A few months ago I began a Facebook group for those who are stitching this year's BOM project, "Gentle Domesticity".
At first the conversation sprung from sharing photos of completed blocks, asking questions to do with stitchery, and generally comments pertaining to sewing.
But then I began asking different questions to group members, questions like what we find important in our role as homemakers, chores we struggle to complete, or ideas for re-purposing items.
I figured that if we're like-minded in stitching blocks about the gentle domestic life then maybe we should take advantage of the almost 600 strong membership and share our thoughts and ask questions about our lives as homemakers.
The conversations which followed have been truly encouraging, respectful, and interesting. It's a blessing to have such beautiful and wise hearts who are open to sharing their lives with us and I look forward to future growth in this aspect of our group.
If you'd like to join the Gentle Domesticity Facebook group it's quite easy.
As soon as that happens, introduce yourself and chat away!
When I think about the role of homemaker, or what it means to be one, the image of my Nana in one of her many aprons always comes to mind. They were faded, well worn, and as much the uniform of her 'profession' as a nurse in medical attire. Back in the day all women I knew wore an apron, but then there was this huge block of time when aprons became almost obsolete, in fact I think they were looked on as an embarrassment?
Thankfully, the humble apron has had a resurgence in popularity, so I did a little wander around Pinterest the other night to find some new/old patterns that may be useful to you, patterns I'd like to make for myself - like this one from the Vintage Crafts & More website...
This simple pocketed apron has a tutorial and is kindly shared on the Yards & Yards blog...
This sweet half apron also comes with a tutorial! It's shared on the Sew 4 Home website...
...and don't forget the slip-over apron I made last year with a pattern shared by Amy Barickman.
The link to download the PDF pattern is in this blog post.
Beautiful aprons made by my friends Fee, Barbra and Margaret hang by the side of my pantry with the ones I've made myself, and are used every day - but I always need a couple more. They're a joy to make, and especially lovely to gift for birthdays and special occasions.
(Even dear Blossom wears one of my aprons now!)
Before I go can I show you a photo of my dear Nana, complete with apron and hair in curlers?
As a child I noticed most women of Nana's age wore curlers at home - glad that's not come back in vogue!
The wonderful little black and white dog with Nana is Soxie.
He used to walk me to school every day, and meet me at the school gate each afternoon to bring me home again. My life fell to pieces as an 11yo when he died.
Simpler times, I miss them, but we cannot live in the past, only make the best of the day at hand and show love and care to the people we're blessed to have in our lives right now.
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Perhaps we'll all be making aprons? I know my friend Heather has just made a pretty one so I'm extra inspired, and I do hope she reads this and puts a photo on her blog...hint hint Heather dear...