So maybe we don't want to be Suzy Homemaker, making our clothes by hand or canning our own peaches. Who's got time for that? But it is rather handy to know basic little domestic skills like tying a necktie, making pancakes from scratch, and folding a fitted sheet neatly. Enter How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew ($11) by Erin Bried. Reading it is like having a sweet, sassy granny over your shoulder, guiding your hands as you learn to fillet a fish on your own or sew a button on a shirt. It's all stuff you need to know, plus a few fun things, like how to make the perfect martini or hot toddy, or how to waltz (Awww). You'll save money by cooking your own meals, not taking clothes to the tailors, and not hiring a maid or handyman. And who's got the money for those nowadays, anyways? No one we know!
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