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post #461 of 618
We don't celebrate V day here, so I don't have to deal with that! LOL I am 99% finished with the girls' jackets. They are wearable (DD2 is wearing hers now) but they need the zippers put in. Then I get to work on my own sweater. I really enjoyed the sewing bit I did to seam them so I'm thinking of getting some linen and floss when we are near Michaels on Wednesday and adding some needlepoint to my full crafty day.

We are doing the weekly project from Unplug Your Kids this Wednesday so I'm excited. This is the first time I have an idea, the time and I won't forget (its on the calendar). The theme is "orange" so we are going to buy orange fruits and veggies at the farmer's market and then make an orange dinner.

I'd like to get some table cloths for our table and sew up the fabrics I got for the girls' tablecloths. Seriously. 2 seams. How long can that take?

I also want to get my little crafty area cleaned up and get a decent stash of cards ready.
post #462 of 618
I am just working on cleaning and TRYING to get organized. :
post #463 of 618
We put in an offer on a gorgeous remodeled ~100 year old farmhouse today. It makes my homemaker's heart sing. It also motivates me to keep up my work on keeping my current home clean and tidy, for practice!

My baby is due on Valentine's day, so the only holiday prep I'm doing is nesting.
post #464 of 618
The giftmas decorations are still up. My excuse: planning to save the wood to make toys for DD or other crafty thing, and cutting up the tree is a huge amount of work and we went to my parents' this weekend. So, it's on the agenda for next weekend. I still see people lighting their giftmas lights, so we aren't doing too bad, right?

I haven't even started thinking about Valentine's Day. My DD's birthday is at the end of Feb, so I'm trying to be together enough to get the crafting done for all of that. Valentine's Day isn't a big deal for us. I don't know if I even want to do the gift thing - rather save the money. Besides, if it falls on a weekday, DH will probably work late so even making a nice dinner seems kind of pointless, since he works so late. We'll see. DD's too little to care.
post #465 of 618
We generally try to get our Christmas decor down by New Year's Day...I was successful this year! Score. I also haven't started thinking of VDay yet. I like to get each girl a small gift, usually something simple like a small teddy bear and candy. I need to get planning the crafts/etc we'll do for Vday! We don't do a whole heck of a lot in January, it's our decompression month!

I'm planning on starting my garden seedlings indoors in the next few weeks. I live in the desert and we have to get our stuff in the ground earlier than most places.

We also have baby chicks that are about to hatch!
post #466 of 618
OMG I LOVE this thread!

My favorite book for basic homekeeping is Home Comforts The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson



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I can sew (but hate doing it and am no good at it either )
I can make medicines and homeopathic remedies.
I can help a mama give birth.
I can treat someone with mental health issues.
I can inspire those that are surviving to thrive.
I can cook and keep a home.
I can make soap, cleaners, bath and beauty products.
I can defend myself from attacks.
I can cultivate food.

My Beloved husband can build a home and also a shelter in the woods.
Can hunt food & cultivate it.
Can defend us from attacks.
Can make furniture.
Can make anyone's home more energy efficient.
Can utilize traditional chinese medicine for health and healing.
Can train young people and anyone in martial arts.
Can skin a deer or other wild animal.
And can even make you a set of coasters from pine needles.

Love this thread! Glad I found ya'll!!
Love this post! I'll have to think about it more to remember all my skills, some of them are a bit rusty but I've been collecting info on how to do things for years like animal tracking and foraging and natural dyes.

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I had the Readers Digest "Back to Basics" out of the library for a while. It had tons of great information, from baking bread to choosing the land for your homestead and planning your orchard. I'd love to see some more recomendations also.
I have this book, it's not in very good shape anymore anyone know if it's the same as the new book titled Back to Basics ? The author is different and it doesn't say readers digest anymore.

so my skills hmmm

from scratch cooking
baking
canning and preserving
aquarium maintenance
milk production and processing including breeding, birthing, milking and creating products made with milk
livestock including goats, cows, sheep, pigs, horses, poultry
dying
fence maintaining
gardening
maintaining and using a wood stove
knitting
crochet
sewing, although I suck at using patterns I need to create my own designs
candlemaking
counseling and mental health
design ( dh says I'm the foreman on our projects )
organizing
decorating
hunting and fishing although I don't do that anymore
smoking food


I can't think of anything else off the top of my head.

I've been wanting some aprons for years but being plus sized the ones I find are too small, should probably just design one and sew some up.
post #467 of 618
I posted on the first page of this thread and then kind of forgot about it. I'd like to hop back in since it's such a successful thread but am a little behind. Can somebody give me the low down on the thread and what it's about, what to post, etc.?

Thanks!
post #468 of 618
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I posted on the first page of this thread and then kind of forgot about it. I'd like to hop back in since it's such a successful thread but am a little behind. Can somebody give me the low down on the thread and what it's about, what to post, etc.?

Thanks!
Welcome back! Just hop right on in. We all just kind of talk about, well, homemaking stuff, lol. There isn't really any rhythm or reason, we all just talk about whatever is on our mind.
post #469 of 618
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I posted on the first page of this thread and then kind of forgot about it. I'd like to hop back in since it's such a successful thread but am a little behind. Can somebody give me the low down on the thread and what it's about, what to post, etc.?

