I pride myself on my handicraft skills. It sure comes in handy when you want to make things for the home that have your special touch. There isn’t a room in my house untouched by my hands over the years. I love to update things so I can be creative with new ideas and decorating solutions. The family appreciates my effort and I get special requests for a bed coverlet, pillow shams, embroidered towels, and the like. My kids have even resorted to paging through crafts magazines so they can select projects of their own to adorn their walls. I have framed many a stitchery design or a cut out fabric collage.
You can teach your kids all kinds of tricks and tips to make craft time fun. It is something they look forward to. They also like to watch me fabricate and try to guess the appearance of the final item such as a big sofa pillow or an ottoman cover. While I once wanted to be a clothing designer, you can see that I have branched out. There is so much to do right in your midst beyond the practicality of clothing. I may well get back to that in due time. Meanwhile, I have yet another task. I need to make new curtains for one of the kid’s bedrooms. Now where is that trusty old Singer. I start looking in the basement and closets. I finally find it stored away waiting for its next use. It will come in mighty handy for the curtains. Most of the work is a series of long seams. You can also machine stitch the hem and a casing for the curtain rod. My Singer is my prize possession—a gift from my mother when she discovered my hidden talent. She wanted me to have a good one that would last for years through my children’s childhood. She Likes to Sew and knew how many things there are to make. She personally liked making girls’ dresses that she would embroidery and smock when I was a young child. Then times got more hip and she started to make overalls and shorts. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t make except maybe for shoes. She could make jackets—no easy task—and coats for winter. She let me pick out my own fabric.
Over the years I have collected dozens of scraps and have made quilts galore which I often give as baby gifts. The curtains are a different matter. I bought a bolt of some sunny yellow lightweight linen which would go with the color scheme of the room. Now that this project is underway, I am thinking about a matching bedspread and maybe a throw for the bedside chair. It will be a fashionable coordinated room. The Singer will get a workout before it goes back into hiding. That won’t be long. I have other ideas for the den and the spare room. I am in the craft mood right now.