Getting Hip to being a Homemaker: The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking Giveaway
When I was growing up in the 80′s, all of my friends and I had dreams of big careers, not of creating a lovely home or cooking a fantastic meal. It’s amazing how much things have changed. Now, I spend my spare time learning how to do things that I shunned as a teenager, like gardening, and wondering why it took me so long to get around to it.
As I’ve been reading Kate Payne’s new book, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, I feel like I’m making up for lost time. I’ve already marked over a dozen pages and can’t wait to redo my spice rack and finally try my hand at canning by making pickles this summer. I may even try her tips for baking bread (I can hear the collective gasp among my food blogger friends now.) Kate makes everything sound so easy and straightforward that I feel like I have no excuse but to try these things that I used to feel were daunting.
Following are the sections and chapters from the book. You can also click the image of the book to view excerpts.
Room-by-Room Guide to a Homey House, Homie
- Kitchen and dining rooms: Creating a spice rack that works, picking the right table and chairs, finding chic linens on the cheap
- Living areas: Camouflaging the TV, shopping and scavenging like a pro, making the most of your home office
- Bed, bath and between: Folding a fitted sheet, picking curtains and drapes, finding a shower curtain that doesn’t suck
Impressive Acts of Domesticity: Do Try This at Home
- Outdoor spaces: Container and raised bed gardening tips and composting
- Cleaning and DIY suds: Using non-toxic products to clean your house
- Managing cloth: Tricks for tackling laundry challenges including getting out stains and sewing basics
- Tapping the tool kit: Building a helpful toolkit including how to use a drill, spackle a nail hole and hang things from the ceiling
Life After Restaurants
- Cooking at home: Tips on different ways to shop, key kitchen tools, what to do with kitchen scraps and how to make homemade bread
- Preserving food at home: 8 smart things to freeze and how to make preserves
- Entertaining projects: how to host a terrific party and a few party ideas including craft, sewing and swap parties
If you are interested in becoming a Hip Homemaker, then this is your lucky day. Kate’s publisher, Harper Design, has given me a copy of the book to give away. To enter the drawing, submit a comment on this post about which topic from the book is of the greatest interest to you. I’ll pick a winner at random from the comments on Friday May 6th at 5 pm.
Kate has several book signings coming up over the next month so you may even have a chance to get her to sign it!
And the winner is…. Jenn!