Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother Daughter Reception --2009

For this year's annual Mother Daughter Mother's Day event we decided to go with a reception with the theme Portraits of the Bride. Our venue was decorated as a wedding reception. Eighty-five ladies of all ages attended and enjoyed great food catered by our friend, Chae Sheerin. Kristin provided music, and Tiffini Countaway was the speaker. Kristin and Tiffini both ushered us into an atmosphere of reflection on the most important part of our lives--as the bride of Christ, being prepared to meet our bridegroom, Jesus Christ.

Chae, Virginia and Cristal were all decked in the royal bouquet apron, matching the purple theme of the decor.

It was a wonderful girl time, and we look forward to next year.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Purchase An Apron at.... a Bank??

Montgomery Bank is the location of our business account, and a representative asked if we would be interested in setting up an Apronique display in the bank lobby. Each month they promote a local business.

Of course we were! With Mother's Day and bridal showers upcoming, we are hoping that bank customers will present gift boxes with Apronique aprons inside!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Christa, the randomly selected winner of the giveaway contest. Please contact me with your shipping address.
With so few entries, instead of the remaining 2 contests, we have decided to offer all entrants a 60% reduction in the price of one purchased apron from our website. If you are interested in purchasing an apron, please e-mail me at

Thanks for all of your entries!! And happy happy Mother's Day.
Marilyn and Kristin

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Has Sprung Apron Giveaway Contest

Apron Giveway

Spring has sprung, and cooking wears a whole new look. The dark, cold, dreary days of Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking give way to breezy, sunny patios, parks, and decks. Kitchen aromas wisp through open, airy windows on Spring afternoons.

To celebrate upcoming events and the gift giving and entertainment that come with them, we are sponsoring an apron giveaway contest. We will give away three of our aprons offered at Mother's Day, Father's Day, and the 4th of July are interspersed with bridal showers, and weddings. Win an apron, and hostess in style, or present a unique gift to a favorite cook.

Share with those you love! Use your blog or e-mail friends and tell them to join the fun. Winners will be chosen randomly.

1st apron for giveaway
Paris Toile in Black Reversible Apron
This apron is very limited, and there will be no more made in this style.
Black cotton toile on white provides the inspiration for this reversible bib apron in the Verandah Collection. Always a classic, the toile scene is reminiscent of 17th century Paris. The top of the front of this apron is made from stain repellant black polyester/cotton twill, and well able to withstand the occasional spills and splashes. White polyester/cotton broadcloth is the fabric choice for the 36" waist sashes and neckties. The reverse side of this apron is available in a black white stripe, or solid black--our choice. Machine wash in cold water, line dry or tumble dry on low heat.

Contest Details:

1. Enter by leaving a comment stating which apron from that you would love to win and why. Over the next few weeks, we will post a description of two more giveaway aprons in different posts. Allowed is, one entry per person per posts--total of 3--exception in #2 below) You may comment once for each post anytime until midnight, April 27, 2009.

2. If you have purchased an apron from Apronique before, you may be eligible for additional contest entries. If you will e-mail to us at a photo of the apron owner, wearing the apron, your name will be entered again, one time for each different apron pictured. The person in the photo must agree to have their photo posted on our website, if we so choose. If you are a recipient/owner of an apron from Apronique, you may do the same for additional contest entries.

3. Help us promote this contest! If you blog about the contest, you earn an additional entry. If you post it on a message board, you earn an additional entry for each posting; if you give us a plug on twitter, you earn a contest entry. Please leave additional bonus comments on one of the giveaway apron posts, with a link to where you promoted our contest, so we can verify it.

4. Join or rejoin our mailing list here and earn a bonus entry! We are keeping track of all the contest entries. On April 28, 2009, we will randomly select a winner. The contest is open to both Canadian and USA Residents.
5. Contest entries must be submitted by midnight April 27, 2009.

Questions? E-mail us.

Good Luck everyone!

Marilyn and Kristin

Carrot Cake Easter Bunny Tradition

For Easter dinner, Mom always made a traditional carrot cake in the shape of an Easter bunny. After she passed away thirteen years ago, that duty became mine. Just as my children loved the "bunny cake," so do my two granddaughters now.

Many years ago, while visiting friends in Texas, I enjoyed a fruit salad made with instant vanilla pudding in the "juice." (It is great when we can have fresh strawberries in the salad.) It is now a tradition for our family holidays. Mom's deviled eggs were amazing, and I have that assignment for family gatherings. The secret? (Sshhh) A little sugar, of course! And absolutely Miracle Whip! I've always identified with the commercial of the poor folks who made up the greatest sandwich, then freaked out when they realized they were out of Miracle Whip.

The last surviving matriarch of our family is my husband's mother, Ruby. She is 86 years old. She raised five sons, and tragically lost two of them--one when he was only 24 years old, and the other was not yet 50 years old. She is an amazing cook, but seldom cooks these days. No one will ever match her chicken and dumplings. She enjoyed Easter dinner with us.

Uncle Steve usually joins us for holiday meals also--and no, the nice china does not appear on the table. Our lifestyle demands the disposable dinnerware!

The usual outdoor egg hunt was done inside this time because of the nasty outdoors weather. Granddaughters still enjoyed finding the eggs that were hid by Aunt Heather.

I posed with my special "Easter eggs" all dressed up in their Easter finest!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wild Game Feast

You never know where our aprons will turn up--especially when worn by us! This past weekend we helped with our church's annual Wild Game Feast. I donned the chocolate sunflower, Angie wore the Midnight Fuscia and Heather, my DIL, wore the popular camouflage. This feast has evolved into more of an "unusual fare feast." The menu this year included: Duck/Goose Nuggets; (nuggets were wrapped around cream cheese and a jalepeno pepper, then wrapped in bacon and grilled)Fresh Pan-Seared Trout; Deep-fried turkey and pheasant; Elk Burgers, Deer Chili, Duck/Goose Roast, Deep-fried crappie; Deer Roast; Deer Sausage; Chicken/Sausage Gumbo; Baked Beans; Slaw; Cornbread; and the biggest hit--Boiled Crawfish. Of course the crawfish is out of season in our Midwestern area. My husband's cousin graciously traveled to Arkansas to meet a friend from Louisiana, who brought the large crawfish "haul" for our feast.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Home Town Proud

Recognition at the local level.

When we embarked on this Apronique journey, we soon realized that if we were going to be taken seriously, it would not be by those who knew us best. I'm reminded of the scripture passage in St. Mark 6:4-- Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” (New Living Translation) After contacting some local merchants and businesses, I could not deny the smirks and quick dismissals--except Patricia Ann's in Cape Girardeau! (Thanks Jo!) ...and how could we forget the negative 'disencouragements' of---they know who they are? order to establish some credibility and validation, we focused our efforts outside of our immediate area. The first shops to purchase our products for resale were in TN, AR, IL, LA and TX. The first businesses to purchase our products for their employees to wear were in OK, TN and TX. We opened a small showroom at the Dallas Market.

After months of working hard to establish ourselves as designers and manufacturers of high quality, on-trend, not your grandma's apron apparel, we recently received print recognition via the local Cape Girardeau MO newspaper. (Thanks Callie!) Kristin and Stella are on the front cover of their Winter 2008 issue of SHE. An accompanying article appears on pages 18-19. The online issue of the article can be found here.

We want to thank Dr. Judith Wiles of Southeast Missouri State University, and her Fall 2007 Integrated Marketing Communications Class. These young people worked hard to present to us a successful marketing plan. They offered several beneficial ideas, and one included increasing our exposure locally. Hopefully this SHE article will be the beginning of this increase.