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!
These green Christmas tree cookies are naturally colored with kale and decorated with cranberry pieces.
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→
Made with just three ingredients – quince paste is a traditional Christmas candy popular since the Victorian era.
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→
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→