The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking began as a blog.  Kate Payne took her blog and wound it into a guide for today’s modern homemakers.  This isn’t your typical housekeeping book, this one is creative and encouraging, but with a side of sassiness.

Kate describes herself as a “half-assed domestic goddess” but after reading her book, I’d say she’s doing OK.   While she’s located in Austin now, her Brooklyn breeding comes through in her writing style. She’s clever, funny, and dispenses some useful information about decorating, crafting, interior decorating, and more.  Kate’s an artist and a creator and she wants others to embrace an artistic lifestyle as well.

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency–on a Budget! is done in a very informal way and you won’t feel like you’re not living up to someone else’s expectations.  The book is heavy on fun but still gets the information across in a quick manner.  Read it from cover to cover or use it as a reference and read just the sections that apply at the moment – both ways work well.

Easy-to-read with fun tips scatter about the pages, the Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking is a great reference book for everything related to taking care of your home and family

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency–on a Budget! book is split into three sections.  The first is a room-by-room look at how you can make your place a home and without spending a lot of money.  The second section is focused on sewing/mending, fixing things, crafting from nothing, and doing all the housewife things many of us do every day.  But more importantly, she gives you tips on what you can skip.  The third section is cooking, canning, and preserving.  Learning to do more homemade and handmade in a low-stress way.  This includes party planning as well.

This would be the perfect wedding shower gift – pair it with a few of the recommended supplies found in the book and your bride-to-be will be ready to start on her way to domestic guru herself.

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