Yay! Welcome my ‘Little House On The Prairie’ friend 🙂 Laura Ingalls didn’t only entertain with her writing, her writing is filled with a lot of timeless and good old fashioned wisdom for homemaking and housekeeping.
I grew up in a life similar to that of LHOTP, but I had no idea that it was going to be the ideal lifestyle for me when I became an adult.
I really do love the old fahioned lifestyle. Although I have strayed a bit much from my frugal and rustic upbringing, I am now finding my way back there.
Back then, it was torture for me to clean the lantern and lampshades in the mornings, fetch water from the river after walking a mile home from school, and falling asleep to the sound of critters at nights.
Now, that is the life I prefer. Except the part about fetching water from the river 🙂 I very much prefer a well instead. And yes, my neighbour thinks I am old fashioned for using my oil lamps in the evenings, but I am quite fine with being seen as an old fashioned or country gal 🙂
I really appreciate the lessons and skills I have learnt from my frugal upbringing. It was a beautiful and humble life. Yes, there was a lot of work, but that is what helped to create the beautiful memories I now have.
Little House On The Prairie series creates nostalgia for my childhood days, and also inspires the journey I am on to bring back the frugal and rustic in my life. Here are some wonderful vintage and old fashioned household tips from Little House On The Prairie series.
Use old tin cans to make lanterns.
This is really an inexpensive way to have cute little lanterns in your home. Laura would carry the lantern to light the path when helping Ma with the milking. The sides of the lantern were made of tin with cuts in them for the light from the candle to shine through.
I think this will prevent me from turning my bathroom shelf into ashes! About two nights ago, I had a long candle burning in a mason jar, and the flame was almost reaching the bottom of the shelf above it. When I realized, the wood was already burnt!
I haven’t said a thing to my hubby about the incident as yet. I hope he doesn’t realize. He built this shelf for me 🙂 This tin can lantern should help to prevent situations like this in the future of my evening bathroom moments of bliss 🙂
Use reusable cloth diapers like the Ingalls family.
If using cloth diapers floats your boat, you could be saving some money soon! Disposable diapers are very handy, but I am sure you would also admit they can cost quite a penny.
Use wildflowers for decorations.
Laura and Mary collected wildflowers for Ma to use as decorations. Instead of buying expensive flowers, you could do as the Ingalls did, and use wildflowers to make bouquets and decorate your home.
Did you know that onion skins can be used as a natural dye for yarn?
The yarn that Laura used to make a scarf for Pa was deyed with onion skins! It is good to know that something as natural as onion skins can be used as a dye. Maybe you could try this too!
Make a pepper wreath with extra peppers.
In Laura’s first book, she tells how peppers were made into wreaths by twisting them together or stringing them on twine. You can do this simple project to make your kitchen or pantry look pretty.
I really love using a candle when I use the bathroom in the evenings. So, I will be definitely making a tin can lantern for my bathroom.
Have you ever tried any of these tips or any other old fashioned tips? Do leave a comment and share about your frugal tips and adventures.
Cheers to Little House On The Prairie 🙂