Monday 20 July 2015

Forgotten ways for modern days

Forgotten Ways for Modern Days: Kitchen Cures and Household Lore for a Natural Home and Garden by Rachelle Blondel
Published by Kyle Books
4th June 2015
Hardback Edition
Forgotten Ways for Modern Days draws on the wisdom of the homemakers, gardeners, crafters and kitchen alchemists of the past who kept homes clean, gardens in order and hands busy using natural products and items found close to hand, either around the house or in the garden. Ingredients from kitchen cupboards, picked from the veg patch or foraged from hedgerows were used to clean clothes, cure a chesty cough and freshen the skin, whilst scraps of fabric were recycled in endless useful ways. With sections on Cleaning, Laundry, The Kitchen, In the Garden, Natural Health, and Beauty, Forgotten Ways for Modern Days brings this knowledge up to date and shares with the reader clever tips that make as much sense today, such as how to brighten your whites by putting eggshells in your wash. as well as an array of handy projects, including how to make Re-usable Beeswax Food Wrap, a Honey and Lemon Throat Soother and a Bits and Bobs Eiderdown.
Rachelle's book came out last month and I had to treat myself to a copy pretty much immediately.  I have to say I jolly well love it too.  It also has an introduction by crafty blogger pal Tif Fussell, aka Dottie Angel.
You may also have spotted Rachelle in this weekend's edition of You magazine.  I wish I had known and then I'd have bought a copy too.
This is more than just a craft book, though it does have things to make of a crafty nature inside it, but a whole new way of living.  There are concoctions and recipes inside for all mater of goodies - a beeswax for bringing your wooden items back to new, reed diffusers, kindling wraps, dandelion syrup and an almond and rosewater cleansing cream are just some of the wonderful contents contained within its beautiful pages - and the packaging and layout of the book are really nice too.
on my to make list
 This is a lovely book about getting back to basics, making time to produce your own things rather than buying chemically filled products and having a simpler way of living.  I can't argue with her, it's a life I want to live too.
G x


  1. It really does look like a gorgeous book x

  2. Hi Ginny. I might have to search out a copy for myself. I try and do my little bit without chemicals when cleaning the house. I love using Soda Crystals to soak my pans and clean the cooker top. It is sooo much quicker than using a spray cleaner, trust me. Also, tradional household soap, the green one you find in hardware stores is AMAZING to clean your bath with the yellow side of those yellow and green scourers - no elbow grease required at all. (BTW having a second viewing on the house on Thursday, eeeek!)

  3. I adore this book , always been in to this stuff . In my opinion Simple is the best xxx


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