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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Brag About Your Apron & Enter Our Pattern Giveaway!

The History of APRONS

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

-Author Unknown

Is there anyone out there that remembers the glory years of the apron? Could you share a story and a picture about an apron? We would love to hear from you and to share it on our blog.
Submit a picture of your vintage or handmade apron to us here or here, along with a little blurb about yourself and how you made your apron or where you found it, and we will post them here on our blog. And if you submit your pic and story by midnight EST on March 31st, you will be entered into a drawing to receive one of four free apron patterns!
We have four great patterns from Vanilla House Designs to give away, so there will be four lucky winners. Want to win all four? You can submit up to four aprons for the drawings. Good luck, and we hope to see tons of beautiful aprons!


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