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How to Sew A Button

And Other Nifty Things your Grandmother Knew
Bried, Erin (Book - 2009)
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From the Publisher: "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.
Authors: Bried, Erin
Title: How to sew a button
and other nifty things your grandmother knew
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Characteristics: xxii, 278 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Contents: Introduction
Meet the grandmothers
1: Cooking
Wake up happy: How to make blueberry pancakes
Be a strong chick: How to roast a whole chicken
Get sauced: How to make gravy
Talk turkey: How to carve a roasted bird
Be a good catch: How to fillet a fish
Rise up and save dough: How to bake bread
Find a slice of heaven: How to make a pie
Drink to your health: How to make a smoothie with fruit or veggies
Save your bacon: How to use grease as flavoring
Stay sharp: How to hone a knife
Fill your plate: How to plan a week's menu
2: Gardening
Grow your own: How to plant a vegetable garden
Keep away pests: How to naturally protect your garden from no-good insects
Keep out critters: How to repel furry friends from your garden
Beat the grass: How to chase a snake out of your garden
Make no waste: How to compost
Spice up your life: How to start a windowsill herb garden
Preserve knowledge: How to dry apples
Stash your bounty: How to can your own fruits and veggies
Sweeten your day: How to make (and can) strawberry jam
Buy locally: How to shop at the farm
3: Cleaning
Cure wrinkles: How to properly fold a fitted sheet
Catch some Z's: How to make a bed
Save your silkies: How to hand wash delicates
Harness the wind: How to install a clothesline
Get hot and fresh: How to clean an oven
Get your sparkle on: How to properly hand wash dishes
Shine on: How to mop
Get a clean slate: How to kill mildew
Take the cheese: How to rid your house of mice
Freshen up: How to spring clean
Clean naturally: How to use vinegar to clean almost anything
Clean more stuff naturally: How to use baking soda around the house
Save your shirt: How to sew a button
Measure up: How to hem your fancy pants
Smooth things over: How to iron a shirt
Toast your tootsies: How to darn wool socks
Tie one on: How to knot a winter scarf
Get crafty: How to make an apron
Make a mends: How to patch a hole
Omit oopsies: How to remove most stains
Polish your image: How to shine your shoes
Be seamly: How to buy quality clothing
Get on a roll: How to pack a suitcase
5: Nesting
Get stoked: How to build a fire
Stay toasty: How to knit a scarf
Be a material girl: How to make a crazy quilt
Nail it: How to hang a picture
Find comfort: How to make a pillow
Stay buff: How to remove scuffs from hardwood floors
Bloom on: How to make a centerpiece
Use your imagination: How to make art out of pressed flowers
Breathe deep: How to scent your home without candles
Go with the flow: How to unclog a drain
Cut the crap: How to unclog a toilet
6: Thriving
Soothe a cold: How to make a hot tea toddy
Plant one on: How to soothe a minor burn with a plant
Sniffle-proof your allergy season: How to ease your sneezes
Get fit for free: How to build a walking regimen
Get a natural glow: How to give yourself a facial
Take the cake: How to remove makeup
Be a perfect 10: How to give yourself a manicure (or pedicure)
Stand tall: How to perfect your posture
Know your assets: How to love your body at any size
Get refreshed: How to get a good night's sleep
Feel invincible: How to protect yourself from danger
Feel glamorous: How to wear red lipstick
7: Loving
Calm your babe: How to swaddle a newborn baby
Spark imagination: How to make a baby toy
Make sweet dreams: How to read a bedtime story
Send some love: How to pack a lunch
Teach responsibility: How to delegate chores
Urge action: How to raise a good citizen
Dress 'em up: How to tie a necktie
Shoulder up: How to be a strong partner
Kindle romance: How to make the most of a night in
Welcome your honey home: How to heal a hard day
8: Saving
Count your beans: How to make a budget
Banish debt: How to stop without credit
Find balance: How to reconcile your checkbook
Chill out: How to save on energy costs
Conquer cravings: How to grocery shop
Drive a bargain: How to negotiate a better price
Spot a deal: How to clip coupons
Make change: How to throw a yard sale
Save for later: How to start a rainy day fund
Live a richer life: How to share your good fortune (even when times are tight)
Shop for free: How to barter
9: Joining
Be neighborly: How to enjoy the folks next door
Keep the peace: How to deal with a problem in your neighborhood
Expand your circle: How to make friends
Summon support: How to ask for help
Cultivate culture: How to start a book club
Lend a hand: How to volunteer
Say it with a smile: How to win an utterly silly argument (without saying much at all)
Get heard: How to speak your mind at a town hall meeting
Write for your rights: How to write a letter to your representative
10: Entertaining
Get better with age: How to make dandelion wine
Quench your thirst: How to brew your own beer
Toast to you: How to mix the perfect cocktail
Put your stamp on it: How to properly extend an invitation
Party on: How to host a potluck dinner party
Make connections: How to introduce people
Express gratitude: How to write a thank-you note
Get a laugh: How to play charades
Raise your voice: How to sing in harmony
Play your cards right: How to play crazy eights
You might as well dance: How to do a basic waltz
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Summary: From the Publisher: "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.
Local Note: 15 16 17 18 29 53 57 60 61 62 80 81 84 112 118 143 148 151 152 167 193 198 203 211 222 224 231 235 244 264 272
ISBN: 9780345518750
0345518756
Statement of Responsibility: Erin Bried
Subject Headings: Home economics Handbooks, manuals, etc. Handicraft Handbooks, manuals, etc. Life skills Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Topical Term: Home economics
Handicraft
Life skills
LCCN: 2009036046
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Apr 12, 2012
  • FairyGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My fave part of this book is the stories told by the women interviewed. It is so interesting to hear how life was in during the depression.

For someone who did not know how to do some of the things in this book- this book is not very helpful. There should have been pictures to demonstrate how things are done. As for using baking soda and vinegar- you read about that everywhere.

Oct 18, 2010
  • m_sal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent book with a little humour :)

Oct 07, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found that I knew a lot of the things in this book already. Seems that I learned a lot from my mom and grandmothers while growing up. That said, I still learned some new tips about roasting a chicken and cleaning the house with vinegar and baking soda.

Jun 17, 2010
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considering all the "new" and "improved" and "efficient" ways developed in the 1950's and 1960's, if you have learned any of these tips from your grandmother, there is a good chance that she learned them from a book, herself, because the "old-fashioned" ways were discouraged when she was young.

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Jan 03, 2011
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Remember, the word "mop" doesn't end with an "e".

Jan 03, 2011
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Remember, the word "mop" doesn't end with an "e".

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