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Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.

Victorian Rag Ball - Tutorial

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!

Today, rag balls are still popular: They are a favorite decoration at Christmas time. Or you could make a rag ball as soft toy ball for your baby or toddler. ‘There are innumerable games to be played with a soft ball which the very tiny children even can enjoy and profit by.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)  And if you don’t have a toddler, your pup would love a new toy too! Continue reading Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Christmas Tree Cookies – Naturally Colored With Kale

These green Christmas tree cookies are naturally colored with kale and decorated with cranberry pieces.

Christmas Tree Cookies - Naturally Colored With Kale

These festive red and green Christmas cookies taste as delicious as they look. And what’s best: they’re made without artificial dyes – they’re all naturally colored with curly kale leaves.  And even if the Christmas tree cookies are brilliant green, they don’t taste of kale – they taste just like classic Christmas sugar cookies! Continue reading Christmas Tree Cookies – Naturally Colored With Kale

Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Made with just three ingredients – quince paste is a traditional Christmas candy popular since the Victorian era.

Victorian Quince Paste - Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Quince paste – also called quince candy, quince cheese and quince jelly candy – is an old-fashioned Christmas candy. It has a beautiful reddish color and tastes like a sweet version of quince jelly. It takes some time to make quince paste at home but it’s so worth it and you’ll only need three ingedients: quinces, sugar and lemon juice! Continue reading Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Edwardian Spice Marble Cake

This Edwardian spice marble cake is so delicious – a perfect Christmas cake!

Edwardian Spice Marble Cake

The traditional marble cake wasn’t the vanilla and chocolate marble cake. In the Victorian and Edwardian era, marble cakes were usually flavored with spices and colored with brown sugar and molasses. This Edwardian spice cake recipe was published in Three Meals A Day in 1902. Continue reading Edwardian Spice Marble Cake

24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes – Advent Calendar 2018

Welcome to the Advent Calendar 2018 with 24 free, old-fashioned Christmas crafts and recipes!

24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes - Advent Calendar 2018

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

Blue Snowflake Cookies – Naturally Colored With Red Cabbage

Blue Snowflake Cookies - Naturally Colored With Red Cabbage

These blue snowflake cookies are naturally colored with red cabbage! Yes, you’ve read that right: they’re colored with red cabbage! 😀 Isn’t it such a beautiful baby blue? And don’t worry, they don’t taste of red cabbage! 😉 Continue reading Blue Snowflake Cookies – Naturally Colored With Red Cabbage

Naturally Red & Green Christmas Cookies (No Food Coloring Added)

Naturally Red And Green Christmas Cookies (No Food Coloring Added)

These festive red and green Christmas shortbread cookies are naturally colored with beets and pistachios.

The pistachio- and beet-colored cookies are the last project of my Advent Calendar 2017. Merry Christmas to you! Continue reading Naturally Red & Green Christmas Cookies (No Food Coloring Added)

DIY Icicle Candle Holders – Winter Luminaries With Snowy Pinecones

DIY Icicle Candle Holders Winter Luminaries With Snowy Pinecones

Aren’t these icicle winter luminaries beautiful? They look great as christmas table decoration, on the window sill or as modern Advent wreath. The snow frosted candle holders are easy and quick to make with things you already have at home. And they’re a great holiday craft for kids because they’re made with natural “ingredients”. 😉 Continue reading DIY Icicle Candle Holders – Winter Luminaries With Snowy Pinecones