First, I need to say how humbled and inspired I am by all of the wonderful comments. You are all “Making Do” in the most clever, wise and industrious ways. As I read the entries, I was struck over and over by the idea that out of crisis can come opportunities…
We have the opportunity to grow closer to those we love, make everyday more meaningful and have more satisfaction in our endeavors.
There were so many great ideas! I loved reading about raising worms (my son digs this idea,) turning outgrown pants into shorts, and using yogurt cups to start vegetable seeds. With all the great responses and ideas, I can’t wait to do another Giveaway soon!
The winner of the Retro Apron is: Lisa Marie
And here is her comment: I see these tough economic times as a real blessing and as a way for God to teach me to slow down and really appreciate what I do have. I have recently really started to be much more careful and far less wasteful in so many different ways. “Making it do” has really become a big part of who I am as a wife and mother. I have started mending torn clothing, making too-short pants into shorts, darning socks, baking from scratch rather than from a mix, spending more time in the kitchen to cook healthy meals rather than meals from a box or from a take-out restaurant menu. Whipping up a batch of homemade mashed potatoes or a tasty batch of warm cookies fresh from the oven actually allows me to tangibly show my family how much I love them. I want my family to think back one day and realize that the things that I have done for them, the meals that I have cooked and the clothing that I have mended were all done with the loving and industrious hands of their dear mother. These changes that I have made in my homemaking have blessed me and have also blessed my family in so many ways. I see these tough times as a real gift and I am so thankful for the opportunity to “make it do”.
For Lisa Marie: Send me an email with your address so I can send your apron on it’s way! (to: email@example.com )
And because I can’t stand making a post without a picture, here is a picture of a quilt designed by my mother, Leslie. It’s called ‘Til Butter Flies in homage to one of the quotes from my Grandmother’s Memory Book (from an earlier post) “I’ll love you ’til butter flies…” The fabrics are mostly 1930′s replicas, some are actually feed sack fabrics from the 30′s. (I’ve used this little phrase on cards I have made to give to loved ones…)