Sunday, 19 November 2017

Grandmother's apron . . .

I was going through my box of patterns in my craft room yesterday morning and I came across my apron patterns. They brought a smile to my face, and I found myself wondering if my girls would ever want aprons. I have always loved aprons. When I got married the first time at the tender age of 19, I was gifted with several aprons . . . some plain and utilitarian and other's quite pretty and obviously for dress-up company occasions. I wish I still had them . . . 

I have a few aprons now. Some are the type that cover your whole body from the neck to the knees . . . and they are great, especially if you are a messy cook. I have two absolute favourites though. A red one with white pindots that my mother in law made for me and gave me for Christmas many years ago and a blue and white checked one, a gift from a treasured friend down south . . . 


 Aprons did fall out of vogue for a number of years, deemed as being un-cool I suppose . . . but there has been a new resurgence of love for them in recent years. Although there were many years I never wore one, I have always loved them . . . and it's nice to see the new interest in them these days. 

I especially love the old fashioned ones . . . the ones that remind me of my grandmother and in my mind's eye I can still see her as she puttered about in her kitchen, her dress . . . be it worn or be it for good . . . always carefully covered with her apron. She moved about with purpose and with care . . . her dress rustling as her hands moved about with her business to hand . . . washing dishes, beating batters, rolling out cookies, moving the broom across the floor . . . 

Along with the memory of her puttering . . . comes the memory of the smell in her kitchen . . . woodsmoke, the old oilcloth lineolum floor . . . molasses cookies . . . the smell of love. That is the memory which touches me the most . . . the smell of love. My mother has a lock of my grandmother's hair . . . carefully wrapped in tissue paper and hidden in the recesses of her jewel box. I wish I had a lock of my mother's hair . . . I wonder would she give me one . . . I shall have to ask. 

The strings were tied, it was freshly washed,
and maybe even pressed.
For Grandma, it was everyday
to choose one when she dressed.
The simple apron that it was,
you would never think about;
the things she used it for,
that made it look worn out.

She may have used it to hold
some wildflowers that she'd found.
Or to hide a crying child's face
when a stranger came around.
Imagine all the little tears
that were wiped with just that cloth.
Or it became a potholder
to serve some chicken broth. 

She probably carried kindling
to stoke the kitchen fire.
To hold a load of laundry,
or to wipe the clothesline wire.
When canning all her vegetables,
it was used to wipe her brow.
You never know, she might have used it
to shoo flies from the cow. 

She might have carried eggs in
from the chicken coop outside.
Whatever chore she used it for,
she did them all with pride.
When Grandma went to heaven,
God said she now could rest.
I'm sure the apron that she chose,
was her Sunday best.

~Tina Trivett
(the poetry of Tina Trivet

(my Great Uncle Darius and Aunt Janet)

The primary purpose of an apron is to keep one's clothing free of food stains and smell. If it has pocket the apron is also useful for keeping tools to hand, and . . . in the heat of a moment, it can be used as a 'glove' for holding hot pans. My great great Aunt Janet, always wore an apron and a 'dust' kerchief on her head. My Aunt Freda told me once about how aunt Janet had always kept her money pinned inside of her apron . . . so an apron, it seems . . . can also be used as a bank . . .

In the days before electric washing machines, when outer garments were very infrequently washed, the apron was very important in helping to keep one's clothing clean. Easy to launder, they could be washed out by hand every few days. Aprons were not just confined to cooks either . . . early in the 20th century, schoolteachers, children, shopkeepers and secretaries still wore aprons or "pinafores" in different styles over their everyday clothing. 

(Ida McNayr Smith, my two-times Great Grandmother)

In the 20's and 30's aprons took on a different style . . . following the silhouette of the dress beneath . . . very long with no waistline. The Concise Household Encyclopedia of 1933 reflects both the value of the apron and the division of labour within the household:

"Domestic servants require a stock of aprons. Plain white linen is used for nurses, for cooking and general morning wear, and fancy lawn of muslin for parlourmaids, often lace-trimmed or embroidered for afternoon-duty."

By the 1940's aprons became very fashionable with home cooks wearing aprons which had cinched waistlines and they were often trimmed with coloured cotton rick-rack, buttons and decorative pockets of contrasting colour . . . 

I may make my girls each an apron this year . . . it all depends on how my time goes. We'll have to wait and see. Perhaps they might come to love them as I do. One never knows for sure about these things . . .  or maybe I will make one for Maryn, and get her a tiny bake set. The wheels are turning!

And with that I will leave you with a thought for today  . . . 

