Another pursuit that I have recently rediscovered joy in is sewing. I have yet to find a permanent spot for my sewing projects that my kids will not sneak into and destroy. Four years ago, I undertook a huge job to make window coverings for my entire home that we would soon move into. I chose to make window valances that were all the same, just different fabric. At the time, I had some wonderful seamstresses helping me so that I could complete the job before we moved. It makes happy every time I look around the home and realize that they were homemade with love.
With my recent pursuits in the kitchen, the need for aprons was of great necessity and I had lots of extra fabric. I had five willing helpers all with no aprons. So, as of late, I have been making aprons. Only two are complete so far. I plan on continuing my work on aprons and then moving on to other well-needed projects, like mending clothes. My grandma is a great seamstress and made the pretty apron that my little girl is wearing and another apron for my big girl. I plan on using these aprons for future aprons for my daughters and a different pattern for my boys. I have not yet taken pictures of the second apron that I made. I plan on finishing it up this week and taking pictures and posting them on Thursday's from scratch post. My question that I do have for those with many children is, "how do I make sewing a part of my daily routine with so many little ones to care for and teaching my children to sew?" Amy over at http://www.raisingarrows.net/ has been a big encouragement when it comes to sewing things. Just yesterday, I made a moby wrap and am loving it! My back has been hurting lots and my little girl loves to be cuddled lots, so when I found out that I could make this moby wrap I was thrilled. There are many places online that teach how to use the moby wrap. I listened and learned and she loves it. It is so comfortable. I love to swaddle my babies in their miracle blankets when they are newborns to about 3 months and to cuddle them in the moby wrap or my arms as often as I can.
Another blog that has encouraged me when it comes to sewing is http://www.smockityfrocks.com/ .
Last of all laundry. Mindy has an encouraging post about organizing a laundry system. Click on her name and it will take you to her site. After reading the Duggar's book, Twenty and Counting, I was inspired to have a laundry room that was centralized. We moved all the kids drawers downstairs and put up a clothing rod with a shelf above it. Now all of my laundry is on the same floor. We have a folding table and laundry baskets are placed under them. We also have a chest that we keep our blankets in and a large rubbermaid tote that holds all of our sheets. I have yet to constantly stay on top of all of our laundry. This is a constant battle. Laundry is a journey just like motherhood is a journey.
This final picture was taken just before I cleaned the tops of the drawers.