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Aprons Again

I am thinking about making some simple aprons to go along with some of my “Goodies in a Jar” that I am making for my family for Christmas. I was thinking about printing this poem on some cool paper to include, too! What do you think? I am very open to suggestions!

The History of ‘APRONS’ I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.

It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and… aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love…


Vikings — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts

Vikings — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.

We are studying The Vikings in World History this week. I am so happy to FINALLY be in the Middle Ages! Anyone have any other resources on Vikings or Middle/Dark Ages?

We are creating a MASSIVE time-line book as our final project. So far we are about to overflow a 3-inch binder. This is not just the line with little icons & dates. Agnes has been doing research on various people and events, creating “profiles”, writing original stories, and adding artistic projects to this book! I imagine we will need a few more binders by the time we get to the modern times… pictures to come!

How to Macrame a Plant Hanger (via This Year’s Dozen)

Well, this is my craft project for the summer.
I know my mother had macrame EVERYTHING when I was at camp… because I made EVERYTHING I could out of either Macrame or that plastic cord (we called it gimp, but I don’t think that’s the real name). I even tried to learn how to make my own sailor’s knot bracelet.
Well, I want to hang between 6 and 8 plants inside, and a few more outside. The price for the hanging baskets are ridiculous! They are not even what I want, so why should I pay $15-20 for them?
This is my answer…
Agnes and I will make our own plant hangers, and if we get good enough, maybe we can even sell a few of them at a craft store or give them to people for gifts.
Hope you enjoy this post… it is the best instructions I have found, so far.
God Bless!

How to Macrame a Plant Hanger FINISHED LENGTH: approx 4 1/2 ft, from top of ring to bottom tail.  Will hold up to a 9″ diameter basket, container or bowl. MATERIALS USED: 50 yards gray 6mm braided macrame cord 1 –  2″ welded ring (treated, not raw metal) 4 large hole gray marbella beads 16 smaller gray marbella beads for tail cords DIRECTIONS Step 1: Cut 8 cords 6 yards each and 2 cords 1 yard each. Step 2: Use a 1 yard cord to completely cover the 2″ welded ring with continu … Read More

via This Year’s Dozen

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