apron·ology 2013 giveaway!

Thank you, Stampington & Company, for providing a sneak peek copy of

the 5th edition of apron·ology as a giveaway to 1 lucky apronologist !

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To enter, leave a comment on this blog, along with your email for notification. I’ll post the winner on Thursday, Jan. 30th at 9 pm mountain time.

This edition is just amazing – I’ve said that of the 4 previous editions, I know, but the use of the apron as a canvas of expression throughout this issue will just take your breath away.

apron·ology’s new managing editor is Andrea Rangno, and her influence over this already beautiful and inspiring magazine is a success.

#5 publishes February 1st !  Only once a year, and so worth the wait.

xx EllynAnne

happy-final-entry-day apron·ology#4 Giveaway

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Welcome to Apron Memories®, EllynAnne’s on-line emporium for all things apron-y. Her creative outlet since 1999, the designs showcase the domestic art of handsewn stitchery and the old fashion ethic of quality workmanship.   Apron Memories® designs have been worn by Bree on Desperate Housewives and featured in Country Living, Mary Engelbreit, Frontier Airlines magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Vogue.

Each apron is handmade with love and is of heirloom quality;
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The Apron Memories® collection is a Grassroots Royalty project, homegrown and handsewn in Pueblo, Colorado.

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As worn by Bree on ABC’s ‘Desperate Housewives’


Of the over 600 aprons EllynAnne has collected, this bright happy design is based on her favorite. The deep red skirt showcases the fan-shaped pocket and gore panels, which are pieced of genuine vintage fabrics. Details include finished seams and handmade bias binding. In the tradition of an apron as part of a bride’s Trousseau, “Erin” revives the Victorial good luck saying: Something old is the vintage hankie pocket; Something new is the apron; Something borrowed is the recipe and advice slipped into the pocket; Something blue is the old button. The white skirt is framed in a print selected by EllynAnne and guaranteed to please.



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Apron - Mary

This aprons’s flirty peplums and figure-flattering design make it the perfect accessory to an outfit, attitude or occasion. EyllnAnne will choose Karen’s fabric combinations, which are guaranted to have you smiling and feeling very very cute.
This versatile style can be worn to do everything, from baking a pie to wrapping a wriggly baby fresh from a bath. A vintage hankie adorns the pocket. Fabric combinations and hankie pocket embellishment are individually selected by EllynAnne and guaranteed to please.



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The envelope package that your apron will come in - click to view larger

Your apron purchase is packaged in a cloth envelope. A bookmark sharing the apron’s inspiration is clipped to the fabric with a petite clothespin.
Smoochie, as featured in VOGUE, is an enticing apron with a quilted lips pocket. Certain to get even the most sport-bessotted mate to turn off the TV !


"I love creating each apron and I guarantee you will be delighted with your purchase."
~EllynAnne Geisel~

The fabric combinations for trims, waistbands, ties, borders and panels are individually selected by EllynAnne. All aprons are designed to cover and fit most.

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apron·ology#4 Giveaway!!!

apron·ology 1, 2, and 3 are now a fabulous quartet,
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            with the February 1st publication of the 4th edition
CVR_4th issue (Medium)
Beth Livesay, apron·ology’s visionary editor-in-chief, continues the magazine’s legacy of apron love through inspirational designs, gorgeous photography and heart-felt commentaries. 

And so it is with immense pride of Beth and her accomplishment that I have the pleasure of offering a prepublication copy of apron·ology #4 to one very lucky winner. 

Ohsosimple entry : just leave a comment at the end of this blog – including an email address so I might contact you if you’re selected the winner!

This Giveaway completes January 25th (midnight mountain time); winner selected by random human and announced Thursday the 26th. 

What a fitting way to wave bye bye to January, by tying one on…an apron, of course!, settling in with a cup of aromatic tea and transporting to “apron-land”  through the pages of apron·ology.

apronology #3 giveaway winner!

My contributor’s issue of apronology #3 arrived yesterday. From editor Beth Livesay’s very thoughtful and beautifully written musing on the “state of the apron,” this issue is the most gorgeous yet, with the artistry of the apron taken to creative levels I hadn’t imagined possible. I am so honored my apron was selected!

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While the northeast is snowed in, out here on the High Plains the day is sunny, warm and perfect for an early morning stroll around our town’s Riverwalk. Thank you, agreeable Random Human, for pausing by the fantasy paddleboats and choosing the winner of the apronology #3 giveaway. Congratulations, katmom!

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apronology #4 is accepting submissions – deadline is September 15th. It’s not too soon to begin daydreaming and formulating an apron that reflects your creative self. And while you’re awaiting inspiration, be ready to be awestruck by the apronologists of apronology #3.


Tie One On..an apron, of course!

Apron Strings at apronology

I often pinch myself in disbelief that a love of aprons has for twelve years now brought into my life such bounty of storytelling, aprons, friendships and the opportunities to share that journey.

In October, I was the guest of the Santa Barbara area’s quilt guild (another story to share in an upcoming blog). There I met-up with Jini Burkholder and her very agreeable husband/chauffeur Dean. We’d first crossed paths earlier in the year when I was speaking in Farmington, NM. Jini prevailed on Dean to drive from their home in Phoenix to meet me, share her apron collection and a unique piece of sewing history (another blog story!).

