I don’t know about you, but what’s got my attention at the moment is the online auction for beautiful, literary-themed aprons – yes, aprons – to raise money to buy books for the Young Adult section at the Stirling Public Library.
Is an apron auction not the coolest idea for a library fundraiser? (And thanks to those – you know who you are! – who drew it to my attention.)
Because, people, old-fashioned aprons – the ones your mother and your grandmother used to wear to keep their dress clean and tidy as they worked in the kitchen – are suddenly cool again. And who was ahead of that curve? My friend Margaret, who last summer presented me with a gorgeous hand-sewn apron (turquoise, and complete with rick-rack!) for use at the Manse. And the Manse is where it proudly hangs, along with another apron, on an Expo 67 theme, that I picked up at some Manse-area yard sale or other several months ago.
But anyway, to get back to the fundraiser for the library in Stirling (a thriving arts-oriented village about 40 minutes southwest of Queensborough (where the Manse is), and not incidentally the home of Stirling Creamery butter): it is the brainchild of a new outfit called Chickadelic Salvage and Design (“a hen party of chick thrifters and modern crafters who love to celebrate vintage chic”) that will be opening a shop and “creative gathering space” at 34 Mill St. in Stirling on April 6. The Chickadelic folks have come up with 14 aprons, each themed to a well-loved book (Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, The Borrowers, The Secret Garden, etc. – my favourite being the Lucy, in honour of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and the whole world is invited to bid on them to raise money for the library. The auction opened at 8 a.m. today and runs through 8 p.m. Friday, March 8. You can read all about it here and bid on Chickadelic’s Facebook page; and what can I say but: it’s a good cause, the aprons are lovely (and useful), so go and bid, people!
And: I am hoping I might get the high bid on the Lucy. But then again, the Madeline is so beautiful… And then there’s the Rebecca… and the Mary Lennox…