Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Darling and Flirty and Sparkly Apron

I can't believe I'm just now blogging about this...but my slackerness doesn't surprise me so much because I won the following apron in a giveaway on the Apronista sometime last year AND THEN FORGOT ABOUT IT. Yes, I'm a loser. At any rate, I was in the Orange Circle not too long ago and went into Heavenly Hostess, then remembered that I'd won one of their darling and flirty and sparkly aprons, but then picked it up. I felt insanely embarrassed, but the shop's lovely proprietor was gracious and didn't make me feel silly. Instead, she let me pick my favorite of her aprons, then she gave me a matching headband to boot! If you're ever in Orange County, you MUST stop by the Heavenly Hostess. It's a beautiful shop with wonderfully fun gifts for the hostess in your life!

If you're here from Sandy's site, you may be wondering about why I'm going on and on about my silly apron story. Well, I'll tell ya!

I LOVE to entertain, even in my small home.

I LOVE to have my friends in my space drinking good wine, eating yummy food, sometimes playing games, but always sharing our lives together.

In spite of my small home, in spite of my singleness, in spite of the fact that I sometimes feel I don't measure up to my friends' beautiful lives, I choose to have them in my home where I can share my life, my encouragement, and my hospitality. Sometimes that's all I can give, but it always (in that moment) feels like enough.

To me, my home is not just my shelter; instead, it is an extension of me. I want to share my life with my friends and that means bringing them into my home...a place I've lovingly renovated and decorated...for me and for others. I always set a pretty table, create a centerpiece, buy flowers, put out the good dishes, and attempt a fancy meal (sometimes it fails!). But my effort is a part of my heart and my friends and family are worth it.

What does this have to do with my cute apron? Well, I'll tell ya...if I'm playing the hostess, you're darn well gonna see one who has gone to the extra effort. If you knock at my door, I'll greet you in my darling and flirty and sparkly apron, too!

Now, go and visit my friend Sandy's site, the Reluctant Entertainer, and see what home means to others!

Home is...


16 comments:

Maureen said...

Cute apron for sure! Love your definition of home and your blog looks so awesome :)

Stopping by from SITS

Pam said...

Love your flirty, sparkly apron! I'm quickly becoming an apron fanatic. I swear, they save me (or my clothes, rather) in all of my messy, cookin' self. I like how you plan on using it to send a message of hospitality, too. I'm sure that your friendship and openness is more than any of your friends could hope for!

sweet european dreams said...

first of all, LOVE the name of your blog - cute! The apron is adorable - I have an apron addiction, or maybe I should say I'm an Apron Collector...sounds a little better. My favorite thing is having people over to eat & enjoy & I'm sure your friends look forward to every event you invite them to!

Sandy said...

I love the apron, YES! But more importantly, I love your story. So much that would you use this post and be a guest on my blog?

You amaze me. So glad we met! XO

Sandy said...

Oh, and thank you for linking up today at RE.

Becky K. said...

You chose a very cute apron!
Thanks for stopping by Hospitality Lane. I'm glad to meet you!

Becky K.

Richella said...

Okay. . . this makes me want to knock on your door! And what would you say when you open the door in your darling, flirty, sparkly apron? You gotta have a charming greeting to go with that!

Richella said...

I just left you a comment, but I wasn't properly signed into Blogger. Sorry about that. Now, this is me.

Adelle said...

I wish more felt like you did! I think hospitality is a dying art that needs to be revived. Maybe with the efforts of you and Sandy, it will be.

Loved this: "But my effort is a part of my heart and my friends and family are worth it."

Great oost!

Adelle @ www.readyGOgetset.com

ClassiclyAmber said...

That is such a gorgeous apron! My fav types of aprons are just like that - fun and feminine! =-D

http://classiclyamber.com/blog/

Betsy said...

Oh, I loved this! You are just TOO cute! :)

heather said...

fabulous apron!!Now I am inviting myself over for your next dinner party. they (and you) sound delightfully charming!

Tara G. said...

You are so cute! Love the apron!!

Amelia@MyTwoRedheads said...

I love everything that you said about your home and entertaining and I Love the apron!!

Holly said...

That is a darn cute apron. I love aprons and I love sparkly...I must go to that store...I will be in the OC in a few weeks. Fun apron story! I used to entertain in my studio apartment...everyone made fun of me...I loved it.
Holly
504 Main

Revamped French Maison said...

Ooooh so pretty! I just love aprons! The old vintage straight out of the 40's and 50's kind.