Some of you have surely noticed my wish list of books (which will soon be updated) on the sidebar of my blog. A book that I have long wanted to read, which appears on my wish list, is Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking. Well, a very kind and thoughtful reader of my blog, Joanna, just happened to have a copy of the book she didn't need anymore – and she very generously offered to send it to me by mail.
I am now about halfway through The Hidden Art of Homemaking, and enjoying it tremendously. This little book is full of wonderful practical ideas for anyone, to make the best they can in their homes with the time, materials, energy and budget they have on hand. It's the kind of book which makes you want to go and make a lovely centerpiece for your dining table, write an inspiring entry in your homemaking journal, or to go and stick your fingers into soil, and plant, weed, or prune.
I do have to say this, though. The book is written by a Christian and for Christians. For me to glean from it, as a Jew, I had to skip more than a few parts, and only focus on what's practical and useful for me.
In the photo above: a simple centerpiece of two candles on a tray, on our multi-purpose living room table. It was a patchy day today, with quite a lot of rain in the morning – perfect for lighting candles. It takes only such a little effort, and really brightens up a room in such a lovely way.