Do you know how to :
- Fillet a fish?
- Hone a knife?
- Make natural pesticides?
- Can your own fruits & veggies?
- Fold a fitted sheet?
- Clean using vinegar?
- Darn socks?
- Build a fire?
- Sooth your allergies?
- Wear red lipstick?
- Raise a good citizen?
- Brew your own beer?
- Write a thank-you note?
If you said yes to all the above questions, Congratulations, you are either
A) Martha Stewart
B) A Mutant
C) Born during the 1920’s or 30’s
D) All of the above
You don’t need to read this book. (And I secretly envy and slightly despise you! lol)
If you answered No to most of the questions (even though you wished you could really say yes),
Nice to meet you, I’m “normal” too. Let me introduce you to our new best friend!
How to Sew a Button:
and other nifty things your Grandmother knew
by Erin Bried
Now I know this isn’t your typical “craft” book, but if you are a wife, mother, or woman who secretly dreams of being a domestic goddess, this book is for you!
I admit, I’ve always wanted to be just like my Gramma. If I had to choose one person to take after, Boy Howdy, it would be her. Even my husband says that my Gram is the epitome of the stereotypical Grandmother figure. She cooks and cleans, gardens, knows how to can, hems, patches, and stitches for everyone she knows, plus makes the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had!
I know that not everyone gets to meet their grandparents, and I feel extremely grateful that I have been so close to mine, and I mean literally! My parents and I lived in my grandparents basement (converted into a 1 bedroom type apartment) until my dad built our house when I was 7 years old. Whether she was cross stitching, canning pickles, watering her flowers, baking cookies, hanging out laundry, even sewing bridesmaid dresses for my Aunt’s wedding, I was there. I was usually under foot and causing some kinda trouble, but I was there.
I never realized how much I had learned from just hanging around until many years later, and I still call her at least once a month with some question that even Google can’t answer for me. (like can you freeze lunch meat?) I have no idea how I’ll cope when she’s gone, but hopefully there are many more years before I find out. (It just so happens that she is turning 72 tomorrow!)
Sorry, I ramble. Now for those of you who aren’t as fortunate and either never met, or were never close with you Grandmothers, this book will teach you all the things that she probably could have. The author has gathered 10 Great Depression era Grandma’s and compiled their 50’s house wife knowledge. They tell you how to accomplish each of the above questions, and so much more.
Everything from how to tie a tie, to how to roast a chicken. Shine your shoes. Have perfect posture. Make a pie crust. Compost. Remove stains. Balance your checkbook. and more! It’s like the step by step guide to being June Cleaver, and the way it is written makes it hilarious.
To Shine Windows
excerpt from the book
step 2 – Squirt on windows
step 3 – Wipe clean
step 4 – Check your reflection. Wink at yourself. Hope no one else saw you.
Now I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if these are things that you would like to learn how to do yourself, then this is a must read. You might even want to look into the male version for yourself or that special guy. Maybe it would help him tackle that Honey Do list! How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew.
I give this book ☆☆☆(out of 3) stars. Whether you find it at the library or buy a copy for yourself, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this informative and funny read.
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