This is my rose garden!
This blog serves two functions. One, this is where I talk about beauty and style – with practical tips and philosophical essays. Two, this is where I talk about sewing – the craft that I love. So this is where you’ll see the garments I’ve made, and listen to me talk about the process of making them.
Both of these things are important to me.
I love beauty. I love being beautiful. We, as women, are created beautiful. I believe we’re also created with an innate connection to beauty. We make things around us prettier, we make ourselves prettier. At least – we do these things when all is right with our world, inside and out.
The world around us, dear sisters, is ugly. I don’t have to tell you that. You have eyes. Individually, we can’t do much about that, but together? Can we not emit a sweet fragrance of loveliness that draws a world-weary public to us – and thence to our Lord? What if – Christian women were sweet flowers in a bed of thorns? Kind, gentle, smiling, sweetly scented.
Craftsmanship is likewise important – and regrettably, it’s something that is dying. You don’t see Joe on the street learning to do something really well – and you don’t see Jane in the home investing in items that will last for generations. No. We’ve traded in good stuff for more stuff, and we’ve ended up with a disposable lifestyle. That benefits no one. I don’t understand why good craftsmanship isn’t a Christian virtue – it should be, as we’re instructed to do all things as unto the Lord. It’s not “green” to have lots of disposable stuff in your life, it’s not sensible, and it doesn’t foster an atmosphere of beauty and gratitude.
Let’s have a revolution, folks. It starts with us. Bring back beauty, bring back craft.