Monday, February 23, 2009

History of the Apron:

The apron came about because of practical necessity. In years gone by, people didn't have the luxury of owning a large wardrobe. Washing and drying clothing was not done on a frequent basis. So aprons served a practical purpose of covering up the dress underneath to project it from soiling. This made washing much easier. The apron would be washed every couple of days but the dress or clothing underneath did not have to be washed as much, perhaps maybe once a week. Later they began serving as decorative purpose also. Not just housewives wore aprons; school teachers, children, shop-keepers, and secretaries wore different styles of aprons over their clothing every day.
In the 1920's and '30's aprons followed the silhouette of the dress - long, with no waist line. By the 1940's, aprons gained a cinched waistline, and were often gaily trimmed with rick-rack, buttons, and pockets of contrasting color. Many aprons were made from feed cloth. Feed cloth was a heavier fabric and was used as a sack to put seed or four in that farmers used. There was no wasting back then, when the sacks were empty,. the feedsack fabric was used for quilts and aprons. In fact, when the apron had "seen its day" and was ready to be tossed, the best parts were cut out and used for quilts.
The 1950's brought out the half-aprons of highly starched cotton, feedsack, and sheer ( a see- through fabric) trimmed with lace for special occasions. Also two- piece aprons and short smocks of bright cotton prints for every day use were popular.
At one point, Aprons were a serious fashion element, not just an afterthought cover-up! Today the more rugged utilitarian aprons are still in use. The old-fashioned pretty cotton ones are hard to find. The modern aprons are available in both printed and hand stitched designs in a bouquet of appealing color.

Visit her site and check out her handmade aprons!

The cutest APRON!

This is such a cute pattern and it is free. What a neat pattern to add to your stash! These would make darling gifts. Feb. is a good time of the year to get your sewing done. Then come gift giving time....tada, you have personalized gift. I would suggest tucking in a few favorite recipes in the pocket and maybe your favorite spice mix. Go visit this Etsy site and leave a thank you! ;0)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Butterfly Kisses Quilt Pattern....Free.....
This is a beautiful pattern. With a little added imagination and you could create a vast array of lovely quilts to added to your heirloom collection. I love this...simple, yet pretty as a picture set in a golden frame!

Grab this one!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

For Our Vintage Lovers!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Raining Cats and Dogs.....!!!

Wow, it is ever raining today! Even the cats need a boat today.
From rainy Missouri to your world....

Let the SON shine in.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Outside my window...

Here is a glimpse outside my window this evening, after the rain. Awesome handiwork of God!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

What a Vintage Find!


This is a beautiful piece that I found at

Go take a peek of Pure Vintage Delight!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday Night Bath

Do you remember stories of the Saturday Night Bath? This vintage picture from Good Housekeeping reminds me of just that. Sweet!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Good News!! ONE more year!

The latest is there has been a stay placed for one year in order for clarity concerning the children's' items issue.
So HOPE still lives and we hope for TRUE clarity to come. We have to stay informed on these issues, and help our leaders by giving them our input. So let us all stay abreast on this ever changing issue. Good news for now!! Answered pray!