Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thoughts on a Thursday

After doing my blog for 12 days in a row, I found that I liked doing it. I was wondering what I could write about next. On Facebook I saw a picture of a grandma wearing an apron and I reposted it and got several comments. I remember my grandmas wearing aprons and wondered what your memories of aprons might be.

These look really retro! 

Here is a blog written in 2007 that shares beautiful thoughts on aprons.

This picture is on her blog. Sweet remembrances of her grandmother.

Also on her blog is this about gratitude
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. . .It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie


This site talks about the history of aprons.

The history of aprons is a long story, yet there isn't much written about it. There's no mention of aprons being worn in ancient times. I've heard it said that Adam and Eve wore the first aprons. I disagre. 
Since Adam & Eve's intent wasn't to protect their clothing (or body) from chore-related damage, I don't consider their leafy covering as an apron. Loincloths, yes. In my opinion they inventedclothing, with modesty being the purpose. But that's just my opinion!


  • From Ma Dear’s Aprons, by Patricia C. McKissack, American author
There is comfort food and comfort clothing. Mashed potatoes and gravy, meatloaf, and apple crisp figure are comfort foods we can all relate to. Aprons, in my mind, constitute the notion of ‘comfort clothes’. I always feel perfectly comfortable in an apron - like an anachronism but perfectly comfortable. A woman wearing an apron: a rare sight, I know so don’t look for it on any MTV video soon. But no frock, skirt, frilly blouse or gown makes me feel more feminine, and out-of-this-era than I do wearing one of my aprons – even my standard white chef’s issue.  


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Does it make you want to make one?


Girl in Apron - Painting

Wow! This site is full of information.

An apron is a garment worn at the front of the body, since ancient times, for practical, decorative, as well as ritualistic purposes. From the French word 'naperon', meaning a small tablecloth, aprons have been worn to protect garments, and indicate status. Aprons can depict the rank or a group affiliation of the wearer and have appeared as cultural icons. They are back in vogue, convenient and retro-chic.
Aprons are often the first garment made by someone learning to sew. They can be simple and tough, or a delicate and attractive fashion accessories.


If you want to see my Pinterest page of Aprons go to


Books about Aprons

The Kitchen Linens Book

The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives
Gather ’round! The endearing follow-up to The Apron Book is now served. EllynAnne Geisel graces us with her new treasure, The Kitchen Linens Book. It’s a lovely treat.
Family kitchens are where our days begin and end. And one constant is threaded among the people, the stories, and the moments: America’s kitchen linens. If only these prized pieces could talk.
The Kitchen Linens Book invites women of all ages to visit with the past. In this book, Geisel gives us an up-close look at tablecloths, dishtowels, and napkins with details and histories as fine as the stories themselves. Embroidered or hemstitched, linens or oilcloths–these are the fabrics and the memories of our mothers and grandmothers. And each one has an endearing story and a vivid history.
*The book features over 20 projects and 8 recipes.

Apronisms - Pocket Wisdom For Every Day

Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day
With features on CBS’s Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, EllynAnne Geisel raises the apron to cult status. This little book asserts, “You can never have too many aprons or too many memories.” Apron anecdotes and aphorisms merge with quotes, photographs, and memories to offer down-home-spun, no-nonsense wisdom that is tinged with humor. For ultimate giftability, the book’s case wrap mimics fabric.

The Apron Book - Making Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort
THE APRON BOOK is now in its sixth printing.
There is no other book like The Apron Book, which celebrates the humble yet lovely apron and the spirit of the men and women who wore them, and at the same time provides the inspiration and the tools to reinvent aprons for the here and now.
According to EllynAnne, aprons don’t hold us back, they take us back…the very reason for the apron’s status as today’s hottest collectible.

They all sound like great reads. I may have to get one or more!


Thanks for checking in. More next week. About something else.


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