On Saturday we paid a lovely visit to Homestead Heritage, a traditional craft village at Brazos de Dios, TX, near Waco. This place is a craftperson’s delight. I was FRILLED by all the handmade goods made by residents of the homesteads of Brazos de Dios. 43 families live on traditional homesteads in intentional community, working the land and hand-making essential items.
We started with an organic, locally-produced breakfast at the Homestead Cafe
Many of the buildings in the village are historical, having been brought from various parts of the country and rescued from demolition. Others have been built using traditional methods. Here is the gift barn, where I was delighted by all the locally handmade goods on offer.
Goat’s milk soaps:
Hand woven chenille scarves:
Handwoven blankets and throws, some made of locally-produced wools
Hand-sewn dolls, with which B immediately fell in love:
Even handmade cloth diapers! (all-in-ones, not prefolds)
Quilts and baskets…
All that is just a sampling of what is available for purchase. They also offer classes in the various crafts, like pottery, weaving, knitting, woodworking, and organic gardening.
Here is the woodworking building
The water-powered gristmill, where locally grown grains are milled and sold:
We got to pet a team of horses.
I was inspired by the community’s commitment to sustainable living, care for the earth, simplicity, and reviving these traditional crafts. If you find yourself near Waco, I definitely recommend spending an afternoon there, especially if you are interested in sustainable living or handcrafts.
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