Besides having a lovely afternoon tea party with Aunt Cella, I also enjoyed an afternoon spent going through her cedar chest. We looked at old linens, laces, and other textile treasures. Aunt Cella has many beautiful European linens, collected during her years of living on that continent. She also has many wonderful vintage pieces from Grandmother and from Grandmother's sisters. I especially enjoyed looking at all the aprons she has. The aprons in this picture once belonged to Great-Aunt Clara. They are quite old and well-crafted. When Grandmother, who is 104, was born Great-Aunt Clara was already a married woman with three little boys. Great-Aunt Clara adhered a small tag inside each apron that she wrote her name on. I'm not sure if this was so her apron wouldn't get lost or if she worried about a visitor wearing it home from a day of activity at her house. But whatever the reason, I'm glad she added the tag, as it personalizes the apron so much.
Speaking of aprons, Deanna and Erin at The Apronista are conducting their inaugural giveaway for 2008. If you leave a comment on their blog, they will enter you into their drawing for a Vintage Apron from their collection and for an autographed copy of the book "The Apron Book". So hurry! The deadline for commenting so you can be entered in this drawing is Friday, January 11. Please tell the that LaTeaDah from Gracious Hospitality sent you!