Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mom's Apron Giveaway

"Mother's apron gave you assurance.
Rushing in from school or play,
even if you didn't see or hear her,
you felt better just finding that apron
hanging behind the kitchen door
or dangling across a chair.
Her apron, smelling of cookies
and starch
and Mother.
It comforted you.
It made you feel secure.
It was part of her --
like her laugh or her eyes."

~Marjorie Holmes




There is something about an apron that speaks to me of Home.


Perhaps it is the collection of aprons hanging in my kitchen and the connection they provide to Joe's late grandmother and great-grandmother. Or the memories of sitting in my grandmother's kitchen, watching her prepare my grandfather's favorite dishes -- a half-apron tied around her tiny waist. Perhaps it is because when I invite my children to help me prepare one of our favorite recipes, they practically trip over each other as they rush to pull their aprons off the hook. Or maybe it is because the first Christmas without my mother, I unwrapped the last present she had chosen for me before she died to find a monogrammed apron.


I admire aprons for their beauty, but even more I appreciate their purpose. My dictionary calls an apron "a garment covering part of the front of the body and tied at the waist, for protecting the wearer's clothing." But my heart says an apron is more purposeful than practical. You see, the simple act of putting on an apron signifies that we are ready to work. Although the labor might be messy, time-consuming or difficult, we are ready to serve. And when I put on an apron that is beautiful, I can't help but hope that my gift of service will be as well.


So as we celebrate motherhood this week, I am so pleased to offer an apron for today's giveaway.
Target carries this adorable line of aprons from Cypress Home. With pretty damask prints and cute details like a handy pocket and stylish ruffle, these aprons provide a perfect balance of form and function. Of course, this is A Little Loveliness, so y'all can guess which one I am offering.
Today's giveaway is for one pink Cypress Hill damask apron. To enter you may choose one or more of these options:

(1) Leave a comment below telling why aprons remind you of home.
(2) Follow A Little Loveliness on my sidebar.
(3) Add my button to your blog's sidebar.
(4) Subscribe via e-mail.
(5) Follow A Little Loveliness on Facebook.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. I will announce the winner next week! 


(Top photo by Allison Hilyer Photography. Used with permission.)



"A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, 'where mother is.' " ~ Keith L. Brooks

62 comments:

A. Smith said...

I can picture my Grandmother in her apron busily canning fruits and chutneys. She started my love of cooking and her apron is a very special memory. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely apron.
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Brenda said...

I follow your blog through my dashboard.

Brenda said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Brenda said...

The apron so reminds me of many days spent with my grandmother at her house. It brings back warm memories.

Deborah said...

The sight of an apron brings back memories of Sunday dinners at my grandmas. I've always loved aprons. So happy they are making their way back in popularity. Thank-you for the opportunity.

Deborah said...

I already follow your blog.

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I subscribe to your blog by email.

Deborah said...

I already liked you on Facebook.

it"s me said...

I always think of my grandma,she spend so much time in the kitchen baking and making wonderful memories
that I will always treasure. She always wore an apron.

Anonymous said...

when I ran home from school, I ran straight into my mums arms..and she had tea and cookies ready. Her apron smelled like her favorite perfume..I'm trying to be just as warm and kind to my daughter now..she's only three, but I can tell she feels quite as safe, when I just caught her asleep on the kitchen floor after half a day at school! I was baking cookies..
Mariel, Belgium

Anonymous said...

I already follow your blog.
Mariel

Anonymous said...

I already follow you on Facebook.
Mariel

Anonymous said...

I will subscribe via email.
Kind regards, Mariel

Sylvia said...

An old apron is a connection to the woman that wore it. I have one that is actually made of Swiss batiste and heirloom lace. As I understand it, they would cook in the everyday apron and then swap to the dressy one when their company arrived.

Cindy said...

LOVE these aprons!! I have a present day memory that is very sweet....I try to have my children make Christmas gifts for each other. One year my daughter made an apron for her brother, in his favorite football team's fabric. We all wear our special aprons on Sunday morning when we cook breakfast together after early church!

Thanks for offering the giveaway! I would love that pink apron!! :)

Cindy

Anonymous said...

I Love Love Aprons!!! I have my granmother's apron and one my great grandmother made! I love wearing aprons too! I am a messy cook and I use one often! It think I need a pink one! Sooo cute!
Sue Lavell

Cindy said...

Forgot to mention....I follow you on facebook already. I log in to your blog daily, but will subscribe via e-mail!

Valerie said...

Hi Melissa!

Just commenting to say that I loved today's post! There is something so comforting about the apron and I never even thought of it as a beautiful symbol of service!

Please do not enter me in your give-away...I would much rather give the opportunity to win to another of your "loveli" followers!

BTW...Just a couple of weeks ago I made my first apron!!! The pattern is called French Flea Market and it is so frilly and feminine! And guess what...I noticed my mother admiring it while she visited last week, so I quickly created another one. I'm mailing it today for Mother's Day!

Blessings to you,

Valerie

suburban prep said...

it is a comfort thing. It tells me that whomever is wearing the item usually was making something good. Or it was something related to home and comfort.

tootles said...

Years ago as a young mom, I went to hear a gal named Sally talk about home caring, and she had an apron on. She said it expressed so much , love, willingness to work etc.. Ever since I have worn one!
Blessings!

Denise said...

