Sunday, August 5, 2007

Fun Monday




ChrisB of Ms Cellania is this week's Fun Monday hostess. Chris is asking us to show our aprons either a favorite or an unusual one or more than one. Be creative as you like; and secondly if, like me, you have lots of 'tea towels' that are brand new (or could be an old favorite) I would like to see those as well and hear the story behind the picture- was it a gift from a holiday, a present from auntie that you only use when she visits etc...........

I will be sticking with aprons as my tea towels are boring. My parents retired to Florida after living in Indiana most of their lives. Both of my parents were fine cooks. Usually, Dad did the day-to-day cooking, and Mom specialized in gourmet cooking for parties and special events. Unfortunately, my mother suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage a few months before their scheduled move to Florida. Being paralyzed on her right side, my mother was not able to do much cooking. So originally, my Dad did most of the cooking. After a few years, a physical therapist encouraged my mother to help my dad with the meal preparation. To support this effort, I made these simple aprons for my parents. They seemed to enjoy the gifts and asked me to make them another set of aprons out of some black and white striped material that my mom had purchased prior to the stroke.


Unlike my grandmother, Orpha Gray, who wore an apron everyday but Sunday, I hardly ever wear an apron. (Unfortunately, I have no pictures of Grandma Gray in one of her aprons.) Occasionally, if the food preparation is messy, I wear the aprons shown above. At Christmas, I sometimes wear the festive apron in the following picture.


One Christmas, our lovely red-haired daughter-in-law, made my husband, Daddy D, this useful apron for doing dishes. Daddy D and I have division of labor in our home. I do most of the cooking, and he does most of the dish washing. Notice that this nice apron is made of towels, which is useful for quickly drying soapy hands.

The last exhibit for this Fun Monday is the most charming. My husband teaches high chemistry and physics during the school year so he was the perfect choice to play the character, Dr. B. A. Loon, for the summer Vacation Bible School skits at our church. In the picture, Dr. Loon in his lab apron with the Periodic Chart of Elements is discussing the concept of pressure with the children in the audience.

31 comments:

Willowtree said...

An apron made of towels, brilliant!!! Now if I could just figure out a way to install a toilet in my sofa, my two biggest problems would be solved.

Margaret said...

An apron made of towels is the only way to go. I just wear cotton clothes and wipe my hands on them!

Pamela said...

I love the idea of your dad doing the day to day cooking.

Excellent post.

ChrisB said...

This is a great post I loved reading your apron stories. Now I wonder if I bought Embee a towelling apron would he dry more dishes! The picture of your parents is sweet and Daddy D looks to be in contol!!

Beccy said...

LOL WT.

How lovely to hear the history behind your aprons. The apron made from tea towels is brilliant, you should market it!

her indoors said...

love the aprons you have made, and definately the one made with towels, very clever and never seen one like that before.

captain corky said...

How is it that I've never heard of a tea towel before? I've got so much to learn...

daddy d said...

An apron is a good tool at times. However, I most likely will just use my pants. Soxes are also good drying ones hands. That way no one sees wet spots on your pants.

Debs said...

Love your post. Your parents look so cute. I need to make me an apron for the holidays.

I love the apron made from towels.

Thanks for the great pics.

Kaytabug said...

Great stories! Your parents are too cute! An apron totally made out of towels that is brilliant!
I really need a Christmas-y apron or 2 or 3... I need to get my grandmas sewing machine fixed so I can try to make one! The puppy chewed the cord in half!

swamp witch said...

What a combo...you hit the jackpot with this Fun Monday...two-in-one: tea towel apron !
Love the history you included. I love the Christmas apron. Somewhere, I think I have one similar to it. That motivates me to go look for it...someday.

JennieBoo said...

Lovely aprons. I like them all!

Thanks for sharing with us!

Happy Monday & rest of the week!

nikki said...

Great aprons!!

My fave teacher of all time was my chemistry teacher and he had an apron very similar to Daddy D's.

Stephanie said...

Daddy D is cracking me up!!

And I'm totally NOT going to tell my husband about using socks to dry dishes, but I AM going to tell him about the vacation Bible school play since he's a scientist. GREAT pic!!

Beckie said...

Those are great aprons! I like the striped ones.

My husband does the day to day cooking so I could relate to the concept of you Dad cooking.

The towel apron is a good idea.

Robinella said...

Love the aprons, mjd. I have been talking about making aprons, but haven't gotten around to it. I love vintage fabric and I don't really sew, but thought what the heck, you know.

Great post. ~R

Joy T. said...

Ok the apron made of towels is a brilliant idea. I bet it works great! Loved all the aprons especially the black and white striped ones. Very nice.

Rachel said...

I love the aprons with their names!! And the striped ones are awesome!

wolfbaby said...

ok im thinking im the miniorty on having aprons... LOL those are nice though your parents are lovely!!

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I like the tea towel apron too! That is mostly what I use aprons for anyway. Sorry there was no picture of you in one of the aprons, though.

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I like the tea towel apron too! That is mostly what I use aprons for anyway. Sorry there was no picture of you in one of the aprons, though.

dawn said...

That is wonderful you made some aprons for your parents to help encourage your mom. They black and white ones look so professional. I think an apron made with towels is great especially if you use it while washing dishes. I tend to wipe my hands on my apron, which was apparent on that dirty one I showed.

goldennib said...

Great pictures. You have lots more aprons than me. I have none.

Karina said...

What a great collection of aprons! I love the "holiday" one, and the one made of towels! Great stuff!

theotherbear said...

Now I want an apron made of towels. Finally something that makes sense.

Frema said...

These are great pictures! I love the idea of having an apron; it's the act that requires wearing it I'm not too fond of!

Tiggerlane said...

Your parents are adorable in their aprons...you are genius for combining tea towels AND aprons!

Molly said...

I have several aprons and wear them all the time. the one i like the best, however, is so gross, it would break the camera if I tried to photograph it......Inexplicable how I like it best. It's clean but has stains really ingrained...your collection is very haute couture!

Naked Chef! said...

Teatowels + parents + aprons.


Well done!

And thanks for dropping in, and no need to be jelous!

Robin said...

That photo of your parents in their "his and hers" is priceless! It would've been great to see them in the black and whites, too.

I'm sure that to a seamstress, sewing aprons is rather simple; to me, it's near magic! It would be nice to share in this talent you obviously have (who would've EVER thought to make an apron out of tea towels? Brilliant!).

Your ending shot of Daddy D was fun (perfect for Fun Monday, huh?) :).

I know it's Wednesday, but with my schedule this summer, I'm doing well to blog hop at all! Today I'm binging :D.

Christine said...

Now there is a concept, brillant idea, with the apron made from towels.

Your parents look so cute together.My husband and I enjoy cooking together from time to time. It's really a great way for us to spend time together.

Wonderful post.