Yesterday I was reading an article about vintage skills and how they are slowly becoming a thing of the past.
It got me thinking, are vintage skills really dying with each generation? Are we, as a culture, becoming so attached to our phones, televisions and gaming systems that we are forgetting to learn the things of our grandparents and great-grandparents and pass them down to our children?
I think the answer is “Yes”. Now don’t get me wrong, obviously I have and use a computer, cell phone and I have a television. I am not saying these things should just be thrown away never to be heard from again. However, I do think there is a disconnect in our society and there should be a balance between learning “newer” things and learning “older” things.
I think there is a real loss of creativity in our society. There is this idea that groceries only come from the grocery store and clothes, quilts and other items that can be handmade only come from big box stores. Whatever happened to having a garden – even with only one item growing – in your backyard or on your balcony? Whatever happened to cooking from scratch instead of buying a box with the pasta and seasoning all ready to cook? I am not suggesting that we eat from scratch every meal every day (I know I don’t) but there is something to be said for learning to cook from scratch so when the grocery store doesn’t have your favorite cake mix you can go home and make it from scratch.
Don’t even get me started on the “new” math. Really?!?
I know that we all have super busy lives and maybe we don’t think we have time to learn the skills of the past. I, personally, believe the skills of the past need to present in our society today and that we can learn SO MUCH from them. I am a member of Rootsy.org. It’s a simple living online community from all over the world that helps and encourages its members to live simply and be self-sufficient. You don’t have to own a farm or have a huge vegetable garden to join, you just have to desire a simpler life. You can check them out here.
You can sign up for a one month membership (or 6 month and get a discount) and if it’s not right for you then feel free to cancel (although I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it!). And also in November I will be sharing a “Quilt As You Go Placemat” class exclusively to Rootsy members. It’s a super simple way to make a quilted placemat. Let’s take steps to preserve the simple living skills of generations past.
Until next time,
Ruby Mozelle’s Quilts
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