Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Calling All Aprons!!!!
When I planned to do this post, I had not idea the amount of interesting stuff that was going on in the blog world about aprons. There are several apron contests in progress, so I thought it better to wait a week.
OK, here's my idea. First, I would like to have as many links/posts of ladies and/or their daughters in aprons as we can gather. I think seeing other aprons is inspiring. Just as our appearance in public can be an instant witness, when we don that apron, the husband and children know immediately we are in the serving mode. Many jobs come with uniforms to distinguish their role. Think about a policeman, a firefighter, a nurse, a judge,etc. You understand what these people do just by looking at them. I think a wife/mom should be the same way. Now, of course, I am not saying you must wear your apron 24/7. Just as those in other occupations change their attire to show that they are 'off-duty', a mom has times when she is not going to need her apron (though we really never have down-time with children). What I am saying, rather, is that when that apron is on, it is apparent what role you are fulfilling.
As a benefit, aprons tend to make the wearer FEEL more the part. I have come to prefer keeping on my church clothes and putting an apron over them to changing into grungy clothes (and even modest clothing can be unappealing aesthetically) because of the way it keeps my mind in focus. I have given God my 'best side' already, and now I will also give my family my best. I think aprons are so feminine and beautiful that every Christian woman should have one. So for the second part of this plan, if you do not have an apron, I am going to give you one. Yep, you read that right. I started making aprons as gifts last year, and have seen so many women experience that difference it can make, so I want to see every Christian woman with an apron. Before you worry that I will be buried in my own good intentions, let me point out a few things. First, I do not have that large of a readership. I'm not looking to turn anyone away, either. Secondly, this is something I will be doing with my daughters as a type of service project. Ladies often donate their time to making quilts for missions or disaster relief. I think it is similar to give to one another. It is a good lesson for them to donate time and effort. I also have a lot of material that I inherited from my mother-in-law, but if someone wanted a specific pattern or color to match their kitchen, that would be no problem.
If you are one of those ladies who has not been blessed with an apron before, or if yours is in disarray, just send a comment that you are apronless. The send a SEPARATE comment with your name and address. I will not post those. I would like to eventually replace the clip-art with pictures of each of us in her own apron. You can cut off your head if you like, I don't mind. I would just like to see a gallery of aprons that we can look at and find inspiration in.
*I am moving the link to the aprons over to the right so everyone can find it as the pages roll down with new posts. We are having a BLAST with this, though I am still wrestling the camera! Hope to get those pictures up soon, and don't be afraid to send in your name and address! It is such a blessing doing this, and we have plenty of material left!! I'll try to get some pictures of us in the apron process when I get the camera squared away.
Don't be shy! Tens of others have done it! ;) Also, some of you have apron twins, as I have figured out a way to get two aprons from a yard of material. See if you can find your match!