I’m Alison. Ali, if we know each other. And if we’re family, you probably call me Oop, as in Ali Oop. Oopie. My grandad gave me that nickname. Oopie. He’d call me “Oopie Baby” and “Oopie Bell”. It’s stuck with me into my thirties. I think that as a full-time mom, a full-time employee and a full-time wife and friend, sometimes it feels easier to stop showing interest in the things that we love. We just don’t have the time or the energy to maintain those passions. They aren’t as important so we let them go.
Grandad. He was a handsome fella!
Grandad & I
I know that the domestic pursuits are completely opposite of what a woman should aspire to do in this day and age. The difference between my love of the domestic arts and of generations of women in the past is choice. I pursue cooking, gardening, and decorating because I love it. Of course, with a full time life on the side, and the fact that we must eat every day, there is some element of drudgery to the daily process at times. Overall though, I don’t want to lose sight of the joy that I take from modern domestic life: tarts and crafts.
- Tarts. I obsess about food. It’s such a satisfying medium. The time commitment is pretty low, the cost is minimal, and it’s low risk. But the rewards are great. Meals with family and friends are the heart of so many of the memorable times in our lives. I like being a part of that.
- Crafts. I recently learned to sew. Though my creations are far from perfect, I like the creative process. And I can’t help but be inspired by Pinterest projects. Everything is so pretty! Aside from sewing projects, I’ll attempt the occasional kid-friendly craft. And I also enjoy organizing and home decorating.
- Parenting. Brooding about my brood.
People keep telling me to take it easy on myself, that I try to do too much. And they’re right, but I just don’t want to give up pursing those things that bring me such joy and are so integral to who I am. This is the fun stuff! And the best part of enjoying these things is sharing them with others.