“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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The simple task of sewing on a button does seem to confuse many people. Sewing hems and installing zippers and darning are all looked upon as difficult tasks. In fact they are simple to do once you get the hang of it. Here are a few tips to make the tasks easier and more enjoyable.
Finally, a book that presents the facts, dispels the myths, and shows you how to be green without having to compromise yourself and your home. The first book of its kind, this is a book just about the ins and outs of laundry. Carin began to research a greener way of life, not for profit or for business gain but to incorporate it with her most prized job, being a mother, grandmother, and wife. She explores the meaning of green, the fads and the facts, so that anyone can easily make their own decisions about what to do. This book is filled with tips and stories that will give you and your family a new perspective on that never-ending chore called laundry. Her biggest fear is that traditional washing and drying will become obsolete, replaced by overpriced appliances and thoughtless damaging laundry products. She has added laundry to the American Experience, with an alcove of rich stories about generations of laundry and love that she has collected on her journey to reconnect with Mother Nature. Love laundry or hate laundry, this collection of short stories will present you with endless reasons to make laundry a part of your life...and how!
Kids can sew too! This inspiring guide includes 21 fun sewing projects for children ages 5 and up. With easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and cut-out patterns, young crafters will quickly be sewing up colorful pillows, potholders, dolls, blankets, and more. These kid-tested projects require only minimal supervision and most can be made using simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine is required. With plenty of encouragement and helpful tips, Sewing School helps little sewers develop their skills while sparking a passion that will last a lifetime.
Sewing may be the most rewarding and practical craft of all. With basic skills, even a beginner can make beautiful and useful items, as this clearly illustrated tutorial demonstrates. Assuming no prior knowledge or experience, it covers all the elements of machine and hand sewing, from how to sew a button to basic embroidery techniques. Charming projects put the reader’s growing skills to work right from the start, from the simple Drawstring Bag and Fringed Throw to the more challenging Pompom Slippers and stuffed Toy Dog to fanciful designs such as the all-fabric Flower Necklace and Brooch. With each project, new techniques are introduced, from how to make button loops, patch pockets, and French knots, to the fundamentals of quilting.
Coming of Age in the 1930's in Montpelier, Vermont
Author: Robert N. Webster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
With humor and boyish exuberance, author Robert Webster recounts the hardships and joys of growing up in 1930's Vermont. Born to Scottish immigrants during the height of the Great Depression, young "Bobie" learns, often the hard way, how to make do in a world where even basic necessities are hard to come by. In this touching and warmhearted account of his boyhood in Montpelier, the state capital, the author reminds us of Gold Star mothers, highcuts and jar rubbers, nickel bags of pork scraps, high stakes games of marbles, visits by Tom Mix and Premo Canaro, and Saturday matinees with Lash LaRue. This is Vermont before ski lifts, the interstate highway system, television or plastic maple sugar tubing, a place where the whole neighborhood rides the cattle truck to the state park for Sunday picnics and ballgames, singing and telling stories all the way. From his earliest memories as a child to the birth of his own children, Robert Webster's memories of one of the most challenging decades in American history unfolds with sharp insight and brilliant detail to reveal a personal and historical treasure.
Learn the basics of embellishing in this fun and easy to follow guide. Covering the benefits of different types of decoration, such as buttons, trimmings, beads and sequins, you will find out how to securely attach buttons and much more.
Helps people working with youth think in new ways about the relationships between work, love, and identity and how these interact within the socio-political processes of class, race, gender, and sexuality.