simple roots

I grew up in a small town on a few acres and, when I was very young, was part of a household that in many ways lived off the land. We grew a substantial garden, raised our own meat and gathered fresh eggs from the chicken coop. My family made choices that were both economical and education for our family. This is when I learned to cook, clean, sew, garden – and let’s face it – toil. No Saturday morning cartoons for this little kid!

coffe cake from scratchAll kidding aside, it has been many years since I left that once sleepy town nestled in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevadas. And when I left, I mostly left the gardening, farming and yes, toiling, behind.

Interestingly, though, my rediscovered love of creating stretches beyond the sewing studio and is spilling all over the Guyader household. It’s as though a light has washed over me and I am finding new ways to stretch my mind and creative talents. Sure, over the years I have reupholstered here or refinished there, but these days I find myself with my hands in everything. From upcycling to gardening, cooking to crafting, I have a markedly different perspective than that of the cubical engineer.

Don’t get me wrong, no one around me will mistake me for the bubbly Rachel Ray or the charming Kelly Ripa, but I am really stretching my “Little House on the Prairie” around here. The biggest surprise is in the kitchen, where I am baking and stewing and simmering – and I love it! Plus, there are so many teaching and sharing moments I have with “Little STRUCTUREbags.”


This week, take a moment to inventory the creative things you enjoy. Then consider what affect they have on your day-to-day choices. Have you let them transform you in creative and unique ways? Let those things migrate in to other parts of you life. You may rediscover a special part of yourself that has been tucked away – a part you really missed, never realizing it was gone.