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CraftSanity Episode 80: A Conversation With Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated

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It all started with an American montessori teacher living in Mexico and her blog, “Montessori by Hand.”

The blog was to be a place where other montessori teachers could post tutorials and craft projects useful in the classroom. But as time went on and Meg McElwee quickly realized that she was the one doing all the work. It was her blog, so she began to treat it as such. She began posting tidbits about her life and her crafting. Soon she began offering original patterns for sale including the beloved Emmeline apron that I adore.

I caught up with Meg, 27, just a few weeks ago as she was beginning to wind down her last year of teaching in Mexico. Next month she and her husband will be moving back to the United States to settle into a new life, with Meg staying home to work on a fantastic book project and her booming craft business that she recently cleverly renamed Sew Liberated. She even has a new blog, too, that you’ll enjoy.

Tune into this episode of CraftSanity to hear Meg’s story and cheer her on as she transitions to a crafty life back in the U.S.

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Win a Lola Apron Pattern! I’m very pleased to announce that Meg has a new fantastic vintage reproduction apron pattern out called the “Lola,” which includes a kid-sized version called the “Lolita.”

And here’s the best part, we’re giving away FOUR patterns!

Post your best apron story below by June 29 to enter. Good luck everyone!

If you just can’t wait to get your mitts on this pattern, you can buy it today.

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Comment from Turtle
Time: June 17, 2008, 7:56 pm

i don’t know if it is a good story per say but one of the earliest memories i have is of my christmas cookie apron. I would put it on and baks holiday cookies with my mom and my gram. I did not have any apron for the rest of the year but come xmas i knew i would get to take my cool apron out and bake! Since then my apron collection has been seriously lacking. My mother in law was just forced into retirement due to some medical reasons and she has found a new love in sewing aprons….so i am hoping to have a new collection to share with my daughter and make some new memories of our own!!

Comment from claudia freitas
Time: June 18, 2008, 7:50 am

I don’t know if you’re looking for funny stories or inspiring ones. I don’t think mine is either. But, then… I was planning some aprons to give (a cousin who recently married, a friend who just move to a new apartment) and then another friend asked me to make one but she had a lot of things she wanted in it: a big pocket for anything she needed, a small pocket for a cell phone or a mp3, a small towell to dry or clean her hands and a way to close it that wouldn’t lead to accidents (my friends is a bit accident prone :) ). I went to work and then create something for her and I think she is happy with it. You can see it at my blog or my flickr, both by the name of infinitadiversidade.

Comment from Amy
Time: June 18, 2008, 8:54 am

My fondest memories of my grandmother are of her wearing a smock apron she made. Her house was always filled with love and warm goodies and every time I see beautiful aprons I am taken back to my childhood. it was the frilly smock aprons she made for me that made me love art time at school; it was the time at school I could wear my apron and hated taking it off. I’ve always loved aprons, especially vintage 50′s style aprons. My Sister recently gave me a vintage white eyelet apron and I proudly hang it in my studio on my idea board for inspiration. I’ve never made one, but have had many intentions to make one. This interview has motivated me to plan & create an apron to honor my grandmother. (my blog is in need of a serious update, this may be just the project to do so)

thanks Jennifer for doing your podcast and for keeping me inspired and motivated to keep crafting.

Amy

Comment from Cindy
Time: June 18, 2008, 9:30 am

I remember these two sweet “old” ladies who lived on the block behind me as a child. They were the industrious sort always cleaning, baking, gardening, etc. My idea of a perfect grandmother and I wished they were mine.

I lived near Grand Rapids MI at the time and these ladies were of Dutch decent. They spoiled me. You see I had a bit of an entreprenural spirit and did everything I could to make a few pennies to spend (usually on chocoalte). It didn’t matter what I did, make corn shuck dolls, wash cars, offer to go to the store, anything at all, they were my best customers!

Now, why I am telling you this? Because of the colorful aprons they wore of course! With rick-rack galore, buttons, lots of patterns, oh they were so cheery!

It is from these wonderful women that I truly saw what a wonderful site a SAHM could be.

