Friday, October 19, 2012

Remember making aprons in Home Ec.....

Remember making aprons in Home Ec?  It is not called Home Ec anymore and I don't think our kids know what an apron is, but a friend sent this to us and we thought you would enjoy it......

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 folk 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.  
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.

Personally, I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monthly Feature at the Queen

Happy October my vintage peeps, it's Sarah from {Home-ology} modern vintage here to feature another great dealer from one of the Queen of Hearts three locations.

Hasn't the weather been absolutely beautiful lately?  It's crisp and clear, the smell of autumn has filled the air, and watching the falling leaves whirl to the ground as they say goodbye to summer makes this a glorious time of year.

And, if you're anything like me, your nesting instincts have kicked into full gear.  I'm not talking of simply moving a tschoske or two, but that overwhelming desire to do full room overhauls and bring out the multitudes of throws, pillows, and seasonal "fluff" that is somehow required for the winter months to come.  My need to embellish my home has become prevalent in all that I do.

Are you guys feelin' what I'm throwin' down?  Actually, I'm convinced it's a genetic thing we all do in preparation for the cold dark months ahead.  That's my story...

Anyhoo, my need to nest has definitely been in full gear over the past few weeks.  Perhaps that's why this beautiful bird cage caught my eye the other day while I was in the Queen's Alpharetta store. 
Regency style bird cage via
Hmmm, nesting/birdcage...  I see a trend here.

This one is a beautiful example of the 1930's Hollywood Regency style.  The Chinese pagoda design is exquisite.  Such a unique find.
Regency style bird cage via
I can't get over the details and the fine craftmanship.
Regency style bird cage via
It's been painted many times over the years and has a beautiful patina.
Regency style bird cage via
Oh, hello Mr. Birdie!  I really like the quatrefoil motif on your abode.
Regency style bird cage via
I'm totally smitten with this birdcage.
Regency style bird cage via

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And the stand is as well thought out as the rest of the piece.
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Absolutely beautiful all on its own.  But I also envision it filled with sparkling lights during the holidays and filled with mossy green plants during the summer or perhaps a cloche covered living terrarium.

This beautiful birdcage was spotted in ZEBRA's booth.  ZEBRA has an end cap between Church Street & East Bay, and it's filled with a wonderful array of beauties.  She always has a great selection of painted pieces.  I'm currently coveting her beautiful collection of vintage bark cloth. {Why didn't I ever learn to sew?}
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There is so much vintage goodness in her booth.  I once had an opportunity to speak to ZEBRA while she was busily adding new inventory.  If I remember correctly, she used to have a shop of her own.  You can tell by her inventory that she has a real eye for quality pieces of vintage & antiques.  If you haven't visited ZEBRA's booth, make it a point to do so the next time you're in.  You'll appreciate her eye for beautiful finds, and perhaps take a piece home for yourself!

Stay spooky!

This is a guest post from Sarah Krouse at {Home-ology) modern vintage.  As well as being a dealer in our Alpharetta location, Sarah blogs over at  If you enjoyed reading her post and would love to see more, we encourage you to stop by her blog.  There you'll see many of her vintage finds in their raw stage, get a story of where they came from, and see transformations of the pieces she revives & repurposes prior to their display at the Queen.