Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Reward Time and Crafting Space

Because I don't have any dirty dishes or dirty laundry in my house right now, and I didn't even have to toss them outside to be able to say that, I am rewarding myself with some time to post. Oh, happy, happy day! Maybe you can tell by my reaction to being so stellar in the housekeeping department today that it doesn't often happen. I have the best of intentions for keeping up on things, but they seem to fall by the wayside every time. I would so LOVE it if this time I managed long term success in the dish and laundry department.

Anyhoo, it light of the fact that there's nothing pressing right now, and I've a child stewing it the tub so I can't go far, I have a moment to sit here. I'm finally making a small attempt to show and tell about how I find space to sew/craft here on North Forest Farm. There's been quite a bit of the like happening here lately with Christmas just around the corner, but do you think I actually took a picture when I had things out? No siree! That would be just too darn organized and practical for me.
Here's the table where we "do school", craft, sew, scrapbook, etc. We used to just use the dining room table; all of our books fighting for space with the sewing machine and various sundry cups, plates and flatware. It wasn't a pretty sight, and also kind of messy. Garments stained before they're ever worn, that's just...

Anyhoo, do you see in this picture hubby's stereo tucked into the corner? Yeah, he doesn't like that at all. You see, he wants to actually be able to use it. Go figure. He's really threatening to get rid of MY table. I don't like that. I guess we're at an impasse. Really, I think I could solve the problem with a bit of work. I could actually keep the table top clean, and fold the table up when we're not using it. Maybe, but...

Alrighty, then. Here's what's been happening while I've had the machine out these last few days:

First ever quilted anything. I'm giving some quilted pot holders as gifts this year. I'm pretty happy with my first attempt so far. I think I'll have to either put some ties in or do some stitching so they don't fall apart in the wash.

I also made five of these little stockings (now filled with M&M's) for our family gift exchange. We exchange the names of the children in the family and make homemade gifts for them.

I really don't have anything amazing to say about where I store things when they're not in use. The unglamorous truth is that they're mostly stuffed into plastic bags in the closet, and sometimes I can't find them again when I need them. Okay, OFTEN I can't find them again. The finding usually takes longer than the crafting. :/ Can anyone say organizationally challenged?


  1. It really is so hard when you don't have a dedicated space for using and/or storing your sewing/craft stuff.

    For years the only time I quilted was Friday nights. That was because I had to haul everything out to the kitchen table, pull materials from about 4 different places in the house and then put it all away Saturday morning before breakfast. Because I only had Friday night, I would stay up way too late (midnight or 1 a.m. -- eeek!) and then be sooo tired Saturday morning.

    Now that I finally have my quilt studio and sometimes it's an awful mess, it's only MY awful mess and I can leave things out and unorganized as much as I want.

    Hoping a special space comes for you soon, Patty, and your hubby gets use of his stereo, too!

  2. You have been busy! And your crafting space looks like my current one - it's where everything (crafting or not) got done!

  3. OK I'm that-what you said,can't repeat it---completely no putting away skills,why ,because there is never enough room. I LOVE the cute stocking and RED pot holders. when are the kids coming home? I forgot already and I forgot to re post on face book , story I thought might interest your children,the rich man takes his son to visit a farm because he assumes they are poor and turns out the boy finds that he is the poor one!

  4. Thanks for showing us! I love to be able to imagine all of us in our different spaces, along with imagining we have all the TIME we want to spend in them LOL! Lovely things you are making, too!

  5. I hate the is just a symbol of the noise that bothers me so much...yup I am a stereo Grinch mahaha...or maybe my family should just allow me some quiet time so I would not be so bothered by their none stop noisy times....but I digress

    I miss sewing and crafting...I keep telling myself "one day" but alas to much else comes along...I dream of the day my housework is caught up...You lady are my hero :)

    Blessings Kelsie

  6. Thank you, dear blog friends, for your comments. I hope I can keep posting sometimes, but right now my computer isn't feeling so well. I think it has a virus. :( It needs a doctor, so I think I'll be making an appointment soon. Right now I just have our archaic lap top, and the six of us are trying to share it for school, business and personal use. Personal gets cut out of that deal pretty fast. :)