It was my pleasure to spend some time in this book earlier this week learning how to compost, use vinegar to remove water rings from my coffee table, and properly pack a suitcase. Erin Bried's new book, How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew, shares practical tips and tricks for simplifying life by learning to do it yourself. She's compiled 108 lessons ranging from how to make a week's menu to winning a silly argument into ten categories for easy reference. I guarantee you'll learn a few things.
Erin got to know ten women who lived through the Great Depression and listened to their stories about how it shaped their lives and habits. Their lessons on home remedies and cutting costs are just as relevant now as most people are having to make changes in their spending habits. Included are short bios of each of the grandmothers and direct quotes from their interviews that make me want to sit down with my Grandmother and Meemaw and hear more of their own stories of growing up on a farm and living through WWII as young adults.
How to Sew a Button would be the perfect gift for anyone who may still need a lesson or two in domesticity (don't we all), so I'm offering my copy to one lucky reader who leaves a comment in this post sharing something helpful they've learned from their mother/grandmother/great-grandmother. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only due to shipping costs (sorry internationals) but we'd still love to hear your stories. Giveaway is open until Friday at midnight and a winner will be announced on Saturday.
Thanks, as always, for reading!