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!

17 comments:

  1. How nice to share ideas, thoughts and recipes of homemaking life! Enjoying your helpful site as usual. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you for the kind reminder about our homes being made from love and serving our family in love. It is a very important reminder that neither our homes nor our service will be perfect, and we shouldn't compare them to others.

    Thank you, also, for hosting this great link-up for the encouragement of one another.

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  3. Oh I love this quote. I hope you don't mind that I am going to put it onto my blog so that I can be reminded every day.
    I will certainly be coming back to link up after I come up with a post for this. What a lovely way for us to glean from each other.

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  4. June,

    I think this is a wonderful idea.

    Now, I've got to tell you something. I never get tired of hearing that song by Palchelbel(did I spell that right?!) One of these days I'm going to get a playlist just so I can listen to it all the time. It is one of the most beautiful instrumental pieces I have ever heard played!

    Thank you for introducing me to it!

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  5. Love your site. Just wanted to know where you find your lovely pictures you post. Thanks

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  6. Enjoying your helpful tips and great reminder of the reality of life. Clutter and rooms lived in are very much poetic and lovely.

    Thanks!!!

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  7. Looking forward to more homemaking help!

    I know some women are discouraged by the Proverbs 31 woman, but similar to your words, I think she is meant to be an encouraging example to us. Motivating, rather than making us feel hopeless (which I have in the past about my homemaking skills!).

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  8. You have a lovely blog! So glad I found it! I'm your neweset follower. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings,
    Jill

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  9. Hello, I decided to join in with this one! I love the idea...

    I hope it is ok, but I used an older post that I thought would go well with this topic.

    Blessings to you and your family...

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  10. I look forward to learning from others, and sharing ideas. Your Blog is so informative, and everytime I visit, I learn something new
    Thank you Mrs Fuentes.

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  11. I'm all for new ideas and am looking forward to your posts of the future. :)

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  12. The quote Jennie Chancey put up is right now on my refrigerator--was intending to put it on my blog this weekend;) Glad it's already out there~see ya soon!

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  13. Perfect! I'm really looking forward to this! So many of us don't have certain skills and don't know how to acquire them and just exchanging ideas is incredible in helping us to become better homemakers. Thank you for the time and effort you put forth to to encourage women!

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  14. What a really good idea. I'll look forward to following this. We are never to old to gain some wisdom.
    Very best wishes for this.

    Blessings Gail

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  15. Ladies, I hope that we will learn much from Miss Jen and from one another in our journey on homemaking--there is so much to share and so little time! Thank you to all who took the time to share a post!

    Many blessings...

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  16. Thank you for this post. I have realy enjoyed visiting all these blogs from this post - ones I might not have found otherwise! Also, your blog is lovely.

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