I promised on Monday that today I'd show you the aprons Margaret and I made each other for the Apron Swap which Wendy and I hosted earlier this year as part of my Year of Gentle Domesticity.
Margaret was heading off on a holiday in March so her and I swapped a month later than the rest of the girls who participated.
When my parcel arrived from her I opened it to find this pretty bundle of shabby chic sweetness inside. I'd asked for a half-apron in THIS style and Margaret certainly blessed me...
As well as an apron all swappers were to include a hand written recipe for their partner, but Margaret sent me a few so I have a bit of time ahead of me in the kitchen don't I? Mr E will be quite pleased!
Margaret also included some photocopies of family pictures from her childhood which involved aprons and tea. How precious these were to receive in my parcel.
The photo below has both of Margaret's grandmothers sharing tea...
...and this one is Margaret herself as a wee child in her very first apron.
I think she would have given Shirley Temple some competition with that smile!
Margaret asked me to make her a full apron, so remember back HERE when I made a Magic Apron?
I made her apron using that pattern and some gorgeous Cabbages and Roses fabric. This time I made my own bias binding and designed a stitchery with Margaret's name for the doily pocket...
The recipe I sent her is a long-time Reynolds family favourite aptly named the Scrummy Slice...
With Margaret's nostalgic family pictures on my mind I decided to look through the small handful of Nana photos I have and see if there were any of Nana wearing an apron. Back in the 60's photographs were rarely taken and only when we were 'dressed' for them, so I was pretty sure I would have no success.
Here's my beloved Nana wearing an apron with our wonder-dog Soxie at her feet!
She has rollers in her hair which confirms why Nana's not looking directly at the camera. It must have been a photo of dear Soxie she was wanting, as she'd be aghast at having a photo taken of herself with curlers.
One day I shall tell you all about Soxie. He was my guardian and protector and first true love.
Nana and Soxie, both so very precious.
Here's the final aprons I shall be showing from the Apron Swap.
Stephanie sent photos to me yesterday of the aprons her and Carol made each other. Aren't they happy aprons!?
I think I shall head to the kitchen for some baking today, and I'll be wearing an apron...