Oct 26, 2010

It's Fall! October Daisies and other Fall Teasures!

Fall has come to Southeast Texas with cooler weather and drier air.  This summer has been an extreme sauna with near 100% humidity.  Needless to say, we have been enjoying the past month.  It seems fall is everyone's favorite time of year...especially this year.  One of my favorite things about fall is the "October Daisies" that grow in this part of the country.  They always bloom for my "middlest" child's birthday on September 30.  This year I did not even notice them until Sept. 30, and there they were in full bloom by the field's full.  And they continue blooming.  Of course, we haven't had any cloudy days to speak of this fall, but when we have in years past, the October Daisies are like a little bit of sunshine on a cloudy day.


One thing I've done recently is to join ESN, Ecrater Stores Network. It is a super site for Ecrater store owners and shoppers.  You can check out ESN here. A fun thing we are doing  now is a scavenger hunt for fall items.

Here are some treasures that I have found on ESN that can add cheer to your fall days:

a wonderful  "Happy Thanksgiving" Apron
I have recently realized the importance of a good apron myself and this looks like one I would make good use of.
 My daughter who is "into" aprons right now forwarded this to me, and I have seen it on several other blogs. You might enjoy it, too.
The History of the Apron
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they 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 knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be along time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Here's another "pretty" from Bass Bead Gallery to cheer your fall season.  It makes me think of the orange and yellow corn candy we used to get a Halloween. Looks good enough to eat, but really think  this "Howling Good Time" Bracelet would better enhance your fall ensemble. 

Howling Good Time Bracelet from Bass Bead Gallery

And here is another bit of nostalgia.
1940's Fall Coat Pattern
Whether you would want to actually sew this fall coat or whether you collect old patterns, or study fashion history, here is a real treasure from Another Time Antiques
Fall is truly a wonderful time of the year.  Enjoy whatever it brings in your part of the world.


  1. What an interesting post! I'm a genealogist and love getting history, especially something as off the wall as aprons...you just take them for granted and never really stop to think about how and why they came to be! Thanks for sharing this Hazel!

  2. Great blog. Interesting and informative and what great picks. Especially love the history of aprons