Aprons have been a hot item for quite some time now, evoking memories for us of our mom's and grandma's in a cozy kitchen whipping up something fantastic or laboring over a steaming canner. I think we have been drawn back to our apron-wearing days because they remind us of a simpler time when our homes and hometowns were filled with love and laughter. Not that they're not now, we just want to make sure that some of the old feeling remains. All of my memories of my grandmother ~ in the kitchen, manning the counter at the hardware store, or puttering around in the garden ~ include some kind of an apron or covering. Grandma Simmons wore the smock-style that snapped up the front and covered all, Grandma Sannar wore half-aprons in her pie-baking days. My own collection is growing, including some I've made myself and some vintage aprons that I have picked up at estate sales and such. Recently, I joined the Flirty Apron Swap. This swap had a dream vacation theme. You were to make your secret partner an apron, keeping in mind her dream vacations. We wrote about two destinations and your partner could pick either one for the theme of your apron.
My partner chose Japan or Hawaii as her dream destination, her favorite color being red and her favorite style the half-apron. I found this beautiful red Japanese fabric at Ana Lena's quilt shop in Longbeach, Washington and the golden silk fabric at Joanne's. The pocket is shaped like a Japanese fan, my own interpretation of course. Shilo is my model today.
My package is off to my secret partner and I'm rubbing my hands together in anticipation of the apron I will receive from a different secret partner. I asked to be sent to a cabin by a lake with a canoe, or Ireland...
Last night I finished a fun, kinda sexy apron for my soon to be new niece's bridal shower this weekend. Post to follow.
Do you wear aprons? What's in your collection?