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How To Make Hay With A Scythe – History Of Haymaking

How To Make Hay With A Scythe - History Of Haymaking
The Haymaker, Julien Dupré, 1890s

 

In the Victorian era, hay was made by hand with a scythe. But even today, a scythe is often used to cut grass and make hay. I love making hay with a scythe – it’s the best full body workout! Every summer, I make hay for our rabbits by hand with a scythe. Besides haymaking, the scythe is also perfect to cut grass on a hill in our garden that is too steep for a lawn mower.

‘Now, whilst the mowers are whetting their scythes, and the fragrant smell of the hay fills the summer air, let us sit on the haycock, and glance at the flowers around us.’ (English Wild Flowers, 1868)

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How To Make Your Hair Grow – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

Doesn’t everybody want beautiful hair? How to make your hair grow … in the Victorian and Edwardian era!

How To Make Your Hair Grow - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

Victorian and Edwardian women prided themselves on their long, luxuriant hair. But not all women (and men) had beautiful hair. Read on to find out what was recommended in the Edwardian era to make your hair grow! Continue reading How To Make Your Hair Grow – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

Edwardian Walking Dresses

Edwardian walking dresses: What Edwardian women wore in cold and rainy winter weather and for summer hiking vacations.

Edwardian Walking Dresses

‘The very best form of exercise, all doctors agree, is walking. It brings into action every muscle of the body, stimulates the organs and circulation, and provides an interesting amusement, because it is enjoyable. It induces health because it does not overstrain any part of the body, and it brings beauty of form because it gets rid of superfluous tissue, and, at the same time, develops the muscles, thus filling out the hollows and thin places.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2a)

Edwardians were fond of walking. Even rain didn’t stop them: They believed a walk through rain was an excellent skin toner! But the clothing had to be light and warm so as not to catch cold. Edwardian walking dresses usually consisted of a short leather-lined wool skirt, a wool jacket or sweater, walking boots and a soft felt cap or hat. Continue reading Edwardian Walking Dresses

Edwardian & WW1 Tam O’Shanter Hats – Free Knit & Crochet Patterns

9 free antique knit and crochet patterns for Edwardian & WW1 tam o’shanter hats!

Edwardian Knit & Crochet Tam O'Shanter Hats - Free Patterns

‘It is often difficult to know what Christmas presents to give […] A warm hat is always serviceable.’ (Marin Journal, 1902)

The Edwardian tam o’shanter or tam hat – a soft knitted or crocheted wool hat – was the everday hat of Edwardian girls and sports hat of Edwardian women. ‘A small woollen cap […] which only needs two hairpins to keep it in place, is extremely becoming, and suitable either for summer or winter.’ Continue reading Edwardian & WW1 Tam O’Shanter Hats – Free Knit & Crochet Patterns

Edwardian Skating Costumes

Indoor and outdoor ice skating was a popular pastime in the Edwardian era. Edwardian women wore specially made skating costumes. Edwardian skating costumes were made out of wool or velvet with short skirts and matching jackets. ‘The correct skating costume is of a rough material, with skirt shorter than the ordinary and a half fitted jacket of three-quarter length, while the hat should be small and should fit snugly on the head.’ (Los Angeles Herald, 3 January 1909)

Edwardian Skating Costumes

‘The Winter Girl is seen at her best muffled in her velvets and furs, gliding like a true queen over the ice.’ (Los Angeles Herald, 1907)

‘With laughter and delighted greetings and in the highest of high spirits San Francisco’s young people met on Monday night for the first of the season’s skating parties. They were unfeignedly glad to be together again […] From 8:30 o’clock until nearly midnight the enthusiasm lasted without an instant’s break, and perfect music and a perfect floor did their share to make the evening pleasant. It was a large meeting, more than 200 persons were there’ (San Francisco Call, 1907). Continue reading Edwardian Skating Costumes

The Edwardian Sweater Girl + 25 Free Edwardian Sweater Patterns

Knit and crochet sweaters were an everyday garment for active Edwardian girls and women. Edwardian sweaters are still in style today. So knit, crochet or sew your own Edwardian sweater this winter following one of the 25 free antique Edwardian sweater patterns. Winter is coming! 😉

The Edwardian Sweater Girl + 25 Free Edwardian Sweater Patterns

‘There is a proper and improper time to wear a sweater […] For country wear and sports it is frequently worn as the only outside garment […] For wear in cities and towns a contrary etiquette prevails. Continue reading The Edwardian Sweater Girl + 25 Free Edwardian Sweater Patterns

30 Historical Recipes With Apricot Kernels, Peach Kernels & Cherry Pits

Noyaux, marzipan, amaretto, kirschwasser, cherry jam – there are a lot of recipes that are made with apricot kernels, peach kernels or cherry pits!

30 Historical Recipes With Apricot Kernels, Peach Leaves & Cherry Pits

Just recently I found out that apricot kernels, cherry pits, peach kernels and peach leaves can be used as natural bitter almond flavoring. ‘Families should always save their peach-kernels, as they can be used in cakes, puddings and custards.’ (Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats, 1836, p. 56) And even if the kernels contain amygdalin, which turns into cyanide in the body, it’s safe to consume food prepared with kernels if it’s cooked or baked before eating (more about it here).

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Keep Your Home Cool In The Summer Heat – Edwardian Decor Ideas

Keep cool and beat the heat – how Edwardians kept their home cool in the summer!

Keep Your Home Cool In The Summer Heat - Edwardian Decor Ideas
Edwardian summer room decor, 1910

‘The woman who must stay in the city all summer, or can leave town for a bare two weeks when her husband gets his vacation, should put her wits to work to make her house or her apartment look as cool as possible – for the appearance of coolness leads us to imagine that the thermometer is really lower than it is.’ (Chicago Tribune, July 1909) Continue reading Keep Your Home Cool In The Summer Heat – Edwardian Decor Ideas

25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography

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.

25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography

Some great DIY photo backdrops might be already lying around in your house. In this post I’ll show you what I use as backdrops for my blog photos. Some of the ideas are for DIY indoor backdrops and some are natural outdoor backdrops. Continue reading 25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography