A few weeks ago, Casey of Elegant Musings asked for fellow bloggers to join her in a blog tour of Cherished Collections and having previously mentioned my “wicked apron collection,” and made no secret of my love of aprons, I jumped at the chance to share my, wait for it……. aprons as part of the tour.
I’d like to say my love affair with aprons began in my middle school home economics class, when our final sewing project was a simple bib apron. In true 90’s style, my featured sunflowers and was sadly lost in my first post-graduation move after college. But in truth, my apron obsession probably came because I lost that apron and needed a replacement.
I picked up another bib apron from ebay, in blue gingham, which I still use, but it was then I discovered the adorable half apron, of which I have now amassed eleven. I used to have an even dozen, but I passed one featuring a chicken off to a friend.
My first, and still on of my favorites, also came from ebay and features adorable pockets in fishy fabric, which I later recreated the shape of for a Christmas gift, when I lived in Chicago.
Surprisingly enough, only one of my collection is one I made (yellow gingham), with most of my apron sewing skills having been put to gift-making.
A good chunk of my aprons have come from antique stores, where I grabbed them for around $5-6 dollars (black & white and embroidered pink). At least one has come from a garage sale (grey gingham with chicken scratch). A few I can’t recall where they came from.
But my most precious one are the ones that have been given as gifts, including the Christmas bells from a roommate, the green hostess apron from a knitting friend, and the rose hostess apron from a co-worker- perhaps my most precious one, because it was her grandmothers. As was the plain white one I embroidered with Raggedy Ann.
And I use each and every one of them, because as they become dusted with flour and sugar, they become all the more cherished to me.