Updated: Mar 30
“A Christian, who realizes he has been made in the image of the Creator God and is therefore meant to be creative on a finite level, should certainly have more understanding of his responsibility to treat God's creation with sensitivity, and should develop his talents to do something to beautify his little spot on the earth's surface.”
― Edith Schaeffer, The Hidden Art of Homemaking
Whether or not you believe in a creator the above quote still applies on a strictly moral point of view. The above photo is a snippet of one of my favourite spots in the home. It is rustic and warm feeling. It evokes home and safety for me. I love images of bunnies, rabbits and hares.
It has always been important for me to make my space beautiful and peaceful. Home should be a safe space, a place to truly be yourself, a place which inspires creativity. I believe we are made in the image of God, the Creator. I am meant to create and co-create since God gave me the materials and skills for creativity, and the ability to appreciate beauty.
An example of beauty in the small things I do is in how I pack my lunch. While these beeswax wraps are touted to be environmentally friendly by reducing the use of plastic; I am not convinced the beeswax harvested or the water and soap used to wash these are less harmful. Yet I remain hopeful it does reduce harm to the planet. All that aside, I just love the looks of them. The home spun fabrics, the patina of the crazing beeswax, the contrast of the food within them. I enjoy their warmth when unwrapping them, the colours, the smell of the beeswax, the feelings they evoke of vintage, slower and simpler times. It brings me a piece (peace) of home with me to work. Something plastic wrap will never do for me!
Another way I like to bring in that home spun feel in the home is to display my canning on open shelves. To make it even more cozy, I like to add fabric covers on them. These ones remind me of old fashioned jar covers from the 70's. I plan on making different styles and putting up bundles in the shop. Stay tuned for that!
I don't have them all covered but the ones I plan on giving as gifts I will and any extra fabric pieces I'll put them on our own jars.
Finally, this week I finished a sweater that I have been working on for about a year. It is a Christmas gift for my FIL but I loved modelling it for the pictures as it's so squishy and warm.
Wishing you all cozy warmth during the rest of the month of November. I read somewhere November is considered the month of Grace. The month where the gardens have been harvested and put up in pantries and freezers, where the leaves have mostly fallen and raked and lawns don't need to be mown anymore; the month before any significant snow falls which would require shoveling and the Christmas holiday preparations aren't quite there yet. The Grace comes from the in between times of busyness, a time when chores aren't so pressing, a time of rest.
I wish you all grace and peace.