I was just reading a 1919 article over at Brocante Home about how a married couple came upon the notion that although the husband was the bread winner and the bill payer, it was the wife who controlled the household spending. Learning prudence, living without the previously unconsidered trifles, turning her home into a business... made their lives and homes a delightful source of interest.
I think the words of a 1919 housewife reflect a seed that has sprouted over the years as a thought, but in 2009 is blooming and flowered. Many households are today finding themselves dependant on one rather unsuspecting income. Housewives spanning the globe are finding that their pretty "hobbies" now add to the bill purse... actually contribute to paying for groceries and filling the gas tank. We're scaling back the budget so we can live doing what we love. Arm-in-arm working jointly with our husbands, within our budgets. Sure, we've always been about making our homes lovely on a budget. It's been a popular theme. But we're suddenly about creating the ambience in our homes, not with linens and decor but with unfettered joy. Old fashioned indeed, but not a step backwards even a bit.