Thursday, April 29, 2021

Sometimes it’s Difficult ~ Snippets

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Sometimes it’s difficult to be a light in all the darkness, to sail bravely when you feel like sinking, to stand strong for your convictions when you feel like collapsing... but I think it would be more difficult to watch the results in your home if you didn’t.

You make a huge difference dear homemaker. Keep on shining as you are raising up little candles in your home that will one day light up another corner of this earth. Imagine the beauty when we release our efforts into this world. You are needed now more than ever. 

“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “

~ Joshua 1:9

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(Note: I'll be sharing these little "snippets" here and there from some of my more special Instagram posts that I feel some of you may enjoy that aren't on it... Painting by the talented Daniel F. Gerhartz)


Monday, April 26, 2021

The "Art" of Home-Making Mondays ~ Inspiration #10

 

“Live at home.”

I used to be frustrated with my home life as the vision I had in my heart never seemed to come into fruition. Then one day I realized (about 15 years ago), that in order to make the home you desire and yearn for, you need to actually be home to make it happen. (It doesn’t happen while you’re at Target, and it doesn’t happen while strolling around the mall.) When you begin to invest time into your home, the vision becomes a reality... by simply being there, putting in the daily effort and cultivating it every moment you have... whether it be keeping it neat and tidy, decorating it nice and cozy or being present and celebrating life’s little victories together as a family around the dinner table... Step by step, the investment of the homemaker’s time is key to creating a beautiful home life.

Hence, “live at home.”

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

One Tablecloth Repurposed into 4 Different Items


"There is great satisfaction in making something out of nothing, in restoring some old cast-off to a place of usefulness and beauty, or rescuing some discarded piece of wood, stone or metal from the dump and turning it into an object that has purpose and charm in your home." 
~ Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking

I have shared awhile back how I have a goodly supply of tablecloths which don’t fit my tables (it is a long story and has something to do with very hot water 🤦‍♀️ ). Since I love all of the fabrics, rather than donating them, I decided to repurpose them. Here is the story of one... a neutral, striped, cotton cutie. I believe I shared a few of the projects in my monthly newsletter but I thought it would be nice to place them all together in one post for inspiration.

The top part of this tablecloth was cut in half and used as a curtain in my stand-alone pantry. To remedy the piles of bulk flour, sugar and so forth on the floor, we had bought a cabinet to store our excess in at a second-hand store. 

We painted it up nice and pretty and attached a spring rod with this "curtain" to keep the area looking tidy. Now I feel we have a nice storeroom area that blends in with the house.


The second piece was cut into four dish towels. I had this lace from grandmother’s stash that I used for a romantic trim contrast. I call them prairie dish towels. I love how they came out and may give my second set as a hostess gift. I love this type of repurposing because you can't find something like this in the stores and it appeals to my old fashioned taste.


I refashioned another part of the tablecloth into these homespun potholders... I liked the idea of making potholders as the fabric coordinates with my dishes and would look nice on the dinner table. They certainly didn’t come out as planned with my humble sewing skills. So, when all else fails you label it “homespun” and declare it a success. To make them, I cut the fabric to my desired size and placed a piece of a cast-off bath towel in the middle for more thickness. Then I stitched around the whole thing with a machine and hand stitched around the edge with contrasting embroidery thread. No money was spent.


The last piece was repurposed into this oversized, reversible dish drying mat. I had only enough of the striped tablecloth fabric left to make one side of the mat. I used a piece of a thrift store flannel sheet to cover the other side making it reversible! I was really excited about this project because I always use a dish drying mat and the store bought ones are too modern looking for my taste. It was nice to create something to my liking while costing little.

To prepare it is similar to the potholder: I cut the fabrics to my desired size and placed my other half of that cast-off bath towel in the middle for more thickness. Then I stitched around the whole thing with a machine, turned it right side up and stitched around the entire edge once again. Have you ever made a dish drying mat? How did you go about it?


Up and down goes the needle, followed by the thread, the ritual of sewing has been the same for centuries. There is solace in a simple task, that has the same basic rules, which permits you to fashion what you please in the comfort of your own cozy home...

What about you? Do you like to repurpose old linens? What do you like to make with them? From one unused item to many makes me very pleased! Do you have anything gathering dust that could be given a new purpose and meaning in your home?

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Monday, April 19, 2021

The "Art" of Home-Making Mondays ~ Inspiration #9

 

"O dear mothers, you have a very sacred trust reposed in you by God! He hath in effect said to you, “Take this child and nurse it for Me, and I will give thee thy wages.” You are called to equip the future man of God, that he may be thoroughly furnished unto every good work. If God spares you, you may live to hear that pretty boy speak to thousands, and you will have the sweet reflection in your heart that the quiet teachings of the nursery led the man to love his God and serve Him. Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship; but dream not that she is lost to the work of the church; far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord. Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty."
~ Charles Spurgeon


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