Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Curtain Call

I saw a great dish towel at Target a couple weeks ago.

"This would look so great in the girls' bathroom," I thought. (They have a sea life-themed bathroom.)

"But we don't need dish towels in there." (I've moved the girls' play kitchen outside, and no one is quite ready to wash the real dishes yet, so what would they do with them?)

But, a short curtain--cool!

So, in a zippy stitch across with the sewing machine, I hemmed up the top of the towels to make pockets for a curtain rod. A tension rod fit neatly in the window frame and allowed for me to make the curtains an atypical length--just the length to fill the space.

As much as I enjoy sewing and crafting, I could not create the fish motif and embroidery on the towels. But I was mighty gleeful over the prospect of turning a towel into a curtain.

As Robert Frost said in a poem, "
Take what is given, and make it over your way."

Sometimes the joy is not in creating an original. After all, "
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.." (Ecclesiastes 1:9) But, taking what there is, recognizing the beauty of that, and then discovering something creatively different and wonderful is where the real joy is.

God made you an original, and He takes joy in you every day! And I'm glad He gives us the opportunity to be creative in our own ways.


Chatty Kelly said...

That is so cool! And I love your title too. You are so creative in MANY ways, and a true original. (I know, I know, nothing new under the sun....)

Being a legalist (ahem), I would have never even thought of changing the purpose of one thing to something else.

Thanks for the inspiration (again and again and again).

The Patterson 5 said...

I will forever now look at dish towels in a different light! You've once again broaded my horizons. It is such a blessing to be an "original"!