We had a wonderful trip to St Louis!
What joy, visiting family & friends over the holidays.
It's been 27 years since hubby celebrated
Thanksgiving with his baby sister and brother.
What a way to start off the Christmas season!
During the 6 hour drive I caught up on my magazine reading.
I love the Christmas issues! Don't you?
I don't "subscribe" to any magazines.
Instead I use my JoAnn's coupon
and "pick and choose" each month.
Whatever catches my fancy.
This is my first issue of Mary Janes Farm.
It is a beautiful magazine!
I'm not really a "farm girl" or gardener, by any means,
but I enjoyed the holiday ideas.
Mary Janes Farm free holiday apron pattern
check it out!
Isn't this apron just the cutest!
I love the fabrics!
The pattern looks simple to make.
Ohhh....to have a waist like that.....
Here is the apron I made for the national "Tie One On Day".
A simple "vendor style" with 3 pockets using cute coffee fabrics.
A quick gift to make.
Here is a link to 54 FREE apron patterns.
"An Ode to Aprons"...
The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath,
but along with that,
it served as a holder 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 old 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,
it 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 on the porch
and waved her apron,
and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.
It will be a long time before anyone invents something
that will replace that old-time apron that served so many purposes.
Back to my magazines.....
Polly does a great job!
Lots of beautiful photographs.
And last, but not least, my old stand bys.
My Christmas decorating is almost finished.
I can't wait to show you a few of my favorite things
and share a couple of new recipes I brought back from St Louis.