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Apron OCD


We had two rainy days this week.  The first made me want to do nothing but sip warm beverages and play on the computer.  The second was yesterday, and it affected me differently.  I found that I was most content when I was puttering around the kitchen.  So, I went with it, and I whipped up a batch of all-purpose cleaner a la Missy.  Then I put on an apron and my “Sweater Weather” playlist, and made some strawberry-rhubarb-orange bread.

New napkins New apron New napkins New apron New Napkins New apron, skirt, napkins

Now, many of you know about the cloth napkin craziness around here:  I made a set of 20+ last summer, with lemons & cherries, and plenty of kitschy charm.  But then the fall came, and I realized I was just too seasonally-inclined to use cherry napkins at that time of year.  So I made another 20+ set with pumpkins & leaves on them.  I think you see where this is going.  Christmas napkins soon appeared, followed by a set that just matched my kitchen colors and could be used any other time of year.  I know, it’s a little insane.  And to make it even more crazy, I made one or two aprons to match each set of napkins, because everybody knows you can’t wear an apron that clashes with the rest of your linens.

I hereby give you permission to think I’m nuts.

Napkin bonanza New apron

But here’s where I’m going with this…  Yesterday, when I grabbed my apron to make bread, I did not grab the cheery cherries that I’ve been using all summer – the one that goes so nicely with the Summer napkins that are still in use here.  No, I dug into the drawer and grabbed my Fall apron.  >gasp<

A mere 10 days or so left of summer, and I cheated on it with an Autumn apron.  I’m so ashamed.

Choosing the button

Thing is, wearing that apron made me realize just how much I really love that Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing cafe apron style.  With it’s clean, straight lines, nothing curvy, nothing frilly, nothing gathered, nothing girly.  It really lets the fabric choices shine.  And while I have one of these Simple Sewing aprons for every other napkin set I own, I didn’t have one for summer.  My two Summer aprons were both experiments of styles from other sources.

I needed a Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing cafe apron in Anna Griffin’s Elsie’s Kitchen fabrics.  Of course.

New apron

So I made one.  I have a stash full of Elsie’s Kitchen fat quarters at my disposal, which I’ve been hording in case I had to replace a stained napkin or two in the future, but I also lucked out and found a continuous yard of one of the fabrics, so that I could whip this up on the spot.  Plus, I had a pile of buttons already made to match, so it was just a matter of choosing one and stitching it on.  I might have been happier if the large chunk of fabric I had was a different color/pattern, but I like this ok.  Best not to think about it too much, or I’ll be talking myself into making yet another one…

I know it’s only going to be something like a week or so before I’m pulling out the Fall linens and hiding this in the back of the drawer until next June, but I think I can live with that.  It’s a small price to pay for equality among the napkin/apron sets, I say.  I’ll be sure to give it a decent workout this week.  Muffins, anyone?


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10 thoughts on “Apron OCD

  1. Looks good! We have had alot of rain here as well (Nebraska). I have found myself puttering around doing hmmmmm….. nothing. 🙂

    See what Kashoan has been blogging about: All of this during a trip to Joann’s fabric Store

    1. That is often my response to rain, too! Especially at this time of year.

  2. I love the calorie content fabric!

    1. Me too. I think it’s my favorite from the whole collection. That and the two cherry prints.

  3. Okay… I love your thought process!!! I just smiled through the entire post! And love your seasonal napkins and aprons… and I’m stealing (borrowing) the idea! Thank you! I so enjoy your blog!

    See what Teri H has been blogging about: Praying while cleaning…

    1. Steal away! Ever since I started in with this, it’s been a highlight of a new season for me, when I can put away one set of napkins and bring out the next one.

      Glad to know I’m not the only crazy one 😀

  4. i love the simple apron and i love the fabric (oyster 50 calories, etc). Love it.

    my mom took my sewing machine to have it cleaned (can’t really complain about that) but now i have all these ideas. i’ll get it back and wont have any…

    hope you are well.

  5. […] I am this close to making a coffee cozy for every season, you know, to go with the napkins. And the aprons.  And the table […]

  6. […] Two tea towels would make a great pocketed cafe apron, I think. I’d have done that but I have enough half-aprons. What I need is something that will keep splattering spaghetti sauce from ruining yet another white […]

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