Spring has sprung.
Birds are singing, froggies are calling, woodpeckers are drumming, and the earth is fairly bursting sending forth tiny green shoots.
More daylight means more eggs in my henhouse, too.
I head out to the coop in the morning, smell the fresh spring air, and GAA-ACK…
…my boots hit mud.
It’s spring, but it’s early spring, and around here that means a few more snow showers, sloppy, muddy paths and pastures, cloudy, overcast days, and a while longer to wait for anything but the palest of flowers.
I need some color in my life, right about now.
And lucky me! Melissa Hickman, designer and owner of a sweet Etsy shop, “Uniquely More”, has provided me with some color, and a solution to a problem, as well. (And you could win some color in your life, too! See below).
Melissa crochets and writes crochet patterns. I loved the photo of the bright and happy crocheted egg-gathering apron in the Uniquely More shop, and contacted Melissa to see if she would allow me to review the apron. Her response was as quick as the shipping! Within a couple of weeks (these are custom-made aprons), I was opening the package that contained my egg-gathering apron!
Every time I look at the apron, I smile. I could have chosen a design or colors, but I asked Melissa to “surprise me”—and her choices were great. The apron is sturdy and well made, with a jaunty flower and a cute little heart decorating the top corner. The ties are long enough to go over my winter barn jacket and tie in back, and yet easily wrap around my 5-year-old granddaughter to tie in the front.
There are 16 pockets–on my apron a row of 8 white pockets and a row of yellow, both trimmed in red. These pockets are roomy—my heavy hens’ eggs fit easily, but they are snug enough at the top to hold in bantam-size eggs, too. The Etsy shop write-up says a duck egg will fit and that the designer has even done jumping jacks to try to dislodge them. (I’ll confess, I didn’t try.)
The apron is crocheted with acrylic yarn, and care instructions were included with the apron: machine wash on gentle cycle in cool water. It can even be machine dried.
I love tying on this pretty apron and heading out to the henhouse. It makes me happy! So what if there’s mud in the yard? I have a cheerful apron to wear!
I mentioned earlier that this crocheted apron offered a solution to a problem. I tend to be a little forgetful, and I also try to do more than one thing at a time. Very often, I head to the chicken coop with a bucket of kitchen scraps for the hens, a can of seed for the bird feeder I pass on the way, and maybe a pair of clippers to take care of the branch that slapped me in the face on the last trip. I slip and slide along the path and arrive at the coop only to realize the nests have several eggs in them. Always before, I would either put the eggs in my coat pocket, and hope I remembered to take them out, or I would put them in the empty bird seed can where they would slide around and likely crack before I made it back to the house. Or perhaps, the can would be set down on a rock when I used the clippers, and I’d find it in the morning (refer to above note about tending to be a little forgetful).
This great apron solves the problem. The eggs go in the pockets leaving my hands free – and I might even be able to tuck those clippers in an empty pocket as well.
I think this handmade egg gathering apron, designed and crocheted by Melissa Hickman is terrific. When you go to her Etsy shop, you will find other neat things that Melissa has designed and created, and if you crochet, you could even purchase the pattern for the apron and make your own. I don’t crochet, but I appreciate the time and care that goes into a carefully crafted product, so the cost of a custom made, useful item like this, is well worth it. When you read over the list of materials used to make this unique apron, you’ll see that the first one is love…and I like that a lot!
The yarn gives some padding to the eggs when they are in the pockets, they don’t slip around even when I do, and it’s just fun! I can see myself wearing it during planting season, too—with a couple of seed packets tucked in a pocket, next to a few eggs, and maybe even later on in the season when I stop at the garden to grab an onion or a little squash to go in a dinner omelet. So many happy possibilities and made just for me!
I recommend this product because it’s handmade, well constructed and makes me smile!
There’s mud in the yard, but a happy spring song in my heart.
You can have your own custom-made egg gathering apron, choose your favorite colors, and smile every time you head out the door to the henhouse.
Contact Melissa at Uniquely More, and she’ll even give you 15% off if you enter the code CHICKEN1 at check out.
Disclaimer: Melissa Hickman and the Etsy shop Uniquely More (www.etsy.com/shop/uniquelymore) provided me with an egg gathering apron to review, but the comments are entirely my own.