Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A is for Apron

I love aprons. It is an addiction really. And I have no intention of quitting. I do however, need to learn to sew better or I may not be able to afford the kitchen to put the aprons in. If I could find an avatar for my blog with an apron on, that is so what would be there. In fact, I may just offer a prize if anyone can find one for me. I love the way aprons make me feel- beautiful, feminine, prepared for anything, slightly seductive, and the epitome of the Housewife. I really truly love that I am a housewife. (Note: I am not a stay at home mom). Last Christmas my husband got me this apron :

I have used it almost everyday this past year. It is made of oil cloth, and although doesn't lay as nice as a cotton apron, is water proof. I no longer come away from doing dishes soaked in water from bellybutton to inseem. It is fun, feminine, and immensely practical.

I now though have a new favorite apron. It is from this amazing company Heavenly Hostess. Yes, the price is a bit shocking. I mean, it is an apron and one shouldn't feel like you need an apron over your apron so you don't ruin it. But the quality and beauty of these aprons is unlike anything I've ever seen. Mine was an early Christmas present from my mom, along with the matching hair scarf. The slogan of Heavenly Hostess is "Serve with Grace" and in this apron that is exactly what I feel like I do.

The thing about an apron to me, is it makes me feel ready for the day. Ready to be everything that I need to be that day. Ready to always do the next thing. Ready to show my girls that being housewife, being home with them, is something that I love, something that I take seriously and something which brings me great joy. It just isn't the same on the days I never get out of my yoga pants and t-shirt. And believe me, I have plenty of those days. Which is probably why I love my aprons so much. I can see the difference in my day in how I approach it. If I get up, get dressed, go into the kitchen to start the coffee and breakfast that I prepped the night before, and put on an apron-any apron- I want to be productive. I want to clean the kitchen after breakfast instead of leaving it until after dinner. I want to do pre-school activities with my girls, and bake bread and read stories. It is just so different when I stumble out of bed, go downstairs still in my jammies (the afore mentioned yoga pants) and realize I have no idea what to make for breakfast, let alone what to do with the rest of my day. It takes me longer to make coffee and wake up, and it seems like most of my day is gone before I actually get going again.

You know, I might as well admit it- I want to be Donna Reed. Or maybe Amish. Nah, Donna has better aprons.


At November 28, 2007 9:49 PM, Blogger Leigh Ann said...

I've been thinking about the whole apron thing. You are right about the days when you never get out of the yoga pants and t-shirt. That tends to be every day for me. The day just never gets going.
Those aprons are beautiful.

At November 29, 2007 10:07 PM, Anonymous Dawn C said...

Donna DEFINITELY has better aprons!! :)

I love aprons too - when my Grandma died, I wanted her recipe files (read: BAGS of recipes) and her aprons. I was QUITE happy with that. :)

Glad to see you blogging, my dear!

At November 30, 2007 10:57 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

leigh ann- I have far too many yoga pants days as well....what is really bad is when I don't get dressed or put on an apron because I know if I do I'll feel motivated and I really don't want to be motivated that day....*blush*

Dawn- the grandma aprons! That is sooooo great! I have a coupld of those (although my grandma never used too many aprons, just usually made them for me) as well as one from Nolan's great grandma and grandma. I love them both. My girls like wearing aprons too, it is really cute.

At December 01, 2007 9:15 AM, Anonymous Dawn C said...

Tiffany, Davenna has an apron that used to be mine. All the girls have worn it - and a friend repaired it after the last one. (Not bad, considering it's over 45 yr old!!) :)

I'll have to take a pic of it and see if you could re-create it. It's WONDERFUL. It covers her upper body perfectly, which is something that a 2 yr old needs badly. :D

At December 01, 2007 10:59 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

That sounds fantastic! I would feel mor confident I think trying out my meager sewing skills on a small apron first- less fabric to ruin if I totally mess it up. :)

Now...45 years old....does that qualify as vintage ;-) ;-)

At December 02, 2007 11:41 PM, Anonymous Dawn C said...

Vintage? No.

Antique? Yes. ;)

At December 04, 2007 2:17 PM, Anonymous Jenna the Jennapiller said...

Oh boy, I empathize so much! lol I'm a big fan of aprons also. I didn't start wearing an apron very often until I bought a jumper at the thrift store... and I fell in love with it. I think that the neighbors believe us to be unbelievably poor... because I wear the same jumper 70% of the time, with varying tops. So, having an apron just became a *must*, if I wanted to keep my clothes clean. Besides, I wear half of the dishwater when I wash dishes. It's good to know that I'm not alone in that. *laughs*

You know, maybe we should all get together on the net and make aprons together. It could be fun to see the "look how bad I goofed up" pictures, and that sort of stuff.

Oh, and do you really want an avatar with an apron? If you can piece together a girlie that looks like you, I can put an apron on her. :o )

God bless!

At December 04, 2007 2:21 PM, Anonymous Jenna the Jennapiller said...

Ok, I had to check that link- and they do have some very delicious aprons. However much I love how feminine and pretty they are... $83.00 !! *faints*

At December 05, 2007 5:42 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Jenna- I am currently in process with cinnamon rolls, but as soon as I am done, I am so taking you up on the offer for an apron avatar!! Thanks so much!!!

An online apron group sounds fantastic. I would definitely be in the "look how bad this is messed up" category.

I am totally with you on the faiting. If my mom hadn't been in a "must spoil my baby girl" mode I will still be drooling from afar. I really need to figure out how to make them, I know it can be done for cheaper. Part of the expense is the quality of the fabric they use- it truly is amazing. But a person could make a few less fancy more workhorse ones of cheaper material but the same cut, which is what I really want to do. Then I'd probably save the pretty one for hostessing so it will last longer. :)

At January 12, 2008 6:10 PM, Anonymous mavis said...

i feel the same way, tiffany. putting on your apron means you're going to get things done. it's a shame aprons don't fit while you're pregnant. too bad so sad.
this is the one i want:


another thing that makes me feel like i have my act together is having my ipod loaded and clipped on said apron. it's great to go through all my housework listening to lectures or sermons i root up on the internet. plus, it blocks out the screaming and ipods come in cute colors. all the reason you need.

At January 12, 2008 7:06 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

That is a gorgeous apron! Really, I don't think there is one I don't like.

As for aprons while pregnant, just use a half one and tie it above the baby bump.

The ipod sounds lovely. Especially if it was pink. or orange. my kitchen stuff is orange.

Thanks for stopping by!

At January 14, 2008 12:52 AM, Blogger reneegrace said...

that apron is... sexy! :) I never ever wear an apron. Judging from the state of my shirts, I probably should!! And I would if I had that one! :)

I liked your cloth diapers post too. I don't use. I have had so much going on, that it was one thing I did not start doing environmentally this year. BUT maybe with the next baby. Who knows.

On that note, thanks so much for your kind words regarding my miscarriage. I don't know how you ended up over at my place. But thank you for your encouragement. And I'll be back to read more of you.

At January 14, 2008 2:08 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Thanks Renee. I saw your comment on Molly's blog, although I've seen you comment elsewhere as well (and choosing home forum-I'm theophania there), just never made it over to your neck of blogdom before. :)

And yes, this apron just begs to be worn- whether you're cooking or not. It is hard not to feel like a domestic goddess in something that pretty and sexy. :)


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