1886 Household Tips
Great Grandmother went from teacher to housewife pretty darn fast. Since paper was scarce 129 years ago, she clipped recipes and tips from the local newspaper and pasted them over the notes she took while attending Illinois State Teachers College in 1886.
You will need one teaspoonful of powdered starch for this one. Dissolve the teaspoonful of starch in just a bit of cold water. Then, pour boiling water over the starch and cold water and stir until it becomes thick. Next, boil the mixture for about 5 minutes. If you run out of Elmer's glue, you will have some good sticky stuff to use as paste. (1886)
2. A Nice Salve for Your Hands and Lips
Winter really does a number on lips and hands. Just mix "sweet oil," which is the name they used in the 19th century for olive oil, with an equal amount of beeswax. Boil the sweet oil and the beeswax for just a few minutes. Those dry hands and chapped lips will be soft and pretty again. (1886 )
3. A Lovely Rag Rug
For this decorative rag rug, you will need a "coffee sack." No coffee sack? If you can get your hands on some burlap, you are good to go. S ketch a design of your very own on the coffee sack, or your burlap substitute. Use a coarse crochet hook to drag rags in loops from the underside of the sack. I suppose a thick yarn would work also. (1886)
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