Nan had friends over once a week and they all would bring their spinning wheels with them! These friends of Nan's were a happy crowd! I got to be there quite often and loved it. Many of thee ladies were very talented. To me Nan was so happy when she was busy creating and making.
She had other friends who were incredibly productive. Two of these friends had significant disabilities which I realise now looking back more than I noticed then. I wrote about them here The Happiness Factor of Creating Something. You would never have guessed anyway as they were very joyous and generous people. I have no doubt that they way there were always making something had a lot to do with this.
Small projects I can take with me anywhere help me get lots made!
Over time I have come to realise that it is no coincidence that busy and creative people are happier. Busy hands do make happy hearts. You are not usually thinking bad thoughts or worrying about something while you are absorbed in creative work with your hands. In fact you usually end up feeling wonderful. Rather than sitting idle and stressing you are pouring your energy into creating and this is good for us!
When we have had a good day and achieved a lot we feel good! Have you noticed that feeling of great happiness, achievement and satisfaction after completing something or some kind of day of hard work? It is a beautiful feeling! Jess wrote the most beautiful series that is very much worth studying here called The Blessings of old fashioned work. This is glorious! It explains a lot!
We are designed to work and it blesses others as well as ourselves.
Gardenpat is so productive. He gardens, preserves, runs a small business.
Then she added chickens and is even more productive!
Jane and Bluey are so productive. Sewing, crochet, wood work, gardening, cooking, preserving. Joy!
Creating things out of almost fresh air like a meal from random bits and pieces, a birthday cake from flour and eggs, a garden from a mess of weeds, a garment from fabric or yarn.... whatever it is there is a sense of accomplishment and getting ahead. Using what we have to the best advantage...
Vicky gardens, keeps chickens, preserves, cooks and makes Tutus!
Mum makes rugs, jumpers, hats for everyone she knows plus charity.
She also cooks, preserves, gardens, mends (endlessly) and keeps ducks.
Over the years I learned (at least to some extent) the basic things like baking, making cleaning products, knitting, sewing, embroidery including wool, shadow work, grub roses.... patchwork,
card making, soap making, basic painting, mending, slow cooking, yeast cooking, veggie and herb growing, jam and relish making... I have loved learning each new thing!
More recently I learned sour dough cooking, yoghurt making, how to make essential oil blends and rollers.
I have LOVED learning how to use essential oils and boy has this blessed our household!
Now and then it is time to learn a new skill. We have all seen a child so excited when they learned how to do something. We are really no different. Last year with You Tube I learned a heap of new crochet patterns. It was so much fun! You know you are loving something when you find yourself counting down to the time of day you can get back to it. So much fun!
Kelsey makes cleaning cloths, sews, makes beautiful gifts, gift tags and cooking.
Sewingcreations gardens, cooks and preserves (in abundance!)
I have been accumulating the details of many of your own enterprises and planning a series on selling and trading your homemade or home grown goods. If you would like to be featured and share some tips on how you did it and how you keep it going please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are going to attempt to have a system where by we all share each others shops/businesses with our friends and on social media which could generate a lot of free advertising for each other. Also ways to help each other build our little businesses.
We are working on becoming more producers than consumers. The more we can make ourselves the better. The more we also have to trade and sell as well. I am dreaming of a giant pumpkin patch, veggie garden and even an orchard. I have always wanted an orchard! Fruit trees with chickens running underneath = heavenly!
What do you produce?
What would you like to learn how to grow or make?
Do you trade or sell some of your produce?
What skills could you work on to become better at?
Do you notice that feeling of joy and satisfaction from creating?
This week I am heading off to the farm. Andy is keeping the home fires burning. So there will be no post on Wednesday and I will do a big Feather Your Nest post possibly Friday or over the weekend!
Have a wonderful and productive week! xxx