Hi… I’m Kerryanne and I’m a housewife… and I say that with a great deal of pride!
Over the next few days 14 amazing bloggers are getting together for the Hearts at Home tour and I’m thrilled to be sharing my heart with you on day 1 of the tour.
I consider myself to be incredibly lucky to have been a housewife and stay-at-home mum, while running a small home based business for the past 20+ years. Now that I’m at the other end of the stay-at-home mum cycle I can say that with absolute confidence.
It’s a personal choice my husband and I made together before we married. I don’t for one minute take anything away from those incredibly hard working mums who work outside the home, while juggling the demands of family life and keeping a house. This was a choice that was right for us.
Banana muffins served with honey, blueberries and cream cheese. Recipe HERE
In fact, for a great many years while my children were young, I felt that being a housewife and stay-at-home mum was belittled by society. I definitely felt a little old fashioned amongst my group of friends… they were sort of ‘Sex and the City’ and I was a bit more Carol Brady, minus Alice the housekeeper of course.
That’s not to say I haven’t known the joys of a ‘Manhattan or Cosmopolitan’…. and when I got together with my own group of Carries, Samantha’s, Miranda’s and Charlotte’s we too gossiped about our sex-lives (or lack thereof) and discussed new ways to deal with our kids and being a woman in the 90’s.
It’s just that they didn’t share the same ideal of making their house a home in quite the same way that I did.
When I was a child I wanted to grow up and be just like my mum. I wanted to bake cakes and clean house, grow things in my garden and take care of the children. That’s what many mums in the 60’s did.
Then the world kind of changed and women’s roles changed… for the better of course, but I still yearned to be an apron wearing mummy playing house.
Over 24 years of marriage we’ve had 3 homes… each one different to the previous one, but all filled with the same homeliness.
Drop cloth linen… tutorial HERE
I am the quintessential apron wearing homemaker. I bake, cook from scratch, grow my own veggies and herbs, make my own cleaning products… and for a time I even made my children’s clothes. That was before they got their own voice and told me in no uncertain terms that it was ‘not cool’.
It’s funny how everything is cyclical. . . now that vintage is in and my teenagers want to re-invent thrifted vintage finds, it is quite okay for mum to whip out the old Singer for a few alterations!
DIY easy bag top doorstop… tutorial HERE
Making my house a home is what makes me happy.
Knowing that I made something from scratch and with natural ingredients gives me great satisfaction.
And… creating a home that provides a loving environment for my family to prosper and grow in is my life achievement.
I’m a housewife… and I’m proud of that!
My heart is very definitely in the home and here on my blog I share many of the things that I make, bake and create to make my house a home. Click on any of the photos and links above for fun tutorials or visit my tutorials page.
These days I’m feeling a bit more in vogue. All those old values and ‘Carol Brady’ ways are back ‘IN’ again. Lots of people are baking and cooking from scratch. They are growing their own produce and making their own cleaning products. Pinterest is full of pinned ‘housewifey’ goodness.
‘OLD’ is the new black. . .
and housewives can wear an apron and still be sexy….
Quick, pass me a Cosmopolitan while I whip up a batch of choc chip cookies.
For more heartwarming stories from the Heart at Home tour, please visit the wonderful blogs listed below.
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