Sunday, May 22, 2011

It could have happened anywhere

stitch.by.the.light

As long as I had placed a bowl of pearl cottons between any two chairs in any corner of our home I imagine this scene might have eventually produced itself. Often after Roman is in bed, and the rest of the children are settled into what will be their last task or play on a Sunday evening, I sneak off to set my mind onto Monday. Usually at the computer, just for a few minutes, to organize my thoughts about what I will wake up to. It might sound like weekend work (gasp), but it actually helps me enjoy the rest of the evening that will follow if I feel like I've peeked into the next week a bit. Anyway.

They marched in with purpose, and headed straight to the window seats with their little sewing bags ready to whatever together. Eleni making a pouch for Juliana, because she thinks Juliana needs a pouch for all her stuff. And Isabela, just making a handbag that will be for she doesn't know who. Just making it.

Its just that tonight, they have no idea what they're making me. They are making me peaceful in my heart, relieved in my mind, and thankful through out as they stitch together the raw edges of their day, when they had every other endeavor to choose from. So simple.

Needle.
Thread.
Cloth.
Evening.
Light.
Sisters.
Good.
Night.

xoAnna

51 comments:

  1. you have passed on a piece of yourself to them, that they will always treasure.. I love it! I get it! Have a great night :)
    Mechelle

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  2. Sounds like the perfect way to end the day! Lovely!

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  3. Wonderful. I might set some creative supplies out too, hoping to tempt younger fingers. Brilliant "idea".

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  5. oh yes! what a sweet moment to share. your home must be soo happy!

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  6. Emily B8:59 PM

    You are such a good writer...and role model to your children. Ia dome them for creating at night, instead of watching TV like mine do!

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  7. I always knew that I like to craft to slow my thoughts, especially at the end of a hard day. It was only recently that I realised that watching my children craft can have the same effect: the concentration, the quiet, the effort... right up until they need me to untangle a thread or something, but even that yelp for help seems to come from a place of deeper patience than normal.

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  8. Magic in the making. What more could one ask for? I am always happy when I "catch" moments like that. Carolina

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  9. Such special moments. These are the sister moments that live forever in memory--your and theirs.

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  10. Such a lovely, lovely post. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Pure sweetness....I sew and make quilts but am not sure what everyone does with the purl cotton. Now even your children know what to do with it. Any ideas where I might find sample ideas?

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  12. Your post made me feel so peaceful too. Thank you for sharing a perfect moment with us!

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  13. Anonymous10:06 PM

    aw heart at peace and content!
    how beautiful that your girls and maybe even the boys will follow in their Mamas foot steps....blessing Ana & good night.

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  14. what a lovely post. Simple times together. thanks for sharing. sweet.

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  15. How beautiful! I hope my daughter picks up crafting, it's so peaceful and calming. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. So so sweet. I love moments like that.

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  17. So lovely! My oldest daughter - the 10 year old - stayed up way past bedtime tonight waiting until I had put her three sisters to bed so that she could press the fabric she picked out today, ready to make her first quilt as a gift for her best friend. She spent all weekend pouring over your books and flickr pages looking for design ideas. Thank you for inspiring us both - this is always such a happy place to visit!

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  18. Your words made me feel very warm in my heart...so sweet.
    Mary

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  19. That in itself is indeed a beautiful thing!

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  20. I got a big case of the warm fuzzy feelings reading this post :)

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  21. This is so beautiful! What lucky girls. My mum was a quilter and I know its in my blood. I hope I can pass it on to my own babies xx

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  22. Anonymous6:13 AM

    beautiful

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  23. It really is so pure and sweet.

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  24. For some reason this reminded me of the March sisters in Little Women. Thanks for sharing...

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  26. So sweet. I think it's so easy for children to be creative when the simply have access, when they don't have to ask permission to use markers, water colors, the sewing box, etc. This post reminds me of when I would stay the weekends with my grandmother, who owned her own sewing shop. She saved handwork for the evenings, and I would sew/embroider with her. I think moments like this laid the foundation for who I am today.

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  27. awww your post brought a little tear to my eye. Simple pleasures are the best. dee x

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  28. aww. AM, that is the cutest, sweetest thing! I'm so glad you got to treasure that time. On another note, your fabric is out today! WOOT! Now you can know that all over the world, people will be curled up at their sewing tables, sofas, and window seats creating goods from another of your very awesome fabric lines! What a wonderful thought- to me atleast! Enjoy your Monday! :D

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  29. This is when you know that all you have done is not in vain. It is one of the many parental payoffs that you are in for. The only hard part is that sometimes, we just have to wait and see.

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  30. You brought tears to my eyes.... The `re is nothing more beautiful than our everyday beauty : )

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  31. Anonymous1:55 PM

    I had the same response as demie above, this really did bring tears to my eyes. How happy you must be.

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  32. sister magic is priceless:)

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  33. You make me wish my Tall Short person still lived at home with this post! Instead, we are expecting a grandbaby who might be the next one to do such creating in our home.

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  34. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Your writing (and pictures) always warms my heart...

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  36. simply wonderful. so peaceful and touching. what a bonus to get a nice photo of the moment.

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  37. It sounds heavenly. It sounds like what I always pictured in my home but didn't happen. I have three boys for one thing--always expected girls. But one is severely autistic and one very mildly autistic, and scenes like yours just don't really happen at my house. The closest it gets is the three boys all watching tv together at the same time looking content. Which is still good, even though it's not what I pictured when I imagined family life.

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  38. What a sweet moment to share. How happy you must be.

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  39. I found your website by way of Kris and Kim interviewing you on DIY Dish. I like your creativity and how you are bringing your daughters along on your creative journey.

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  40. I love your creativity...thanks for sharing all of your talents with us! I also enjoy reading how you include your family in all that you do! Thanks for the creative inspiration!

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  41. for some reason this sweet post reminded me of a sweet little quote: "a day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel."

    I love it when little ones sew!

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  42. Love this post. As a teacher I am always so sad for my students that do not live in homes that encourage the joy of creating and learning. I remember a childhood of sewing, rock tumbling/jewelry making, weaving potholders, wood burning kits, leather tooling, chemistry sets, candle making,etc.
    Video games can't hold a candle to the joy of making something or learning something new.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Laura Nell
    http://lauranell.com

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  44. So lovely. Reading your blog makes me giddy to be a mom someday :) What sweet girls you have!

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