Comment from Emily
Time: June 18, 2008, 10:09 am

Thanks for another great podcast! I enjoyed hearing Meg’s story, and love the whole idea of aprons in and out of the house. When I was a teen I was very lucky to work in a great little restaurant as the chef’s assistant, and I baked the pies/desserts too. I wore a typical white commercial kitchen apron (this was the ’70′s, so no cool chili pepper and other prints in the kitchen!). I wore whatever I wanted under my apron – long pants and a t-shirt mostly. The long pants were important to keep my legs safe from ovens and splattering sautees. However…. this was summer and I wore my shorts sometimes in the heat and when I was mostly in the back with my pie crusts. I didn’t realize for a while that in my shorts it looked like I didn’t have pants on when I donned my apron – and I’m sure turning around to expose my shorts with my long legs hanging out was startling! But it was cooler and oh so comfy! Second apron memory is from a wedding shower my growing-up neighbor hosted for me. All the neighbor ladies, my mom’s generation or older, signed a plain white cotton apron, and it is a very special memory I hold dear. Now that I think of it, after 25 years of not wanting it to fade or get hurt, I should embroider over the signatures! See Jennifer, your podcasts are inspiring!! Thank you!!

Comment from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Time: June 18, 2008, 1:07 pm

Yes, Emily! Embroider those signatures!

Comment from Donna Chappell Sisk
Time: June 18, 2008, 5:37 pm

I don’t usually wear aprons, but I love the aprons on this website and would love to make some.
Thanks for the great shows to inspire! Keep up the good work.
Donna

Comment from Sarah S
Time: June 18, 2008, 7:07 pm

My grandmother made me an apron as a housewarming gift for me, and I love it! It’s made out of dark denim and is trimmed in this adorable striped fabric. When she handed it to me, she immediately started pointing out the flaws in her work. It cracked me up that even after 70 or so years of sewing, she is just as critical of herself as the rest of us. She had 5 kids on a farm, sewed their clothes, and still sews. This apron is something that I will cherish and continue to wear long after she’s gone.
Thank you so much for the fantastic podcast! I have the Emmeline pattern, but I haven’t made it yet. This podcast has motivated me to get started on it.

Comment from Shelly
Time: June 18, 2008, 8:06 pm

I just love Meg’s Blog. I have been reading it for many months now and was glad to see her on!( your show) How I long for an Emmeline apron!! My apron story, is a recent one. I made my first one about a month ago. For a swap. it was a half apron, and reversible too!! The one I received is totally adorable with matching dish towels! I now have one in the making for my daughter, who is 16 and LOVES to wear them around the house.
My youngest will be next on the list and would look especially sweet in a Lolita apron!! Thanks for all the great craft talk Jen!

Comment from Nancy McCarroll
Time: June 19, 2008, 7:05 am

Jennifer, I enjoyed this show so much that I listened to it TWICE! And, I have already purchased the Emmaline Apron Pattern. You asked for a funny story about aprons, and since I don’t have anything exactly funny, I thought I would share an apron story that happened 25 years ago. At that time, I had a 9 yr. old stepdaughter who was having conflicting feelings about loyalty to her biological mother versus love for me. She spent about half her time with me, and I noticed that she coveted a white, lacy, Victorian apron which I had purchased at a craft fair. It was not until many years later that I realized she had sneaked that out of our house, taken it to her mother’s, and had it to remind her of our times together. A poignant story, and I never realized her ties to my apron strings were so strong.

Comment from Laure
Time: June 19, 2008, 9:19 am

Thanks so much for your interview with Meg. I have been a fan of hers for quite a while. Since I grew up during the feminist movement, it seemed appropriate to reject things that were “housewife-like” and aprons were one of those things. My grandmothers – especially my maternal grandmother who was never without hers unless she was out of the house – were typical of their time wearing dresses with aprons. I secretly loved the feminine little touches on their aprons, but never wore them, even as an adult. Now, I’m so happy to see that aprons have been taken on again and can be perceived as a tribute to the women that have come before us. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Lola pattern!

Comment from heyyiu
Time: June 19, 2008, 10:08 am

I found “Craftsanity” through “Running with Needles” and love learning about all of the different crafts and talent I envy but am not ready to attempt. But give me a pattern and a direction forward, and let me loose! I don’t remember my mother or grandmothers wearing aprons often, but when I got my own apartment for college my grandmother gave me an apron with some other kitchen necessities. It was a smock-style, light blue gingham. I hung it up and didn’t use it for the longest time (not “cool”) until I got tired of spilling flour on myself baking cookies. I pulled the apron over my head, tied it in the back, and felt like I was being hugged by my grandma. It was a wonderful, warm feeling. Since, I have purchased several pretty half-aprons from church craft fairs, but none have felt as warm and safe as the one my grandma gave me.

