Better late than never as the saying goes. It’s 2011 and I’m starting my very own blog. I know there are many that have come before me and many that will come after.
I’m a career woman who’s got one of those “overtime” jobs. I’m also a full-time wife and a part-time blogger. This blog is about my everyday struggle to find the right balance. I’m competitive. I like to “win.” I enjoy doing things I’m good at, and being good at the things I choose to do. I’ll explore home economics and what it means for the modern woman. I’ll be theorizing and demonstrating the practice of homemaking.
You’ll soon see me cover topics such as sewing, cooking, nutrition, food preservation, hygiene and beauty, handicrafts, and managing money.
Home economics classes were still being offered when I was attending high school. However at that time, most girls my age didn’t see any use for those classes since we were being raised as modern, independent women who didn’t need to be taught how to bake or sew. We were going to have careers that would defy my mother’s generation of just having 9-5 jobs. Our generation has fallen far from our mother’s and grandmother’s “trees”… How many of us know how to hem our own pants, or even sew a simple button without pricking a finger and bleeding? Growing up I remember my mother being a resource who could sew orphaned buttons back onto our favorite pieces of clothing, beautifully wrap birthday presents and books as well as pack my school lunch every single day. She once made me a fabulous Poodle skirt for a 50′s themed Halloween costume and I remember thinking that my mother was so talented and gifted. I could always count on her to “fix” things. I don’t have children of my own yet, but I’ve got two nieces (my extremely educated and accomplished “overtime” career-minded sister’s kids), and whenever they need something repaired, the 3.5 year old places whatever is “broken” in a corner and says “Mommy, when are we going to grandma’s house? I want her to fix my princess dress.”
I’ve been married for 4 years and am just learning how to bake and sew. As my husband and I talk about wanting to have kids, I endeavor to learn basic homemaking skills so my children will be able to come to me as a resource just like I did with my mom. I’ve gotten used to outsourcing everything for convenience, but sometimes it’s more of an inconvenience to have to wait 2-3 days to get a pair of pants hemmed. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to whip out a sewing machine and hem a pair of pants in 10 minutes? I’m looking forward to that…