My Home: A Beautiful Mend

June 22, 2011

found this pintuck dress for $13 online
outcry heard around the globe:
for the love of Ghandi, GIVE IT A REST!!!!

It's me again.
Yeahhhhh. In the tub.
Some good soul searching
gets done in here.

I have a favor to ask...
Could you please feel the love breathing
in every line that follows?


Stacey, an ambassador for all things
shabbily chic at A Sort of Fairytale
compelling the other day.

I realized one of the things I appreciate
about blogging and blog buddies
(blog buddies who by now received the memo to read with caution,
tenderness, and a voluminous glass of red)
is the opportunity
to be heard
 and to confess,
(big time jealous of the confessional thing Catholics have)
since I will always
have more questions
than answers.

I remain
and deeply inspired
ideas of

While some may pass
on humble French grain sacks
like mine with so many
stains and mends,

as for me...

I see beauty in the mends.

I do.
The sacks can never be perfect again.
They are more vulnerable now,
and some of their strength is gone.

Some stains will linger.

Like scars whispering history or a story of injury.

But the beautiful mends!
Mends are proof
someone took time to
care for weak areas.
Perhaps that someone had no choice,
was too poor to do otherwise.

Could this blogger be projecting?

Is the pope Catholic?
Dude, so jealous you guys get a pope too.

Of course.
It's meeeeeeeee.
A complicated girl snapping
photos of herself in a tub with worn out linens.

some of us have wounds
painfully slow to heal.
*ohlord trust me...slowwwwww*

And I wonder if
we could make it easier,
much easier
on each other,
by helping a little
with the mends.

reminding ourselves
one another
our value...

in spite of the flaws
and because of the flaws.

photos by me ~ beautiful linens from DORSBIEN

Who knows?

Maybe we could
stitch together
a miracle.

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. Beautifully written MICHELE, and very touching.I can only pray from your lips to God's ears and into the hearts of all who need to hear this message. Thank You for this.

  2. You made me cry with this one. I think we do can stitch together a miracle. I'm bringing the"tools".

    This is my favorite post, Michele.... because I'm a girl that really believes in miracles.

    Love to you.


    Luciane at

  3. If *my* 'mendings' look anything like as beautifully and intricately stitched as those then I'll be a happy girl.

    PS You are GORGEOUS, Missy.

  4. Flaws maketh the man! Or woman!
    It's like women having Botox to de-age their faces...the beauty lies in the fact that they have LIVED with all the knocks and bruises that may entail. Not some scary, wrinkle-free freak. (Mind you, if it makes somebody feel better about themselves, good on them!).
    But I like things/people who have a history!
    Z xx

  5. so well said and humorous too!

  6. Hello my lovely lady! Thanks for the mention of my blog post :)
    Loved your thoughts here and the grain sacks too!
    I'm here to help with mending anytime my friend...

  7. Loved it. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Dear Michele - the stylish girl with the deep thoughts, great wisdom and lots of creativity. I always read your posts slowly and hang on to all your words.

    You see beauty in everything. You are wonderful & beautiful and it is an honor to know you.


  9. It's amazing how God puts people in our path right when we need them most. Your words are inspirational and I needed to hear them today.

  10. Michelle,
    I loved this post! you write so beautifully...truly inspiring! Thank you for sharing this lesson.

  11. When I was young and angry and unappreciative, I hated my flaws. I used to write so much poetry screaming out my insecurities and this actually reminded me of one I wrote years ago (maybe I'll send it to you if you promise not to cringe too much at my amateur writing). I like to think that as we get older (and hopefully wiser), we start to appreciate how imperfection is a beautiful thing - how every scar should be a celebration of a life well lead.

    I love the prose of your post and the beautiful images and I couldn't agree more xxx

  12. it's raining lovely comments over here in case anybody's wondering, and i say LET IT POUR.

    thanks so much for feelin the love.


  13. I am feeling the love, Michele, your words are beautiful poetry and they totally resonate with me.

    You are such an inspiring person to me, and I am so grateful to know you.

    Hope you're having a lovely week, sweet lady. I've not found time to write a post this week yet... maybe it'll be a weekend thing. Beginning to wonder how to keep up with blogging when work and life are devouring my every waking moment. Hmm.

    Meera xx

  14. I love this post. Your words,
    your prose are so beautiful and inspiring. And your images compliment your loving subject. I think someone above said it perfectly about appreciating and celebrating our imperfections...
    and those of others. Today was the perfect day for me to read your lovely post. Somethings are just meant to be. Thank you!

  15. What a lovely and inspiring post. I like to think of mending as hope, sometimes slowly realized, but always trying. Sometimes the mend is stronger than before the wound, and with others rendered weaker, but the mending/hope continues and because it does, it is miraculous.

  16. Awesome post!! I believe that everything that happens to us does so for a reason. We may not understand it when we are going through it but it is our experiences in life (good and bad) that shape us into who we become. Some of the worst things that have happened to me in my life have made me stronger and more appreciative of the positive things in my life!!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment!! Please visit anytime!!
    P.S. LOVE your photos :))

  17. Love the anology, and the "cool" bags also, we all need each other in this world, Celeste,

  18. Lovely post, thanks for inspiring and linking to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  19. What moves me about your bog is your asking to be read by open minds and that your reader connects with the loving side of their heart.
    It immeadiately created an atmosphere of a found friend with someone I have never met, or maybe we are all one and I have attracted another little peice of a heart that once was broken and is mending.
    I do believe that connection is the commodity these days. Bless you sweet girl for your open heart on this page. Lilli

  20. I adore imperfections... in my Found Treasures and in my Friends... perfection is so overrated, if you could even find it. *winks* Loving your beautifully mended French linens. To me the flaws in a piece... and the age... loving something in all aspects of it's journey.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  21. What Wonderful way to honor life's mended scars and hurts

  22. WOW! This was beautiful and inspiring! Im sooo excited that you linked up with us this week (High On life! I hope you come back!!! Im most def a new follower and friend!

  23. so, sew (as in mending) glad i found you today!! new follower. nice to meet you.


  24. Lovely post Michele...I love the concept of 'beautiful mends''re a very clever gal...perhaps a 'beautiful mind' might be more apt!! Robx

  25. Lovely...wonderful post! Thank you, Trish

  26. I don't know where I've been, but I only discovered your blog today! I am glad I did though because this post was beautiful and insightful and your thoughts are an echo of my thoughts too. Hope we can be bloggy friends. God bless x


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