Thursday, January 24, 2019

Everyday (a.k.a. The Art of Homemaking) - Inspiration Thursday

"She loved beauty and she was creative, but her creativeness found its joy in the shaping of everyday life to a form of comeliness, so that it became not just something that one put up with, but something that was enjoyable and lovely in itself."
   -From The Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge

...and stumbled upon by me over on my friend Lisa's post "The Shaping of Everyday Life," on her blog Searching for Balance.  I immediately loved it.  Life is made richer by focusing on the simple, little things and finding and inserting beauty and joy into every day life wherever possible.  This, I've found, to be a meaningful goal, a beneficial style of living.
A colorful t-shirt rag rug I finished last fall.
Yummy lentil loaf with balsamic glaze.
Morningtime cuddles with Ginger.
The in-process greenhouse last summer.
One of our gorgeous and delicious 2018 strawberries.
Applesauce sauce day in the Fall.

10 comments:

  1. " Life is made richer by focusing on the simple, little things and finding and inserting beauty and joy into every day life wherever possible." I love this phrase and it so true! Thank you for sharing and as a result I have another uplifting blog to read :-) x

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    1. Yay! Hi, Sandra. So glad you got something good out of this post!

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  2. Gosh...I want to be more like you!

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    1. You flatter me so! But, thanks! That gives my heart warm fuzzies!

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  3. Hey! I love that woman's writing. Did I know that you'd made a rug from t-shirt strips? Good goin'!

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    1. I did NOT know that! Have you shared pictures? ...I can't remember!
      And thanks for your blog--you're always sharing such wonderful stuff. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Goudge prior to you, but she's on My List for 2019.

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  4. ...I agree...simple is usually best...
    ~Have a lovely day!

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  5. I aspire to make a rug and yours is so nice to look at! Did you blog about this? Have tips?

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    1. There is a technique for cutting the t-shirt in a way that makes one long strip--and I've had a blog post half-written about it for age. I need to have Matt video tape the cutting part for me. I should make that happen this weekend. It is pretty clever how the shirt is cut so you end up with one big ball of tarn (t-shirt yarn). I learned it from a friend. My real secret though is to crochet the tarn instead of braiding it. Braided rugs are much more work/time and unless done by a skilled hand are less sturdy and durable (since the braid are then laced/sewn together). By crocheting the tarn it is a single sturdy unit. I've done slip-stitched rugs, double crochets rugs, and single crochets rugs for different looks. Of course, that is also about the extend of my crochet abilities. I will finish that post soon and come back and link it up for you.

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Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas. I value the advice and friendship that you share with me!