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Saturday, June 19, 2010

the value of an apron.

I have several aprons.  I have made them all (except my pampered chef apron) myself.  I value my aprons.  They protect my clothes while doing the everyday chores that need to be done in a household.  But there is just something about an apron that screams "I am the mother!".  I love them to be honest.  Half aprons, tea aprons, frilly ones, cleaning ones, baking and cooking ones, vintage aprons, bib aprons, and even smocks, bring them on!  I don't mind if they get dirty or even stained, they keep my clothes nice, and if one gets wet from dishwater, I can easily change into the next one.

So, in looking at my stash, I tried on an apron that I made about a year ago and realized- my pregnant body will need something a little larger in the months to come, and in fact I'll probably need two or three.  Now don't get me wrong, I know I won't be pregnant forever (unless my husband has his way!) and I am looking for something I can use both now and in the future without looking "maternity".  I'm thinking a flowy smock apron (or 4) like the one seen simplicity 2390 however there was a book from the library that I borrowed one time called A is for Apron by Nathalie Mornu.  It has the smock style apron that I want, and for free!  gee- wonder what I'll be doing here. LOL!  This is the Smart, Savvy Homemaker Diva blog afterall.

Of course, I was also reading Apron Evangelism by the Hillbilly Housewife Here and it made sense.  I DO need a "uniform" so to speak, to show my feminine authority in the house.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that I also home school my children, so they know when the apron is on, I am someone to respect.  (not that I'm not normally, it just shows more authority.  Like when a soldier is in uniform, he gets more respect than when he's out of it.)

Now, as a clothing cover, I have also made some for my daughter- who is known for making messes out of her clothes, partly becuase she's super artistic and partly becuase she's a klutz.  I guess it comes with the territory for a 5 year old.  My 4 year old son is the same, he messes his clothes and I will figure out something for him that looks "manly" in a my-clothes-are-covered-to-make-mommy's-life-easier kind of way. 

but this is my thought for the next few days as I clean up and break out old blue in my spare time.  I will be coming up with a pattern and an exciting "tutorial" as I make it.  Maybe I'll skip the pattern and just go with the book from the library.  either way, I'll take pictures and post how and what I do. :) 

Hopefully, I'll inspire other SSHD's to regain the femininity of the home, and take your place as the domestic diva in your home, and make yourself an apron.  and you know.. protect your clothes. :)

I want to be Bree Hodge so bad.

So, my favorite fictional character is Bree Mason-Van de Kamp- Hodge from Desperate housewives.  I already have the red hair, but my house is NOTHING like hers.  I sew, I clean (for the most part) I garden (when I have a place to do it), I cook (very well!) but she seems to have her life together, despite her problems.

Anyhoo- I'm working on the whole keeping your house home and gardens magazine ready.  that is my goal for the summer, and since it takes 21-28 days for something to become a habit, I am slowly making myself a clean-freak.  Very slowly.  no.  V-e-r-y S-l-o-w-l-y.  but, I'm working on it. practice makes progress, right?

So, I need to stock up on some certain cleaners. Since all I use is vinegar, baking soda, elbow grease and dish soap (because I'm allergic to basically everything else!) I need to get better scrub brushes, tooth brushes -detail work- and maybe a steam cleaner.  i.e. the shark hand held thingie. 

Since this is all about being savvy, and smart, I think I will look into it and write my own review.  It slices, it dices, it makes jullienne fries kind of thing.  Well, we'll see how the fries taste.

but anyway, Bree is my idol.  Marcia Cross, not so much, but I guess you can't have one without the other, can you?  (no offense if Marcia Cross actually reads this blog, I just don't know her personally and can't-and won't- form an opinion about someone I don't know, especially if they are most likely a lovely person!)