Category: Homestead Living

Distaff Day

Flax Dressed Ready For Spinning

“Partly work and partly play You must on St. Distaff’s Day: From the plough soon free your team; Then come home and fother them; If the maids a-spinning go, Burn the flax and fire the tow. Bring in pails of water then, Let the maids bewash the men. Give St. Distaff all the right; Then…

Clean Wool Rugs & Blankets with Snow

Rug In Show

Did you know that the very best way to clean a handwoven, hooked, Persian or braided wool rug or wool blanket is with fresh snow? It’s true. Cleaning wool textiles with snow is an old-fashioned cleaning method that is very safe, gentle and completely non-toxic. It works better than sprays, steam cleaning or dry cleaning.…

The Real Meaning Of “Tying Up Loose Ends”

Loose Ends Are tied Up

(1.)Tie up loose ends Verb (Idiomatic) To deal with the minor consequences of a previous action; to tidy up, finish, or complete. “Removing her name from the mailing list was her way of tying up loose ends.” Wiktionary It’s an expression most of us have heard or used at one time or another. But do…

Brass Beds

Brass Beds

A couple of months ago I bought an old brass bed at a local antique shop. The bed was in fairly good shape but was in need of a good cleaning and polishing. The polishing turned out to be a much bigger and messier job than I had expected. It took days of work, but…

A Tip For Sewing Buttons On Hand Knits

Two Buttons On The Band Prevents A Pull Through

I love to knit and spend between 1 – 4 hours most days knitting. You might wonder how anyone could make or find that kind of time to knit. The answer is easy. I’m a knitting fool. I have knitting projects stashed near every chair in my home and if I know that I’m going…

Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

A 10 Year Old Learning To Sew

You love to sew. Or perhaps you are looking for a sensible off grid sewing machine and think you’d like to buy a treadle sewing machine but don’t know where to start or what to look for? Maybe you are worried that all treadle sewing machines are expensive antiques and you can’t afford one? Or…

A Morning Prayer

Winter

  Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind I may face all that this new day is to bring. Grant unto me to dedicate myself completely to Thy Holy Will. For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things. Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do…