I share this preamble because Dean drove Jini and me to Laguna to meet Beth Livesay, editor of apronology. And then he stayed and took all the photos and videos you’re about to see. What a guy!

Here we are in the lobby of Stampington & Company: Beth Livesay, ea and Jini

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Extra hugs as Beth and I marvel we’re finally meeting after three years of emailing

1_ea and Beth meet [800x600]

The Stampington operation is spread out among several facilities. Following Beth from one building to the next, we walked through a narrowing corridor, which struck me as a Canyon of Creativity:

apron*ology tour_Canon of Creativity

Everywhere you look are stacks, shelves, and racks of inspiration and submissions2_Racks of inspiration and submissions are everywhere [800x600]

Offices line the many corridors. My head spun like that poor girl in the Exorcist! Doorways like this one just enchanted – that’s a dress constructed of paper

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With Beth’s encouragement, we walked on into this office and met Amanda Crabtree, editor of Belle Armoire. Amanda’s greeting was of such warmth, which I quickly learned is the “Stampington Way.” I just knew this visit was going to be a special time indeed.

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Along the corridor of editors’ offices is this wall sculpture with a timeless quote by Coco Chanel

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Each office is like a snowglobe – an environment a-jumble with creative stimuli that’s specific to the creative spirit of the editor. This office belongs to Christen Olivarez, editor-in-chief and director of publishing. To fit the picture to this page, I had to crop the overflowing tables and stacks of inspiration lining the walls. I loved this space

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Christen returned to her office as I was still oohing and carrying on about the filtered light from the windows, and in the “Stampington manner,” allowed for a photo so y’all might see just who oversees dozens of art-centric publications

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Submissions to various magazines are displayed on tables and racks for editors’ consideration. This jewelry was awaiting aSmile or Crying faceverdict

8_checking out jewelry submissions for a magazine [800x600]

Anyone who has sent off a creation of (he)art knows the anxiety of concern and whether they will ever see it again. Submissions to the magazines of Stampington arrive daily and someone with an eye to detail records their intake and caretakes their return. That person of he(art) is Michelle Nolan 9_Michelle Nolan caretaker of submissions [800x600]

Even the wall space surrounding the copy machine is a canvas of expression – wallpapered with the magazines’ covers (note to self – do this with vintage magazine covers!)

10_Wallpaper in copy room [800x600]

On her way to a meeting with Christen, Stampington’s publisher, Kellene Giloff, stopped to introduce herself. Kellene started Stampington as an outlet to share her love of stamping. That single publication has grown to dozens! Kellene is a dedicated, hands-on publisher, and many careers have been nurtured through her example of hard work. Beth spoke of her 11_Kellene Giloff_Stampington publisher [800x600]

admiration of Kellene in this video – which has us multi-tasking (walking and talking) on our way to lunch

Beth shares her joy of her job at Stamington

When you live in the landlocked Southwest, fresh seafood tacos are the BEST!13_Fresh seafood tacos  [800x600]

Our first stop following lunch was to pop into Beth’s office – here’s one bitty corner. It’s a very happy environment – feels like a birthday party is about to take place!

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Jini purchased back issues of apronology, which Beth took time to personalize. FYI: you, too, can purchase the past two editions, but hurry – few left of #1 and #2’s inventory is quickly depleting. Contact Stampington for info

15_Beth signs Jini's copies [800x600]

Then it was time to primp for our photo session – a surprise from Beth…that I will appear alongside her in issue #3! The apron I’m tying on is one I designed from vintage taffeta – it was my entry into this year’s competition. Yes, I enter like everyone else!16_readying for our pic [800x600]

Finding more common ground – we both love vintage cherry anything, the color pink and a funny story. Such is a friendship further forged.

17_shocking our favorite color is pink [800x600]

Posing for our picture – the photographer is Johanna Love, who is responsible for the mesmerizing beauty of apronology and Stampington’s other publications. Personally, I think it’s the photography that transforms these magazines into keepsakes. I take very good care of my issues of apronology, following all the good rules of page turning to keep the edges crisp. I can’t wait to see issue #3 – which was still being created when I visited, so I’ll be as surprised and delighted as y’all when it debuts

18_Posing for our pic together [800x600]

With Dean keeping an eye to the clock and gently reminding us just who was doing the driving through Los Angeles (def not me – heart palpitations just thinking about it), it was time to say goodbye. One final stop by Beth’s office to pick up our take-home bags of Stampington goodies.

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Then this – a wave and a beautiful smile from the editor of our favorite annual magazine!

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Stampington is a third-year sponsor if National Tie One On Day, and the 5 winners of NTOOD’s 2010 goodie bag giveaway are receiving their very own issue of apronology #3, which will be available for sale February 1st.

Beth is giving away one copy of #3 through my blog. Do click here to enter.

I hope this long, long entry is one you’ve enjoyed as much as I delighted in sharing my visit with Beth. So it is with aprons – an unexpected bounty of storytelling, aprons and friendship.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!