Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Welcome to my blog's new home!

Formerly known as www.why-because-i-can.blogspot.com  I realized, that title is just too long.  So, I have been thinking long and hard about what to change the name of my blog to....and I kept focusing in on the word "Hearth"  The one-time center of the home, everything that was important was done around the hearth.  It was a cooking source, a light source and a source of warmth.  And that's pretty much what I want my blog to be about.  It's about cooking and crafting and fostering your creativity and exploring new things.

So, everybody thanks for reading.  Don't get confused that I've changed names, pretty much everything else will be more of the same.  Awesomeness I hope.  So here's a little bit about my philosophy on why I do what I do.

This is about many different things. It's about getting back to making things ourselves. It's easy enough to go to the store and buy whatever we want, but why not make it ourselves? It lets you express your creative side and gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. It's awesome!

This was partially inspired by my sister who when I told her I was going to make some fingerless gloves because my fingers get cold typing in the morning said, "Why don't you just go buy some?" I mean, where's the fun in that? I won't get to pick my own yarn, I can't get the experience in making gloves (which I've never done before) and I don't get the satisfaction of making something awesome.

I've gotten more interested in getting back to the basics of making things for my family for several reasons.
I quilt because I love to express myself creatively in fabric and enjoy the warm coziness afterwards.
I crochet because I love making amigarumis for friends who are having babies and for my own kids and nieces to run around playing with something made from the heart.
I grind my own wheat and make homemade bread for my family because I like the idea of giving them the freshest, healthiest food available without all the preservatives and added sugar in the grocery-store options.
I embroider because I like to see my ideas manifest themselves onto fabric, it's a creative thing again.
I make crazy things like homemade yogurt because it's amazing to be part of a culinary tradition and make it your own.

So here's to doing it ourselves because we can. It's fun, it teaches us something and allows us to express ourselves with love and creativity.

Granny Square Pic of the Day

As always, thanks for reading!


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