My passion is finding joy and beauty in the simple things of life! As I pen these words I am reminded of the first set of curtains I made for our first tiny, one bedroom apartment. In the kitchen we had open shelves (before open shelves were fashionable) and our meager kitchen ware was by non means something we wanted to show off. So, off I went to buy $1 a yard calico material to fashion curtains for our shelves.
I think I have always had a passion to create something just a little better that what it was when I first found it. Growing up on a Midwestern farm provided lots of opportunity for this sort of practice. Whether it was coloring the pecked wings of young chicks with white shoe polish (so that they could go back into the pen with their assaulters), stirring flour and milk into thick chicken gravy, or growing and picking greens from Mom's simple garden patch, all were done with joy and made into something beautiful.
I spent a lot of weeks each summer in my grandmother's care. She was a seamstress who had sewn her was through the Great Depression. By then, she owned apartments and designed and created clothes for her daughters and granddaughters. How blessed I was to grow up in a place where I could wear whatever I imagined because my grandmother was so creative that she could make anything!
I sat by her and together we dreamed and sewed. The hum of the sewing machines was the background music of my early life. How I loved sitting at her feet, sewing with scraps. Or, painting the walls of her apartment to brighten them up. Making cakes and picking flowers from her garden were all a part of beautiful daily life with her.
From decorating my home, to cooking my family famous chicken enchiladas, writing for my blog, creating for others, learning a new way to use an art medium, or serving others in joy, I have carried with me a passion for seeing joy and beauty in simple things.
A favorite author of mine, Fredrick Buehner said, "The place God calls you to is where you deep gladness meets the world's deep hunger."
I believe that where we are this very moment is the place where we are called to bestow a touch of beauty and joy! The world is hungering for a touch that only you can fulfill.
"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." ~ Buehner