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November 26, 2013

Tuesday Etsy Roundup – The “Tie One On” Edition

By Eartha Kitsch


This week’s Etsy roundup is about “tying one one” – though not cocktail style. Instead it is based around the idea of sharing kindness and baked goods.  You can’t go wrong with either, right? In a relatively new tradition-turned-holiday, the day before Thanksgiving here in the United States is now known as “Tie One On Day” and I think it’s such a beautiful idea. To take part, you simply make your favorite baked item of choice and wrap it in a pretty apron (or cloth) and deliver it to someone who needs a little love or encouragement. Within the apron or cloth, the giver is to include an encouraging note. These bundles can be gifted to a neighbor or friend or even a complete stranger, but the idea is to show someone that you’re thinking of them. Pretty sweet, huh? You can learn more about the day, now eight years running here at the Apron Memories  site started by apron history curator and author EllynAnne Geisel.

I love to collect vintage aprons and always wonder about those who have worn them before me. Even though we seldom know the history of the old aprons that we find, it’s easy to feel that there always is some kind of history. I really enjoy the idea that through “Tie One On Day” many more aprons will have distinct histories and will be treasured and handed down. Of course, I couldn’t resist the idea of finding some great aprons to share in the Etsy roundup this week. Let’s take a look!


First up, from seller cambridgest:



I think that the speckled harlequin pattern in this apron is so pretty and you can’t beat this color combo for true 1950’s style. I love the thick cummerbund waist too.


Second, how about a little mod quilting from seller vintagedame?



Wow, those fabrics! I don’t think that I could pick a favorite if I tried! The good news is that you don’t have to with this apron. It’s the best of ALL worlds.


Next up, I had to include this kitschy cute apron from seller JuneCleaversPearls:



Okay, who just joined me in shrieking, “Kittens!!”? Talk about cuteness. Those little kitties seem to be saying, “We know that you just added a cup of salt to that cake instead of sugar but we love you anyway!” Thanks for having my back, kittens.


I vote that we keep the cuteness flowing with this adorable apron by seller vintagejane:



It’s a poodle. AND SHE’S COOKING! Between the pink, the polkadots and the poodle, that’s a whole lot of preciousness in one apron, huh? LOVE.


And how about this lovely lady apron from seller snootieseconds?



This little lady is just the best and I love the bright blue background fabric and rickrack trim. Handmade aprons get bonus points and this one can’t be beat in my book. And for once, I’d have a dance partner in the kitchen while wearing this beauty.


Check out this beautiful smock apron from seller LovelyLinensandMore:



This apron is made from feed sack material. Starting in the 1920s and running straight on through until the 1950s, feed sack manufacturers used patterned fabrics for their bags as an added bonus for the seamstresses of the house – instant fabric supply! Pretty smart idea, huh? These fabrics were extremely durable and colorfast so you’ll still find some really beautiful examples on the vintage market today. Here is an interesting article if you’d like to learn more about the history of feed sack materials.


Of course, we vintage lovers can’t think of aprons without thinking of pretty hostess aprons like this one from seller LittleRedHenONLINE:



Wouldn’t this one make the perfect New Year’s Eve apron? Gorgeous! Back in the day, ladies would reserve these sheer aprons as their hostess aprons to be worn over their nicer outfits. The workhouse aprons would be stashed away when the doorbell rang and these prettier versions worn to entertain guests. I have to admit that I’m still more of a workhouse apron gal in my own life but I know many ladies who still wear these fancy aprons when the occasion is right. Three cheers for fancy aprons and champagne bubbles fashioned from sparkly sequins!


I’m also really drawn to the graphic aprons like this one from seller FrenchToastKitty:


Its slogan of “No matter where I serve my guests it seems they like my kitchen best”, makes me think of how my entire family used to hang out in my Mom’s and Grandmother’s kitchens  – probably crowding the life out of them as they cooked. I really like the characters on this apron…and think that I may see some of my relatives represented there.


And finally, from seller vintagegoodies:


If you’d like to make your own apron, check out this fantastic Flock O Fun bird apron kit. The fabric is excellent and to me it seems vintage and at the same time, very on trend with some of the popular fabrics that we gravitate towards today. I hope that someone buys this kit and makes this apron!

Okay, y’all. This will wrap up the Etsy roundup for this week. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this little apron fashion show! If it’s too late to pull together a “Tie One On Day” gift for someone this year, consider putting it on the calendar for next year. I think that it would make a really meaningful tradition for all of us to take part in. I get kind of misty eyed thinking about people all over the world landing on each other’s porches with bundles of kindness. We could use more traditions like that.

In two days, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and of course, it’s known as a holiday to give thanks. On a more personal note, let’s also remember those around us who might be having a hard time finding anything to feel thankful for this year. Let’s try to show any kindnesses that we possibly can and look for the need in those around us who might not feel comfortable asking for our help. Sometimes a single expression of kindness can life someone’s spirits more than we’ll ever know – whether bundled in an apron full of treats or just spoken from our hearts.

I know that I speak for the rest of the ladies here when I say that we’re so very thankful to have you all as readers! Happy Thanksgiving y’all.


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4 Responses to Tuesday Etsy Roundup – The “Tie One On” Edition

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    November 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Ohhh emmm geeeeee…………..TOTALLY dying over that poodle apron!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that champagne glass apron – amazeballs!

    Your message about kindness and thanks – spot on……I could not have said it better myself! Good job girl!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    November 27, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Thanks hon!

  3. Andrea Reply

    November 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I love that first one, it’s a classic. Fantastic message as well, great job 🙂

  4. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    November 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks Andrea! 🙂

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