Friday, August 24, 2012

One of the things I haved learned in my 50some years is a quite simple fact...things don't always appear like they actually are.  By you visiting my blog, seeing my pictures and reading my brief commentaries on pictures, you may perceive life and situations differently than they actually are.  For instance, you could look at the above arrangement that I did on Wed. and think that I must be an experienced gardener.  But no, these flowers were picked from my daughter's gardens.  Thus you must think that my daughter must be a gardener.  But no, all her gardens were planted by the lady who owns the townhouse that she lives in, and the flowers are all a gift to her, since they keep on appearing in all their beauty, every year since she moved there.

When you look at this picture, you would immediately think, "oh, she can sew".
It all looks so impressive...the machine, fabric in hand, scissors and glasses in place.
But no, she could not even get the sewing machine to sew the simple seam.

I offered to help my daughter make curtains a few months ago.  We were set and ready to go, including the thimble:)  Afterall, I visit your blogs and some of you are quite accomplished seamstresses, and your work is most beautiful, so I knew we could tackle a project as simple as kitchen curtains.  But no, even with a thimble in place, we could not get the machine to sew.

Thankfully, my dear, skilled seamstress sister-in-law did the project perfectly for us.
We put the sewing machine back in the closet, knowing full well that we were only "seamstress wannabes"...

Oh, but wait, I found this picture this morning that my mother had given me, and as soon as I saw this dress, I had to smile.
I remember clearly when I did sit down to my mother's sewing machine 40some years ago, and I made the dress I have on.  My husband and I were going to a dinner and I wanted something new to wear.  I remembered my home ec classes and I knew I could make a dress.
What was I thinking?
I guess we were so much in love, that my husband would not have noticed the sewing job I did.
So it is with life, things are not as they appear.
With blogging, I try to keep my posts real.
I want to share the real, and yet to share only the uplifting and positive happenings.  There is enough of the negative bombarding us on a daily basis.
A little something from my heart today.
Thanks for stopping.
(I wish I would have saved that dress and scarf, in case you wanted to borrow it for your special occasions:)


Stacey said...

So sweet and so true. Snippets and pictures can appear to be something perfect and they usually aren't. :)

Another "wannabe seamstress" here.

debi said...

I do believe I made the same dress and it too was brown "=)

It is so true that things are not always as they is a different chapter everyday. We don't know what to expect but we do know the "author".....He is in control of it all.


mK said...

Oh Aunt Judy! I love your post today! :) It made me smile and appreciate you so much! By the way, I love the dress you made. That dress would be amazing to have these days, I see dresses like that all over the online shopping community. Thanks for sharing your heart today! Love you - Kate

Judy said...

I'm smiling at your dress from long ago...and remembering my sewing projects of the same era. In those days...I rarely bought a dress. My mother, my sister or I (last resort) would sew up a dress for any occasion.

So true about blogging...there is often a whole other untold story behind the scenes. I like to focus on the positive things in life as well...but there are many negatives that I am not free to share (or choose not to) on my blog. 'Whatsoever things are of good report...think on these things.'

Just a little something from Judy said...

I agree totally with your last paragraph. You stated my heart thoughts. Thank you!

Christine said...

I like to read only positive blogs. That is why I read yours. You can still keep it real without negitiveity. You do!

lindsey said...

Beautiful flowers, what a treat to have a garden already planted full of lovely flowers. Oh, and that dress just goes to show you CAN sew! Its looks great especially finished off with that neat little yellow scarf!

LisaShaw said...

I so loved this message Judy!!!

I can always count on your real heart when I pop in.

I love the photo of you and your hubby and the dress :) As someone who can only sow with a needle by hand (me), I can tell you that it's impressive to see you make that dress on a sewing machine :)

Love you much!

Kathleen said...

You do have a way with photos, Judy. Yes, I thought you were a master gardener, seamstress, artist, chef/cook, party planner, decorater, photographer. Oh, I know, nobody is good at all those things, but you sure make it look easy.

I gave us sewing when I cut two left sides to a dress once.

Love the arrangement, which is sooooo YOU!

Anneliese said...

I love how real you are. Having met you makes it even more special!


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