Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life

Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life

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by Jenna Woginrich
     
 

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In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it’s easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Young web designer Jenna Woginrich chronicles her adventures as she learns to embrace the idea of self-sufficiency in all aspects of her life, including sewing her own clothes, growing her own food, and creating her

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In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it’s easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Young web designer Jenna Woginrich chronicles her adventures as she learns to embrace the idea of self-sufficiency in all aspects of her life, including sewing her own clothes, growing her own food, and creating her own fun outside of the mainstream. Woginrich’s hilarious, heartbreaking, and soul-satisfying journey will bring joy and inspiration to those who dream about a more independent lifestyle. 

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Urban homesteader Jenna Woginrich worked as a computer designer, but she wanted to live a homespun country life. At the age of 27, she left her Nashville digs and settled into a rented farm in rural Vermont, where she slowly mastered the arts of bee-keeping, raising chickens, sewing her own clothes, and living without 300-channel cable TV. What she learned might not convince you to toss your cell phone and sell your SUV, but, honestly, it will make you at least a little envious. Now in paperback.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603425322
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
05/07/2010
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
361,546
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Jenna Woginrich is a homesteader and the author of Barnheart, Chick Days, and Made from Scratch. She blogs at Cold Antler Farm, as well as Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post. A Pennsylvania native, she has made her home in the mountains of Tennessee, in northern Idaho, in rural Vermont, and most recently in upstate New York, where she lives with a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, a border collie in training, chickens and geese, a hive of bees, a horse, and several amiable rabbits.

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Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
pululehua More than 1 year ago
I simply adored this book! After finishing each chapter, I began to work out the logistics (in my brain and a little on paper) of having my own homestead and farm animals to go along with it. I love how Jenna made everything sound so attainable, but did not forget to inform the reader of the disappointment associated with the best laid plans and how easily they could fall apart. My usual over exuberance for trying new things (and failing at them) was carefully put in check by Jenna who is a bold and caring soul and a person with whom you could trust to talk you down from a leaning tower (or silo) if she felt you were just a tad out of your scope. Her writing was humorous, motivating and inspiring. She made me want to pack it all in and head out to look for my own stead somewhere in Kentucky. The name of hers is Cold Antler Farm (how cool is that?) and what she has to say about homesteading is very significant in the face of our present economic reality, over the top consumerism and the future of our planet.
PipRo More than 1 year ago
After completing some undergrad school work at my local Barnes & Noble, I decided to saunter over to the section where books on organizing are kept. There, on a tiny shelf meant for books about farming and green living, I found this amazing gem.

For starters, Woginrich is absolutely charming. Her style of writing is natural, and very easy to read. Nothing about this book seems like it should be non-fiction. It has the charm and beauty of a good romance novel, only this love affair is between growing your own vegetables, keeping up with bees, and dealing with bitchy chickens.

I have been dreaming of the day I have my own home for a long time, for the very reasons Woginrich writes about: the path to self-sustained living. Keeping a few animals, having a wonderful vegetable and herb garden, and purchasing everything else I need from other local farmers and craftsman. The beauty of her book is not only in her telling the story of someone breaking from the industrial world for a simpler life, but also the tools to help you do it.

Each chapter is a detailed account of some aspect of her new life, be it the garden, her chickens, or her first bee hive. Following the subject chapter is a little "how-to", that isn't so much "this is how to do this", as "this is something you can do". Woginrich makes an excellent case for the self-sustaining life style, and should be read by any person who has ever dreamed of eating their own fresh vegetables - or those who have already done so for that matter!
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FarmGirlShelley More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I have read countless books on this subject but Jenna has a wonderful way of telling her story. Jenna will show you that anyone, anywhere with any job can have a better life with a few easy steps!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good resource for anyone interested in starting a mini-farm. Whether it be a vegatable garden or having chickens or bees. She writes a section on her own expereince with each, and then writes a section on how you can do it, including resources. She is not an expert, but has enough experince that it would be very helpful to anyone starting out. I really enjoyed reading it.
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qpb More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and quick read! Jenna takes us through the process of how her young life is unfolding before her, incorporating her discoveries that she actually prefers a simpler way of doing things and loving the animals and country life she has surrounded herself with. I was surprised to discover this woman is not quite yet 30 years old--great writing skills and the wisdom of an old soul. I'm looking forward to her new book and am a daily follower of her blog, ColdAntlerFarm. I hope you'll follow her too.
wagsluvs2cook More than 1 year ago
I loved the book "Made from Scratch" by Jenna Woginrich. It shows you can have a simple, homemade lifestyle without having to live on a large plot of land. Very inspiring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made From Scratch is an excellent book. Although I purchased this book as a gift, the receipient loved it!
SarahGillespie More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone wanting to live a more sustainable life. I read an excerpt from Jenna's book in Mother Earth News and went the same day to buy the book. I couldn't put it down. She is a great writer and I hope she's working on her next book, because I can't wait to read more of her work. Make sure to check out her recommendations in the back of the book--great websites and books. The other two books I also recommend here were ones Jenna mentioned in her book.
Amigo_van_Helical More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable book. The author is a young woman -- graphic designer by training and trade -- who becomes interested in small-scale agriculture and little-by-little learns how to work towards her dream of being an independent farmer. In the process she finds grounding in mountain culture / music and home crafts. The writing improves noticeably as the book progresses. The author's voice gets stronger as she learns from mistakes, finds friends and mentors, and develops her focus. The book is very open and does not shy away from either successes or disappointments. Finally, the book, by its very nature, has established something of a virtual community. The author's blog has many followers, nearly all of whom seem to share her interests. Interestingly, the blog readers also seem to support and care for each other. So this book has served as a bit of a community-building catalyst. For that reason alone it is worth a look. One can only hope that the author will continue to develop as a farmer and as an individual who shares her story with the rest of us.
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West_Michigan_Reader More than 1 year ago
Read this book and Jenna will help you see that a handmade life is not an either you do it all or you don't do it proposition. Ease into a handmade life in your urban apartment or your subdivision home, and keep on truckin' (or Subaruin') to your own five acres and freedom. Keep up with Jenna's handmade life at her blog, too!
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