Saturday, October 11, 2014

Daily Domesticity: Aprons

I have been wearing aprons on a daily basis for many years now. In fact, my aprons are part of my 'daily uniform' when I'm cooking or cleaning, so it feels quite odd if I happen to be in the kitchen without one on.

This apron was a gift from my bloggy pal and fellow apron wearer DaniBP several years ago. It is one of my favorites, and as you can see by the small hole that needs to be mended, it has been worn on an almost daily basis.

Not only do my aprons protect my clothing from any mishaps or stains, but I use them to wipe my hands on, carry eggs from the fridge to the stove, plus having one on helps me feel more up to the task at hand. They really are a very practical and necessary part of every kitchen, in my opinion.

This is an apron I made after moving to Montana earlier this year.

My next two aprons waiting to be completed.

Rhonda over at the Down to Earth blog, has written several posts regarding aprons that are delightful and informative reads. One of the commenters on her latest post about aprons shared the following from the facebook page "Suspended Coffees"…

The History of 'APRONS'

"I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love.

Take a peek at all of these adorable sewing required, either. :)
What are your thoughts on aprons? Do you wear one when you cook or clean? Do you have a favorite like I do? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)


  1. good morning melissa.

    i don't always wear an apron at home but i always wear them at work as it is part of my uniform. they save my clothes from so many disasters! yours are lovely and i'm not surprised that your favorite came from dani. i'm going into LA today and i'm going to wear an amazing jcrew dress that she sent me last year. :)

    have a beautiful weekend. x

    1. Hi Janet! I do hope you'll post a pic or two of your dress...I'm sure it is absolutely lovely on you! But then what isn't? Have fun on your trip to LA! :)

  2. I have a few aprons, including my grandmothers and one I love that I purchased at Harrods. I am not an apron wearer while cooking - a close friend gave me a full on chefs coat and I always wear that- extra protection, I guess! Love your aprons!

    1. Oh a chef's coat is a fabulous idea, Wendy! Definitely perfect for added protection! How nice that you have your grandmother's apron. I would love to have one of my grandmothers, as well. I think I may just have to ask her about it. :)

  3. Melissa I'm so happy to see you've been wearing your apron so well! We are definitely apron twins and good for you to make another in that style, it's so difficult to find aprons that don't tie around the neck these days...I'm wearing my apron right now, it's rare I take it off during the day, great for cleaning and cooking and I find I can't get down to work unless I'm wearing one!

    1. Hi Dani! Well you know, every time I wear the apron, I always think of you and how appreciative I am that you gave it to me. I am the same way when it comes to getting my work done...just can't seem to get started without my apron. I hope you are having a lovely weekend, and thanks for stopping by! :)