I adore Martha Stewart. She is the antithesis of the “30 minute meal” crowd. If it’s not difficult or time consuming, she doesn’t bother with it. She would never even dream of buying something she could make herself. Ignoring her staff of hundreds and the insider trading incident, she is the personification of the stereotypical 1950s housewife. Always put together with a home cooked meal on the table and some sort of handicraft in progress.
I am a big fan of the recent movement to get back towards local and unprocessed goods. I lovebuying things from local crafters and tradespeople or making them myself. I prefer to get my produce from local farms. If I have time to make things from scratch rather than buying a more processed version ready made, I will.
I am also a huge nerd. I play video games, I use the computer, and I love the latest gadgets. I’m not afraid of technology and all the things it can help me do. The internet is one of the greatest resources we have available these days. It’s so easy to find other people who are interested in the same things we are and doing the things we’d like to learn to do. With technology advancing so rapidly, a lot of the old ways of doing things are being lost. By the same token, it’s this technology that is connecting people who want to preserve these ways and making it easier than ever for anyone to learn almost anything.
With this blog, I intend to meld all three of these interests. It’s all about using the resources available in this digital age to recapture some of the “lost” arts of “homemaking”. There are a ton of topics I’m excited about covering. I’m getting into canning my own food, I’ve got tons of ideas for geeky decorating, and I’ve got a book on beekeeping waiting for my attention.
Let me stop for a brief minute here to say that this is not a blog geared towards women. Not in the slightest. Just because once upon a time this sort of thing was considered women’s work doesn’t mean it still is. I think in nerd culture more than anywhere else the lines between old gender stereotypes have been wiped out. I’m hoping everyone will be able to enjoy the information and projects I’ll be writing about.
So, welcome. I hope you enjoy your stay. Follow @NerdlyHome on twitter for updates on blog posts and links to cool stuff. You can also follow me directly at @Daniora to see what I’m up doing on a daily basis.