Saturday, January 5, 2013

a post about a pillow

 I made this pillow the other day for my living room couch. I actually took apart one of my old ones that was getting lumpy and used the same stuffing for this new one. I've been holding on to this amazing remnant, waiting for a good use for it. I love the print, don't you?  I used the entire piece I had. I didn't have the heart to cut it up! I really really love it.
(well, as much as you can love a pillow! haha...)

 this is the fabric I used for the other side. 

 little uneven hand stitches. 

(this is kind of my favorite part. I love looking at hand stitches on vintage quilts and such. The uneven stitches make me think of the person who made it, all those years ago.)

and I like to think that Clint's head will be resting on my little stitches when he takes his naps. 

i think joseph likes it. :)


I've been thinking a lot lately about what my intentions were when I started this blog years ago. I gave it the name "eager hands" because I wanted to talk about how I find God in the act of making things with my hands. And I wanted to encourage others to be intentional about fostering creativity in their lives and in the lives of their children.  

This little pillow is an example of that. It's not perfectly made. But I made it with my own two hands. And every time I look at it, I can be proud of myself. And I can take pride in the little things that I have made around my house to make it a home. A peaceful place for my husband and children to dwell.  And when Clint lays his head back on the couch against that soft squishy pillow, and his eyes close into sweet sleep for a catnap after a long day's work, I can feel happy knowing that my little pillow played a part. :)

And then I can thank God for using my little (eager) hands to come closer to Him,
in the simple things. 

Making a peaceful home for my family. 
Being resourceful. 
Being productive. 
Bringing beauty.


And just to encourage all of you lovelies out there reading this, you don't have to sew or even be "crafty" to use your hands to bring beauty into your home. It's the little things that matter. Truly. I am learning that more and more everyday. I want to encourage you to make something with your hands today to bless your family. It's about being intentional. Setting aside a little bit of time to foster creativity in your heart and in the hearts of your family. 

Get out the finger paints. 
Make an extra special peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 
Sew a little garland for a bare window. 

Make cards for the grandparents and have the kiddos contribute.
Simmer some cinnamon and cloves on the stove.

Just do something with your hands today to add to the beauty. 

You'll be glad you did!


ps - I'd love to hear about what you made today! 
Please leave a comment and let me know! 
(or you can email me directly at

 We're on this journey together!


  1. So beautifully said Lora..
    Really what I needed to hear.

    Brandy Jane Mabel

  2. Anonymous3:00 PM

    This post was perfect Lora : )
    ...and exactly why I am so glad you decided to keep blogging!
    I enjoy your blog because you are REAL! Sometimes blogs can be off-putting to me because I feel like everything is too perfect, then I start feeling like I don't measure up- when the truth is no one does- only One can : )
    I also like the fact that your blog isn't covered in tons of ads,etc. You seem like a sister from church or a friend down the street- I have also found blogs in the past that change from what drew me to them in the first place. You have stayed true to what I first liked about your blog and it has remained for a long time now- so thank you!! I LOVE to craft and do all things home-y, bake, etc. Sometimes things turn out amazing and sometimes they aren't so great- but I still like them and that's like us -isn't it? We are flawed people- thank God for His grace!

    ...and I love your pillow !

    Keep being you and thank you for your blog- I really enjoy it!!
    And while I'm at it, (I have thought this, but why not just tell you so), You are a beautiful lady, and one of my 'resolutions' is to share the encouraging things I have thought- tell them- not just think them- I have thought this from the first time I clicked on your blog- and now after being an avid reader, it is apparent that you are beautiful on the inside as well!

    BTW... I am making pom poms today from some yarn I found that I forgot I had- then I think I will make a fun little wreath from them :)

  3. Hi Lora- your pillow is really really wonderful. That fabric is just gorgeous!

    We've had a late start to the day so I haven't truly gotten going yet, but I appreciate the reminder to be making/creating. If nothing else, I know I will be making lentil soup from scratch tonight, but if I manage to stay focused today, there may be a newly sewn tablecloth to set the soup bowls on tonight!

  4. I used my hands today to take pictures of my son Ben playing basketball. And I used my hands to clap for him when he made that great shot.

    I wish I could sew better...but I do love to see what others sew. Thanks for sharing your pillow!

  5. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Hi Lora, today I used my hands to make bread. I love how it fills the house with it's yummy smell! Very cute pillow, sewing up some cushions is on my to-do list as well!




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