Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday X-Stitch Apron

For today's Vintage Thingies Thursday, I thought I'd share another one of my mom's aprons from when she was little. Her mother brought the apron back from a trip to California to visit her father during World War II. My grandmother and my grandfather's cousin had taken the train out from Philadelphia to visit my grandfather who was recovering in a San Diego naval hospital after being wounded on Iwo Jima. After my grandfather got out of the hospital, they all took a trip to Tijuana where this apron was apparently bought from a man with a donkey pulling a cart.

I apologize for the not-so-great photo. (You can see it better on Flickr.) I wish I had a little girl to model the apron for me. I tried doing that myself and using the bathroom mirror to take a picture but I looked like a major chubbette wearing a too small apron and it was scary.

My mom's apron
Originally uploaded by PipStitch

I thought this apron would fit in nicely with my latest posts about cross stitching on gingham. It also shows once again how ironing is not something I do often.

Apron bib
Originally uploaded by PipStitch

I like the motif on the skirt. I should reproduce that on some graph paper and post it here.

Apron skirt
Originally uploaded by PipStitch

To see more of this week's Vintage Thingies Thursday, please visit Confessions of an Apron Queen and consider joining in next time. It's a lot of fun!


ellen b said...

Oh my! That apron is fantastic. What a fun keepsake from your mother...

Coloradolady said...

I really love this apron, I like the story best about it being purchased off a guy with a donkey. How cute is that? I like mexican vintage fact it reminded me of something not so mexican, but I think you just inspired me for next weeks's funny how this made me think of something to write about next week. ~and they are not even related~ I enjoyed this post a lot.

sista #2 said...

Wow that is very nice :)

Love the color


Elizabeth said...

That apron is awesome! You should definitely reproduce and share the pattern!
I just had my niece model some aprons for pictures. But I had to keep her face out of them.

Her Shabbiness said...

What a pretty design. I think it's unique and I love that it says Mexico. It makes it more interesting. The story about it is great too.

Smilingsal said...

I remember learning how to cross stitch on material like that, with the little checks.

Carrie said...

That is a wonderful souvenir well made.

Lil_Birdie said...

That is a pretty pattern .
Niice story too :)

Beth Ann said...

how adorable is that?? Great vintage item! I love cross stitch and so admire it since I cant even thread a needle! LOL
Thanks for dropping by on my salts!

cata said...

Your apron is absolutely adorable!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I really enjoy browsing your blog.

Girl Japan said...

This is absolutely adorable- do you sell them etsy?

Diane said...

LOVE your mom's apron. The story should never be separated from that apron. I mean it. Type it up and safety pin it to the apron. In case the apron ever falls into enemy hands (not sure who that enemy is, but anyway) they'll know too.