Thursday, January 14, 2010

Do you or don't you?

Wear an apron that is.  And what style do you like?

I do....I can't imagine not.  Momma always did and Grandma did too.  Grandma liked full length aprons while momma likes the "tie at the waist" aprons.

I was so excited this year to be given my first Christmas apron!  It's adorable!

Here's a little story about aprons...hope you enjoy it! (HT to Kristen!)


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.



  1. I love that "History of Aprons"!

    Aprons are not only practical, they are very feminine, and can dress up work jeans and T-shirt. (I'm particularly a fan of vintage ones that look like dresses themselves) Now it's off to make some for my collection! :-D

    God bless, see you later!

  2. and my grandmother absolutely did each and every thing described in that little "ode". i remember. i too love aprons but then i'm a hopeless southern romantic lady, aahh

  3. I have honestly never gave aprons much thought. After reading your post I don't know how I have survived without one! I do believe I will have to make myself a few! Thanks for enlightening me. And I too remember my Grandmothers wearing aprons. Now I know why.

  4. Whenever I picture my Grammy, it's in an apron. She passed on when I was just a girl, but my mom still has one of her old aprons that I hope she will give me some day. I wear the full-length style; the one I favor was bought in an antique store so it has a "history" to it. A small floral print, pocket across the front, goes over the head, ties in the back.

    Do we get to see a photo of you in your new Christmas apron, Cheri?

  5. Hi Cheri,
    I too wear aprons all the time. They tend to wear out across the middle, because I'm constantly leaning on my counter by the stove! Better wearing out the apron than my clothes. I like full length ones, since I tend to be messy and splatter things above as much as below!

  6. I have grown to enjoy aprons in recent years: it feels like a uniform, recognizing that homemaking tasks are important & require special gear :)

    I was given a full-length one as a wedding gift -- it's sturdy enough to last. I made aprons for 4 Christmas gifts this past season, some made from old jeans.


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