Saturday, February 20, 2010

February 2010

Ok, I know you think I don't do anything but peruse junk stores & thrift shops...and collect aprons all day long...
Well, believe it or not, I don't...well least ways not all day long! lol!

I just HAD to have one of these "Cricut" I do...& I still have not had time to play with it! bummer! But it's on my "bucket list" !!
As for the cute little green table & chair set, Karen, Sher & I were out and about, doing what we do best, Junktiquing...and I spotted this set...I showed it to them, and when they passed on it, I nearly poohed purple twinkies! (cuz I wanted it) Mine Mine Mine! and now it is mine! lol! Yet another UFO (un-finished object). All I need to do is the hand stitching around the appliques, then add the backing & binding...who knows, it might get done in time for Christmas 2010, since I bought it back in 2008! LOL!
Wahoo! I do get some of my projects done....I finished this 45"sq wall I just need to get the curtain rod hung so I can display my quilt over my tea cups.
Ok, some of you may remember, I made the large denim apron last summer. I used the 2 legs from a pair of hubbies cast off jeans...and I used some wonderful fabric that EllynAnne(The Apron Book) sent me.....Voila' instant 1 hour apron....but then I started seeing all these variations of denim aprons and I could not resist! I used a green checkered mans shirt (that I bought for .99cents at the Thrift) for the backing, ties & yoyos! I used yet another pair of my hubbies cast off jeans for the front of the the way, this is NOT a 1hour project...but was fun and I am always in need of another apron! lol! (p.s.. that's Dolly-girl keeping watch over my aprons.)

Cute blue jeans re-purpose of fabrics & left over trim.
I had just enough of the Ball Fringe left over from another project to run across the bottom of this apron. Whew!

Back view...I had to incorporate the labels just because I can... and I stitched my own name label (folded) on the left top by the ties.
The following aprons were a gift to me from the collection of Irene Rawlings. She is an Editor and published author of many books including the soon to be released "Sisters on the Fly" book. Due out in April...check it out on
She is without a doubt the most lovely and spirited and humorous lady one could want to meet, and her darling hubby is equally delightful.
I can not Thank her enough for theses sweet aprons. They will be cared for and cherished by me until I have to go to that Big Clothes Line in the Sky" lol! Thank you Irene!
I think every apron tells a story & if I had to guess, I would say this one (my favorite) was custom made by 'Margaret' for a woman who was tall and larger then the norm for women of that time....who knows,,,maybe a budding Julia Child wore this apron....

I am mystified with this one, as the colors are mid-century but the fabric feels like cotton but has a wee bit of stretch...perhaps it has a little Dacron(polyester) in it.

This is the apron in full view. Made maybe by a budding Kitchen Diva?

I think this one is too cute! it was made from a Q/K pillow case...hmmm! even back in the 1960's & 70's there were some "re-purposers"
Oops! this should have been up with the picture of the labeled apron,,,oh Well!
I love this one! It has stains which means it was well used by a creative cook...or in my case a sloppy-messy cook! lol! I would guess 1960's due to the type of weave and the motif on the fabric....If I didn't know better, I would not be surprised to see this fabric used as kitchen reminds me of the "Moses " print fabric that was common in the mid-century, and on Bark Cloth.

here is another pic of the fabric & label.

Ok, I am stumped....the orange & yellow fabric are still vibrant but the paisley print fabric is faded and in some areas more so...very interesting combo. I like it tho'

This too is a cute hand made apron,,,& I do mean hand was almost all hand stitched. I can not imagine sitting and hand stitching rickrack on but the 'author' of this apron did just that!
The white ruffle is soft & airy like hankie material. And as you noticed, there is/are no neck ties. I do know that in the 1920/30's women, to save on fabric, would forgo the neck ties and just safety pin the bib of the apron to their own blouses. I don't think this is from that era as the fabric is to bright and the rickrack is more rounded unlike the earlier rickrack that was more pointed.
If I were a betting person, I would bet that this was made from some old feed/grain/salt/sugar or flour sack. This was a beginners project apron and she had to piece bits here & there to create her apron. The stitching job is quit remedial...maybe a very young girl/child made this as her first stitching project.
I am guessing this could have been made any where's from 1935 to 1960 based on the "Candy Pink" and "Mid Blues" colors. I wonder how the 'author' of this apron did with her sewing skills. Did she make more aprons? did she give up sewing?, but most of all....what did she re-purpose the fabric from.

Here is the full view of this sweet apron.

How fun is this! most likely the 'author' of this one used a pattern...I am guessing 1960's...
It too was well worn & loved...It has staining on the front top of the apron. I luv finding aprons that were worn & used,,,not just purely for decoration.
That being said, I still get goosebumps when I come across a vintage cocktail/hostess frilly froufrou apron in pristine condition! 'swoone"
This one was a delight to get,,,because I was born in Germany (mama is German) this was just so has that Euro German/Swiss look to it...I think it was made from a table cloth due to the texture and thickness of the cotton fabric....perhaps it was a souvenir table cover from a European vacation...and the 'author' decided she would get more use out of it as an apron. Now the only question,,,why no neck straps? Could she have been an older woman who as a young home maker in the late 1920's used the "safety pin" method as I mentioned above? or did she just never get around to finishing it? Hmm, sounds like me and all my UFO ! lol!

And last but not least...I call this my "Carmen Miranda" apron.... it is soooo kitschy! Even Peekieboo likes it!
I have seen a lot of reproductions of this retro apron lately....
It's not very functionable but I certainly would take delight in wearing it as a Hostess apron! It is tooo fun! The 'erring loops' were probably to hold a flour sack towel or maybe for adornment only! Who knows,,,who cares! I am just so glad she is in my possession!
Ok, are you getting glassy-eyed from all these pic's?
Let me know if you recognise any of these fabrics or know what pattern the blue & purple half apron was made from.
So as you can see...besides other projects, java visits with girlfriends & laundry I manage to get a few other things done..ok, well! Speaking of which, I better get lunch going!
Oh &&&& you can click on each picture to get a better/closer view. Ejoy & thanx for visiting.
Apron Hugz from the Crazy Kat Mama!


  1. LOVE all the pretty aprons. Esp. the Carmen Miranda one lol. I have some that my SIL's mother made when she was young (Sil's mom I mean) So they must be from the 1950's I believe. NOT sure but there abouts anyways. I have them all hanging in my kitchen :)

  2. What a cute post, Gracie! Love your new jean aprons, super nice job!!! Enjoyed our thrifting, sewing yakking, chocolate drinking day! Yes, chocolate drinking, I won't tell!

  3. So beautiful !!! I love all the inspiration !

  4. Hey Gracie! My long lost buddy! Your aprons are soooo cute! I truly mis our junktiquing adventures/misadventures. Give me a buzz . . . check out my blog at Hogs & quiches!!

  5. What a lovely batch of aprons, the jeans ones are so cute. It is always fun to see what you have been up to.



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