How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 15, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 304 pages
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“Waste not, want not” with this guide to saving money, taking heart, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

Nowadays, many of us “outsource” basic tasks. Food is instant, ready-made, and processed with unhealthy additives. Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons. But life can be much simpler, sweeter, and richer–and a lot more fun, too! As your grandmother might say, now is not the time to be careless with your money, and it actually pays to learn how to do things yourself!

Practical and empowering, How to Sew a Button collects the treasured wisdom of nanas, bubbies, and grandmas from all across the country–as well as modern-day experts–and shares more than one hundred step-by-step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining, including how to

• polish your image by shining your own shoes
• grow your own vegetables (and stash your bounty for the winter)
• sweeten your day by making your own jam
• use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic chemicals
• feel beautiful by perfecting your posture
• roll your own piecrust and find a slice of heaven
• fold a fitted sheet to crisp perfection
• waltz without stepping on any toes

Complete with helpful illustrations and brimming with nostalgic charm, How to Sew a Button provides calm and comfort in uncertain times. By doing things yourself, with care and attention, you and your loved ones will feel the pleasing rewards of a job well done.


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User Review  - akmargie - LibraryThing

When I read the intro my eye-rolling reflex got going. An NYC author (I'm a Chicago girl through and through so yes, there's a small chip on my shoulder) who didn't know how to cook! keep house! bake ... Read full review

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When I saw this book mentioned in a library publication, I knew that I wanted to take a look at it at some point. It's really a shortened condensed reference book on doing certain household tasks ... Read full review

Contents

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How to WIke Grzrqv
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Entertaining
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Hon to Bake Bread
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H ow to Ure Grease as Flavoring
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H ow In Plum a Vegetable Garden 35
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Hon to 4WJlee a Pillow
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How to Give Yburselfa Facial
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Haw to Pmreet lZu1rse1ffi0m Danger
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How to Can Ybur Own Fruits and Veggies
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How to lllI 1 Bul 65
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How to P1operl_v Hand Wash Dxlrbes
73
Hrrr to Rid lb11 Home of llice
80
How ro Use Baking Soda Around
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How to Sew I Button 95
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How to Knot a lVinter Smrf l5
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How to Slzine Your SJ00
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How to S2mdnIe 11 Nculmrn Baby 17
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How to Delegate Cbores
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How to 1111cc the Wn rt ofn Night In
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How to Enjoy the Follcx 1 vr Door
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Erin Bried is a Senior Staff Writer at SELF magazine, where she’s penned nearly 200 stories, including 60 cover stories, in the past nine years. In addition to interviewing and profiling celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and Sheryl Crow, she covers health, fitness, nutrition and psychology. Formerly, Bried was a Senior Editor at Glamour, a contributor at Golf For Women magazine and a Senior Editor/Writer at Condé Nast’s Women’s Sports & Fitness. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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