This is the kind of day it is today.
Drips. Fog. Quiet. Calm. Cold. Dim.
Pond with a thin layer of watery ice.
I haven’t been outside enough so this morning I breathed it in deeply.
And admired the stream. It has a little bit of ice in it, around the rocks and sticks. The children like to gather it up and eat it.
Red berries, a log bridge.
I took all the outdoor pictures with three eggs in my pocket.
It has been several years.
I used to sew and then I had a couple of babies and the machine was closeted away.
Now that Sarah Joy is three (and a half) I have felt the sewing urge return.
First it was “I’ll never get to sew again”
then, “I remember when I used to”
then, “wouldn’t it be nice?”
then, “I really should”
then, “oh, I’ll buy these old patchwork quilt scraps and make a pillow!”
and, “I’m sick of sitting around pinning things on pinterest, and gazing at beautiful pillows in Country Living UK magazine, I’m going to get up and DO SOMETHING CRAFTY”
The little ones were underfoot as I pulled all my stuff out of Sarah’s closet and set it up in my room. I had Rich and Jacob bring in a table. I put a cloth on it but I’ll be taking it back off because the fabric drags on it as I’m sewing and bothers me. I put one of Jacob’s paintings behind the machine. All the while, Sarah was RIGHT BY MY SIDE talking and admiring everything, she is just the darned cutest thing.
Really, I credit God for everything good that happens in my life, including the very smallest of situations like the sewing machine ACTUALLY working after being in the closet (not even in a box) for so long. THE TENSION WAS EVEN PERFECT…..I set up the ironing board and set to work with the four quilt scraps that I had bought at an antique shop a few months back. I ironed them, arranged them, and then sewed them together.
I used a nice piece of fabric from my box for the back of the pillow. Seth and Sarah enthusiastically stuffed the stuffing in it while I held on tight.
I love it.
I read books on it.
I wish whoever began the quilt could know that I made it into something! We did it together and she doesn’t even know.
Last night I found Grace and Sammie reading a book on the ipad.
I made the big boys match socks.
And they both chatted on Facebook while they did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This morning Seth said to me, “Mom I need these so I don’t have to listen what you say.”