Aprons remind me of home because when I am busy baking in my kitchen I am always wearing one!

Tracy Bentley said...

love the aprons. I have one that my great-grandmother made from a dish towel. It is white with orange flowers and trimmed in orange. Hand stitched. She had it in my hope box that she gave me when I married 23 years ago.

Tracy Bentley said...

I am a blog follower

Wendy Stewart said...

I am already a follower on here and facebook so I will have to opt for the apron comment. I have one hanging in my kitchen and when I look at it, I want to cook something and call my kids up and invite them to dinner. Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Mothers Day!

Anonymous said...

aprons.....lots of happy memories! one is my grandma taking off her apron quickly if any "company" showed up and smoothing down her dress and touching up her hair. thanks for the chance to win, they are all lovely! sharon r.

Debbie B said...

Enjoy stopping by your blog!! I am lucky to have one lr two of my Grandmothers' aprons. I remember both of them wearing aprons whenever they cooked or baked. I'm also lucky enough to have a few of their recipes.

classicms said...

As a young child, our neighbor's housekeeper always wore an apron when she was in the kitchen. This woman made the most delicious cookies and knowing my "sweet tooth" always had a fresh baked cookie for me. Many years later this same woman, with the same aprons, worked for my mother. Whenever I made the trip home, there were always fresh chocolate chip cookies waiting for me (and this continued after my marriage, and still later when I had children). When I think of aprons I remember this very special woman. MM

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One last entry. I am now an email subscriber. MM

laurareid said...

My auntie taught me that wearing an apron would always assure you looked your best in case a surprise guest came for a visit. :) I've always loved that! I love, love aprons and so do my own girls

Anonymous said...

Aprons remind me of home b/c I'm always home when I'm wearing one!LOL!

ashley said...

Aprons = kitchen = home

Katrina said...

aprons remind me of my grandma and all the good times cooking with her...I even named my oldest after her

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Cheryl said...

My grandma had apron that held her clothespins. She always wore it outside to pin her laundry on the line to dry. She could hang things so neatly. The wood clothespins were so smooth and worn from years of use and the apron was so soft.

ShipShapeMadre said...

When someone wore an apron in my family, it was usually a holiday! That meant some serious and fancy cooking was about to get underway. I remember one year, my dad had taken cooking up as his "hobby". It was Christmas and he was in the kitchen with my mother, helping her prepare the Christmas Eve meal. My uncle found an apron that had been given to my mother as a Christmas gift, it was red and green plaid, adorned with lace, and heavily starched and stiff. It was such a fussy apron, my mother didn't wear it, she kept it on a hook for the holiday season. My uncle put the apron on my very casual father, and he wore it the entire night! My mother took a picture, and I'm thankful that she did. That was several years ago. My father passed away in 2009, and when I look at that picture it reminds me of good times and my dad's madcap sense of humor. It would be fun to have a cute apron to make memories for my children in. This is a great giveaway, I have enjoyed reading everyone's stories!

Robin said...

Aprons are a favorite past time of family dinners when all would gather at Grandmother's home and she lovingly prepared the meal with her daughters and daughter in laws nearby. It brings comforting memories to warm the soul. I have a collection of aprons from the fifties and even a tea twoel collection and so much loveliness it brings to a home to rekindle the past memories and unfortunately too many family are in heaven. Happy Mother's Day Mrs. Lester you certainly are a very loving mother!

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Barbara Ann said...

I was about Mary Ashley's age when I bought my mom, what I thought was the most perfect gift, from my school's Christmas bazaar...a starched lace white apron with interchangable holiday symbols to snap on the pocket. There was a heart for Valentine's Day, a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day...
even one for a card party. I loved that apron. Although my mom did not wear it much, probably because it was so fancy, it reminds me of special dinners, Thanksgiving with the turkey pocket and Christmas with the green felt tree covered in colorful handsewn sequins. Now that my mom is older and the responsibility of the holday dinners is delightfully ours, my mom has handed that apron down to her granddaughter whose own daughter may someday lovingly unwrap those special pocket decorations, as I used to do, remembering with fondness all the times her family gathered together.

kr said...

Aprons are to me a symbol of wholesomeness, goodness, and home where women were women and glad to be.

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Cindy said...

Wanted to mention that I follow you on facebook.

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Cindy said...

I'll be following you on your sidebar!

Thanks for a wonderful blog!!

Tatyana said...

My mom would always remind me to put on apron while working in the kitchen when I was a little girl. And I didn't understand why I need it :)
But now I can't live without it myself ...

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T. Brodie said...

A girl can never have too many aprons!

T. Brodie said...

Can you tell I want to win something? I follow you on here!

T. Brodie said...

And my other pink apron broke... I follow you on Facebook!

The Vosslers said...

I wish aprons reminded me of home! I want them to remind my kiddos of home. I have a dear older friend who loves me. She wears aprons and it reminds me of HER home!

Kay said...

I always wear an apron when I bake, and a house smelling of baking says home to me.

Kay said...

I have just become a follower on facebook.

Kay said...

I am now an email subscriber too.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

aprons remind me of home..
it was my very first sewing lesson and project~ chosen by my teenage aunt and non-english speaking german grandma..
taught w/o ability to communicate other than thru love and example ~ on a tredle machine at that!

lovely reminders of 'home' ~ of place, of people, of presence...

ty for the offer!

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