Comment from Kari
Time: June 19, 2008, 10:23 am

I have always been a slob, staining all my favorite clothes. My introduction to aprons, however has been very recent. I sewed my first one with my mom a couple of years ago as an introduction to sewing. It is a full apron from a traditional pattern and I can’t believe I got through it! Since then I’ve made a 1/2 apron from Amy Karol’s Bend the Rules Sewing, which I even appliqued (CAN’T wait to hear more on Meg’s book by the way). I inherited a bright blue 1/2 apron of my grandmother’s and purchased a cute retro apron at a local craft show. Thanks to Jennifer A-H I jumped on the Emmeline bandwagon and have completed 2 so far as gifts and finally have the fabric cut to make one for myself. That apron has been the most fun thing I’ve made so far-you can’t help but be so impressed with yourself when you’re done! Thanks Meg and Jennifer for another inspiring interview and I look forward to more awesome patterns.

Comment from Sharon
Time: June 19, 2008, 1:51 pm

Love the Podcast!

I made my first apron this Christmas for my Mother at her request. I found some really pretty fabric with big, life sized tiger lilies on it. It was so pretty, she wont wear it because she doesnt want to get it dirty! It just hangs in her kitchen.

Keep the great podcasts coming! They get me through the day of very uncreative work.

Sharon

Comment from Jenna Z.
Time: June 19, 2008, 7:42 pm

I never knew my great grandmother Ada but when I started searching for pictures and tidbits to put into a geneology scrapbook my mother gave me two aprons she had kept in the linen chest (a huge, locking wooden wagon box from a pioneer wagon) knowing that I loved aprons and that I would cherish them knowing they had belonged to Ada. One was made from poor quality linen (the fabric has many seeds and stems woven into the fabric) and hand sewn and embroidered. But it wasn’t wearable. (see a picture here http://flickr.com/photos/beastbunny/1572318165/) It had two straps coming off the yoke but no ties around the waist. After asking around a bit I decided to put buttons on the two corners or the skirt and buttonholes in the straps. To wear it, I criss cross the straps behind my back and button them to each corner. I finished it just as it would have been done by my great grandmother, sewing on vintage mother of pearl buttons and hand sewing the buttonholes with aged thread to match what was already there. I pinned a tag inside the pocket stating who it had originally belonged to, her birth and death years and that I finished it and the year. I love wearing it out into the garden! That cheapest of linen fabrics shines in the sun because it hasn’t been forgotten in the linen chest, it gets to see the light and help me with my chores!

Comment from Erin
Time: June 20, 2008, 8:45 am

My mom made us great aprons and smocks, among other things, when we were girls and I’m just learning to sew now. Up soon on my list is an apron for my own todder.

Love the podcasts!

Comment from Beth
Time: June 20, 2008, 9:38 am

This podcast was so fun to listen to, thank you! Meg is one of my favorite reads in the blogging world. I have made things from two of her patterns and they are so well written and easy to follow. I do not need to be in the contest, because I was one of her testers for the Lola pattern. Although, I wanted to share that I have made two of these aprons so far and the people who got them couldn’t have loved them any more! They turned out beautifully!

Comment from Marietta
Time: June 20, 2008, 11:00 am

Since my daughter is a professional Chef, I was anxious to
begin making granddaughter an apron just as soon as she
could Stand Up. She is 6 now and as she grows, she now helps
me select the embroidery designs for each of her new aprons.
Can’t wait to try some of these styles, as she asked just the other
day for a “bigger one”. Keep on bloggin Jennifer, you’re doing an
excellent job

Comment from heather jane
Time: June 20, 2008, 8:39 pm

My Mom never wore aprons that I can remember, but I do remember my Aunt Caroline wearing her apron as she sat a crocheted dish scrubbies one after the other. She tried to teach me how to make them, too. But my left handed-ness got in the way and eventually I had to come home and teach myself. Not really apron-y related except the vision of her wearing one. I recently just found two of the most beautiful vintage aprons (one in a dumpster…long story) and one at a church sale. But they are halfsies and I need a full apron for my kitchen adventures. So if I win I will make myself and my daughter an apron from this pattern and we will can and preserve food to our heart’s delight all summer long.

