Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking Book Review

The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a... by Kate Payne was sitting in the new book section when I went to the library.  I looked at it once before and passed it over and thought that if it caught my attention again that I should probably grab it.

The book goes over different areas of the home and how you can do things frugally to improve or make a home.  The book is broken down into three parts with chapters under each dividing all of the information.  Here are the parts:

Part 1  Room by Room Guide to a Homey House, Homie
Part 2  Impressive Acts of Domesticity: Do Try This at Home
Part 3  Life After Restaurants

Do you want to learn how to make bookcases or make the back of the bookcase look nice so that you can use it as a room divider?  Do you want to know how to sew or hang a picture?  Do you want to learn how to make bread or can?  This book can and will help.  If you already know how to do these things, this book is still an interesting read to see the different ways to make your life more frugal.

It was a quick read and well worth the time.  I am not sure if there was anything that I learned for my own life because I don't live in an apartment anymore and I have a little more space.  I think that it would be a perfect book for those in a big city who are stuck in a small apartment and have to make the most of it or anyone just starting out.  It gives a lot of basic instruction like how to sew and other household tips and many young people aren't learning anymore in school.  Way back in the day (hahaha) when I was in school, we had to take home ec and learn to sew by hand and with a machine.  We also had to learn to bake a cake and make dinner.  I can't say enough for how important it is that we teach our children the basics of taking care of themselves when they move out and start their own life.  Here is hoping that this helps all those who didn't learn it at home or school :)

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