Just a few years ago, the idea of keeping a house sounded quaint, like something out of a 195os sitcom, complete with an apron and a newfangled washing machine. But as a new generation ' of canners, composters, homebrewers, and knitters all over the country can attest, frugal, do-it-f yourself living is back in fashion. In Making It, the ultimate guidebook for living a homemade life, Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen take back home ec and restore it to its original, noble form,- in which the household is a self-sustaining engine of production at the center of your life.Making It provides all the tools you need for this radical shift in home economics. With projects ranging from the simple to the ambitious and easy, step-by-step instructions, you'll build all the skills you need to do everything from making your own laundry soap to becoming a beekeeper in your backyard.
The projects are divided into five categories, based on the amount of time they take: day to day, weekly, monthly, season to season, and big projects you'll need to do only once. You can start with an oil lamp that will just take a couple of minutes and before you .know it, you'll be making vinegar, setting up grow lights, and keeping a worm composter under the sink. No matter how skilled (or unskilled) you might be the activities in this book are fun, inexpensive, and eminently doable. Making It brings a sense of adventure to the most ordinary activities around the house and garden, reshaping domestic chores into part of a more creative, sensible, and sustainable way of life.