Comment from Carol
Time: June 21, 2008, 5:51 am

When my mom had to move out of her home and into assitted living last year, we knew that clearing out her house of her belongings to prepare it for selling would be a daunting task-she’s a collector of anything that tickles her fancy. She’s also an apron wearer. She won’t step foot in a kitchen to do anything without an apron on. In her home we found 25 aprons!! That is the sign of a lady who loves aprons!!

Comment from Kathy
Time: June 21, 2008, 6:13 am

I don’t have any memory of my mother even owning an apron. Cakes were out of boxes, cookies in those plastic rolls, pies were unimaginable. She just had other priorities.

My girls and I are always in the kitchen together, and nothing is out of bounds. My apron is a Christmasy type, bought after the season at WS, not cute, but it works, and my little one has been nudging me for an apron of her own. So this has put a seed in my mind for our next project!

Anyway, back to a story….my grandma did wear aprons, all of the time, now that I think of it. She put it on in the morning and wore it all day, kind of like the plastic coverings on her couches!

Comment from Cassie
Time: June 22, 2008, 10:49 am

I honestly do not remember ever seeing my mom in an apron, although she often baked. I am having apron-envy lately though, and am feeling that I need an apron. We do own one that we use. It is denim from Monteray Bay and has a shark on it. That is great for my husband, but I want a girlie apron. So if I don’t win, then I will be buying the pattern. :)

Comment from shelle
Time: June 22, 2008, 11:03 am

best apron story, wow. i think i just like it when my daughter, 4, wants to help out in the kitchen she will put on an apron to be like mommy.
Great interview I think Meg is fantastic, keep up the great show.

Comment from Aileen
Time: June 22, 2008, 12:08 pm

My mother has an apron that was made by her grandmother, I think. It is yellow and green and has rick-rack and reminds me of the Lola. What a treat it would be to make a new (old) apron!

Thanks for the great shows, Jennifer!

Comment from Katara
Time: June 23, 2008, 5:28 am

I’m a girl who hates living up to the stereotype of ‘woman’, and yet too many of my interests (ie. craft!) influence people to view me as a ‘woman’. So I rebel by being not so consistent with the housework. But as a vegan living in Tasmania, Australia, it is very necessary to cook my own food in order to avoid a lamb roast landing on my plate.

After staining a good dress with oil while making pizza dough, spitting the last of the tomato paste over myself and the entire kitchen, and and always ending up dusting my black shirts with flour while making vegan cupcakes, I knew I needed an apron!

While checking out some retro fabric, I found Emmeline. I was in love. I instantly gave away my credit card details, and patiently awaited it’s arrival in the mail. As I shopped in my favourite local fabric shop http://www.picturepatchwork.com.au I had to take the pattern along to show off. I actually wanted to go in jumping up and down, and scream to the owner that she must order this pattern instantly and stock her shop! Like a teen faced with her favourite rock star. But I refrained, chose my fabric, mentioned the pattern, and went home to sew.

A week later, my partner organised a working party with his friends to do some building projects around our place. Geared with my new reversible apron, I wanted in on the building project! But what were my skills? Sewing was not going to help me here. Nor crochet. So I employed my cooking skills – lunch, snacks, and dinner – all week long! Emmeline really got a work-out! Employing traditional women’s skills, even if I hate the stereotype, helped power the men along. And it was fun to play a role with a funky fashion accessory.

Thankyou Meg!!!

Now back to figuring out the eCommerce for my partner’s business.

Comment from Bethany
Time: June 23, 2008, 11:30 am

Thanks for doing this interview! I don’t have a very large apron collection, but two of my most prized aprons are ones that my great grandmother made. Everytime I wear them I think of my great-grandmother, whom I never knew but have heard many stories about, and think of the many times she must have worn the same apron. It inspires me!

Comment from Thien-Kim
Time: June 23, 2008, 10:49 pm

I made my very first apron about 7 or 8 years ago. I was shopping at the thrift store and found this horribly ugly dress from the seventies. It was bright yellow, a shapeless, but had this beautiful (albeit huge) pocket with appliqued and embroidered flowers. So what did I do? I cut it up and made an apron out of it. I also added purple ric-rac around the pocket and as trim towards the hem. I still have it and use it as an apron when I’m cooking. The scary thing was, about 2 months later, I found a blue version of the dress. Did I buy it?Heck yeah!

Comment from sequinK
Time: June 24, 2008, 11:07 am

Don’t have a good apron story, but love your podcast and really enjoyed your interview with Meg — Thanks!

