The Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day by Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller is sort of exactly what you would expect from Bust Magazine. It’s written for the type of woman identified as sassy, independent, crafty, creative, practical, and DIY. I suspect you have someone in your life this would be perfect for: perhaps a college-aged or just graduated female who is finding she needs some guidance on car-buying or home-owning or living greener and leaner. Maybe any woman under 40.
Included in the projects are the normal hipster-crafty things you might expect:
- How to sew a cozy for your laptop or tablet.
- How to etch glasses to say sassy things like “Rat Queen.”
- How to paint day of the week tea towels that show that Sunday is TV Night (Game of Thrones!) and Thursday is Take Out Night.
- How to decal a coffee mug.
- How to create your own terrarium.
- How to turn holey socks into fingerless gloves.
Then there are the practical skills every person should know:
- How to fix a zipper.
- How to hang a shelf.
- How to snake a drain.
- How to manage spring cleaning with make-your-own cleaners.
- How to grow your own veggies.
- How to build your own tool kit on a budget.
But then there’s the stuff that really makes this volume a true Guide to Life:
- What to pack for emergency evacuation and in what order.
- How to create a 3-day survival pack. (Zombie apocalypse, I’m ready!)
- How to live greener and save money doing it.
- How to manage your finances.
- How to deal with birth, marriage, and death.
I think they’ve got it about covered. Recommended!