Thursday, October 21, 2010
The Domestic Artist
I am happy to announce that I am going to start what I will call The Domestic Artist section on here on A Wise Woman Builds Her Home. This section will include all things homemaking, feature guest posts like the one we recently did from Miss Jen and do linkups and video while sharing valuable tips to encourage all woman in the forgotten arts of homemaking.
What I want you all to know though as we embark upon this wonderful journey is that this section will not be provided so that we will become discouraged in not having perfect, beautiful homes or perfect homemaking skills--it is here so we may learn from one another and apply our knowledge to richly enhance our own homes. We must understand that being a domestic artist is an entire life's journey--a progress in the making just like everything else.
True homes are made with love, centered with Christ and are focused upon the people that live there. We must be wise when we look to the world's definition of homes when we are bombarded by glossy images of perfect, immaculate homes with all the trendy furniture and latest decor. Those things are certainly nice and desirable but that is not what ultimately makes up a home. We need to keep a balance--striving for an orderly, peaceful and comfortable home but not falling prey to our desires for perfection or pressure from the outside world.
I like this quote Mrs. Chancey shared recently and I am sure many of you will share a sigh of relief upon reading it:
"Clutter is the poetry of our homes. It is an intimate view that is not always perfect--a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. Everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth." ~ Mary Randolph Carter
And it also exudes that wonderful fact that a family lives there! This is how I want us to truly look at our homes. Imperfect but yet eternal artwork that is about to be unfolded. A wonderfully exciting place where hearts are knitted and everlasting memories are made. Homes that are lived in by real people! My heart on this topic can be found here:
The True Test of Home-Making
I am looking forward to beginning this journey with you...
Now if you have any homemaking tips, recipes, skills, decor ideas, money helps, thoughts or just anything having to do with building your home you would like to share go ahead and linkup! We would love to hear and learn from you!