passing on the domestic arts...


Grab a cup of something hot, this is a wordy one (smile)...

One of the things I wanted to start doing this summer was to begin a mentoring group of young marrieds in my home to pass on my love of the domestic arts.  Sewing, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, paper arts, baking, gardening and home keeping in general are a few of the subjects I'd like to cover.

I knew a couple of sweet girls who had already expressed an interest in learning these skills so I sent a message out to them a couple of weeks ago, encouraging them to bring a friend they thought might also like to learn.

My hope is to meet twice a month focusing on a knew task until the project is finished, making a quilt will obviously take a few sessions, where as an embroidered hoop will most likely be finished in one.

I remember how full my days were when my girls were little so I let them know that the time we spend together is flexible.  Missing a day here and there is absolutely no problem, family is always first.  This should be fun and relaxing and never a burden on an already busy schedule.

The response was positive and yesterday we had our first meeting, making these cute pin cushions.

The fabric is called Vintage Market Place, the designer is Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Fabrics.  Isn't it adorable?

Next up is a sweet and useful portable sewing kit, perfect for all those times you find yourself waiting at kids activities or doctors appointments with just enough time to work on a small handwork project.

I can't tell you how much I love working with these young women, how much it encourages me.  If we rely on the negative image the media reports about the next generation, we can fail to see the promise that they actually hold and the hunger they have for face to face time with a more mature woman.

The girls I mentor are not looking for another mother just someone who has been where they are before and can offer a listening ear and a safe environment to talk through their concerns.

What about you?  Is there something that you might consider teaching a younger woman?  It doesn't have to be involved or complicated, just something you love doing.  I can almost guarantee there is someone within your sphere of influence who would love to spend the time with you learning.

xo, Patty


  1. I have every book Emilie Barnes ever wrote, she was my mentor and my idol, her house was the coziest most inviting home I have ever been in............I would teach young mothers to PLAY with their kiddys and let the house go for a while,,,they will remmeber that not clean floors..

  2. I think your mentoring is BIG. Wow, those young ladies will learn so much and friendships will grow too. What a great idea.

  3. This is such a wonderful ministry Patty! I am considering offering some classes to some of the girls getting married and starting their own homes in our church. There is so much to know and learn and I hope I can pass on some of the experience I have gained over the years to the next generation.

  4. That is such a wonderful idea. My son and daughter in law just moved back to our hometown and while helping her unpack told her little tips now and again. I told her I wanted her to know I never was judging her way of doing things. it was just things I learned after 37 years of keeping house. She assured me she loved hearing them! ( for instance she never knew to flip and turn a mattress ). I have always enjoyed the domestic chores and decorating my home. I intentionally created my home for memory making.... Decorations for holidays, making special family nights, keeping it somewhat tidy with small children. Above all a welcoming place.

  5. Wow, Patty, I love this. What a wonderful idea. I could probably teach cooking and baking to some younger women, but the ones I personally know don't live in my area, unfortunately.

  6. This is an awesome idea, Patty, and such a positive thing. Those young women will benefit greatly! I think the pincushions are adorable. Blessings, Bess

  7. Love your little pillow cushion . . . sew pretty:)

  8. I love your pin cushion it's so cute. I bought some fabric and a book and am going to attempt to learn to quilt, I am starting with a small table runner, wish me luck!


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