rashelk

About: Behind the Seams

I am an idea person; always full of lots of ideas; big or small, education minded, product or service minded. However, when I was first given a hand-me-down sewing machine without a manual from one of my dearest friends I had no idea what I was going to do with it.   Well, that is not entirely true.  I did have visions of little cuffs I could make to add to my son’s pants to keep him in them longer (trying to be frugal).  I did not realize just how addictive fabric could be; the patterns, colors, textures, etc.  All of it was so exciting and the urge to sew dresses for my little girl grew and grew.  Now, I am sewing.  And, I must say it has been a lot of fun.  Letting fabrics speak to me and tell me what they want to be, attempting patterns I do not have the skills for and yet having the final product come out pretty well, finishing something (this is huge as any stay at home mother can attest to) has all, in its own way, given me a new perspective on life and the little things it consists of.  I was not aware that I was missing creativity, the rush of a project completed and the satisfaction of praise in my life until I began sewing.  Who knew trying to be frugal could lead to “sew” much!

When I am not sewing I am tending to two little ones (3.5 yrs and 1.5 yrs).  Cooking, cooking, cooking and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!  I am currently in the mode of trying to simplify our lives by paring down on “stuff” in the house (i.e clutter) and paring down on activities for the kids as well.  Simplifying has had a tremendous affect on the children and on myself.  They are playing together and independently much more.  I have more time to get chores done efficiently.  And best of all, we have some none stress time to simply enjoy playing all together.  Needless to say, I will continue along this journey to simplify the house.  One room at a time; one closet at a time.

The cooking, however, may always be a bit complicated.  Given my husband’s nature shy away from left overs and my tiring of making the same things week after week, our menu naturally changes a lot.  I should add in that my son has a gluten and dairy sensitivity and that I follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) to help manage my Ulcerative Colitis.  Needless to say everything is made from scratch (well most everything), and meals sometimes have to be altered in order for everyone to eat them without issue.  Yes, this all brings new meaning or a twist to the idea of picky eaters.  They can be picky, but mostly it’s just that while I have spaghetti squash for noodles with my spaghetti, my kids and husband have rice noodles.  It’s all worth it in the end, though.  We are healthy.  We know what is going into our bodies and we are having fun coming up with variations of recipes we’ve been making for years or coming up with new ones altogether.

I absolutely adore my husband who is more supportive of this little venture than I could have hoped for and who has always been my rock.  My children are truly awe inspiring and unique little creatures.   And I cannot forget our neurotic chocolate lab who keeps us all on our toes.

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