...as a prop for pink Columbine...
...and an unused gate painted light green looks good propped against a shed.
These colors, light blue and coral, are an an unusual combination but look good together drying on the line.
I recently bought a new towel and picked this one because of the colors. Interesting how towels are being manufactured these days with designs on them. Before this, housewives were adding fabric borders and trims to towels.
Though quite green out here, it is overcast.
Sewing news: I am interested in the patterns we used in the 1960's and 70's. Here is a picture of one I found on the web but it was sold. During the mini-skirt era there were patterns for longer dresses. I am trying to sew front buttons and zippers these days, and will try to post instructions on how to convert the pattern to button or zip in the front of the garment. I have read that you add inches to the front and eliminate the seam allowance in the back. It seems easier to use a pattern already made the way you want it.
My thoughts today on the home are concerning the pressure and tension that wells up in the homemaker sometimes within minutes after waking up. On reason for that is, her work is right there at home. Her work is all around her. The bed she sleeps in must be made, the sheets laundered. The place she sits to gather her thoughts and sip tea is a place of work. She can't ever really feel completely relaxed because there is always some work to do. The homemaker's husband generally goes somewhere else for his work and comes home to rest or at least to his own work and his own interests.
"A man's work is from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done."
I have several suggestions for how this can be alleviated.
First, for the ladies who are home alone, do not get into your work right away. If you can, do your errands in town bright and early, and then enter your home with a renewed mind.
My mother was rather isolated in the homestead days but she went outside in the morning and walked around, sometimes taking her cup of coffee with her.
When you sleep and wake in the workplace, you can lose your sense of balance. Going outside for a little while and then coming back home puts time lines in the day that distinguish work from leisure.
Some thoughtful men provide their wives gazebos, parlours or rooms of their own where the women can withdraw from the sight of housekeeping for a little while each day. 19th century publications urged husbands to make sure their wives had time out away from home, and encouraged men to take them on regular outings.
We all wake up to work.
This can become discouraging but it can be alleviated by interspersing regular times of relaxation.
While we love being home, we have to be careful not to allow the work to become all consuming. There are stages in life where things will be jumbled (moving, house repairs, illness, loss) and it will make you feel inadequate and stressed. Homes are to be "kept" but they are places where real life is lived; where we get out our supplies and pursue our interests.
Discouragement can easily occur if you wake up thinking of all your work.
Allow no one to intimidate or pressure you regarding your work. Homemaking has to come from the heart. It is a combination of inspiration, creativity and love. When someone pushes you, it robs you of personal desire and motivation. Remind others to give you the freedom to approach housekeeping the way that helps you the most.
Call a friend and encourage each other to get ready for the day. ( A very patient and tolerating friend).
Plan rewards for yourself.
Put away money each day if you can.
Homemaking is self-employment and that requires totally different dynamics than the way the corporate workplace operates.
What would motivate me?
I would like a newspaper with pleasant news, to have time to write a letter, to try a new recipe and a new sewing project, new dish towel and dish cloth ( hand made would be nice) a daily reward of some kind (like a homemakers perk), a call from a friend, a visitor, someone to visit and drop off a basket of goodies, a kind word from someone, prayers.
One friend told me she would like to get up in the morning and open the door to a surprise. No, not a car or anything like that, but a simple basket of plants or fruit, a container with something personal or some free groceries.
Because this won't normally just happen, the housewife has to be self motivated and give herself her own rewards. Sometimes the reward is simply the satisfaction and pleasure of being in an orderly home.
It is very good to be thoughtful of other homemakers, give them a call and some encouragement.