I am joining in Jenny's weekly " The Gentle Art of Domesticity" linky which is on my side bar, top right. Unfortunately, the book that inspired this is very hard to find but I rather like the description and exerpts that Jenny has put on her blog. I have met so many beautiful people in blog land over the years, especially fellow crafters and I hope that I meet many more this year.
The word "Domesticity" often makes the modern woman cringe as they somehow link it with female submission and subservience. In my younger years as a mother with 2 children I was proud to be a stay at home mum and detested those words many women described themselves with....JUST a stay at home mum. I would tell them to get rid of that word " just" as it completely demeaned the wonderful work women, and some men by then, did raising children and maintaining a comfortable home.
For decades I have described myself as being a domestic goddess but I have not by any means been a 50s style housewife cooking and cleaning all day. Now, as a grandmother, mother, wife and carer I look back at those early years with a smile. Despite a huge life change back in the 90s which saw me moving to a regional area on my own with 2 young daughters after a marriage breakdown, the last 29 years have been quite fulfilling.
I find a lot of pleasure from simple things, especially my array of potted colour on our back verandah which is our main entrance that everyone uses into our home. I have planted in this old bathtub for many years as it was my dad's.
This plant stand was my grandmothers's.
This plant hanger was green but we painted it white. Unfortunately, living by the beach means that salt air quickly errodes metal things and my plant stand and hanger both need revamps.
I also love putting hand picked flowers on my bathroom vanity.
Well, that is my introduction to The Gentle Art of Domesticity. May your days be blooming beautiful.