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Ode to all the hard working Moms!

Natural Kids: Ode to all the hard working Moms!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ode to all the hard working Moms!

What inspires you to make art? Who are the people in your life that have been important when it comes to your craft? That is one of the questions we ask artists from our group in our Friday feature interview.
Back when I was interviewed I said my mother. But there was not enough room to count the many ways in which she inspired me and made me become the person that I am now. I think of her every day. She passed away from cancer 4 years ago. But every time I pick up a needle and sew, I think of her. I know she would be so proud of me, and what I do.

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My mom did not make a living as a seamstress. She always told me that she wanted to learn the trade. But she grew up in a household with 10 children. There was never any money. Often not enough food to go around the table. Especially during the war. They slept 5 children to a bed. Can you imagine that? Being the oldest girl, she was 13 years old, when her father sent her to live with another family. She became their maid. Cleaned, cooked, washed their clothes. On weekends she'd be home to help with chores. Hard times. She was not allowed to become an apprentice to a seamstress. The trade she would have chosen if she had had a choice. All she knew about needlework and sewing came to her through her grandmother, from her father's side.
With my post today I want to honor all the hard working mothers with children. Like my mom who raised 5 daughters, and the members from the naturalKids team who are mothers and struggling to raise a family on a small income. These are hard economic times. So please, consider in your Christmas shopping to support a small family business like and many others on this team!

Take Care,
Ulla, the German Dollmaker


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Ulla...very sweet of you to feature my shop!! I am saddened by how pathetic it is at the moment! :0) I hope to include new things next month so that shopping will be a little more fun there! LOL

We sleep 4 girls to a room and 2 boys. It's not so bad. They are a very close group and love each other to pieces. We spend every day together and craft pretty much daily. We love this life and wouldn't trade it for a "more materialistic" one for anything in the world! I feel I am RICHER having children than money anyway. My children are my story, my legacy and where my heart resides.

Thanks again for this lovely post. It's a struggle, yes, but one I embrace for it means I can be home with my children, where I belong. And I get to offer my goodies to children all around the world, which I adore!!!

October 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger BlossomingTree said...

What a lovely post. A wonderful tribute to your mom ( and all moms) and a great inspriration to keep going with your crafts.

October 22, 2008 at 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a truly touching post, Ulla!

October 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Cary Walker said...

what a touching story. thanks for sharing. it makes me think of my grandmother who had 12 children, and took in foster children as well. when i think how hard i struggle with two, i can only imagine how she found time to do the things she loved.

October 22, 2008 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger BirchLeaf Designs said...

Ulla...such a sweet post. It brought tears to my eyes, as I lost my mama 4 years ago too. She is with me though in everything I make or do!

October 24, 2008 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger TheSingingBird said...

beautiful post Ulla

October 24, 2008 at 8:45 PM  

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