Vintage Skills

Although I am well acquainted in practice, I never heard the phrase until a few months ago as we were in the fetal stages of creating this blog. Vintage skills can be broken down into three general categories: home/life, first aid, and outdoor survival. I’d like to think I’m an expert at all three, but I thrive in the first set of skills courtesy of my mother.

Let me paint you a picture; it’s the 1970s, my parents were hippies, sporting their patchwork denim, tending to the garden, building their own furniture and eating homemade granola. My dad was great with cars and carpentry and my mom sewed clothes for all my siblings. My parents are makers by passion, not necessarily by trade, but passed down the love for working with my hands.

My generation didn’t get to take home ec as an elective in school (in Sacramento, CA) but turns out I didn’t need to. Ever since I was a little girl my mom taught me everything she knows. Of course some things stuck like crocheting and jewelry making and some dissipated like piano lessons. But the underlying commonality among all the skills I have acquired since then is the joy I find in the hand-made process. I thrive on complex instructions, minute details and hours upon hours of repetition to create a tiny masterpiece. 

I eventually learned how to teach myself to fix things that were broken, study how things work and ultimately create less waste by upcycling old clothing or repurposing discarded objects. As for my survival skills, I know which way is north because my mom always quizzed me on road trips where I had to use the Thomas map book instead of watching an in car DVD player. These are life skills I don’t take for granted because they paved the way for a life filled with the desire to learn. 

Here at Blooming Dreamers we find vintage skills to be an essential part of our foundation. It is rewarding not only to learn something new but to teach each other as well. Sharing knowledge is just one more way we can fortify and uplift our community, enriching the minds and lives of the next generation and sometimes an older one. If you have a vintage skill you’d like to share, comment below or tag us on Instagram @bloomingdreamers. Sharing is caring folks, especially when it’s hand-made!

 

Bare Skin Beauty

Some of us have fallen victim to pollution, allergens, sunlight and other irritants that come in contact with our skin.  While I adore sunny days and cold weather seasons, I was just never consistent about caring for my skin to enjoy these without consequence. My habits for taking care of my skin have been bad my entire life and for someone who grew up with chronic eczema, I should have been more on top of quenching my thirsty hide. But you don’t know what you don’t know, and in some cases, we accept what we know because we just don’t think things could be any better. Even when I was having my worst outbreaks, I learned to live with it. Sometimes I complained enough to get a steroid cream or try a new lotion. But it would never be enough because not only was I inconsistent, I didn’t know what to do beyond what the prescription label said.

From normal skin to severely sensitive, we owe it to our largest organ to treat it well. Usually, when something is going on on the outside, it’s because something is going awry on the inside. We have just accepted topical creams and heavy medications as the cure for our momentary visual disruptions. Shouldn’t we all be thinking of lifestyle? Longevity? Health? Sustainability? Beautiful youthful skin was always thought of as an indication of social and financial status. These days those words are synonymous. Scary. Anyway, holistic alternative methods are back and accessible. They’re in your health food stores, online mass distributors and anywhere else you can get your hands on some organic produce and herbs.

I personally was getting sick and tired of my skin. It was throwing tantrums like an insatiable two-year-old. I would buy products and use the whole container thinking maybe I have to buy another cycle before it will work. There is nothing more wrong inside of that irrational logic. I started making some life changes around my diet, water consumption, and the products I was choosing to put on my skin.

Challenges

  • Diet – Tons of processed food and not enough vitamins.
  • Product junky – Buying things simply because the labels are attractive aesthetically.
  • Full sun Exposure – Not taking enough time to prepare for a change in the environment.
  • Not enough Water – For every pound you weigh, there should be an ounce of water consumed per day.

Building consistency takes time. Setting small goals and deciding to do something easy and delicious for your skin will be the best thing for your personal self-care routine.


-Akilah