Thanks!
I just looked at your pictures...do you live in So. Ca? We live in the IE. We loooove Disneyland, I actually talked to my sister earlier about taking the kids there next month. : :
post #470 of 618
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I got some great new houseplants the other day, dracaena or Dragon Tree, for my dining room.
I'm a huge fan of houseplants I bought the book _How to Grow Fresh Air_ a few years ago, and it is really fantastic. It helps you to pick the perfect plants based on what you want them to filter from the air and where you'll be placing them. Its wonderful.
post #471 of 618
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We put in an offer on a gorgeous remodeled ~100 year old farmhouse today. It makes my homemaker's heart sing. It also motivates me to keep up my work on keeping my current home clean and tidy, for practice!

My baby is due on Valentine's day, so the only holiday prep I'm doing is nesting.
We live in an old stone house built in 1884...I love it! The farm we're renting on is so beautiful and peaceful. I hope it all works out for you! It is neat knowing that this house has been lived in by several women who have worked so hard caring for their families.
post #472 of 618
Thread Starter 
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I'm a huge fan of houseplants I bought the book _How to Grow Fresh Air_ a few years ago, and it is really fantastic. It helps you to pick the perfect plants based on what you want them to filter from the air and where you'll be placing them. Its wonderful.
I have to read that book. I must be breathing some pretty pure air then I probably have 20 or more houseplants!
post #473 of 618
gromero - Thanks! I LOVE homemaking, I spend most of my time doing it, LOL. SAH w/ 2 kids in school leaves a lot of time on my hands.

We did live in SoCal, back in '99 and '00, but those 2 pics were from one of our family vacations. We love that area!


alison_in_oh - Do you have pics? I would LOVE to live in a home like that but they're no-existent where I live

Jumping on in, I LOVE houseplants. No matter how beautiful a room is, if it doesn't have live greenery, it feels cold to me. I like real plants and wood, cottons, etc.

Anyhoo, just taking a break from cleaning. I cleaned the 3 bathrooms today, vacuumed the upstairs (I love vacuuming), cleaned (did a bit of decluttering things that didn't belong there) my bedroom and reorganized my closet. I should do some laundry... oh and I need to start the rice. Crikey!
post #474 of 618
hey all! i've been meaning to post in this thread since it started and just realized that i never did. so i'm hoping it's okay if i jump in this late in the game.

i really enjoy all aspects of homemaking, and am in awe of those of you that really have those "traditional" homemaking skills. i for one, do not. but there's no place i'd rather be than making a comfortable and beautiful home for my husband and kids.
post #475 of 618
Thread Starter 
I'm glad to see so many new folks in here tonight! For those of you who asked what this thread is about, well, let's see...hmmm...

Well, when I started this thread I was feeling that the center of our collective lives as Americans was being pulled away. It was being pulled away by television, by work, by activities, schedules, media/advertising, and others. I wanted to find ways to bring my family back home. And I wanted to find other people to help me do that. This thread was a way to talk about that. I was looking for a place where we would talk about the home being the center of our lives and all the traditional homemaking skills that go along with that. Whether that includes cooking, sewing, gardening, decorating, scrapbooking, etc...Then the thread kind of took on a life of it's own and I love it

So that's the thread in a jist !

Feel free to leave more thoughts on this matter; about the home being our center and how you keep it that way. About how you incorporate Traditional homemaking skills into your modern day lives and how you balance tradition with modernity (i.e.aprons/tattoos)
post #476 of 618
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Feel free to leave more thoughts on this matter; about the home being our center and how you keep it that way. About how you incorporate Traditional homemaking skills into your modern day lives and how you balance tradition with modernity (i.e.aprons/tattoos)

aprons: check (i have 3)
tattoos: check (i have 2)

i think i'm going to fit in quite nicely around here! lol!
post #477 of 618
Need to catch up again:
JenivereI had meant to tell you that I thought that was so great you got a new sewing machine for Xmas! That excites me.

Crunchydoula-I do do doula work but I don't currently have any clients. I started doulaing when I was pregnant with my first so I have not really been able to make it first priority. It is something I want to pick up and get moving this year. That was not the business I was speaking of though. I am also an Intuitive Reader and medium. I am being called to do more medium work to help people heal in their lives after the passing of loved ones. It's really amazing work and I'm so happy to be doing it. It's been a long time in coming for it to be out there to the public. But I'm finally ready. :

I have so much to write about here about TH, but my head is so full it's not coming out. So.
Back to regularly scheduled programming....
post #478 of 618
Aprons - 4
Tattoos - 0

Did I miss a joke about aprons being "modern"? I thought they were more traditional and feel like June Cleaver (in a good way) when I put one on! :
post #479 of 618
No tattoos, no aprons, but the apron I'm working on is going to be this totally awesome batik pattern.

Does that count?
post #480 of 618
Aprons : 2
Tattoos : 1

But I'd like more...of both.
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