Comment from Veronica
Time: June 25, 2008, 3:02 pm

I’ve always loved aprons; especially the vintagey (is that a word?) June Cleaver-era styles. I have a picture of me somewhere of me when I was about five or six and I’m wearing an old-fashioned apron with huge strawberries with faces on them, trying to help my mom wash the dishes. That apron has long since been discarded, but I wish I still had it. Not only was it pretty, but it was a piece of my childhood. My husband thinks it’s weird that I have such a fascination with aprons. To him, they’re just a utility item that you wear to keep your clothes protected. But there’s something about seeing vintage aprons that evoke the romantic notion that you can cook the perfect meal or be the perfect hostess, if only you had just the right apron!

Comment from coffeechris
Time: June 25, 2008, 8:31 pm

I love your podcasts. I really enjoy ready Meg’s blog and wish her well with her new move. I have two apron related stories, one: My Grandma always wore a full apron and it looked so grand on her – I can see her now and remember the hugs that wrapped me around the apron love – two: one year for Christmas I got this crazy idea to make aprons and to make baskets filled with homemade baked bread for all my brothers and sisters – needless to say I was pulling all nighters that Christmas.

Comment from Melissa Soto
Time: June 26, 2008, 9:31 am

Thanks for a great podcast! I don’t really have a story, but I have always loved wearing aprons while working with young children. Not only does it keep me clean, but a game of peek-a-boo using the apron is always bound to happen.

Comment from kimberly/tippytoes
Time: June 26, 2008, 2:56 pm

This past weekend I put on my standard William-Sonoma apron with the two metal rings at the top which require the strap to be pulled through and tightened in a way that I cannot seem to understand. As I cooked and preped away for my son’s birthday, I spilled and wiped my hands on it, all while frantically running around to get everything done in time. Just as the party was to start, I looked down and realized the top of the apron had come undone and the entire time I had been spilling and wiping on my shirt. I need to make my own apron!

Comment from ruth
Time: June 26, 2008, 3:48 pm

I have been enjoying reading all the comments. My grandmother was a marvellous cook and she reigned over the kitchen. Her cooking and baking skills were the ultimate and I would just sit there and watch her everyday. She would allow me to help and I thought I was in heaven. The meals were culinary delights and her baked goods fabulous. She always had a different apron for everyday of the week. They were lovely, totally protected her clothes and she made a big production by laundering them and then ironing them as well. This was in the apron days and I had my mini apron as well. Those days are long gone but I do have photos and fond memories that I still treasure.

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: June 28, 2008, 3:18 pm

Another fun episode! My mom — a super seamstress/knitter and an artist but NOT a cook — would not have been caught dead in an apron. But when I was a little kid in the late 1960s, I had a set of aqua toy kitchen appliances called “Suzy Homemaker” and a large collection of aprons that I wore when playing in my “kitchen.” The plastic appliances are long gone, and I assumed the aprons were gone, too. A few months ago, I was pawing through some of Mom’s old fabric (she died years ago, sigh) when I recognized a bright red tie that waved out from the neat stack. YES! All of my old aprons were there. I’m still deciding what to do with them. Hang them up, maybe? My daughter (11) is too big for them, and I don’t think I want to cut them up. Ideas?

Comment from Wendy
Time: June 28, 2008, 7:45 pm

I have several aprons hanging in my kitchen just because I like to look at them. They all belonged to women from my grandmother’s generation. One was hers, and the others belonged to my friends’ grandmothers and were given to me because they’d be loved. I like to wonder what those women would think of how much I covet something they thought of as utilitarian. Something I treat like art in the way I like to see it displayed.

Comment from jennifer
Time: June 29, 2008, 9:00 am

What a great find, Elizabeth! Hanging them up sounds like a lovely idea.

Comment from Simone
Time: June 29, 2008, 5:19 pm

Best Apron story: When i first arrived in the city of Wellington back in 2000. I went into a cool local designers shop. I fell in love with some lightweight aprons embroidered with thread and glittery things all over. I brought one and still have it. These were the first decorative “dress” aprons i had ever seen… now they are taking the world by storm! Those local designers must now be saying “yeah… we started it”

Another embarrassing one is; my mum had me wearing aprons (aprons were her way of making me feel less stink) for alot longer than my friends had bibs, because I made a mess of myself all the time. Something to do with not aiming for my mouth when I ate. Thankfully this was a phase.

