Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Life changes. All of the time. Even when we are not ready. Being forced into retirement has presented some interesting challenges to my life. As a result, I am starting a new blog with my husband. We will share with you all of our attempts at living a simple, more frugal life in rural Ohio, as well as my various art shenanigans. Please follow us at our new site:


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Grandma's Favorite Apron Pattern

I sold my personal best number of aprons in my Etsy shop this week. FIVE! Amazing!
And three of them were made from my Grandma's favorite apron pattern. The original pattern  allowed a farm wife to cut a whole apron from a feed sack that she had carefully saved, washed, ironed and picked out the seam. I cut mine from 1 1/2 yard cuts of modern fabric. I made 4 new aprons in this pattern to fill the shop. They are some of the mostly delightfully intense colored aprons ever. Browse my shop when you get the chance:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Eggstra Special

I saw an egg gathering apron on Etsy-and just had to make one! Each little pocket would hold one or two precious free range eggs! My Ameracauna have come out of their molt, and are producing one lovely soft blue egg a day each! These girls have turned out to be the most reliable layers I have raised. They are 2 years old, and still producing like champions! I need to make myself one of these aprons, but with two rows of pockets-at least! Find this one at Olive Elizabeth's Aprons, my Etsy Shop.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nostalgic Style

My apron shop is named after my maternal grandmother-Olive Elizabeth. She raised me through toddler hood, then kept me every summer for years after. She taught me to sew, and crochet, and tat, and knit, and  can, wash clothes with a ringer washer, hang your apron on the nail outside before entering the outhouse- and to pray every day. When I made this apron today, I thought about her with tears in my eyes. She always said "I say my color is blue, but I allus buys pink". She also taught me what any good farm wife in the fifties knew-ladies always drink tea. Hot, cold, sweet, or milky. A lady drinks tea-and not from a mug-oh no-from a proper cup and saucer. So this apron is dedicated to Olive Elizabeth.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

It's All About the Rooster

Such glorious colors! This is the latest addition to my Etsy Apron Shop. A vintage style apron pattern in an electric modern fabric.