Homemaking as a Social Art

Many years ago, when I was homeschooling my three young sons with a Waldorf-style education, I purchased a lovely homemaking book that is still one of my favorites today.  Homemaking as a Social Art: Creating a Home for Body, Soul and Spirit by Veronika Van Duin brings the beauty of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy into the home environment.  It is not a how-to book for homemakers, but rather, it is a book about the spiritual tasks of the homemaker that will inspire peace, beauty, rhythm, and harmony in the home.
If you've never been introduced to the pedagogy of a Waldorf education, or  the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, you might have a little difficulty understanding some of the concepts in this book.  But, if you're open to learning some new ideas, along with timeless ones,  Homemaking as a Social Art is a lovely book that inspires beauty in the home, and life.


Reverence, devotion and wonder are tools for the soul of the artist.  The homemaker too, uses these tools in daily life, in order to create beauty, truth and goodness with which every home can be filled.
~ Veronika Van Duin, Homemaking as a Social Art


Welcome Back to Light Cottage

 Gamia Anna by Carl Larsson

Hello Friends,
 I'm so happy to be back in my blogging home.  I've been away from it for too long, after being sidetracked on other forms of social media, and finally realizing it's just not a very pretty place there.
If you've been a follower of mine in the past, you'll notice that I've changed my focus from the Quaker religion and homemaking to beauty, simplicity, spirituality, and homemaking.  My life has changed somewhat since I stopped blogging several years ago, and so has my perspective.  Our beautiful world has become an uglier place today than it was only a few years ago.  So to encourage and inspire a little more beauty and peace in my tiny corner of the cyberworld, l will be sharing  on my blog "whatsoever things are lovely".


Simple Way of Life

Simplicity flows from well-ordered living.
  It is less a matter of doing without, than a spiritual quality that simplifies our lives by putting first things first.
  A simple way of life, freely chosen, is a source of strength, joy, and comfort.
  Friends are advised to strive for simplicity in the use of our earnings and property, and in our style of living, choosing that which is simple and useful.  This does not mean that life is to be poor and bare, destitute of joy and beauty.
  Each must determine, by the Light that is given, what promotes and what hinders the compelling search for inner peace that enables us to listen deeply to God.

~ Baltimore Yearly Meeting


Stitched with Love

This is a quilt I put together for my youngest son's high school graduation.

 Each 12-inch quilt block was lovingly designed and created by a family member or friend.  As you can see, the blocks are all very different, unique, and creative!
Once I received all the quilt blocks, I sewed them together with dark green cotton fabric.  The backing is made from a twin-size flannel flat sheet.
 A quilt shop did a lovely job machine quilting the piece.


A quilt is a blanket of love.


Home Light

The light is what guides you home,
 the warmth is what keeps you there.
~ Ellie Rodriguez


Peaceful Summer Days

Monkshood and Bellflowers in my Alaskan garden.


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
a place to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
~ John Muir


A Spiritual Home

Prayer ~  I take time daily to be with God in silent or spoken prayer.  Prayer provides spiritual refreshment, guidance, and peace.


Keeping a Sabbath Day ~  Although I believe every day is holy, the Sabbath Day is different in that it is a day I plan to be with my family and friends outside enjoying nature - God's most beautiful temple.


Silent or Spoken Grace ~ Silent or spoken grace before a meal is so important; especially for children who are learning to know and feel the Presence of God.  Each meal is an opportunity to commune with the Light of God and to give thanks for our blessings.


Reading Inspirational Books ~  Reading inspiring spiritual books offers peace, encouragement, guidance, and spiritual growth.


Loving Home Atmosphere -  I strive to make our home a welcoming place of love, joy, peace, contentment, and kindness where the Presence of God is known and felt.