Sunday, May 29, 2011

Apron Love

Do you have "Apron Love"? Aprons are quite popular right now and there are so many cute ones. I have a small collection hanging in my kitchen. A few are the "work horses" that I grab when I'm doing my messy cooking, they're filled with stains that won't come out. Then I have a few that are my good aprons, for decoration and company. Did your mother and grandmother wear aprons? Both of my grandmothers mother, not so much. How about you? Here are a few of my favorites.

This is one that's very special to me because my mother sewed it up for me. Love the materials.

This is one of my vintage aprons. Love this fruited material that reminds me of the 40's.

Red and white checks -- always a classic.

Love this pink one for the color and the cross stitch design on it.

I found this little poem in the pocket of one of my vintage aprons I found a couple of years ago at one of my favorite antique/vintage stores.

Grandma's Apron by Tina Trivett

The strings were tied, it was freshly washed, and maybe even pressed.
For Grandma it was everyday to choose one when she dressed.
The simple apron that it was, you would never think about;
It was the things she used it for that made it look worn out.

She may have used it to hold some wildflowers that she'd found.
Or to hide a crying child's face, when a stranger came around.
Imagine all the little tears that were wiped with just that cloth.
Or it became a potholder to serve some chicken broth.

She probably carried kindling to stoke the kitchen fire.
To hold a load of laundry or to wipe the clothesline wire.
When canning all her vegetables, it was used to wipe her brow.
You never know, she might have used it to shoo flies from the cow.

She might have carried eggs in from the chicken coop outside.
Whatever chore she used it for, she did them all with pride.
When Grandma went to heaven, God said she now could rest.
I'm sure the apron that she chose, was her Sunday best.

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

I have many happy apron memories of special times and the special women in my life who wore them. How about you?

See ya!


  1. I enjoyed seeing your collection. And the poem was truly a find.
    I never use aprons but if I did I would have saved many of my favorite tee shirts from stains. My mom wore aprons and so did my Grandmother. Good memories.

  2. I love aprons too! You have some really cute ones. I have one that my aunt gave me the other day that was made by my grandmother. It is made from hankies.
    Have a good week!

  3. Very pretty, Martha! There are really a lot of pretty aprons being sold around. I even bought one and I don't even use them. I just could not resist the ruffles, lol...Christine

  4. I adore aprons. I wear them really often and always the bib kind since I'm a messy, messy cook. Your collection is really charming. Do you have a fun way to display them?

  5. Martha, my grandmother always wore aprons. I so wish I had more of her everyday ones, the ones that company never saw. Thank you for reviving this precious memory. I have a few, but always forget to put them on. unless I've got company and i'm last minuting in the kitchen. loved the poem. xo marlis

  6. So sweet. My mom rarely wore an apron, but I remember my aunt and a neighbor wearing them all the time. I have a couple now, and wear them because they have pockets...especially helpful in the summer when I run out for a couple of tomatoes and some basil in the garden. Love your vintage prints!