As my generation (X) comes into full adulthood and starts making a noticeable dent in the world, I’ve noticed a trend – a firm rejection of consumerism and the adoption of what I like to call a “Victory Garden Lifestyle”. I feel like a lot of us are returning – going back to making things, making do, being more self-sufficient. More of us are homesteading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, raising chickens, reducing, reusing, recycling, repairing … making things, making do and making better lives for ourselves.
The blogging subject of “Return” for this month’s NaBloPoMo seemed to mesh really well with what I’ve been thinking about along these lines, and in addition to talking about my own return (to these values and to my creative self) I wanted to take a look at some of these Victory Garden Lifeskills.
We’ve started gardening more and one thing I’ve struggled with is preservation. We try to cook as we go to use what we grow (a rhyme, haha! ^_^) but there’s always more than we can use. Now, some I can freeze and some I can dehydrate (I’ve got a dehydrator.) but the next logical step, in my mind is canning. Interestingly enough, I’ve run across two references to canning I thought I’d share.
Firstly, check out this awesome video about Classie Parker I found browsing Etsy the other day. Have you seen this bit of awesomeness?
There’s a nice little writeup and a canning recipe here on Etsy’s blog.
Soulemama also wrote a great intro to canning I really love. In it she lists helpful books, websites and then adds her own tips and thoughts. I highly recommend it. It also has lots of pretty pictures at the top. XD
I’m looking for more resources – if I find something Soulemama didn’t list, I’ll add it here.
…I have plans for more robust posts as the month progresses, but it’s a busy Friday and I’ve yet to go to work….so here’s a short post to keep going with NaBloPoMo.
A little tidbit – as I’ve geared up to return to sewing I’ve been starting to build a presence for myself at a fairly new site – basically a Ravelry for sewers – called My Sewing Circle. It’s still developing but it looks to be pretty useful if development continues. You might check it out! ^_-
Oh, and just for fun – how ’bout some music:
The theme for this month’s NaBloPoMo is “Return.” I’m absolutely loving it! This month represents:
- a true return to blogging here
- a return to sewing
- a return to creativity of other sorts – knitting, crochet, drawing, music….
- a return to making do and being truly frugal (reduce, reuse, recycle)
- a return to who I am, really – I’ve been on a journey of rediscovery lately.
Well, let’s see –
- I’m a bit nervous about it, but I’ve signed up for September’s NaBloPoMo. I didn’t make it last time – hopefully this one will go better. ;P
- I’ve updated my about page a bit – it was in drastic need of help. Hopefully more changes on the way, “as we go”…..
- I’m hoping the sewing machine will be done this week….
- I am utterly exhausted today. Gotta keep on truckin, though…..