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The 25 Reasons Laura Ingalls Wilder Made Me a DIY Blogger

When I first started reading the Little House on the Prairie books, I was completely smitten by the simple and yet magical stories told by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I dreamed of skipping in pinafores and traveling across the prairie in a rickety covered wagon. Weird how I managed to skip over the parts where they have to pull leaches off their skin, locusts destroys their entire crop, and Mary goes blind from Scarlet Fever. Either way, the 25 Reasons Laura Ingalls Wilder Made Me a DIY Blogger pretty much sum up the pioneer princess that made me who I am today…


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    25 Reasons Laura Ingalls Wilder Made Me a DIY Blogger
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  • Tomato Canning 2 of 26
    Tomato Canning
    She hopped on the Mason jar trend back in 1900.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Reversible Bonnet 3 of 26
    Reversible Bonnet
    Laura Ingalls Wilder taught me that a bonnet can never go out of style and is great for messy hair days.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • DIY Butter 4 of 26
    DIY Butter
    Because this is a skill all prairie girls should have.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Granola Bars 5 of 26
    Granola Bars
    Laura taught me about living simply. Scrap-busting granola bars are totally Wilder-style.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Modern Prairie Dress 6 of 26
    Modern Prairie Dress
    She wore one so I will too.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Tea Cup Candle 7 of 26
    Tea Cup Candle
    She was eco-friendly before it became cool.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Little Gentlemen Vest 8 of 26
    Little Gentlemen Vest
    She knew a true gentlemen when she saw him.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Tangerine & Vanilla Bean Marmalade 9 of 26
    Tangerine & Vanilla Bean Marmalade
    Jam was a staple of her meals.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Pillowcase Nightgown 10 of 26
    Pillowcase Nightgown
    Both practical and adorable.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Fresh Fruit Pie 11 of 26
    Fresh Fruit Pie
    She knew a good pie when she smelled it.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Free Motion Quilting 12 of 26
    Free Motion Quilting
    Who didn't quilt back then?
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Jam Muffins 13 of 26
    Jam Muffins
    Working on the prairie is hard work, these will keep you going.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Flip Doll 14 of 26
    Flip Doll
    Sometimes you just need someone to talk to.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Nellie Olson Curls 15 of 26
    Nellie Olson Curls
    Nobody could stand her, but girl knew her curl.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Wooden Ironing Board 16 of 26
    Wooden Ironing Board
    If she could make wooden toys, I could too.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Bow Tie 17 of 26
    Bow Tie
    Pa must have worn one once.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Old Fashion Handkerchief 18 of 26
    Old Fashion Handkerchief
    She had etiquette.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Winter Hand Muff 19 of 26
    Winter Hand Muff
    Fashion was her forte.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Apron 20 of 26
    Apron
    She knew her roll as a woman. Ha!
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Quill Pen 21 of 26
    Quill Pen
    She knew a thing or two about writing.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Cheater Quilt 22 of 26
    Cheater Quilt
    If they had cheater quilts back then I'm sure she would have taken this shortcut.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.
  • Bacon Cheddar Biscuit 23 of 26
    Bacon Cheddar Biscuit
    My covered wagon would be packed with these.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Body Scrub 24 of 26
    Body Scrub
    Just because you have no light at night, doesn't mean you can't smell right.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Knit Decor 25 of 26
    Knit Decor
    Girls back then were probably born knitting.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Crossover Pinafore Top 26 of 26
    Crossover Pinafore Top
    Because she gave me an excuse to dress my daughter and her friends in bonnets and pinafores.
    Get the tutorial at Prudent Baby.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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