Friday, October 21, 2011

The Homemaker's Apron {Housekeeping Pt. 3}

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To say that I love aprons is a bit of an understatement. I have loved them since I was a child. I used to dress up in "pioneer" dresses with aprons and play homemaking to my little heart's content (thank you, Mom, for helping me make those wonderful memories!). Then when I grew up and had a home of my own, I started collecting vintage aprons. About a year ago, I had my first experience sewing my own apron (with the Defrump Girls), and I really want to make some more!

To me, homemaking and aprons go hand-in-hand. The apron is a symbol of the presence of the woman in the home and the service she performs each and every day for her family. 

Aprons help tie our hearts to our homes.

That's how I feel anyway. When I tie an apron on, my attitude suddenly becomes a little more cheery. The apron becomes a visual reminder of why I do what I do each day...which is why I have challenged myself to wear an apron as much as I can while I'm at home. In my last post, I shared how wearing an apron can make housekeeping a little more fun. PLUS, now-a-days, they're just so CUTE!

If I haven't quite convinced you to start wearing aprons yet, then look at all the lovely aprons out there just waiting to be worn! I must get a new apron soon! :-)

{Gardening Apron}

{Jessie Steele Apron}

{Toile Apron}

{Tea & Crumpets Apron}

{Vintage-style Apron}

{Emmaline Apron}

The next set of pictures will give you a few ideas on how to display your aprons. Once I decided to initiate the "apron challenge" (wear an apron each day that I'm at least for a couple weeks...maybe longer!), I immediately began thinking of how I could hang my aprons in a convenient spot in the kitchen...

{Spring-time Aprons Hanging in a Row}

{Spoon Hook Racks}

I really like the idea of "rustic" in the kitchen, so here's what I ended up doing. Several days ago, I found a weathered, old board at my parents' house and decided to take it home (with permission, of course! :) even though I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. 

Once I figured out that I wanted to use it as a place to hang my aprons, it was an easy and quick project!

{Nailed two brackets to the back, so I could hang it}

{Already had these dresser knobs that I got for $0.87 each at a hardware store}

{My husband drilled holes and helped me screw the dresser knobs on--thank you, sweetie!}

{Finished! Love how it turned out!}

{One of my vintage aprons...isn't the embroidery beautiful?}

See how easy and frugal this project was? So fun!

One final thought. I ran across a wonderful idea from EllynAnne over at Apron Memories. She created National Tie One On Day. Here's what she says about it:

Participation is simple. On the day before Thanksgiving, November 23rd this year, pause in the preparation of your own meal, wrap a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on…an apron, of course! and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone without your bounty… a neighbor, friend or family member in need of physical or spiritual sustenance, a bit of recognition or just a kind word.

I love this idea! What a beautiful way to encourage and bless someone. I am definitely going to do this!

Hope this post motivates you to tie an apron on today... :-)

Next week I'll resume the series on Housekeeping with some more tips on making cleaning fun.
Housekeeping Part 1
Housekeeping Part 2

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  1. I LOVE aprons TOO!!! Maybe it's that June Cleaver thing...Thanks for linking up to Haute Stuff Thursday. I would like to feature you gals and your blog this Monday on my New Gal on the Blog post. I hope you don't mind:)

  2. MIND??? Um...we'd be thrilled!!! Thank you so much! We are so excited. :)

  3. I'm crazy about aprons too. I wish I had a cute way to display them - I love your ideas!

  4. Those are fun pictures!! We need to get together to make another apron -maybe something a little fancier -- maybe that Emmaline apron. So cute!

  5. Love this! I love aprons too, but forget to put them on often. I still have the one my mother made me as a little girl to match her. Wearing an apron does make you "feel" different. Hopping over from Our Simple Country Life Link up.

  6. Hi Audrey! Thank you so much for visiting & for your sweet comment. Nice collection, love it :)

  7. Aprons are on the top of my to-do list. Very cute!! Thanks for visiting me as well, at Desperate Houselife New follower! :)

  8. I must say, Audrey, that you make a strong point! I have a couple of aprons sitting in a drawer & get them out rarely. I love your pictures to prove your point too! Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving me such sweet comments! I am a new follower!

  9. I love all the aprons. Make me want a cute one so bad or make one. I love the board you hung it from. so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up to our party Show and Share. Make sure to come back this week and link up your latest projects. We would love to see them.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  10. Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful comments! I loved reading them!

    Susan, we DO need to make another apron soon!

  11. Ohhh that emaline apron caught my eye! Love your blog
    ALOHA!!! Paula