Comment from JennyC.No3
Time: June 30, 2008, 11:34 am

A few years back, I made a friend who’s significant other (Germany) worked at one of our many local Starbucks. My sister and I are addicted to the place and were thrilled to know we knew an ‘inside man’. When Germany asked us if we’d like at home lessons on making our favorite Starbuck’s brews we jumped at the opportunity. The night of the lesson, what did Germany show up with besides Starbucks coffee, an espresso machine and the fixin’s? Two Starbucks aprons for my sister and I to wear during our lesson! We were as giddy as two little school girls and giggled the whole time. I even think we wore those heavenly coffee smelling aprons for the rest of the night … until Germany wrestled them from us so he could wear them again for work.

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Comment from Marsha Finney Gibbons
Time: October 25, 2008, 7:08 pm

Jennifer,

You and your podcasts inspire me and keep me exercising and entertain me when I knit!! God bless!!

I’m over the 50 year hump, so when you mentioned a woman that chastised you for wearing aprons being that age, it made me sad. Probably any age person might not understand aprons…but more importantly many cool 50+ people think you rock because you are who you are. Age becomes unimportant as we get older. I think the one area in life that is immune to age is the whole craft movement. At least I hope so.

Marsha

Comment from Jaye L
Time: February 22, 2009, 10:20 am

I liked this podcast (still in the better late than never department!) I am inspired to make some aprons for gifts. We’ll see.

Comment from Lynn B.
Time: June 8, 2009, 7:39 pm

Please tell me where I can find the pattern for the cute long-sleeved art smock pictured in the very first web site on Google, looking up “child’s art smock pattern.” I’ve been all over your sites and cannot find it.

Thanks!

Comment from Stacy
Time: June 27, 2009, 5:37 pm

When I was a little girl I would do my chores with the help of a little imagination and one of my mother’s many aprons. If I had to clean my room I would pretend that my name was Samantha (I loved Bewitched) and I was expecting an important guest (my little brother). So I would go into the linen closet and put on one of my mother’s beautiful aprons. I would then place my Holly Hobby phones in my room and in my brother’s room (for those of you that remember this toy it had a long cord that connected the two and they were like walkie-talkies), along with my Simon game (my doorbell) and called my brother up to invite him for “tea.” I would proceed to clean my room. When I was done cleaning my room I would pull out my child-sized tupperware set and then go into the kitchen and grab the supplies I needed: bread, slices of cheese and kool-aid. I would make cheese sandwiches and cut them into flower shapes with my cookie cutters and place them in my easy bake oven. Once everything was done I would set everything out elegantly on my wicker table and call my little brother up to join me. Shortly after he would ring my doorbell (by playing a tune on Simon) and I would quickly remove my apron, fix my hair, and open the door to let my guest in. This is just one of my many fond memories of my mother’s beautiful aprons and my imagination as a child.

Comment from Stacy
Time: June 27, 2009, 5:41 pm

Oops! I guess it would have helped if I would have read the year first. LOL

Comment from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Time: June 27, 2009, 5:46 pm

Hi Stacy. Sorry you missed the contest, but I’m glad you posted your lovely and vivid childhood memory before you noticed the year. It was a joy to read. I loved “Bewitched” and had a Simon game and Easy Bake Oven, too. What a great apron story. Thanks for sharing!

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Time: April 22, 2010, 5:23 am

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Time: April 29, 2010, 5:54 am

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Time: May 8, 2010, 3:14 pm

I agree with Stacy, because if it was a monitor or a engine piece, why would it not be in the trailers?

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Time: May 19, 2010, 4:57 pm

Thanks for doing this interview! I don’t have a very large apron collection, but two of my most prized aprons are ones that my great grandmother made. I did read this blog and it was very interesting. I liked the second part the most.

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Time: May 26, 2010, 4:42 pm

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Time: May 26, 2010, 5:29 pm

I enjoyed hearing Meg’s story, and love the whole idea of aprons in and out of the house. I enjoyed reading your nice blog. I see you offer priceless info. Stumbled into this blog by chance but I’m sure glad I clicked on that link.

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Time: May 28, 2010, 11:29 am

Thanks Jennifer for doing your podcast and for keeping me inspired and motivated to keep crafting. What a great apron story.

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Time: May 30, 2010, 2:31 pm

Do not usually wear aprons, but I love the apron on this website and would like to make some. Thanks for the great show to inspire! Keep up the good work.

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