Hello all! I have so much news but this terrible nasty cold had the audacity to try and tackle me so I've been sort of under the weather. But I'm back! Incidentally, now that my nose is suddenly and resolutely clear I can smell things so well it stings.
Meanwhile two exciting things happened:
2. I made my 100th sale in my Etsy shop!
Okay three really, because also my mama had a birthday.
To celebrate, and I don't really know why this counts as a celebration but it just sounded fun to me, I decided to show you my vintage apron collection.
But first I have to show you this pretty ruffled concoction that I wore to bake my mom a very special birthday cake that she requested. This apron is thrifted but not vintage. It brings out the girliest of my girliness, and I love it. Layers upon layers of frilly pink patterned floral ruffles!
And here is the cake that I worked on for hours. I give you....
the Double Diablo!
I have never cooked with Scotch before. Maybe soaking raisins for four hours in scotch whiskey and then smelling them may have helped clear my nasal passages. WOOOO!
And now, some of my vintage aprons. It is appropriate that I would post these along with my mama's birthday, because she definitely instilled in me a love of aprons.
I will point out that none of these are just for collecting's sake. I actually wear them, all the time, and sometimes out in public for a quick jaunt to the store or whatever. I think most outfits look cuter with an apron. But anyway, you'll probably notice the stains...some are mine, some are much older. I think they add character and show love.
This one is made in Austria. The little folk people on it are just adorable, and I like the nice sturdy linen fabric and the fact that the entire bottom is a pocket.
I love the bright orange retro print and diagonal pockets on this one.
Calico fabric like this looks so classic and heartfelt. I wear this one A LOT.
This one hung in our van on all of our long road trips, as a little decoration over the front of the fridge door.
I love the tree-animal scene, plus it's terry cloth so it works like a towel.
I am completely head over heels for patchwork. I even like the faux patchwork fabric from the 70s, but mostly I love real beautiful careful lovingly rendered patchwork of true vintage quality and fabric.
Here is a close up of my two favorite patches.
Chipper lil dudes...
see what i mean. this was my dream as a kid, to run away with a sack on a pole.
here is a lovely turquoise one with beautiful trim.
And of course, the classic pink gingham with sweet cross-stitch embroidery detail.
Here's a new one, probably from the 80s, that Emily gifted me. I practically want to wear this one as a skirt. It oozes love.
This next one is such a unique and striking fabric and also, I'm a sucker for rickrack.
This pretty sheer lavender one was a gift from my grandma Cherie.
Check out the cute details on this red one's pocket. Perfect for harvest time!
And last but not least, another cutie that Emily gifted me, this one covered in sweet 1970's strawberries.
Thanks for looking! And happy Monday.