The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget! (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, May 24, 2011 - House & Home - 288 pages
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With The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, it's possible and even convenient to create an inviting space for living and entertaining on a budget. From unique decor ideas to growing strawberries on your fire escape, Kate Payne shares fun, low-cost (and often free!) creative solutions that will make anyone feel more accomplished in minutes.

Inside this savvy motivational guide filled to the brim with small-scale creative home projects, Kate's tongue-in-cheek tone will keep you tuned in to her much-needed advice. In three easy sections, you'll learn how to create a comfortable space while being time- and budget-conscious. Section One, Home-ify Your Pad, features quick, convenient ways to make your place cozier with low-cost, special touches to help you tap into and show off your inner artist. Section Two, Impressive Acts of Domesticity, teaches how to impress others (and yourself) with the gratifying pleasures of self-sufficiency—a first-time guide to cleaning, sewing, repairing, and other previously out-of-the-question tasks. Section Three, Life After Restaurants, frees you to release the take-out menu, avoid pricey bar tabs, and entertain others in the space you've so thoughtfully and gorgeously created.

User-friendly "how-to" sidebars, illustrations, and tips and tricks throughout the book offer easy-to-follow recipes and do-it-yourself craft suggestions for making your home hip, comfortable, and inviting. Keep in mind that this is not your grandmother's handbook and it's not the kind of wisdom your mom knows how to impart. Modern women need a modern approach to domestic pleasures—a guide to doing household things on our own terms, because most of this stuff isn't as hard as we've been led to believe. Don't worry, she's not asking you to host Tupperware parties or iron your underwear. But as all beginning home keepers know, a sure fire way to feel bad about ourselves is to consult Martha Stewart. So ditch that 2-inch thick handbook, dust off your pots and pans, and join Kate on this journey to incorporating creativity and self-sufficiency on the home front.


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some good home-care tips to have on hand. - Goodreads
The book is easy to read and well organized. - Goodreads
And Payne has a lot of good tips. - Goodreads
Her cooking advice was super helpful as well. - Goodreads
Maybe at some point I'll reference them. - Goodreads
... visuals not so much. - Goodreads

Review: The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!

User Review  - Nova - Goodreads

Upon seeing this book in my local library I was thrilled. A book about homemaking with a lean towards sustainability and self reliance? Right up my ally. Once I got into the book, I was a little less ... Read full review

Review: The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!

User Review  - Shanna-Mae Slight - Goodreads

Homemaking is at it's core, a very personal thing. Our home is an extention of ourselves, so I don't expect any book on homemaking to be 100% applicable to me. Still, I felt some of the suggestions came off as cheap, rather than thrifty. Read full review


Part I
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Part II
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Part III
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
About the Author

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
About the Publisher

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About the author (2011)

Kate Payne is a former nanny, after-hours poet, occasional painter, and writer. She is the founder of the Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking website, author of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, and a frequent contributor to Edible Austin magazine, AOL's Kitchen Daily, and a number of DIY, décor, and cooking websites. She teaches classes at culinary institutions and Whole Foods Market.

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