A Prompt

31 Jul

Things have been insanely busy around here for a few weeks. Saturday will be the culmination of Stage One of a new business venture/lifestyle change. Details about the weekend on Starting Over Designs, more details here as I figure out who I want to be when I grow up. IF I decide to grow up 🙂

In the meantime, The Daily Post put up an excellent prompt today that I feel compelled to participate in after a very late night with Joel Salatin’s You Can Farm.

Handmade Tales

Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?

So many things are so much better when done by hand that I don’t know quite where to start, so this list might get long.

I love to bake bread but haven’t yet tried to figure out the trailer oven for anything more complicated than quiche and now it’s way too hot to even consider! Baking bread or rolls using your own blend of flours for that perfect Toasting Texture is an art everyone should try to master. Home-made pizza with sauce and crust made from scratch is a detectible feast!

I saw a young couple at a craft show back in March who were selling custom moccasin shoes. Having a pair of shoes built just for me was an intriguing proposition and I had them make a duct tape cast of my foot for a future order, which I placed in May. The more I looked at their pictures and dreamed of my custom shoes, the more I became enamored of the idea of doing it myself. A bit of research led me to Bonney & Wills, the school where Dustin learned to make his mocs. If I can swing the funds, I want to take this class in the Fall when work slows down and I can take a week off from my current busy life.*

I much prefer spinning my own wool into yarn and knitting my creations to buying yarn, even locally sourced yarns – the satisfaction of taking a project from raw material to finished product is amazing! I understand that local farms need support, so I buy my raw materials from them and am planning a project that will support my local wool processing facility. You’re going to be hearing a lot more about these projects in the near future as I expose my Green Side…

I’m going to add transportation to the end of my list because walking or biking anywhere is preferable to driving during the heat of Summer. My little town is flat as a board and I don’t have AC in the car. I should be walking more, but the heat has been incredible, making sidewalk and pavement too hot for Sabu’s feet. Neither of us is as tough as we used to be 🙂

Stay tuned for more Crazy Stuff that I’ll be making by hand with a little bit of help from my friends.

Check out the Daily Post for more great prompts!

* I took a pair of riding boots to the shoe repair guy a couple of weeks ago to get new heels put on – I hadn’t worn the boots much, and the foot was fine, but the heels were worn down to the wood, something that has never happened so fast for me in the past. While talking to the guy, he lamented the fact that shoe manufacturers are using crap for soles, whatever is cheapest, because people throw their shoes away instead of having them repaired. He brought a boot out from under the counter that had the sole falling apart and said that European shoes have a life expectancy of 5-7 years from the date of manufacture because they are using materials that biodegrade after that time to save room in their rapidly-filling landfill sites. These brands include two of my favorites, Clarks and Dansko. Grrr! I keep my shoes much longer than 5-7 years (it helps that I tend to favor Classic styles over the flavor-of-the-week in fashion) and that really pisses me off. I take my shoes to be repaired and now that I know I shouldn’t expect much life out of my second-hand, snazzy, European shoes, I feel cheated.


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9 responses to “A Prompt

  1. djmatticus

    July 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I want a pair of custom mocs!!
    I “made” myself a pair (from a kit) when I was in the scouts (probably 20 years ago now) and since I wore those out I’ve been looking for something similar… to no avail.

    • Sofia Leo

      July 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      They still make those kits. I want something snazzier, though…

      • djmatticus

        July 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        What can I say, I’m a simple kind of guy. Thanks for the link!

      • Sofia Leo

        July 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        Hey, they’re classic!

      • djmatticus

        July 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        I’m a classically simple kind of guy. That better? 😉

  2. 3kids2cats1divorce

    July 31, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I can’t even *find* a local shoe repair place anymore. They’re disappearing and that’s a real shame.

  3. Awana

    August 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    If I “detect” bread baking at your rig, and I am not invited, I am going to be mad!!! It is the one thing I miss doing because of the RV and being so busy!

  4. scottishmomus

    August 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I still get my shoes heeled and soled but the kids’ shoes are a disgrace in terms of how little time they last. They’d be better with plastic bags on their feet for all the use they are.
    Making anything yourself is like writing or any other form of artistic creativity. Being able to build a bike, make a cake, have babies!, sew, weave, draw. Taking the raw ingredients (or as near to raw as we’re likely to get) and transforming them into something else is like magic I think. Part of the big bang and a sharing in creation. I love the whole idea of it.
    I had a pair of moccasins I loved at school but I outgrew them. Bet they’d still be going strong otherwise. 😉

    • Sofia Leo

      August 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

      My son almost always outgrew his shoes before wearing them out, so I guess I was lucky. The quality has gotten even worse and it’s a shame. No one wants to make anything to last, but I suppose that makes sense – if you “wear it out” several times a year, you’re a repeat customer. Sigh. It’s just awful.


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