A Well-Kept Home

A book shop is a pleasant place to while away an hour. And, of course, one cannot leave a book store without a book. This is the most recent addition to my library:


What a refreshing and thought-provoking book. I feel like I’ve sat down with women of many generations and been told all their secrets of keeping a home. I long for a simpler life where my main concern is how to keep my linens white and my silver polished. That life may never come back to our culture as a whole, but I can capture pockets of it by using the knowledge and traditions of yesteryear (also, lots of lemon, salt, lavender, and soap).

Here is what Amazon has to say about the book:

This classic volume … provides time-tested advice and old-fashioned wisdom for maintaining a lovely and inviting home. The frantic quality of modern life and our increasing reliance on technology and on manufactured goods has submerged our awareness of the inherited and seasonal patterns of effective domestic household management. A Well-Kept Home revives the more natural methods used by our forebears to run their homes, reflecting on the traditional way that earlier generations cooked, cleaned, decorated, groomed, and gardened. In this exquisitely illustrated book, Laura Fronty draws on her own grandmother’s life experiences in the home and the garden, providing helpful tips and natural solutions for effective food preparation, cleaning methods for clothes and the interior, restorative beauty treatments, and basic approaches to gardening. She emphasizes the satisfaction gained from even the most mundane of tasks and offers indispensable tips for activities that cover a variety of domestic themes, such as making bitter orange marmalade or instant shortcrust pastry, lighting a wood fire, treating wooden floors with wax, mixing ivy water for cleaning delicate fabrics, and preparing lily oil as a face moisturizer. A Well-Kept Home transforms our approach to the daily chores surrounding the upkeep of a home. The practical advice and natural recipes make it possible to take real pleasure in essential household duties, while at the same time evoking the atmosphere and spirit of a time gone by.


Small Starts

This has been a week of small starts and no finishes. Work on the blanket continues. I swatched for socks and a tee, but have to wash the swatches before I can do more. Here is the red blouse I have been working on – languishing in want of a zipper.


What do you think? I’m pretty happy with how she is shaping up.

I recently bought the Wiksten Tank pattern and this fabric to make it in. Yummy!


My Sister in Law recently had a birthday. She loves books even more than I do (and I love books a lot), so I made her this necklace. I hope she loves it. I’ve been saving this book charm for a long time.