynAnne

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

Generous Giving Promotes Acts of Kindness

Over the summer, we attended a large arts festival, where we entered into numerous drawings for large prize packages. Suffice that the only thing we won was telemarketing ring-a-lings that are impossible to curb. I share this to let all know that your entry into any giveaway of my promotion will not result in such harassment.

It’s always a treat to hear from a happy winner!  Thank you, Erika and quilty for brightening Caroline’s day.

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“Dearest EllynAnne,
Thank you for the opportunity to join in and be a part of “Tie One On Day”.  I love selecting cheery apron prints,  stitching them up and giving them to my friends and family.
I will be watching the mails for Quilty…What a perfect gift to inspire my Chanukkah and Christmas stitching.
Many Thanks,
Double Blessings & Sweet Shalom, Caroline”

The winner of the first (of four) fabulous giveaways will be announced

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tomorrow, Wednesday/Nov. 6th.  ENTRY for all giveaways is HERE.  Just leave a comment at the end of the blog, sharing how you will participate in Tie One On Day. You only need comment once to be eligible for all giveaway drawings. Winner must have a US mailing address.

Tie One On Day sponsors provide their giveaway products as encouragement to your participation and spreading the word and love of TOOD. Click HERE for a listing of sponsors and their generous gifts.

Postcard from Jennifer Utter www (Medium)


Trolling the internet for Tie One On Day advertising opportunities, I am too often distracted by the popup ads for shoe shopping. For whatever the reason, I resisted pictures of the shoes “it” knew I was looking for and stayed focused on the quest, which ended up a more perfect fit than any shoes!

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Courtesy of Ruth at nopatternrequired , Tie One On Day and I are featured on the site and in this interview: http://www.nopatternrequired.com/2013/11/share-an-apron-and-some-good-wishes-this-year-with-tie-one-on-day-and-author-ellyneanne-geisel/   Photos of my favorite spaces within our very electically decorated home and other vintage collections are sprinkled throughout. As if any of us need more browsing suggestions, must say that nopatternrequired is a really fun site to explore.

With the deluge of holiday advertising and other distractions (like pop up shoe sales), Tie One On Day rises to the top because it is a genuine effort to generate gestures of kindness towards those in need. Thank you for spreading the word and the love of TOODay, because the more who participate, the more who receive!

xx EA

Quilty Giveaway Winners

Carolynn Mintz and Marsha Lynne have been selected (via my brother-in-law providing 2 random numbers) to each receive a copy of the quilty magazine with Erika’s apron patterns.

apron-page-in-quilty_thumb.jpgErika’s designs have a modern domestic feel and I’m excited to see your finished aprons. Congratulations!

With the end of October begins the 21 days in November that encourage us to Tie One On (an apron, of course!) and give from the heart to someone who would benefit from a gesture of kindness.

TOOD-2013-very-clear-image002.pngThe Tie One On Day Giveaways scheduled for the four Wednesdays in November are to thank every one for participating and encourage your spreading the word and love that is TOOD.

For each Giveaway, there will be one (1) winner. You need only enter once to be in the running for all four. Entry is HERE !

The November 6th Giveaways are provided by these sponsors:

Marula, Chaps Bakery, Country Woman magazine, Eleanor’s, Bernina USA, Simplicity and My Memories.

Each year I am ever hopeful more and more will make Tie One On Day part of their Thanksgiving tradition because the more who participate, the more who receive.

xx EllynAnne

Ready Set…Tie One On! Share! and Give Thanks!

TIE ONE ON DAY and Give from the Heart



TIE ONE ON DAY™ is an annual opportunity throughout America to bring joy to the life of someone in need by giving from the heart.

Participation is oh-so easy. Simply wrap a baked good in an apron or other cloth and tuck in an encouraging note; then tie one on (an apron, of course!) and deliver your offering to one who could benefit from your gesture of kindness.

The more who participate, the more who receive!

To encourage your involvement and spread the love of TOOD, the dearest sponsors are providing their products for four scheduled giveaways on the four Wednesdays of the month (November 6, 13, 20, 27). The Grand Giveaway Winner of each of the four giveaways will be selected by a random number generator and announced on the four Wednesdays.

You need only enter once to be eligible for all giveaways!

ENTRY is by leaving a comment (+ your contact email!) here, on this blog. Sharing how you will celebrate TIE ONE ON DAY™ would be the best and offer inspiration to others.

TIE ONE ON DAY™ is a huge win-win, for the participant and the receiver. And by embracing TOOD, you will make someone else’s day brilliantly brighter.

TOOD reminds us of our heritage of generosity: “Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

So, let’s get to it! and Tie One On…Give from the heart…Then give thanks.


National Tie One On Day 2012


Fall is here and with the change of season is a gentle nudging of your attention toward National Tie One On Day, an annual opportunity to put the “give” back into Thanksgiving through a gesture of kindness.

To learn all about National Tie One On Day and how to become involved (hint: No need to purchase anything special!) click HERE

National Tie One On Day is a win-win for both receiver and participant. And to encourage your involvement, the sponsors of NTOOD are each providing a fabulous goodie giveaway throughout the month of November. Daily giveaways begin November 1. 

To ENTER the NTOOD 2012 Goodie Giveaways, leave a comment at the end of this posting (along with a contact email, so I can reach you should you win). Sharing how you plan to participate in NTOOD is welcome and an inspiration to others.


 *******You need only post once to be eligible for the entire month of November’s giveaways.*******


NTOODay 2012 Goodie Giveaway closes to entries at 10 pm mountain time the evening of November 21st. Giveaways will only be shipped to an address within the United States.


Bernina USA is sponsoring the final giveaway on November 21st, awarding one very lucky winner the Bernette 46!

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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.”

Thank you for embracing National Tie One On Day and planning to participate, for in doing so, someone else’s day will be so much brighter.

xxea and sponsors of National Tie One On Day 2012

National Tie One On Day seeks fb “Like” s!

Help! Facebook’s redo has me going grrrrrrr, as I’m trying to put together a National Tie OneOn Day fb page. Seems I need 25 “Like”s before the page can be discovered.

National Tie One On Day is about those with bounty providing those in need of an act of kindness. In order for more to receive, more must participate, and “more” can be reached if this fb page can be found.

So, thank you for helping to bring NTOODay to “more” by visiting facebook, National Tie One On Day and “Like” – ing the page.

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.


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.


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.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!