Aprons are a blessed thing. Just putting one on can transform your mind set as a keeper of the home.
In my experience, depending on which collar we put on our dog, he will know what is expected of him. If we put on his training collar, he knows its time to learn. The same goes for our horse. When she has her show bridle put on, she knows it and she carries her head higher and there is a new spring in her step.
The same seems to go for me when I put my apron on. My mindset changes and I feel the sky is the limit as far as what I can clean, organize, cook, plant, etc.
It also takes me back to my grandmother's era, where woman took great satisfaction in being the keeper of the home. There was no question as to who they were or where they belonged. They did not fear losing their job. They did not have to pay for professional clothes, hair, make-up, fancy nails, gas to work, and extra car insurance.... all the while wondering why, if they were so "successful" did they not feel satisfied? Oh and the never ending question of where do I stop to get dinner for the family?
The cyclone of all that that entails, used to swirl in my mind daily. BUT not ever again! For I am the Keeper of the Home and I take great satisfaction in knowing that it is where I belong and in the fact that it is what is best for my family. The eternal effects of this one lone decision are astronomical.
So.....all of that to say, I love aprons. They are one of my many tools of success in my position and they can be so much fun and they also tap into my creative side.
Have you ever made an apron? I haven't, but lately I have been finding all kinds of apron patterns and ideas that look SO fun to make and personalize that I had to share them with you and hopefully spark an idea for you to try.
I really like the gingham shown in the top picture and the style of the apron, but so far I haven't been able to find a pattern for it. If you do, please send it to me!
Here is a picture of a beautiful and extremely handy apron to have. Be sure to follow the source link and it will lead you to the wonderful site of On Just A Couple Acres for her well detailed Tutorial. This is a terrific apron to have for the garden!
This next one comes from my dear "bloggy" friend from The Unliberated Woman. On her site you will find great instructions on how to re-make your favorite apron. For example, we have a beautiful, vintage apron that belonged to my dear Grandmother. She lived well into her mid-90's and has been gone from us for several years now. I would like another apron, made just like the one she passed down to me and now I know how to do just that by following this Tutorial.
Whatever your style may be, here are several designs, patterns, links and tutorials. Create to your heart's desire! If you have any links, tutorials or pictures you would like me to share on a future post, please contact me.
This one has a darling idea for adding a dishtowel to the waist band.
This one is made from a vintage dish towel.
This one is made from a vintage pillowcase.
I hope these have blessed you and inspired you!
If you would like to simply purchase an apron, but not sure where to look, here are some favorite links of mine:
These links have more than just aprons to choose from, there are some beautiful dresses, skirts, tops and nightgowns too. Anyone looking for Historical or Re-enactor resources or very plain dress resources, please visit the Quaker Jane link above.
Feel free to look at ALL of my Apron pictures, patterns and tutorials on my Pinterest Apron board.
Please note that I have tried my best to link back to every original site in order to give credit where credit is due. If any of these are yours and you would like them removed, please contact me.
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