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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Last of the Aprons

Brrrr! It's been cold here! But we are enjoying it! Yesterday, Tristan announced a temperature of 19 degrees! Wouldn't it be wonderful if WE actually got some snow? It would be so exciting because everything thing would close down; the grocery shelves would be stripped bare in anticipation of an extended stay indoors! But I'M prepared! I have enough food here to feed us for a month~ and probably half the neighbors as well!

I wanted to get these final pictures published before the new year. They are the last three aprons I found at the local thrift store. This one is my personal favorite. The print is very pretty.
The contrasting fabric is nice, as is the shaped pocket.

This apron is such a special find. I would guess it may be from the 30's or 40's. It just has that look about it.

The discoloration on the strap is where it was tied together, perhaps to keep them from falling off the shoulders.

Every stitch in the construction of this garment was done by hand! These yo-yo flowers are really neat. You usually see them done in calico fabrics, but I think the application in this design is unique.

This is a close up of the tie. You can see the little hand stitches that hold the edges down ~ just a running stitch.

I'm pretty sure it is made from flour sacks. the skirt panel is not cut; the selvages are intact along the edge. The color really throws me. The apricot pink color is soooo 30ish, but how it was achieved with the flour sacks is a mystery to me.

I hope the old aprons might have "inspired" some apron wearing out there among you, if you don't already wear one.

This is Trevor's truck. He struck a deer on the way home last week, and the deer got the worst of it! We'll see what the "truck fixer guy" says about the damage. You can see old Buck smelling the poor thing. He gets pretty excited over critters.

Saturday, late afternoon found us outside watching the puppies have a scamp about. They are just like little children.

I love the view of the big big sky. We were never able to see much of it for the 23 years we lived in the city, but now it seems so very natural to go out and watch the clouds roll across the sky.

I did want to share a receipt we recently tried (twice ~ it was soooo good!) and thought you might like to serve it for breakfast during this Christmas season.

from the 1996 Southern Living annual
Use your favorite sweet roll receipt based on 3/4 C water. Mix and knead till smooth and elastic. Let rise till doubled.

1/2C sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3C chopped pecans
1 tsp. maple flavoring

Punch dough down, and divide three ways. Roll each portion out on a floured surface to a 12" circle. Place one circle on a greased pizza pan. Brush with 2T melted butter; sprinkle with 1/3 of the sugar mixture. Repeat with the other two circles of dough, stacking them atop one another with the sugar mixture between.
Place a 2" biscuit cutter in the center of the circle (do not cut through dough). Cut dough into 16 wedges, cutting from outside edge of circle just to the edge of the biscuit cutter.Gently lift each wedge, and twist 5 times to form a spiral pattern. Remove cutter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk.
Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes.

1 1/2 C sifted powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. maple flavoring
2-3 T milk

Did you know that you do not have to allow your sweet rolls to rise and then bake right away? As soon as you get them formed, spray the tops with cooking spray then cover with plastic wrap. Put them in the refrigerator over night and they will rise and be ready to bake ~ first thing in the morning!!!!!!

You can also put them in the freezer (be sure to wrap well) and remove them later to thaw, then allow time to rise. Bake as usual.

I do this all the time will dinner rolls as well. Make up a great big batch, form, freeze on sheets just till they are hard enough to remove from the sheet. Then put all of them into zip-lock bags to store in the freezer. It will take about four hours for them to thaw and rise if you put them into a warm oven.

I hope all of you my friends have a Christ~filled Christmas. My desire is that each of us will become more aware of our need for Him. If we miss Him during this season, then we have simple jumped through hoops that have temporary purpose.
My husband and I, along with our little man, will be travelling North the day after Christmas. We will visit with some of his family, and also bring his Mother back south to spend some time with our family. So I hope you have a very good Christmas!


Marqueta said...

Dear Sharon,

Those aprons are just beautiful-I can imagine the time and love that went into making each one. You can almost feel how much their creator loved her family and wanted to serve them while being as attractive as possible. The yo-yos are very interesting-I've never seen anything like them before.

Thank you so much for sharing, and I'm glad the truck wasn't hurt too much. May you have a safe journey and wonderful visit!



Anonymous said...

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful and safe visit during the Christmas holidays. We are having very warm weather in the south (Texas). Today it was 78 degrees! Those aprons are so lovely. I love the hand stitching!

Paula said...

Dear Sharon,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful vintage aprons. I enjoyed seeing them so much and the love that went in to making them, and no doubt the joy in wearing them while serving her dear ones. I love that they are not only utilitarian but beautiful as well!

I am glad Trevor was not hurt in the accident and hope his truck is repaired soon. Miss Ashley, is just lovely in the front of your beautiful home.

Isn't it wonderful to go outside and see the sky?!

Thank you for sharing the receipt and your lovely thoughts. I hope you have a safe trip North and back home.

A Happy New Year to you and your dear ones. May the Lord bless you all!
Love, Paula

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Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Beautiful vintage aprons!
I have so enjoyed visiting your lovely blog!
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Anne Marie said...

What a fantastic apron! love the length

and nice to meet you :)