I recently enjoyed The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life by Jennifer Worick (2007).
In this book, Worick described information about 1800s prairie life, such as curing meat or making button lamps. She also gave instructions for 50 prairie-type projects that us modern folk can try. The projects range from quilting and embroidery to panning for gold and saddling a horse.
In the past, people did lots of these activities because they had to, we can do them because we find great satisfaction in DIY and making-do.
I loved the reminders of how satisfying it is to do handcrafts.
“I continually meet women (and men) who are embroidering and canning and putting their own twists on old-school crafts and skills. Forget about granny chic; this is prairie chic, and it’s spreading like wildfire.”
I’ve done various handcrafts since I was a young child, partly because sometimes I needed to make-do.
For instance, I didn’t have a Barbie house. So, I spent hours making my own house. I used boxes, wallpaper samples, and household trash to make rooms and furniture. I believe I had more fun making the house than playing with it later!
One of my favorite hobbies has been crocheting. However, in the last few years, I’ve put most of my creative time and energy into writing. I miss crocheting.
In fact, I have a nearly-completed afghan that I began for one of my sons when he was about nine years old. He’s 17 now. I should get it done while he still lives at home, don’t you think?
I also want to learn to knit, spin yarn, and decorate a dollhouse.
What old-school hobbies or activities do you do? What would you like to learn how to do?