Oh! For the Love of Aprons!

I think if you have been here more than twice you probably know I have a love of aprons that borders on an obsession. And I mean that in a good way! Aprons have brought me memories, deja vu even. They have kept me clean. They have provided me work to do to keep my hands busy while I grieved for my mother. They have been some of the most well received gifts – both ones I have given and ones I have received. And they have brought women into my life that I would have never known had an apron not brought us together. Kindred spirits. Homemakers, mothers, wives, grandmothers from everywhere!

There have been times in my life when I “met myself coming back” as my mom used to say. Which to her meant, so busy, so caught up in things, that you were through before you really got started and wondered what had gone on in between. Had you really accomplished anything and if so, what on Earth was it?

Then thereare the times like I have spent over the past year and a half, still spinning in a circle over my mother’s death, untilI am too dizzy to stand up any more and I sleep a while and then get up spinning in place again. Days have passed. Weeks, months and now over a year. Still unfocused and a bit lost as to what my next step should be. And frankly, it has gotten a bit embarrassing to keep telling my friends when I see them or talk to them and they ask what I have been up to…Nothing. Absolutely nothing. They know and I know that is not completely true. I have kept up with my family’s needs but what have I done in the creative arena. That’s where the nothing comes in. Comparatively anyway. When I had my soap business up and running and was making 3000 bars of soap a month – that was busy. That was real work. I was doing everything I am doing now the business.

So, I woke up yesterday morning thinking it was going to be a typical day. Regular housework, cooking, homeschooling, a little cleaning. I sat down to read and write emails and when I hit send on one in particular, and I almost immediately got a reply: “You will not believe this! I was just writing you an email, and your email popped through! Please call me at_______it’s easier to chat than write all this.” Those two sentences and the conversations that followed changed everything. My attitude, my focus. It was my wake up call. One I have been waiting on for over a year. You might be wondering who was on the other end of this story. EllynAnne Geisel. Yes THAT EllynAnne Geisel. The Apron Book.



We spoke for what seemed like just a few minutes and ended up being almost an hour and then a couple of quick phone calls after that. A kindred spirit. You will be hearing more about my new friend, who instantaneously felt like and old friend. If you don’t have these books, or don’t know who EllynAnne is and what she represents and even if you do and you have not been to her website, get yourself over there NOW. I am not kidding. Be prepared to be there a while so make yourself something to drink and maybe a snack, and click here.

The post I made yesterday about “a new day dawning”. It’s about time, isn’t it? So what will today bring? I don’t know, but I know I will feel differently about it regardless.

A special thanks to EllyAnne whose heart is true and whose enthusiasm is contagious. A new day has dawned for me.

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Sounds familiar! Coming back is a good thing – know that it keeps getting better!

Just what you needed. What a blessing indeed.

Deanna :)

have been there before. hey gal! glad to see you “coming back”

How wonderful for you Susan! I am looking forward to this new year myself and all the possibilities that it may bring. Like you, I am a very creative person. Sometimes I feel a bit down and as if nobody appreciates my art and creations, and that maybe I am seeing more than is really there, if you know what I mean. I guess we all have those kinds of moments. I love your aprons. I love aprons. I wear one every day. Aprons are a connection to our past, our present and our future…

A few years ago I inherited a home (and land)that has been in the family since it was built in 1930 when the first home burned down. Along with it many many things that belonged to family members including an old sewing machine and many many attachments. But what makes me think of you is when I open the china hutch cabinet and see all the old homemade aprons. They are special because they were sewn by ancestors; and yet, I don’t much use aprons, so I take them out and look at them and put them back. This morning I found your recent post on your love for aprons and I wonder what you’d think of these and I chuckle b/c I’m not sure where you live, but I know we live basically in the same town. I wonder if you are originally from our area. If so, perhaps your ancestors knew my ancestors..
BTW we loved your biscuit recipe, except my husband said they are TOO flaky??! ~LOL~


How very exciting, I’m happy for you, having had the opportunity to speak to EllynAnne. I love aprons and love The Apron book. I also understand what you have been going through having lost your Mom, it’s hard, very, very hard. I am a regular reader of your blog and I have to say I hear renewed enthusiam in your words today and I hope this is just the beginning of many more good days to come.
Best Wishes,

Now that is starting the New Year with a great outlook and how nice was it to talk to EllynAnne Geisel.

Just poppin’ over to say Hey!

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

How cool is that! I love her book!

Darby Lohrding

How sweet!! Lucky you!
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