Sunday, January 27, 2008

linen amour


There is just something about linen.

I think this post at 6.5 stitches inspired the apron, though I suspect visiting Angry Chicken may have had something to do with it too. Whatever it was, last weekend I imagined an apron, pulled out an "S" transfer that Julia had sent me a while back and started embroidering. On the day I got married my mom gave me an "S" embroidered handkerchief that had belonged to my great grandmother Sarah Lamb. Old linens are wonderful to begin with, but having a piece of family handed to me was even better. My mother is also an "S" - Sandra - and the handkerchief was given to her on her wedding day by my father's mother (my grandma May). My brother is also an "S", and of course, so is Sadie. So although I felt a little vain embroidering my own initial onto an apron, my hope is that someday Sadie might take it with her as her own piece of family. And somehow I think a linen apron will stand the test of time (and get better looking with age). The style is simple, a basic rectangle with ties. I always wear my other aprons folded down around my waist so this seemed like an obvious choice.

To further the linen love, I followed a link to this online shop - Linnet - and I am positively smitten by their wares. The link came from 6.5 stitches and I don't even know where to begin. Linen ribbon? French lace? This wonderful mulberry colour? Really, I need discipline. As it is, I ordered the Shinzi Katoh fabric and it should be on its way, so for now I should keep my linen dreams on hold. Really. Unless weathering the awful "takeover transition" last week at work deserves some kind of reward? Ahh justification - it's a slippery, slippery slope.

P.S. The not-so-good photos of the apron are from today's baking-with-Sadie event; we made Chocolate Jam Thumprints from my newest, favourite cookbook Vegan with a Vengeance (thank you Mom!). We took the yummy treats over to a perfectly girly visit with Ragdoll, Nadine and baby Lucine. I love Sundays.

7 comments :

Alison 6.5st said... [Reply to comment]

I take no responsibility...........................

Crystal said... [Reply to comment]

Lovley! You did a wonderful job on the monogram.

scarbie doll said... [Reply to comment]

Damn those cookies were good girl!

lamb-things said... [Reply to comment]

Hi bloggers, I saw the apron in 'real life' and it's lovely. There really is something about linen, and I have some white and taupe that I have been saving.....for what??. I especially love the embroidery, thanks samantha. Maybe now I will do something with my linen

Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

oh that linen is just gorgeous!!!

I also wanted to let you know that I'm running a recipe contest on my blog, so stop on by if you get a chance and check it out :)

http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome/

Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

Just wanted to stop on by and say thank you for adding your recipe!! :D I cant wait to give it a try!

crabbykate said... [Reply to comment]

just delurking to say I had some of those cookies at Scarbie's and sweet jesus they were good. I have to get a hold of that recipe!