I have been finding that my new simple life experiment has been going well. It is something that has been happening gradually, like it is taking time to unwind from all the modern day stresses, but also it is making me sort out what I do want to keep in my life from 'today's world' and what I want to let go off. It's also making me see what new things I want to pick up. Lots of old fashioned skills to learn, that many people still do have and use, but for lots of us we just simply don't know how. Nowadays we are very lucky to have things like YouTube, where there are plenty of instructional videos....and even though I'm borrowing from a modern day piece of social media, (something I'm gradually using less of), this is one of the things that I'm happy to have access to. Instructional videos can go in the 'to keep' pile! I am also very lucky that I have a brilliant mother who knows how to do all the things that I want to learn, so I am looking forward to spending some time to pick her brains!
Sewing - During the course of my entire existence I have made a total of three skirts for myself. They didn't come out particularly brilliantly, but I nevertheless I made them and I think that was what counted in the grand scheme of things. Women used to sew a lot in the past because it was actually a cheaper way to clothe yourself and your family, but nowadays it works out as a WAY more expensive way to stop yourself wandering around naked. The price of fabrics is bordering on lunacy and unless you can pick up material on sale you are really wasting your time if you think you can whip up a skirt or dress at the fraction of the cost of a store bought one. However I think the point nowadays is more that you can take pride in saying "I made it!", and that's a good thing. I think I will make a few things for myself but mostly focus on sewing for my daughter. This fabric above has been bought to make a simple skirt for her...my first step back into sewing, which really my journey into the world of home stitching had never actually taken off properly...so it's back to basics!here with 'Good Knit Kisses' and before too long I was clacking away and prompting my husband to ask why I was acting like such a granny. However I have also found that the wool is crazy expensive, and having looked at some simple patterns, and then the cost of the wool...once again it is something, that nowadays you do for love rather than trying to save yourself money. For interest sake, I am planning on pulling this red thing apart and knitting a little scarf for my daughter as a first project. From there I need to learn how to read a pattern, so it will be time to hit my mum up and have a bit of one on one time.
Baking - This is something I have always done, although I'm right into it now in a big way. This is my banana cake, which is something I will make when all the bananas start turning a nasty colour. I particularly like this recipe because, not only is it my mum's and it's nice to keep the traditions going, but it also uses up food that otherwise might have been thrown away. I hate wasting food. Baking does take a little bit of effort, especially when you know that you can just pick up a packet of biscuits at the supermarket, but I'm happy knowing that the food I make doesn't have any preservatives or artificial nasties in it, and this one DOES save you money. Everything tastes better too. If you're not a baker and want to get into it you might want to start with just some cupcakes or bickies, or you can go all out like I've been doing and try things like bread, cordial and ice cream.String and Salt, which is the nicest kitchen shop ever and not a good idea to wander into when you really shouldn't be spending any money....but..... I will buy these gradually until I have a good collection, and by the time summer rocks around with all the lovely fresh stone fruit and berries I will be good to go. From what I have read it is pretty simple, as long as your jars are nice and sterile, and you store things properly. I have some good recipes for jam so I'm thinking of buying up a great stack of strawberries and giving that a go soon.
Are you good at any of these old fashioned skills? Or is there something you want to learn?