Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Domestic Artist

My friend Kat always refers to herself as a domestic artist, and I have to say, I've fallen in love with this phrase. She is a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mom, of 3 children, who has found happiness in perfecting her domestic skills. And not only because she feels she has to, or needs to, but because she has looked at her life as a form of art--that everything she does can be done beautifully and meaningfully to benefit her growing family. I've always admired her for this.

I realize that many of us didn't grow up sewing, or cooking, or baking, or gardening, or decorating our homes, so it is somewhat of a skill we learn along the way, as adults. Micah bought me my first sewing machine 4 1/2 years ago, and I looked at it with the fear and anxiety of a kid on his first day at school! But slowly, as I've been plugging away at little projects, a sewer has emerged. I have been lucky to meet other friends along the way, who take pride in their various domestic abilities. It has been a blessing to learn from others, the many diverse arts of being domestic.

Sometimes, as I'm plunked down on the ground, folding the largest load of laundry you've ever seen, I think about what it means to be a domestic artist.
Most days I don't have the time to dive into creative projects of artistic flare and fancy, but even the mere fact that my home is organized, comfortable, and homey-feeling, gives me a huge sense of satisfaction. (I never said totally clean!)
And the little details I see around me; clothes hanging on the line, warm bread in the oven, homemade curtains hanging in the windows, an organized closet, made-up beds, and two little boys running around in my superhero capes, make me feel like a true domestic artist.

This is one title I want to strive to live up to, because it makes me happy. :)
What's your favorite "domestic art" you've acquired over the years?


Katherine said...

Sally, oh Sally. I was missing you so much yesterday. (I miss you today too. :)) That's one of the loveliest things anyone has ever said about me. Thank you.

Choosing a favorite domestic art is hard. Probably cooking. There is something about a home filled with delicious smells. I wish I loved cleaning my kitchen as much. ;)

Zen Mama said...


arianne said...

I love that phrase. It's what I want to be. A domestic artist. My favorite skill is always changing. Sometimes cooking, sometimes gardening, sometimes sewing. I like switching hats a lot.

Da Denninghoff's said...

I have many (doesn't mean I'm good at them, they just make me happy), but unfortunately I don't really get a chance to do it as often or at all lately. The only one I have time for right now is cooking wholesome, healthy & hearty foods. I love food!

Sally Jackson said...

MMmmm wholesome, healthy, hearty foods is my favorite! When there's a good dinner on the table, my heart is filled with joy!

Shannon S. said...

I just had a lesson today from Kat on making a pocket diaper. We'll continue later in the week or next and I'm SUPER excited. Makes me want to try to get into sewing for my sweet girls. I have curtains I need to make them.... for MONTHS. Maybe that would be a good use of time as I wait for baby to arrive :-) Due in 3 weeks! I feel so blessed to know women like you gals. You know I'm sold on homemade laundry soap now and I was stunned when I heard you mention that at my first LLL meeting. You made what?! Now my MOTHER even uses it :-) Wonderful.