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Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

This Vintage Life Today

October 7, 2019

To live a vintage life today we have to make it happen.  What is vintage anyway? Vintage has many descriptions. It can be considered something having quality.  A fine wine sometimes is a vintage wine, sometimes vintage is something of importance. Some may think of it as being old but some think of it as being classic.

I feel it is the best parts of the past.

This is Muriah, she reads and follows my blog and sent me this picture of her beautiful vintage treadle sewing machine. 

Muriah enjoys living a more simple vintage life. She is a beautiful young lady and this picture makes my heart happy.  I asked her permission if I could share this with all of you and she said yes.

Some of you that live a more simple life have mentioned you wish you knew others with the same interest and some of you have mentioned that sometimes you feel apart from today's world because you do not like living the modern life today. 

We should not isolate ourselves but just live as we feel inspired to live. I feel that Muriah's photo shows us this. 

When we embrace our home to what we imagine it to be we fill it with love and warm food and clean our home with intent and purpose. We stay busy with activities that take what we see in our mind to what we see in our home by making it ourselves.

I wanted to show you what that can look like today here in Muriah's photo. I see confidence in this picture of a young woman embracing what she wants in her life. I also see a softness and calm in her home.

There is a quality we see here, we recognize the sturdy and still functioning antique sewing machine. This photo speaks volumes.

We can make our homes as we want them if we work towards what it is we envision in a slow and deliberate way. We should not live a life of everything instant as this is not how to achieve quality.  Sometimes is starts with a needle and thread.

One of my blog friends was telling me that her husband reads a rural farming paper and the headline said, Take care of what you own.  We discussed this headline about how important that is for everything including our clothing and utensils and furniture.

It is so very important to take care of the things we have and I see us living in a disposable society now.  When we embrace the simple life it brings us back to basics of making more sense of this life we are given.

Sometimes we need a reminder to get back on track and start doing what our generations before us did and that was to take care of everything we have. 

Many of us are finding that vintage household items that were discarded for more modern items are far surpassing the longevity of items made today and why I shop thrift stores and occasionally pick up something on the curb set out for trash pick up. 

We should choose wisely of the things we purchase. We need to give consideration of this being around for a long time so we do not waste our money on continuous spending.

Do you have a button box? 

Today notions are very expensive. How can we repair the things we have if we do not have the tools or parts?  

I will snip off parts of old clothing with buttons and zippers, fasteners and hooks and toss them in my button box and later go through them and remove them from the garment so it can be used later.  I showed this on a post a little while ago how I reuse dog leash and collar hardware as well.

Today I did mending. I had three of Charles work shirts and a my blouse. 

A button had pulled out of his collar button and made a hole.

I secured it with a small piece of fabric on the back before sewing a new button on.

This button came from the extra buttons from the bottom of the inside of the shirt.

I keep fabric and yarn and thread in good supply as this is  part of keeping home.

After I put buttons on two shirts I needed to patch the back of one of the sleeves on another shirt. After I finished with the mending I went through my sewing cabinet and did some re-arranging and straightening. There is clutter in our homes and then there is necessary items that look like clutter  but if we take the time to go through and sort and organize it helps to keep this under control.

This is were minimalism can become very expensive. If we live a life keeping no tools and supplies we become dependent on paying for repairs or having to buy things constantly.

We should weigh what makes sense.

We are having a good week despite that we were in triple digits last week and we are still in a serious drought.

I am still harvesting seeds.

And always fluffing things around the house. Changing linens and moving things about. 

We indulged this evening and instead of supper we ate lemon ice box pie. :)

This is our Katherine when she was a baby.. We Blinked and she will soon be 12.

We never know what goes on behind closed doors or windows. But I try to open my home to you to give glimpses of a simple home and how it can bring you refuge and joy if only we take care of what we have and live below our means so we do not have unnecessary stress. 

Thank you Muriah for sharing your lovely photo.  Grandma Donna

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