“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Granted, I've been chronic ill and disability for more than 30 years. Despite this, but there is so much more to my world: Love and beauty grace my life, and it has always been this way. My family could revive the arts and crafts movement![1]

My wife LaRee is a dressmaker dedicated to Old World couture skill and quality. She understands the dynamics of fabric, design and drafting, the subtleties of colour and draping, technique and theme, Her well equipped sewing room occupies half the basement in our house. Perhaps a more appropriate term is 'studio'. LaRee has taught sewing for years but her real love is imagining, doing, creating. 

We have been blessed with five grandchildren (soon to be six) for whom she can create garments with an exquisite "LaRee" flare! Our oldest grandson and  granddaughter have modelled for Sears and The Bay department stores' catalogues in Canada. 

Gabriela Aquarela
similar to LaRee's wotk
I came across the following video featuring the type of children's garments of the style LaRee loves making (often with matching doll outfit). I have seen her amazing creations with my own eyes! The video is intended to show accessories by Gabriela Aquarela. Look past the accessories and the opulent surroundings and see the garments the children are wearing. The opulence is far from most people's reality but the beauty that graces my world could inspire a new arts and crafts movement. (The only downside is I always have stray threads of my clothes). 

The wealth of my family is found in ideas and inspiration.

[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RusxiQEW41g&feature=youtu.be ]

[1] The Collins American Dictionary defines the Arts and Crafts Movement as "a social and artistic movement of the second half of the 19th cent. emphasizing a return to handwork, skilled craftsmanship, and attention to design in the decorative arts, from the mechanization and mass production of the Industrial Revolution."

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