Do It Yourself Projects

DIY projects for the homemade life! Crafts and techniques, hand and power tools, repurpose and recycle, sewing and quilting, and woodworking.

Grandma's Apron Was an All-Purpose Tool During the Depression Era

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Kansan woman recalls her grandma using her apron as an all-purpose pot-lifter, apple carrier, chick rescuer, signal, and shawl during the depression era

Water Drilling Rig and Dowsing Ineffective During Depression Era

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Massachusetts woman recalls her father trying to locate underground water with both a water drilling rig and by dowsing to no avail during the depression era

Galvanized Tub was Versatile Tool in Depression Era Homes

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Oregon woman recalls using galvanized tub for washing clothes, dishes, and family members during the depression era.

Family Resourcefulness During the Depression Era

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Iowan recalls the resourcefulness shown by his father and mother in surviving the depression era.


Wood Cookstove: Heating Baths on the Family Farm

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An Iowan talks about the ways in which the wood cookstove was used on her family farm

Family Farm: My Grandparents' Old Homestead

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Nebraskan remembers her childhood on her family farm: her grandparents' old homestead

Family Farm: My Wood Cookstove

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An Illinois woman recalls her wood cookstove and other cherished conveniences on her family farm

Nostalgia For Farm Shops on Family Farms

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An Iowa man talks about his memories of playing in his grandfather's farm shop on his family farm