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Spiritual Enlightenment 


BOOK OF MORMON CORNER - Today's Reading - 1 Nephi 19:7-24 
Question - What have you learnt from the reading today? How do you show the Lord that you don't see Him as a thing of naught?
What I learnt - In these passages I believe that Nephi is talking about the days during and after the Saviour's Crucifixion, and the Jews/Israel who turned their back on Him, and rejected Him, despite all that they had seen Him do, and however much they had believed Him to be the Messiah prior to this. Their punishment would be that they would be hated among all nations, and this did actually happen, and they were scattered amongst all nations.  He also foretells of the gathering of Israel, which I believe is going on right now. We are Israel, and we are being gathered, so long as we are discerning enough to hear the cry of repentance and turn our hearts and minds towards Him. When you turn away from the Saviour, life becomes harder to manage. I truly believe this.

I show the Lord I don't see Him as a thing of naught every time I -
▪ remember Him 
▪ look to His example 
▪ read His words 
▪ follow His teachings & keep His commandments 
▪ use His Atonement 
▪ serve others 
▪ "talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ & preach of Christ" so that others can look to Him. 
But mostly I feel it's the righteous desires of my heart, along with my efforts to keep trying to put His will and way before my own, that really show I don't see Him as a thing of naught. I love my Saviour and I want so much to be like Him. 

Tomorrow's Reading (Day 31) - 1 Nephi 20:1-22 
Question: What have you learnt from the reading today? How have you been refined by the Lord? What have you gained from the experience? 


In The English Kitchen today . . . Cranberry, Pecan and White Chocolate Flapjacks.  Scrumptious!

Have a wonderful Sabbath Day.  We are off early to church as we have an appointment with our new Bishop prior to our Sacrament Meeting.  Its that time of year!  Don't forget along the way of your day . . . 

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and I do too! 



  1. I remember my grandmothers aprons and all the pockets. It was worn when ever she was home and rarely came off till she went someplace. I have a love of aprons even now and will put one on when I'm doing something messy, be it painting or baking and cooking. We are so blessed to have our modern washing machines making it so convention to wash every day if we want. That was certainly not so in grandmother's time. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Very cold here to day !

  2. I have too many aprons..some gifts some them all..Some are so pretty they look like dresses..prettier even..some are linen..some are ingenious w/ the way the tie goes all around the neck and wait in one..♥ some are girls will crack up when they actually count them one day..

    don't know how it happened..but a long married life and joy of cooking have something to do w/ it..;)

  3. We have the heat on here as well Pam! Very cold! Love your memories of your nan! Yes, we are so blessed to have automatic washers! God bless! xoxo

    Monique, I don't think there is such a thing as too many aprons, lol. I bet some of yours are gorgeous! Would love to see some of them! xoxo PS - I am sure a long life of marriage and cooking definitely has something to do with it!

  4. Hi Marie!

    I love aprons too...don't they just make you smile?! Once in DUP, we did a whole convention based around aprons, we even made little aprons to put on your dish soap bottle, they were darling! I have a favorite old apron that is very used and loved. I have a few old aprons of my grandmothers that fit my little grands,(my grandmother was very thin... :0)), they love to help me bake.

    I am so happy that your sweet husbands tests came back with a good report!! Such a blessing for both of you!

    Beautiful thoughts about the, Savior. So many blessings are our if we but follow His teachings - beautiful!

    Have a very blessed Sabbath.

    Hugs and Love,

  5. I can hardly believe it but I am able to comment tonight...sorry if. You have missed me it's going funny again....taken me almost five minutes to type this, fingers crossed I get it to...go.....night night. God pleased about Tods

  6. I always cook in an apron, I prefer the smock type. Hardly anyone wears them today, clothes are easier to launder and it seems people don't cook much anymore. Signs of the times I think.

  7. Those sound adorable Barb! I think I have seen dish soap aprons before. Very cute! I envy you being able to spend time like this with your grandchildren. What a special blessing! xoxo

    Oh dear Sybil I have missed you and wonder what the problem is?? The internet can be such a pain in the butt when it isn't working properly! Love and hugs xoxo

    You are right Angharad, it is a sign of the times. We are a disposable throwaway society for sure! I like the smock type of apron as well. Most of my spills happen up top! lol xoxo

  8. I too love aprons and wear them all the time. Before I moved back home to NL and had to cut-back on everything I owned, I had a lovely collection of vintage Xmas aprons bought from thrift stores. Sigh! I loved them! Now I have cut myself back to 4 regular, full body aprons and 2 Xmas. AND I also have a couple of my favorite summer, cotton skirts (from my 'leaner' days) that I plan on turning into aprons some day.

  9. What a lovely collection you must have had Sandy and what a lovely collection you still have. I can almost picture you wearing your Christmas ones! I will look forward to your new creations! I think we all had leaner days! Xoxo

  10. I do love Aprons and like to wear them once in a while. I do rememer my Grandmother wearing them and my mother. I wish they would come back more. I do love all the uses for them. I enjoyed reading some of the history of Aprons. Many years ago I did make Aprons for all of my daughters and daughter in laws.
    I am really enjoying your thoughts on The Book of Mormon. I especially loved the ones today on remembering our Savior.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!


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