But I Don’t Cook!

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this when selling aprons at a Farmers’ Market, Craft Fair or similar event. And I want to say ‘REALLY??’ – you can’t think of anything else you can do in an apron? (Do you craft? Do you sew? Do you knit? Do you have animals?) You never give gifts? You don’t know anyone who DOES cook?!
I have to confess, I still mainly think of aprons as kitchen tools myself, but since the birth of Tie One On! Aprons, I’ve heard the other side of the argument as well – and gotten lots of great ideas in the process.
One customer ordered a red, white and blue utility apron somewhere around 4th of July. I thought, “Great! I’ll bet they’re working at a booth on the Fourth!”

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Then I got a fun little note from the lady who purchased the apron that explained “My family owns a fireworks company. I’m the office manager and I’m going to wear the apron in the office.” YAY! How cool is that?
Another great idea – I think – is a set of aprons for a second marriage. When people marry later in life, they have pretty much everything they need – you don’t have to get them a toaster – you can get something fun. Several people have told me they were purchasing aprons for just that reason. In one case, we chose coordinating tiger print aprons for the bride and groom. Since the newlyweds were nearing 70, the animal prints elicited plenty of teasing.

The utility aprons, especially, make fabulous little gifts without a lot of expense. They’re perfect for kids and adults alike.
*Going to a dinner party? Staying overnight with a friend? – Choose a utility in a theme that matches the event or the person and watch their delight when they receive the apron!
*Trying to think of new things to stuff in those Christmas stockings? Aprons are perfect! They’re even more fun when you fill the pockets – pens, pencils, crayons, tablets, scissors, craft items, seeds, plant markers.
*Need a children’s birthday gift? Pair up a cute apron with another gift – a tea set, a children’s cookbook, felt food, a bake set.
*Going to a bridal shower? Aprons are back “in” and very popular with young brides! Choose one of the sexy models for that – she probably doesn’t cook, either, but who cares?
My grandsons have their own egg business and utility aprons have been a handy thing for them, too. I made them each their own apron. http://nevadagrown.com/3b-egg-company/
https://www.facebook.com/3bEggCompany
They can even collect the eggs in them! We’ve donated aprons to their Chicken Club raffles (great prizes). The 4H leaders love them.
The 3B Egg Company - Fallon, Nevada

The 3B Egg Company – Fallon, Nevada

987-Rooster Waitress Apron on Red Dot w Yellow Ties

This was was chosen by a child as a Mother's Day present

This was was chosen by a child as a Mother’s Day present


One of my customers has a son and daughter-in-law who live in Italy. She chose the “Italian Cooking” print apron to send to her daughter-in-law.
1015-Italian Cooking Butcher
So, if you don’t cook and you can’t think of anything to do in an apron, think GIFT! Keep a few on hand for those last minute things that pop up – you’ll be glad you did!

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Christmas Tags

In Apronland, there are always scraps and always excess STUFF – bits and pieces of trims, single buttons, cardboard from trim packages, etc., etc. I’ve always thought I should be able to find a use for those great little pieces of cardboard that the seam binding and rick rack are wound around.
Getting ready for my annual Ladies’ Weekend in the mountains – this year our theme was “Christmas in August” – I bought some brown paper tags to decorate (saw it on Pinterest). Then I realized those handy dandy little cardboard pieces were just about the same size as the tags I’d purchased! YIPPEE – an idea was born.

OCAD (Obsessive/compulsive apron disorder)

Someday I’m gonna die – and my kids are going to inherit a roomful of fabric (and not much else, lol)!!! They’ll be cursing me for years – hahaha.
Just in the last week, I think I’ve added another 20 yards or so to the ‘stash.’ I told you about the adorable Betty Boop fabric I found in Chester, CA, at Paper Stuff (426 Main – check it out, it’s super!! Really more fabric than paper). Well, I also found a couple of great sunflower fabrics, which are always popular:


Then I went out to buy scissors yesterday and – you guessed it – came home with several more yards – I’m so weak – UFFDA!

Couldn’t stop there, so I got online this a.m. in one of my favorite ETSY stores http://www.etsy.com/shop/Fabricsfromtheheart. They have a WONDERFUL selection that covers a wide range of interests, which is great for me when I’m trying to make aprons that everyone will love!

A dramatic and fun print for fans of 'Day of the Dead'

A dramatic and fun print for fans of ‘Day of the Dead’

To honor my own sweet Scottie, Alllistair McDougal Sir Agnew of Fallon!

To honor my own sweet Scottie, Alllistair McDougal Sir Agnew of Fallon!

How sweet it is!

How sweet it is!

A great farm/tractor print will make a fun country apron.

A great farm/tractor print will make a fun country apron.

Every farmer has his favorite tractor - this should cover the IH supporters!

Every farmer has his favorite tractor – this should cover the IH supporters!

Classic guitars on a brown field looks great for music lovers, Western aprons, etc.!

Classic guitars on a brown field looks great for music lovers, Western aprons, etc.!

These will all be transformed to fabulous, fun aprons (as soon as I get my rear in gear and stop blogging – lol)!!!

Boomer Aprons

Many ‘baby boomers’ (like yours truly) love strolling down memory lane, remembering the fun stuff and revisiting favorites. I love doing it myself and the popularity of aprons made in flashback fabrics assures me I’m not alone! Here are a few of the aprons I’ve made in these fun fabrics


and here are some new prints I’ve recently found. Can’t wait to decide on the styles and trims and get going!

Batmania

When you need to know what’s hot in the kid world, consult a kid!  We’ve been through dinosaurs (of course), pirates (not totally over that one, yet), bugs are always good, construction equipment was last year’s craze.

Currently, the littlest grandson is OBSESSED with Batman!  We did a Batman Birthday recently,

Gotham City cardboard backdrop and banner

Gotham City cardboard backdrop and banner

Batman cake

Batman cake

Instant muscles!

Instant muscles!

I only had to make the headpiece for this - thank goodness!

I only had to make the headpiece for this – thank goodness!

It was great, but he’s still been bugging me for Batman aprons, so I finally got a couple done.  Always have to make two if it’s something he likes, or I won’t have any to sell – lol!

Batman red Batman apron-yellow