Don’t you just think it’s so neat when you’re looking at something beautiful, or tasting something delicious and the person next to you says, “I made that”? Like a quilt laying over someone’s couch, or an herb-infused bar of soap next to their sink, or a loaf of homemade bread shared at their table, topped with farm fresh butter. Aren’t those things just the kinds of things that make you stop in your tracks for a second and really try and wrap your mind around the work and the skill and the rewarding feeling that the person must have had in making it??! Doesn’t it just leave you admiring them and their work? Yeah, me too!
So many women find these kinds of homemaking skills fascinating, and just like me, would LOVE to be able to do them. The problem is that we just don’t know where to turn to really get a solid understanding of how. Sure, there’s probably no end to the number of online video tutorials for most all of these things, but the fact of the matter is, there’s just no replacing the benefits, comforts, and solutions that come with having a hands-on training from a good teacher sitting right over your shoulder, helping to coach you along and answer any questions that may arise. Especially not for things as detailed as quilting or gardening or herbal remedies! And even with things like cooking, sometimes you’ve just gotta be standing over the stove with someone showing you what smell you’re waiting on, or what feel the dough should have. You just can’t get those kinds of nuggets from watching a video.
Enter “Homemaking Skill Sets” classes! That’s what this is all about! Providing a place where women who’ve been crocheting or canning or making swags for longer than I’ve been alive, can teach my age group and younger what they know. And just as importantly, forming friendships between these women and girls, so that when we all leave and go home, and try these things out on our own, we have a network of people we can turn to if we get stumped. And we also have a network of people to share in our pride when we accomplish a new skill we’ve picked up! We are all benefiting, whether we are the ones learning, or the one’s finding fulfillment in sharing what we’ve learned in our lifetime. It’s just a beautiful thing, to me!
I’m so excited because it’s January of 2019 and we are only two days away from our very first ever Homemaking Skill Sets class. This months topic is Quilting, and I cannot believe the response! We’ve booked every available spot for the class, and what’s even more exciting is the variety of ages and experience levels that have signed up! We will have a perfect mix of both! Some women are bringing their daughters, and some women are great grandmothers. A few women coming have been quilting for most of their lives, and most women, like me, have never even tried. But every single one of us have one thing in common: excitement over what’s to come. There’s going to be so much joy that comes out of this class, I can just tell.
I look so forward to posting about each class, and sharing with you everything we are learning! I look even more forward to getting to know the women and girls who are going to be coming to the classes. And, if I’m just totally honest, I probably look mostly forward to October’s candy-making class! I mean, fudge and brittle and candy galore! Yes, I know it’s January, but I’m just the kind of person who gets that excited about sweets…even if its nearly a year away!
The aged women, likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2: 3-5