In the 1920s, the hem of sheer and lightweight dresses were often finished with a picot hem. But unless you’re lucky and own an antique hemstitching machine, you’ll need an alternative. So in this tutorial I’ll show you how to sew an imitation 1920s picot hem. Continue reading 1920s Imitation Picot Hem – Tutorial
Since millennia, humans and dogs lived together – dogs are the oldest domesticated animal. In ancient times, dogs guarded flocks and farms. Later they were used as hunting dogs. And especially since the 18th century and Victorian era, lap dogs became fashionable. So there’s a long history of dog food. For many centuries, dogs were just fed with barley flour soaked in milk or broth. Then in the 19th century, the first dog biscuits factory opened. But the Edwardians thought dog biscuits weren’t an ideal food: meat mixed with flour or bread and vegetables was considered the best dog food. Continue reading History Of Dog Food
For the Historical Food Fortnightly challenge 9 – Mock Foods, I made World War One mock sausages and cutlets. Meat was scarce in the war, so I found many meat substitute recipes from different countries. Here’s a recipe for mock sausages made with lima beans from 1912: Soaked, boiled, pureed lima beans were mixed with breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and sage, egg and butter; shaped into sausages, breaded and fried in oil. In 1915 in Germany, sausages, patties and ‘roast beef’ were made with soaked and boiled peas, mixed with carrot, onion, salt and mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). Sausage and deli meats were made with 3/4 part beans and 1/4 part lentils. The vegetarian sausage dough was sewn into a piece of muslin, and smoked for one day at the butcher’s. It’s said to taste like liverwurst.
I chose to make 1914 vegan lentil cutlets and sausages published in One Hundred Meatless Dishes. Vegan lentil cutlets are like vegan lentil croquettes of today. Continue reading WW1 Mock Sausages And Cutlets – Historical Food Fortnightly
It’s easy to make homemade vanilla oil which can be used for cooking and baking and for beauty recipes. I used the vanilla oil for my cold cream. I just replaced the almond and jojoba oil with vanilla infused oil. Now the cold cream has a wonderful vanilla rose scent! 😀 Continue reading Vanilla Infused Oil Recipe
Because just soap didn’t clean my hair thoroughly, I came up with this natural soda & soap shampoo recipe. It cleans the hair just like store-bought shampoo, and because it’s thickened with starch, it’s easy to distribute in the hair. And it’s naturally green! 😀 Continue reading Homemade Natural Green Soap & Soda Shampoo Recipe
Victorian Graham bread made from scratch – so easy to make and so delicious!
Graham bread is named after reverend Sylvester Graham, who invented the bread in 1829. Victorians preferred white bread bought at the bakery because homemade brown bread was considered backward – a bread eaten by poor peasants. In the Victorian era, Graham bread was promoted as ‘health bread’ since Victorian white bread wasn’t made with white flour but with bleached whole wheat flour. Continue reading Victorian (1850s) Graham Bread Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly
After reading that it’s so easy to make apple cider vinegar at home, I had to try it. 😀 And homemade vinegar made with apple peels and cores is perfect for the Historical Food Fortnightly challenge 14 – Waste not, want not. Continue reading Homemade Edwardian Apple Vinegar Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly
For the Historical Food Fortnightly challenge 13 – pies, I baked a strawberry custard pie – a recipe from 1918. Continue reading 1910s Strawberry Custard Pie Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly
Today I made a DIY soap dish with apple tree twigs! It’s such an easy and fast DIY project. I saw similar twig soap dishes sold online, and thought I could make that myself. 😉 So here’s my short tutorial if you want to make your own natural twig soap dish. Continue reading DIY Soap Dish With Twigs – Tutorial
Inspired by Indian jhumka earrings, I made these DIY beaded wire work jhumka earrings and a matching beaded hair pin. Continue reading DIY Indian Beaded Jhumka Earrings And Hair Jewelry