Crafting a Plantain Salve

Crafting a Plantain Salve

Here, dear reader, is a simple and easy recipe for making a small batch of plantain salve, a staple in my home apothecary. This addition to your own home apothecary is great for healing minor burns, small cuts, stings, and bug bites. My family and I have used this salve for several years now and we absolutely love it!

Crafting a plantain salve is an easy way to dip your toes into herbalism because you are learning how to make an infused oil and a salve. This recipe is also a wonderful way to be a thrifty or economical homemaker because you are foraging for plantain in your own backyard and creating a healing salve instead of purchasing similar ointments from the drug store.

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Sewing A 1908 Ladies House Dress

Sewing A 1908 Ladies House Dress

Over the past few months I have taken up the mantle of a passion project I began several years back, to sew my own clothing and to have a nearly complete me-made wardrobe. My style preferences have changed considerably since 2016, however I believe I have found the style and era that I feel completely at home in: late Victorian to early Edwardian (roughly 1890-1910).

At this point I have already made a handful of underpinnings and several walking skirts (with more to come, of course). Now I wish to turn my attentions towards the House Dress.

As a mom to a very active toddler, its very important to me that I am able to keep up with her while still feeling comfortable and put together. At the beginning of motherhood I fell into the trap of wearing yoga pants for everything, a modern mom uniform, and I greatly wished to break free no matter how alluring those stretchy polyester pants are. In addition to my motherly duties, I spend my days as a house wife running the home, cooking homemade meals, and completing day-to-day chores, so I need these clothes to be practical and functional.

One evening I was up late scrolling through pages of sewing patterns on Etsy, as one does, when I came across this pattern for a 1908 House Dress. At once I knew this was the solution to my dilemma! This fantastic dress was the perfect marriage of form and function to clad myself in as a worked around my home and played with my daughter.

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Establishing a Household Book

Establishing a Household Book

I must confess, dear reader, that I am a complete and unabashed Jane-ite. Not only do I find great joy in reading her novels and watching the film adaptations, but I love learning about Jane’s everyday life and the people she surrounded herself with. One of those individuals was Martha Lloyd, a family friend that lived with Jane, Cassandra, and Mrs. Austen for a time; who later married Jane’s brother, Francis. Martha left behind an incredible artifact that gives us a glimpse into the domestic life of the Austens’ and their circle of friends, her handwritten household book

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A Debut of Sorts

A Debut of Sorts

I have been at this point in my life before, on the edge of beginning a new blog, ready to publish the first post, terrified I won’t succeed (again), and worried this blog will have a short life like the 5+ill-fated blogs before it. And yet I make the attempt once more, sure of my tenacity to succeed and stick to it this time.

So here I go on this journey, and I hope with all my being that you, dear reader and friend, will join me along the way.


The intention of this blog is to delve into the domestic side of history and see how the ordinary person went about their day. As a stay-at-home mom and a homemaker, I feel compelled to research the lives of the women who came before me in this honorable, yet under appreciated, profession.


So, my dear reader, let us walk this path together, hands clasped tight, as we bring a part of the past into our home and daily life.

– Bethany