Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.
In the Victorian era, a rag ball was a toy of poor children. Old rags and fabric scraps were wound into a ball and covered with ball stitches to hold the rags together: ‘Ball Stitch – A stitch used in making ornamental balls for children.’ (Embroidery Stitches, 1872, p. 9)
Rag balls were popular Victorian Christmas presents. Victorian mothers would make rag balls for their toddlers, while kids could make their own rag balls – rag balls are so easy and fast to make! And cheap too – using just what you’d usually throw away!
Welcome to the Advent Calendar 2018 with 24 free, old-fashioned Christmas crafts and recipes!
It’s time for my traditional Advent Calendar! This year it’s the third year that I run the Advent Calendar on my blog. For those of you who are new to my Advent Calendar: The Advent Calendar works like an ordinary Advent calendar, each day you can open a new door. Behind the doors are free vintage Christmas and winter crafts, old-fashioned Christmas and wild foraging recipes and Victorian and Edwardian winter- and Christmas-related posts. The Advent Calendar 2018 starts on December 1. Continue reading 24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes – Advent Calendar 2018→
Even if you don’t have a rustic textured table in your home for your food and craft photos or a professional photostudio for your fashion shoots, you can take professional looking pictures with these 25+ easy and cheap backdrop ideas for blog photography.
Make new wood look old with wood rasps, hammer, screws and nails. The following are my favorite techniques of how to distress wood. Create a faux driftwood look, rotten wood, dents, scratches and faux worm holes.