My mother-in-law, Emme, was an incredible seamstress and pattern maker. It always amazed me how she could whip up absolutely anything in her sewing room. Though much of her huge collection of patterns and fabric was donated, each of us girls took a box of fabrics that we either felt some connection to or thought we would use in some way. While my “new” sewing machine still sits there, untouched and perhaps a little less shiny then it was in April, there was some fall themed fabric originally meant for appliqué that I could use for something else. A fabric leaves bowl, perfect to hold some small pumpkins and gourds and be a little reflection of life.
The fabric is printed with scarecrows, leave, pumpkins and fall/harvest themes. I thought the leaves would be perfect to Mod Podge on an indoor planter bowl I picked up for a song on clearance at JoAnn’s. It’s simple and I like that the leaves are just partially turned to autumn color. A reminder that, like leaves, our lives are forever changing. Families change. Loved ones are lost. Loved ones are born. New loved ones are embraced into family. The leaves of family may change. Though just as the tree remains strong and able to sustain its continued renewal, so is the fabric of family woven tightly to remain resilient and steadfast, despite change and challenge.
There’s a commercial for cotton with a jingle that says “the fabric of our lives.” I realize the commercial is referring to clothing. These little cotton leaves are no longer part of a piece of forgotten fabric. They represent the fabric of my family life, transformed into a bowl that reflects fall, family, memories and life – the yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Reflect on all the good things of family and life and enjoy a wonderful Friday. Wishing my niece a very happy birthday today!