Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
In a world of mass-produced food, factory-stitched clothing, 300-channel cable television, and computer-centric desk jobs, it's easy to overlook the simple pleasures of eating homegrown vegetables, raising animals naturally and humanely, wearing hand-sewn clothing, or simply enjoying an evening of unplugged...more
Of 11 chapters, I loved 6:
Chickens. Eggs aren’t that expensive -they might be some of the cheapest sources of protein available- so why raise your own chickens? First, by doing so you’ll kno ...more
"Me. Memememememe, me!" x 184 pages = Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich
An open letter to the author:
Dear Jenna Woginrich,
I hate to inform you of this, but "pioneers" did not send animal hair to online retailers for processing into yarn, nor did they have laptops for ordering, well, anything at all. Especially consider ...more
I skimmed a bit, and then I gave up entirely. I could really care less about traini ...more
__You want to raise hens and lay awake at night imagining how good their eggs will taste.
__You have untapped desires for shopping antique malls and acquiring old things.
__You are jealous of fancy-pants farmers who spend all day in their gardens and all winter spinning wool from sheep, but work a 40 hr. a week job.
__Reading about a flopped bee hive in this woman's backyard sounds interesting to you.
__You want to live simply, so you learn how ...more
What begins with this sage observation continues to offer enough information to inspire and humor to educate. Yes, that's what I meant. The information and resourc ...more
I enjoyed the lighthearted take on everything and the book did make me want to try a f ...more
This is one of those books, guys.
After turning the last page, I found myself wanting to bake homemade bread more than I ever have in my whole entire life; to start making plans to grow a salad garden of my very own; to embrace the beauty of thrifted kitchenware; and also, to high five the author.
This is just good-old-fashioned ...more
The first chapter, Chickens, is exactly that. From her own experiences with chickens, to a basic guide on caring for them, this encompasses all of what it means to have a small flock of chickens. I enjoyed the stories of her chickens and their antics, and th ...more
I was pleased to find that this book is an accessible, clear, forthright memoir of one lady's efforts to become more self-sufficient. From cubicle to com ...more
Okay, I DID stop reading after she KILLED the Queen bee from the group of bees she mail ordered. She let the Queen Bee die an awful death. Queen bees are mailed in a little box to protect her from the journey and is surrounded by the rest of the hive. She just dumped the whole thing into a bee box and the hive had no chance of ...more
I love personal essays, and what I think of as infor ...more
I don't agree with some of the philosophy espoused in the pages (I think the writer is a buddhist) but I did realize just how attached I am to stuff. OK I will admit it. I'm addic ...more
For those who already practice "the lifestyle" this will be a ...more
The structure felt wrong to me. The book was set up as a series of stand-alone chapters on different topics (bee-keeping, working dogs, cooking, etc.), but this was very disjointed because Jenna Woginrich's story seems m ...more
So last week, I went looking for her book, and lo and behold, my local library had several copies. I ord ...more
The book seems to place more importance on the "how to get started" sections after each chapter. The "resources" section in the back seems more helpf ...more
I certainly don't know it all when it comes to sustainability, but I really didn't learn anything from this book. There was no substance to this book. I think I would do OK buying vintage things, I don't really need a tutorial on that.
The more books I read from bloggers, the less I like. Apparently, if you have a blog, you g ...more