What is this place?

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.



4 thoughts on “What is this place?

  1. leah musser

    Read your entry about wearing skirts vs wearing pants. You mentioned wearing a skort while gardening but i dont like skorts either. I am currently making dresses for my sister. She gardens. I dont. Is there a way to make a dress you could garden in? Im making matching aprons so not worried about getting dirty. More concerned about sitting on the ground and crawling around.


    1. hearthie Post author

      Hi! Okay, I’ve started wearing more pants because I started crossfit, and skirts (or skorts) are just not modest when you’re doing situps in mixed company. But I’ve gardened in more than a few skirts, so here you go.

      Look at old art for your inspiration – plenty of peasant women in the fields. This is the look you’re going for. About mid-calf length (or a few inches longer) so that you can bend from the waist without thinking about it. Not longer than a high-ankle length, so that you don’t get tripped when you’re stooped over and moving around.

      Second thing, you want a reasonably durable fabric. *Light weight* denim is great – it doesn’t catch thorns as easily as other fabrics, and it’s highly launderable. I’ve gardened in plenty of quilting cotton. It’s fine, washes well, but it does catch on things.

      Third – notice that the skirts used are wide. You’re not going to want to bend and stoop in a tight skirt. Doesn’t work well and not modest.

      If you’re making aprons, make them generous-pocketed, there are always things to put in your apron and fetch back in the house when you’re in the garden. I do love an apron for harvesting summer produce. It feels so fun to hold up a “basket” of cucumbers and tomatoes and whatnot.

      Women have gardened in skirts for centuries. Have fun! 😀


  2. Maggie Jones

    I came across your blog because I’m about to sew the Ehlen blouse, and I found your review (which was great – thank you!). But, then I found your blog and your entries about food–so interesting! I have systemic lupus, and I’ve also done food elimination and re-introduction, and with very similar reactions/results to your own. I’ve never seen a blog that combines the sewing journey with the personal change journey–I like it! When I finish my Ehlen blouse, I’ll also try to post a review–thank you for doing yours and best wishes! – Maggie, Sew Snoqualmie


    1. hearthie Post author

      Please link your blouse review on my blouse blog – I’d love to read it! Welcome to the blog. I write quite a lot – this is one of three blogs I keep active, and is the most personal of the three. Make yourself at home! 🙂



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