I hope for this to be a reoccurring series of posts, where I celebrate some of my Heroes of Housekeeping, both real and fictional.
I couldn't start with anyone other than my mom. Mom had to work when I was growing up so she didn't have the chance to be the susie homemaker that I know she would have loved to be. But, despite her full-time work schedule, she still had some sweet domestic skills that inspired and taught me.
She is a rather gifted seamstress and she had made many a slip cover in her day. She also sewed my prom dress, and the accessories to my wedding gown, including my veil and my shawl. Mom taught me the basics of sewing earlier this year, and here are some pictures of us at work.
I still have a looong way to go before can say I actually “know how to sew”, but mom got me started in the right direction.
Mom, showing me how to read a pattern.
Me, laying out my first pattern.
Mom also owned her own successful cleaning business for a few years right around the time that Caleb and I got married, and as her sometime employee, mom taught me a lot about the hard business of getting down and dirty with cleaning. She taught me tips for cutting costs on cleaning products by making your own, and taught me things like time management, and the value of elbow grease. Also, she just plain made me proud of her for how hard she worked and how well she did with her business.
Mom also really gave me an appreciation for second hand stores and antiques. We both love old stuff, and we are both big time Anglophiles. Also, mom makes a mean spaghetti sauce that, six years into my marriage, I am still trying to get right.
Lastly, as a woman who worked as a server for many years of her life, mom really instilled in me the value of being a good hostess, and of service. I have worked as a server and in other forms of customer service all of my working career thus far, and I like to think I learned good lessons on the skills of service from my hospitable mom.
Thanks, mom, for being my Hero!
So, who are YOUR heroes of housekeeping? Who has really influenced you, or who do you strive to emulate?