Today I would like to share a few thoughts about the things that inspire me the most in homemaking. Back in the 1950s we had the catalogues which showed pictures or drawings of houses, rooms, gardens and all the things in them. Hand made doilies, rugs, placemats and blankets were homey additions.
When invited to someone's home it was not uncommon for the lady of the house to ask if you would like to see the rest of her house. As a young girl, I got to see freshly made beds, sparkling clean bathrooms, comfortable living rooms and functional kitchens.
Above: page from an October 1990's Victoria magazine.
Magazines offered some pictures but it was obvious they were not showing real homes. Now we have blogs, which I like so much better. Hospitality in the home seems to have declined, and some people have not been to anyone else's homes in years, so blogs are way of being invited. I am glad so many people around the world open their homes in this way, and share a little of what they do. It often brightens my day to click on a favorite blog, such as Carolyn Aiken or others, to see maybe one short post where they have shared one simple thing.
The old paintings also are of interest. In them I see the house arranged, tea being served, women doing quiet things. Certainly a painting of disorder and filth would not inspire me as much as one with beauty and pleasant things. The same goes for magazines and blogs. If I want to be a better homemaker, I will find the homes where they are showing something of a standard I can look up to.
It does not bother me a bit to see houses that are newer and better than mine. I enjoy seeing someone's living room looking company-ready, especially if my own is on shambles. It cheers me up and gives me hope that I can do the same. Sometimes I look at seasonal online house tours and I enjoy them very much and appreciate that these women share the things they enjoy, from shopping to cooking and the their spiritual lives as well.
When the income is low, or a house is less than ideal, it is encouraging to see so many blogs where the homemaking standards are high. Young women will need to know how to make a home if they have to live in less than ideal circumstances when they start out in their own homes.
Things are looking pretty and green around here, so I took a few pictures. It has been too rainy to mow the grass. I have been given a new screen door and there are some improvements going on.
North west view from my house.
When I look for ways to make my home easier to live in and more comfortable or safe, I do not wish to look at a magazine or a video which shows a gloomy, depressing room with no joy in it. I look for blogs that have a sense of beauty and order, because that is what I would like for my own home.
There is also the friendships that are made through blogging, which form a network of support and company for homemakers.