And the New Girls Said…

And the New Girls Said…

Well, hello there! Greetings and Salutations! Welcome! It’s lovely to meet you!

…what’s that?

Who are we?

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Well, in the most basic of answers: we are Tracy and Joc. We are sisters, we are wives and mothers, and we love to make things with our own two hands.

You will, however, allow me to wax a bit more poetic on the topic.

We are two of four very close-knit sisters. We are both married to wonderful men and we each have ourselves a small and adorable kid. We are devoted wholeheartedly to our families and to their care. This means we spend long (and sometimes thankless) hours trying to find the best way to make “healthy” mean the same as “delicious”, we like to strive for green and natural if we can, and if we think we can make something at least as good as what we can buy in the store, then we’re definitely going to try.

Despite our lofty ideals, however, we are not — and do not subscribe to the myth of — Super Moms. Our houses are not ultra-organized. Our families do not only eat organic. We did not cloth diaper our children. We suffer moments of frustration and rage and anguish and despair, just like any other parent, and we occasionally lean on the promise of a “Victory Lap drink” (you know… when the kids finally go to bed). But even though we do not belong in the ranks of Martha Stewart, we do place the highest priority on making sure our families get the best of us.

All parents have their ways of staying glued together in the face of the hurricane that is parenthood, and the reason we are not a pair of gibbering messes is largely due to the fact that we are have supportive husbands who give us time to indulge in creative outlets. We have a passion for arts and crafts and a weakness for pretty things, and if we don’t each have some kind of a project half-finished somewhere in the corners of our homes, then it’s only because we’re just about to start one. We are mostly self-taught and love the conquest of learning a new skill if we hit a roadblock, and if you’ve ever googled the phrase “How to make…”, then we will all get along splendidly.

How did we get into crafting?

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Tracy’s artistic genius shows itself at an early age.

Tracy and I came from the kind of home that facilitated craftiness: lots of kids, a stay-at-home Mom who sewed and baked and knitted a bit, and an abundance of glue, paper, crayons, and “How To” books. One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was to pore over the pages of our “Make & Do” edition of the Childcraft series and do my best to replicate the projects therein. I also liked to try and knit (though my laborious efforts barely amounted to more than a crooked and holey square), and to sew using Mom’s old Singer that she had shown us all how to use. Baking was always something I wanted to do and pestered Mom to let me as often as I could, even going so far as to try it on my own before she was out of bed in the morning, an experiment that was never successful nor applauded. However, by the time I was eight or nine, I was turning out perfect sponge cakes and chocolate chip cookies beyond reproof. I was — and pretty much am now — a dabbler. It didn’t really matter to me what I was making; I just liked to create.

Tracy was very much the same, though her brainchildren tended to manifest more through the medium of sewing and clothing.  She always had a style of her own, wearing her somewhat outlandish combinations with an air of purple and linen, which Mom good-naturedly allowed.  Tracy’s vision was not to be tampered with, and if a well-meaning adult ever tried to help her with whatever she was doing she would stubbornly refuse their assistance, snapping, “I can do it my own elf!” And she always did.  I remember one of Tracy’s earliest projects: an angel doll that was meant to top a Christmas tree which she had made after watching a crafting TV show. Nothing daunted by their technical jargon and perfect measurements, she went with what she thought would look good.  Satisfied, she wrapped the finished project up as a gift for Mom who proudly displayed it on the tree. Mind you, her doll looked very little like the final product from the show, but for a 5 year old, I’d say it was pretty darn good. Tracy just had sewing in her blood.

These early projects and little successes (and failures) built up over the years and have amounted to a level of crafting that we are both pretty pleased with. Tracy is still the expert in sewing while I became married to knitting, and on these points we do not really cross over. I can’t sew a straight line to save my life and Tracy says she would go crazy from lack of patience if she tried to knit. While I wouldn’t call us professionals, I can tell you with certainty that Tracy has sold many of her one-of-a-kind bags and accessories and I’ve had lots of folks ask me to knit for them or teach/help them to knit. While these two may be our pet crafts, that doesn’t stop us from making as much as we can churn out of our hot little hands by whatever technique we can manage. The satisfaction of creation is almost unequalled and I’m vaguely beginning to think it might be giving me a little bit of a God complex.

So what are we doing here at Little Boozy Homemakers?

We came together here because we want to share with you our passion for all things handmade. We have decided to bring to you our little victories, our successes, our tricks for making life that much more fun or convenient. Some of the things you are likely to encounter in our posts will include (but certainly not be limited to):

  • Cooking and baking: our favorite recipes with which you can replace some of the prepackaged food that we all tend to rely on.
  • Cleaning products: greener methods for cleaning your home that will let you save a few bucks.
  • Kids and babies: everything from kid-friendly snacks and baby foods to homemade diaper wipe solution and toddler activities distractions.
  • Sewing, knitting, needle-felting: How-to’s and video tutorials on techniques, patterns and projects
  • Skin and hair care: some options more than drug store stuff using ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.
  • Brewing and fermenting: Oh yes. We call ourselves “boozy” for a good reason.

I feel like I’ve forgotten some. But you know what? If I remember them, we will be likely to blog them and so if you read along with us, you’ll find them all out eventually.

So, dear readers, friends, fellow parents and fellow crafters, welcome aboard! We hope you find out how to do something you’ve always wanted to do. We hope you find a craft here that inspires you to pick up your needles or paintbrushes or wooden spoons and create! We hope you’ll speak up and tell us what worked, what didn’t, what kinds of things you love to make. We hope you have fun reading along with us. After all, at the end of the day, the fun is what keeps you sane… am I right?

May the craft be with you.

– Joc

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