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Photo of the Day: The Old Depot, A Little Apron Love & Round Robin Update



I will be sending out a Round Robin Informational Email this weekend – if you havent sent me an email and you want to participate please do so no later than tomorrow.

I will announce the March Giveaway over this coming weekend.

I am going to review The Kitchen Linens Book by the wonderful EllynAnne Geisel VERY soon…possibly over the weekend.

And a little something I whipped up today!


See you all VERY soon!  I need to share my little sprouting herb pictures with you, too!


(apron*ology) Giveaway!

As many of you know, if you are enjoying your AOCD (Apron Obsession Compulsion Delight) as much as I am, Stampington just released (apron*ology). One hundred and forty-four pages (plus covers) devoted to aprons – of every description!  Well lo! and behold! I ended up with two copies of this treasure! So, what can I do but offer one up – well with a OOAK NotQuiteJuneCleaver apron of course.  Duh.

What I LOVE about Stampington magazines is they are really not magazines.  They are workshops that come to you! In fact they even have a magazine called Somerset Workshop.  I won’t tell you how many of their magazines I have because, well, that’s a little personal isn’t it??? Nosey!

Anywho, here’s a pic of the lovely cover of (apron*ology) —


OHHHH and did I mention that our very own beloved EllenAnne Geisel! Author of The Apron Book and The Kitchen Linens Book…oh and of course the pocket book Apronisms is featured!! A lovely spread!  You can go here and take a peek if you cannot wait for the magazine.

Here the skinny: To be entered in this giveaway, leave me a comment.  Tell me about your very favorite apron.  Even it it isn’t yours.  Even if it is an apron you saw someone else wearing.  Share your apron story. And if you would mention this giveaway on your blog that would be extra sweet of you.  The button is below.

If your name is drawn from my very special mason jar, you will receive one copy of (apron*ology) magazine and a OOAK NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is the morning of  February 23rd.  I will draw the winner at noon CST  February 23 and as soon as I get that lucky person’s address info, I will send the package right out to you!

And I suppose you might be interested in the apron that will be given away too…well…here’s a little hint:


That’s all I have to say about it for now!  Good luck to everyone.  Tell your friends, and if you want to link to this post here is a cute little button for you to swipe and post!



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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