Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hand-Sewing and Relaxing at Home

Sewing Kit of Tin at Rancho De Las Golondrinas, a Spanish Colonial Homestead Near Santa Fe

I have a chair in my dining room where I keep my latest hand-sewing project. Right now I am working on a pretty pink apron. It has little white hearts all over it. It is to be my cheerful apron. I enjoy the process of slowly making delicate stitches. But it takes me several weeks to complete the project.

I am not as young as I used to be. (smiles). Years ago, I could hand-sew an apron in just a couple of days. Not anymore. My hands get tired, they swell up, and I wear out easily.

But patience is a precious blessing. If I can sew a little bit each week, I feel relaxed and at peace while I am staying home. It is a delight to have a project where I can create something beautiful with my own hands.

This patience helps me submit to weightier matters. If am in the habit of being patient, I understand that things take time. I do not want to rush anything. Hurrying only causes stress. We cannot hurry decisions, or results. So in a sense, my hand-sewing project reinforces a serious character trait we all need.

While I am sewing, in my favorite chair near the hearth, a feeling of gratefulness overcomes me. I am thankful to be at home. I am quiet and content. I am happy.

Mrs. White

Won't you come along with me, downstairs, for a quick visit to Mother's House?

Gather around, my dear ones, and listen to Mother's bedtime stories!


Anonymous said...

Great Post, I have just written about my kitchen - thank you for the always your blog is a blessing and I thank you!

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

I began sewing baby bibs last week. I had some leftover fabric from a couple of dresses I'd made. I bought some cotton batting with a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby and a gift card I got for my birthday. I hope to have gifts for my baby niece, a friend at church who is expecting, and extras for my gift box. There's something about sewing that is so calming for me. It's as though God meant for me to do it. Sadly, I have neglected it for most of my life because I always thought there was something else I should do. I hope to make it a new habit. A habit of joy.

Just thought I would say hello to show you where I am in the journey of reading your most valuable blog.

Be blessed my Vermont friend!
Mrs. Laura Lane