Affordable accessories recycled from gently used items

7 Sales


Affordable accessories recycled from gently used items

7 Sales On Etsy since 2009

0 out of 5 stars

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AJ Zalva


AJsAprons is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I know, I know - you are disapointed my shop is on vacation. So am I. I will be back soon. You may still convo me. I promise to respond right away. Also, if you want to see samples of my product please checkout my facebook page - facebook.com/ajsaprons1. I wish you a Fall full of blessings.

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Last updated on Aug 22, 2013

I know, I know - you are disapointed my shop is on vacation. So am I. I will be back soon. You may still convo me. I promise to respond right away. Also, if you want to see samples of my product please checkout my facebook page - facebook.com/ajsaprons1. I wish you a Fall full of blessings.

AJ Zalva

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AJ Zalva


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Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

My shorty, bib apron has been on since I opened my package from AJ (six hours ago). It is so sweet, soft, beautifully patterned and designed with such great detail that I just had to put it right on and get cracking with all that house care stuff. AJ was so attentive in her responses and consistently kept me up to date on the arrival of my purchase. Her investment and care about her products and her clients' satisfaction carries throughtout all correspondence. I'll be sending her a picture of a happy client wearing her lovely creatlion. Did I mention the beautiful attention to detail? The best! Marrianne DS

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely gorgeous and fun!! Love the black on the back!!! It makes it nice and thick, but it's just a FUN apron! Love it!!! Very pleased! Fast delivery too! THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

seller was very helpful and i received my purchase quickly! thank you

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At AJ’s Aprons And More you will find affordable aprons, purses and accessories that are unique, because they are upcycled from gently used articles

Hi, thanks for stopping into AJ’s Aprons And More affordable aprons, purses and accessories storefront at Etsy. My primary studio is in Brandon, Florida, but I enjoy making my quirky creations wherever I happen to be, even Bryson City and Bangor.

Used for New
I love repurposing things into something cute and useful, especially when I am able to retain something from the original article to incorporate into the new one. It is so cool how the marriage of a famous maker western shirt and a famous maker dress can produce a variety of aprons and wine totes.

I purchase my materials anywhere I can locate quality, gently used fabrics. When I see a nice article with a suitable fabric, I contemplate its future (no patterns here) and look for complimentary trim fabric - preferably from another gently used item. I still make a small percentage of my products from new materials. Using new material is easier, but I prefer taking the old, deciding what it will be and then painstakingly deconstructing it to rework it into my vision.

Original Inspiration
About 35 years ago I was cleaning a closet one day and came across the apron one of my grandmothers had made for me in the 1950’s - the one I picture in my shop banner. Now that apron was old yet it was in great shape! The stitching was wonderful, the fabric a good quality, and the personalization – memory invoking. I thought about the quality of workmanship that went into that apron. It was the same type quality workmanship my other grandmother put into every crocheted bedspread or tablecloth. I strive for that same quality in my products.

It was endearing to know those wonderful women took so much pride in making things especially for their families. With those thoughts and memories came my inspiration. I had already been sewing since age nine making clothing and home accessories. So I thought, “Why not, I can do that for my family.” Now that was no small task as by my husband’s and my family members are numerous. I began designing aprons, pillows and other goodies for them. I worked on them all year and found I had something unique or personalized for each individual that Christmas. It also gave me great joy to think of each person as I was making their gift.

The Early Days
The next year AJ’s Aprons came to be because so many people began asking me to make specialty aprons for them to give as gifts. It was a blast. I was designing things for newborns to nannies.

One of the values my grandfather taught us was to use everything to its fullest. His was a thrifty generation and he always considered it wasteful to dispose of something when it could be useful for something else. So when something became useless for its purpose we had to rethink how to utilize it. Could it be simply used in another way OR (and most often) we had to disassemble it and use its components to create something entirely new and useful. We were being good stewards of what we had.

For years I had done the “thrifty mom” thing cutting down clothing for costumes, and putting my grandfather’s teaching into practice in many other areas of my live. But combining my Grandparents’ ideals with my love of creating things became the backbone of AJ’s Aprons.

The Location
My home has a small, multi-purpose room that became my studio, although like most artisans and craftsmen, the majority of my studio is in my head. My husband filled it – the studio that is - full of cabinets that help me stay organized and efficient. There is also a project board right above my sewing machine. The studio is smoke and pet free, but rest assured that our beloved lab has full run of the remainder of our home when she's not singing in my husbands music studio. I love having Etsy as my store front, along with a handful of small town craftsman and cigar shops also displaying my products. Most of my sales are still generated locally by word of mouth, or I should say personal sightings. I am thankful for all.

Pondering the Good
I truly believe that anything practical can still bring a smile to your heart when in use. What we use to protect our clothing, harvest veggies, or tote wine or jars of jam somewhere does not have to be somber. If I am creating something for a specific person I also ask their approximate size and what things they enjoy and their favorite colors. Personalization always makes a hand made gift special.

God has blessed me with memories of my grandparents' talents and values and it gives me great pleasure to use their ideals to bring a little sunshine to you through my products.

Please, get your coffee or tea and check out my adorable products. Thanks again for dropping in. Please feel free to convo me any time.

Enjoy, aj

AJ’s Aprons And More home http://www.etsy.com/shop/AJsAprons?ref=si_shop
You may view a scattering of pictures and other projects on my Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/ajsaprons1


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  • AJ Zalva

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    AJ, retired from corporate work, pursues her love of fiber arts in a small studio with her products found in unique shops along the US east coast. Important to AJ is women encouraging women in God's Word and developing their creative talents.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 1, 2013
Thanks for stopping by my sewing studio, AJ's Aprons & More. My items are created with respect for the user. I believe that just because something looks beautiful or meets a need, it need not be expensive. My products offier affordable options that are attractive, sturdy, practical yet have a unique or beautiful look that makes your heart smile. A large percent of my products are made from a combination of gently used and new materials. It is most satisfying to use my creativity to marry a famous maker little red dress and a famous maker western shirt resulting in six snazzy little aprons - what fun!

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Prices are USD. PayPal is my preferred method of payment. It's easy, secure, and you don't need a PayPal account in order to complete a transaction. Payment is expected within three (3) days of purchase otherwise the item(s) will be relisted.
I ship within 48 hours after payment is received. Weekends and US holidays are not included in shipping times. All items are shipped via USPS First Class or Priority Mail to the address on your Paypal account. PLEASE make sure it is correct. Insurance/tracking may be purchased at an additional charge. Please contact me if you desire to add insurance or tracking.
Refunds and Exchanges
My goal is for you to be happy with your purchase. Every effort is made to ensure that your new product is well made and flaw free. Repurposed items have their own unique wear. Returns are not accepted unless there is a problem with the product, and are only accepted if the item shows no signs of use or damage beyound its original characteristics. In the sad event that this occurs, please contact me and I'll work with you to resolve the situation.

You are responsible for shipping the item back to me in the same manner it was shipped to you (i.e., please use a correctly sized box, etc). Shipping charges are not refundable. Refunds will be processed when I receive the item and once I determine that damage was not incurred after I originally shipped it to you. You will be credited via Paypal.

You are responsible for any proof of delivery, such as Signature Confirmation or Delivery Confirmation by the USPS.

Sale items may not be returned. No exceptions.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items are made by me in a smoke-free, pet-free studio (the remainder of my home is pet friendly).

You may also find more pictures and samples on my Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/ajsaprons