Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Living the gentle domestic life linkup



The Link up party has started, and I think this is going to be fun. I remember one year I read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  I read it every day for about three years.  Every year I felt that I got something new out of that book.  She talked about finding the joy in everyday things. At that stage that is what I needed, right now the gentle art of domesticity sounds exactly what I need!  Isn't it wonderful when the right things show up at the right time?

 I like to write down something I am grateful for in a journal every night before I go to bed.  I love the fact that this helps me to go to sleep thinking about my good life, because even in the deepest, darkest days, there is good to be found.
Doing things around my home is something that gives me great pleasure, and I have just had two weeks off work when I had time to potter around, clean the fridge, clean the windows and window screens!   I sorted through some cupboards, washed walls and curtains. I tidied up the garden a bit, picked some flowers,  and shared home baked goodies with friends.  I also did a little bit of just sitting and reading, and just sitting.


 This gorgeous flower will turn into the most delicious deep red dragonfruit.
 Here is the fruit with pineapple and pawpaw, which I also grow here in my little garden.
 I am so blessed to live here in the tropics (North Queensland) and enjoy such exotic fare.






I have been doing some little embroidery squares in the evenings and when we babysat the grand kids my 11 year old grandson expressed an interest in making something.  He embroidered "game over"  in black on a white pillow which he sewed and stuffed all by himself.   I love to pass on what I know, as so many handcrafts are being forgotten. I am so blessed to have had lessons from others along the way.  In her blog this week, Jenny talked about being afraid to start quilting because of the fear of not being perfect.  I think that every time you sew love into the stitches that article could not be more perfect!  This quilt was made from the pieces of painted fabric my Mom had made, and it now sits on my daughters bed in Europe.  What better way to share memories?

I love the table runner pattern that Jenny has shared - one day when I am looking for a new project I can pull it out and begin stitching.
Hello to all  on the link up, I look forward to getting to know you as the year progresses.
~ Gillian


15 comments:

  1. I keep a daily journal, too, and now my husband is dictating to me each night for his journal. I think it's a great way of winding down, protecting precious memories and when you do it together like that, it's a great bonding activity. I love your take on crafts... Done is better than perfect, and handmade beats store-bought every single time!

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    1. What a great idea to do it together! I feel the love every time I give away something hand made!

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  2. Lovely to meet you. I remember that book you mentioned and I think the author was on Oprah's show. It must be the season because I have been having a big clean up around my home too. I have given heaps to the Op Shop and some things went in the bin. It feels sooooo good.That quilt holds many fond memories for you. Your grandson has learned a lovely skill from you and you have created a special memory for both of you.

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    1. Hello Ondrea, and welcome. :) Dont you just love that feeling of space after a cleanup?

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  3. I try to do a spring clean each year ... have just finished the window polishing, decobwebbing etc. It feels good and really does make a difference. I have also been eliminating stuff as I go through each cupboard, a little each year so it is less of a jolt giving up things when we finally downsize. I've been keeping journals (sporadically rather than daily) for the past 40 years. It is fun to go back and see what as interesting/bothering me all those years ago. I am often shocked in find how little I have changed (progressed) over the years.

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    1. Hi Joan, It has to be a continual thing with me, but I am trying very hard not to bring in more stuff! I am also a bit sporadic with my journal. Sometimes I just think my grateful thoughts, rather than writing them down!

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  4. Hi there. I am really enjoying reading your blogs. I was so pleased to see you sharing others’ blogs yesterday and I will look them up. Thanks also for the reminder that crafts don’t have to be perfect. I’ve just done a small cross stitch for a neighbour’s baby. It isn’t perfect and a little ‘wobbly’ in some places, but made with love. I will straighten it out as much as I can, but will try not to get too obsessive about it!

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    1. Hello Susan, that cross stitch sounds lovely, and given with love is all that matters.

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  5. Your journal entries each night of good things that happened is a good thing. It's going to be a great year.

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  6. "I think that every time you sew love into the stitches that article could not be more perfect!" I love that! Wondering where in North QLD you are??

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      That was so especially true when I was using old fabrics from generations back in my family to make the grandchildrens' quilts. I felt very strongly how each of those women would be snuggling my babies. I live about an hour north of Cairns.

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  7. I am trying to journal this year even if it just the boring stuff, LOL! That flower is stunning! I have added you to my blog reader and look forward to getting to know you.

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    1. Hello there, thanks for following. I will be following you and hopefully some of your talent rubs off on me. That geranium cross stitch is lovely, but such a lot of work! I often don't write down my gratitude list, and then think of them all as I fall asleep! Those flowers only last for 24 hours, but they are really lovely for that short time!

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  8. It sounds as if your two weeks off were spent doing the kinds of things you could lose yourself in all the time. In my prayers, I often make a list of all the wonders in my life, because I find that being grateful makes me happier, keeps me focused on all the miracles taking place every day. I read about a study that shows that people who are grateful live longer. I can believe it! It's less stressful.

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