I am not really sure if addiction is the right word but I admit I really love aprons.
I have always been an apron wearer – even before it was the “in” thing to do! (If you didn’t know, aprons are really “in” right now!)
Thanks to my 4-H sewing teacher in the 3rd grade the first thing I ever learned to sew was an apron.
I wear an apron a lot - anytime I am in the kitchen (I am a very messy cook), when I am cleaning the house (I am a very messy cleaner) and when I am in the garden (yes, I am a messy gardener too).
And much to my two teenage daughter’s horror I have even been known to go out in public with my apron on!
I have quite a collection of aprons. A friend jokingly (or maybe she wasn’t joking) said that I had an apron to match every outfit! I have aprons I have bought, ones that have been made by friends and lately I have gotten into making my own aprons.
I even joined an apron swap I found on a blog I visit. Here is the apron I made for Tracy in Alabama – hope she likes it.
While I was at it I had to make another new one for myself too!
And in case you are wondering – those are not my slim little hips. My hips have birthed four babies! That is my slim hipped 14 year old dancer daughter. Thanks for being my model Tessa.
Since we are on the topic of aprons I thought I’d share with you the story of one of my favorite aprons.
Fourteen years ago I was on a “girl’s weekend away” with my Beach Babe group. On the way to the beach I was reading aloud excerpts from the book Living a Beautiful Life.
When I read the following section all 5 of us burst out laughing…
“When I return from the office I put on an attractive apron and unwind by freshening up the house. Somehow this simple act – putting on an apron – sets the stage for my tidying up ritual and I go about the apartment attending to little things.”
We got a huge kick out of it and have joked about it over the years. The idea of each of us getting home from work and putting on an attractive apron to “tidy up” was just too funny.
Well, the next time we got together, April, one of the group had a gift for each of us – yep, you guessed it – an “attractive apron”.
Here they are! (Yes, the top part of the apron is detachable and also doubles as hot pot holders!)
I don’t think this is what Alexandra Stoddard, author of Living a Beautiful Life, had in mind but we sure have gotten a lot of enjoyment and laughs out of them! They have managed to show up at various events, parties, BBQ’s, holiday gatherings, even the wedding reception of one of the Beach Babe’s daughters!
So next time you have some “freshening” up to do – don’t forget the attractive apron!