~I had the enormous pleasure of working on this custom apron the last few weeks, the following is from the accompanying note...
"This apron was made especially for you, by belle and burger, in Austin Texas. Mia, contacted me and said she wanted to order one of my aprons for "a dear friend who is retiring ( although only 44) from years as a wonderful teacher. She would like to come home and be a full time home maker". She told be your favorite color was yellow. She also said" She is feisty, fun, sweet and country at heart" when I asked her your size she said you were small, "But she is a mighty little thing".
I to, am country at heart and pretty much all over, so I decided to go with my heart and make an apron I would absolutely love. I knew I had some very special hoarded away scraps that had just been waiting to be a part of your apron!
Mia and I decided the chic would be a perfect country touch and I asked about adding the apple as part of the design, because I recently had another apron order for teachers (4 of them!) and I made apple name tags to symbolize knowledge. I put a little worm in it to symbolize your retirement achievement! The skirt panel is made from a beautiful vintage linen cloth. When I saw this fabric, all I could think of was you in your kitchen channeling it's simple, country charm. I was able to rescue the stained vintage linen kerchief on the pocket, by trimming it a bit and embroidering the names of those who present you this apron. The 6 buttons across the top also are there to remind you of these folks who hold your dearly.
There is a small amount of blue and green gingham that has apples machine embroidered on it used in the ties and neck strap. I have had this tiny piece of fabric for at least 5 years and am so proud to pass it to you.
Best wishes on your passage to your new life and I am sure many wonderful home memories will be made in this apron."
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