My beautiful Red Domestic Godess Apron which was featured in Apron.ology magazine, Volume 3, p.76-78 , curated by Beth Livesay, was recently purchased by the Honorable Charmiane Claxton, U.S. Magistrate, Memphis Tennessee to wear to the movie premiere event “THE HELP”. What a SURPRISE and an HONOR! I was already excited about being featured in the Apron.ology magazine for my Red Domestic Goddess Apron and Cocktails, Cookies & Couture , Black and White apron….. (which was featured on the website advertising the magazine), I decided to put it on my own website and etsy account. Never, Never, Never, thinking I would sell my Red Apron, I woke up one morning to an email” Congrats your Red Domestic Goddess Apron has sold!” I barely have my coffee kicking into my system and I start screaming, “Who in the World…..(literally the World) would be brave enough to purchase this apron and would they wear it? I googgled the buyer’s name and came up with a profile of a prominent African American Female U.S. Magistrate, JUDGE!!!! CHARMIANE CLAXTON!!! I am now jumping up and down at my computer, screaming, oh my, oh my, oh my……… I get the nerve to inquire and she says yes, her in professional life she is a Judge who was entering an Apron contest for the premier of the movie, “The Help”. I was at lost for words…..(which is rare for me..) Char then went to my Jewelry Etsy site and bought jewelry to compliment her outfit, in which, we decided we were both bonkers as I decided to make a whole new set to go with the Apron. At this point, Char and I were talking via voice mail, email and exploring each others life. We discussed family, growing up in the South, ethnicity, race, skin color, civil rights movement, maids, being female, personal power , discrimination, privilege, activisim, talking, talking, talking. We bonded as sisters. All over a handmade APRON! I was excited and nervous to send Char all her items, especially when I realized it was being shipped to the Judge’s Chambers. I giggled and squeeled when I got a phone call how much she loved it and was so appreciative. I knew she had tried it on immediately and wondered if she was wearing it under her Judge Robes. Later, I got the photos of her wearing it to the contest. Two of the actors who had played maids in the Movie: The Help, were part of the event, ( you can see one of the ladies sitting in the chair). My heart and my mind almost exploded with pride and happiness and making a new friend! We now communicate email, facebook and I know my apron is in the best home it could possibly be. My sister, Kathy Carroll and I went to the premiere of “The Help” in Downtown, Atlanta, Georgia, in which I wore my Black/White Apron( lace and crochet from my husband and my grandmothers left overs) and used it to wipe up my tears during the movie. My sister and I loved it and I related to Skeeter and Cecilia. Always questioning discrimination, being an activist and fundraiser for needy young african american girls/women , (currently a member of http://www.NCAAWA.org North County African American Women’s Association) .
A Apron + A Movie = FRIENDSHIP that Crosses all Boundaries!