Things are coming along very slowly in the studio. I suppose that's just part of doing a renovation with 3 small children while homeschooling and starting up a new Classical Conversations community. The timing of this project was probably not the best now that I think about it but I'm ecstatic that it will be done soon!
You would think that since most of what I do is sewing that organizing and setting up my sewing supplies would be top priority. It's actually not. I've learned over the past 3 years that I can find a way to sew in almost any condition. At one point during our 2 moves I even had a desk made of boxes that I used as a sewing table. The organized sewing room is just a perk at this point. My real motivation in this project is to create a space where I can knit, hand quilt, and spend time in devotion.
I'm all about kids climbing all over me on the sofa as we read and talk and I feel personal touch with my children is so important in showing them love. However, when it comes to knitting and bible study time, kids climbing all over me and jarring me is a huge source of frustration. When we started this project the closet in the corner had to go so that I could make room for my reading chair and create a space that would allow me time alone with the Lord and a space to knit and regather my thoughts so I can do the job God has called me to do.
Right now it's a work in progress but you can get an idea of where I'm going with it. I'm loving the baskets and crate. They are great for storing yarn but it's looking a little too primitive for my taste as it is. I have a few other option in mind to try and some of my mothers art work to add to help balance the wall.
One of my favorite additions so far is this vintage crate. I have been wanting one for awhile but unfortunately this area is not the greatest place to find original antiques. I was hoping to find one with this patina but could only find them online from the UK so you can image the price tag! Today I found this one at a local shop for $20.00 and it's perfect!
I purchased this bread bowl in Costa Rica on our honeymoon 11 years ago. It's perfect for holding knitting needles. The journal on top was made by a dear friend and is where I keep pattern notes.
This stool I have had for several years and is another antique that I feel in love with at first site. I think the thing I love most about this stool now is that it has survived the toddler stage of all 3 of my children and is still standing firm. Something about this stool has always said to my children "please knock me over", on wood and tile floors of course, and the sound of this stool whacking the floor has left a permenant imprint in my mind. I know it will become a sweet memory over time.
As far as the rest of the room things are moving along. Half of the fabric is put away. The trim work is done, my husband did a fabulous job, and the everything is painted. Now it's just a matter of bringing the image in my head to life.
A friend recently mentioned a need for items for her brother and sister-in-law who are missionaries in Pluma Mexico and lost everything along with many other families in a recent hurricane. As I read about the situation I did a mental inventory of things I could give and I didn't have any clothes to donate but I had fabric. My first thought was to make something but then I began to second guess my decision. Sometimes it seems silly to me to make things when you can go to Walmart these days and buy cute clothing for practically nothing and usually less than you can make something. At church that week however I heard a message that I have heard several times now that in this life we get a little bit of time and a little bit of stuff and God wants us to use it all for His good deeds.
I'm constantly having to remind myself of that. God gave me talents and personality traits and every thing we own for a purpose and all of those things are a part of His perfect design. Somewhere, somehow, God will use my handmade Simple Skirts as a way to minister to someone because we are all connected through Him. The more I realize that the more my heart is lifted up in that joyful way that only the Holy Spirit can accomplish and the more creative and inspired I become.
Romans 12: 6-8 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith, if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
If you are ever wondering if what you do matters or if it will make a difference, the answer is yes! Roman's 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.