Thursday, December 16, 2010

Slowing Down

Yesterday I had to go to the grocery store twice to buy 1 thing for dinner.  This really put me off because we plan our week's meals in advance and grocery shop as a family every Sunday.  I absolutely love this system.  It really makes for a relaxed week and allows me to make the most of the time I have to be home with my children.

So, yep, I had to go to the grocery store twice yesterday in order to make the chili that I knew my husband would be anticipating all day long.  On the second trip I prepped the kids in the car.  "We're going to go in the store, head straight to the onions, buy them and go.  Let's see how fast we can walk!"  And it went along swimmingly, until I dropped the onions in the produce bag and Aria asked, "Can I weigh it?"

Immediate response.  "No." 

"Please, Mama!  I really love to weigh things!" 

Now she never asks to weigh things in the grocery store.  Our family doesn't use the produce scales, but she does weigh things at home, occasionally.  When I slowed down to reflect...  What was the rush, really?

"Yes, go ahead."  And to our mutual delight, she was able to read the scale, "One and one-fourth pounds."

Mommy beams with pride.  Second child inquires, "Can I weigh something?"

And a five pound bag of potatoes is declared "Five and one-fourth pounds."  What a deal.

We made our way to the checkout smiling, myself particularly glad that I'd slowed down enough to actual be there with them, even if "there" wasn't home.  And since we homeschool, chalk that up as "math" please.  Don't you just love it when you feel like "super mommy"?  Of course we all have moments that are just the opposite, but it's these good times that inspire our hearts to reach for more.

With just over a week left before Christmas, I think it's time to slow down, don't you?  In that spirit, here are some slow stitches I've been enjoying.

Bookmarks on craft paper fabric

Embroidered bookmarks on kraft paper fabric, a la Amanda Soule. Backed with wool felt.

from Aria's drawings

Childlike stitches inspired by Aria's drawings.

present-wrapping with help

Those bookmarks and our felted wool soaps were wrapped by the children and have made their way under the tree. Aria embellished her tissue wrapping with flourishes of scissor snips.

gifts in progress

Needle holder gifts in progress, inspired by I like orange, too!

my cozy perch

My cozy perch.  Embroidery + Quilt + fireplace = pure delight.

I couldn't be more thankful!

Thank-you, dear reader, for slowing down enough to share this space with me.  Each of you is a blessing.  Wishing us all a Merry Christmas!


  1. I didn't know you homeschooled! You must totally rock as a mom!! Love it when I have the forethought to actually slow down. thanks for the reminder.

  2. Great reminder to slow down, especially this time of year! I find myself getting frustrated with my 3-year-old, and I have to remember that he won't be little for long!

    P.S. Love that pin cushion on the arm of your sofa. I need to check out the tutorial! Much better than sticking pins in the sofa itself :)

  3. Thanks for sharing and the reminder. My grocery shopping technique is highly tactical and surgical especially when I have both girls with me, in and out as fast as possible. I need to remember to be present more often!

  4. Beautiful pictures. Love that sofa pincushion. I'm so glad I have found your blog. I'm looking forward to 2011.

  5. I love your daughters drawings!! My boys really enjoyed turning their drawings into hanging embroidery hoops -- they are so proud of them, I bet your little one was just thrilled!

  6. I didn't know you homeschool. How do you you manage to do so much sewing and homeschool too? I'm just curious as we're thinking about homeschooling our ds (he's supposed to start school next Sept) and one of my concerns is that I'll never manage to do any crafting. Thanks for writing such a great blog - I love it!

  7. Love this post. You rock, mama!

  8. Emma - I've been homeschooling for 3 years now, but my oldest is only 6. She's a kindergartner, so there's very little "schooling" required at this point. But, to answer your question, I do virtually all of my sewing at night after the kids go to bed (which is at 7-7:30). I don't watch a lot of TV, and when I do, I embroider or something =).

    I encourage you to try homeschooling if your heart is drawn to it. It is such a blessing to spend these moments with my kids!

  9. Thanks for taking the time to reply. Thats exactly what I do now, I just keep wondering if my time is going to be zapped by masses of homeschool preparation (printing worksheets out, searching the web for resources, organizing craft activities for the following day, etc.) I barely have time to do everything as it is, without adding more stuff!! But homeschooling is something I really want to try. Its good to know you manage to do so much - it gives me hope! Thanks again.


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