Disclaimer: The post is a little more rant-like than I usually write, but I'll be back to general craftiness soon.
I recently found this old sewing book, The New Encylopedia of Modern Sewing. It must have belonged to E's grandmother or greatgrandmother. I love reading through it, finding language or ideas that make it apparent that it was published in 1942.
It touts sewing your own clothes as a means of conservation, and conservation as patriotic and valuable during 'the present emergency.' I found it interesting that, while we're all waiting for our rebate checks (to buy more stuff made in China), and during our present emergency of a different sort, conservation is the last thing on some people's minds. E and I (and many others, right?) are making a conscious effort to cut back and to be aware of the resources we use and how we choose to spend our money. No, I don't always sew my own clothes:), but we've taken lots of easy steps, and a few hard ones, to get moving in the right direction.
I've never really connected the ideas of conservation and patriotism, but if it will get Americans to stop and think, then OK!
Has conservation become a part of your life? I'd like to know what steps others have taken.