Lesley

A Make Do & Mend the Earth Christmas

I’ve been having a bit of a think about our movement the last few days…as it gets quieter and quieter here…as I continue to find it difficult to post here as well as at Wisteria & Sunshine, Instagram and make and fill orders for my shop…not to mention trying to live a making-do sort of life…and I’ve decided to take a pause with our film festival and my commitment to posting here weekly. For now. As the year reaches its crowning, it is a full time for many of us.

In addition to all of that, I need some space and time to really put my finger on how we can best send down some roots and then grow. What will our branches be? And the little leaves, the myriad details involved? Will others want to get more involved and help me with the tending? It feels comforting to me that World War Zero, which launched around the same time as Make Do & Mend the Earth, doesn’t seem to have progressed much with a team and John Kerry at the helm, tho’ I dearly hope much is going on behind the scenes.

So this seems a good time to turn to the watching of Wartime Farm Christmas, a bonus episode of one of our series. And I may also make the time to watch a three part Victorian Farm Christmas series I noticed at youtube, as well. The holidays, especially, benefit from new eyes to the see the possibilities, which these shows can give us.

We are having a discussion about “gentle gifting” as I called it, at Wisteria & Sunshine, and I’ve realized that there are many approaches to making do and/or mending the earth, in regards to the holidays. A Making Do Christmas might look very different from a handmade or local one or zero waste one or… The first would mean almost no shopping at all. The second, more of what I have in mind, is much more gentle upon the earth than a mainstream sort…but doesn’t mean I don’t buy thoughtful things crafted by others, as well as creating some gifts from what I already have. Or so I’ve been thinking about it. It will be welcome to learn more about it what a Making Do Christmas was like during the war when we watch.

And, of course, it’s not all about gifts, is it? I have been picturing the finding of a little, wild tree on our land (which we do every year) for our Christmas tree…but can’t imagine cutting it down this year. Something has shifted in me. Yet the idea of not having a tree wasn’t met with joy, or having a Christmas branch as a friend does, or a very small, dug up and replanted tree, so I am opening up to other possibilities. And I trust that they will come. I am also going to gather some scrub pinecones (my favorite!) and plant them in pots and see if I can grow us some future Christmas trees.

I will be back here in the nearish future to share some of my own Making Do ways with decorations and gifting and more and to share my thoughts about the Christmas videos. And I will be spending the rest of November clarifying how the idea of “making do” will weave in with all of the other ways I’ve found over the years to make the holidays more peaceful and natural. Do share your own thoughts below if you feel moved to, and our Make Do & Mend the Earth Christmas may begin…

The Making Do Film Club-fourth week

It is so quiet out in web-land these days, and I will have to be “quieter” than usual this week as I try to spare my arm and back which are flaring up from so much work in my studio. So…I will keep it simple with links to this week’s watching and a thought about something upcoming and a photograph from Wisteria & Sunshine of some of my homemade potions from the pantry (with a photo in the back of my Grandma Grace who grew up on a farm in Pennsylania around the turn of the last century.)

Wartime Kitchen & Garden-episode 4

(I’m sorry I can’t find this episode without ads!)

The Wartime Farm-episode 3

Soon I will be interviewing a friend of mine who is a few years in to their family’s handmade/homemade approach to Christmas giving. I wonder if you have any questions you would like me to ask her? If so, leave them in a comment below and I will add them to my own list.

Wishing you a good week with small progresses with making do…

P.S. I did enjoy last week’s videos. Favorite parts were the homemade feather duster (I’ve been saving the dropped feathers from our recently molting hens for the future making of one) and the whole silage part of Wartime Farm. I think I must have had a past life in rural England because I have been drawn to such things for decades now. And I love in these shows how it is all done without plastic and large equipment, unlike today.