What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Yarn and Crafting Along

Bookish:  I always keep several books going at once.  Usually a non-fiction, an audiobook, sometimes something a bit more 'heady' and a really simple, silly thing that I can pick up for small snippets here and there.  

I am finishing up The Shaping of A Christian Family by Elizabeth Elliot.  It is excellent and has been so inspiring and convicting!! 

I'm listening to Dante's Inferno on audiobook.   

For the simple, silly book I've been reading a book borrowed through the library system that a friend had suggested called Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer Scott.  It was an interesting read but in many ways laughably unrelatable to my way of life.  She speaks of pinpointing a "style" and creating a capsule wardrobe of quality clothes based upon that.  Well, I guess my "style" would be Whatever Fits with a side of 'Hand-Me-Down' and 'Thrift Store'.   She speaks $600.00 dresses and cargo pants and I feel guilty spending $20.00 on a clearance item from an actual store!  She speaks of clutter free living and obviously does not come from an angle of having six children.  Of course, some things were a nice nudge to be more intentional in finding beauty, inspiration, gratitude, elegance in food and home and interests and habits.  I could definitely cultivate a bit more grace and elegance in different areas of my life. 

Other books read this past month:
  • Susannah Wesley by Kathy McReynolds
  • Seven Women by Eric Metaxas
  • Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcy

I'm currently working on a pixie hat for Cricket since his noggin is growing so fast.  (He must be brainy.)  I've worked this hat before several times and really LOVE the look!  I'm using a gorgeous higher-quality yarn in a dark green color.  I got it at one of the craft stores that allow coupons so it isn't THAT high class but high class for me.  Unfortunately, I lost the tag and have no idea what kind of yarn it is!  I hope to be able to crochet a sweater to match with the leftover yarn next although yarn work is pretty scarce these days since every time I sit down I have to be nursing.  I have not yet grown adept enough at nursing this little fidgeter while simultaneously knitting.  So we'll see if I can manage that.  No promises.  Especially at the rate Moses' head grows.  

Also working on sewing a birthday skirt or two.  

Other Crafty Pursuits this past month:

Because Cricket was born a few days later than I had hoped for, I was able to not only get a bonnet done for his coming home outfit (as I originally intended) but I whipped out some booties and a matching sweater too.  

This is what he thought of his coming home outfit at the hospital:

Here it is in better lighting; two weeks later, minus the booties that are still too big and a hat that is impossibly already outgrown?!

 I broke out the sewing machine and made some room on the porch for some crafty gift making.  (And tackling the mending too.)  Here is an ensemble  I gave to a friend and her (not so new) little sweetling:

And you remember seeing this crown make an appearance (or three) last week, right? 

That happened too.

~ Joining the crafting on and yarning on communities ~


Anonymous said...

It's amazing what you are getting done on top of daily life with a big family. Your posts start my day with a smile.

Cathy said...

So many things to comment on here. I had to come to your blog when I saw that sweet newborn baby, and his little knitted clothes! You are a busy mama and I want to encourage you in your choice to be full-time wife and mother, it is the best choice by far.The book you mentioned by Elisabeth Elliot is a treasure. I had to smile when I read your take on Jennifer Scott's book, but you probably gleaned the best part of it from what you stated. In the busyness of our days we can find bits of grace and beauty. You have proven so in your own life.

Abigail said...

You make such beautiful things, Rebecca. Just last night, Delphine and I were talking behind your back about how talented you are in matters of creating, and this post proves it! As you know, I am just as inspired by the manner in which you do it as by what you do (i.e. sitting relaxed while hosting a lovely party while a certain unnamed GUEST arrives harried and stretched thin).

You shape your home with grace and beauty.
Keep taking the next step!

Janel said...

I am so excited to see that you have welcomed another little one into your family. Yesterday I remembered that I haven't looked at your blog. It's been over a year since I last read anything about your family, so I have a lot of posts to catch up on.

Juliana said...

Nothing better than a newborn in handmade woolies!!