Please join us Thursday evening, April 21st at 7 pm as we welcome Kate Payne, discussing her new book, "The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking".Kate Payne is a grant writer, creative writing instructor, part-time nanny; after-hours poet; occasional painter, big-time procrastinator, tea, toast, and jam obsessed Austinite; and former Brooklynite. The creator of the Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking website, she is an expert on thrift stores, flea markets, and Craigslist, and a frequent consultant for design, decorating, cooking, and crafting sites.
With The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, it's possible and even
convenient to create an inviting space for living and entertaining on a
budget. From unique decor ideas to growing strawberries on your fire
escape, Kate Payne shares fun, low-cost (and often free!) creative
solutions that will make anyone feel more accomplished in minutes.
Inside this savvy motivational guide filled to the brim with small-scale
creative home projects, Kate's tongue-in-cheek tone will keep you tuned
in to her much-needed advice. In three easy sections, you'll learn how
to create a comfortable space while being time- and budget-conscious.
Section One, Home-ify Your Pad, features quick, convenient ways to make
your place cozier with low-cost, special touches to help you tap into
and show off your inner artist. Section Two, Impressive Acts of
Domesticity, teaches how to impress others (and yourself) with the
gratifying pleasures of self-sufficiency—a first-time guide to cleaning,
sewing, repairing, and other previously out-of-the-question tasks.
Section Three, Life After Restaurants, frees you to release the take-out
menu, avoid pricey bar tabs, and entertain others in the space you've
so thoughtfully and gorgeously created.
User-friendly "how-to" sidebars, illustrations, and tips and tricks
throughout the book offer easy-to-follow recipes and do-it-yourself
craft suggestions for making your home hip, comfortable, and inviting.
Keep in mind that this is not your grandmother's handbook and it's not
the kind of wisdom your mom knows how to impart. Modern women need a
modern approach to domestic pleasures—a guide to doing household things
on our own terms, because most of this stuff isn't as hard as we've been
led to believe. Don't worry, she's not asking you to host Tupperware
parties or iron your underwear. But as all beginning home keepers know, a
sure fire way to feel bad about ourselves is to consult Martha Stewart.
So ditch that 2-inch thick handbook, dust off your pots and pans, and
join Kate on this journey to incorporating creativity and
self-sufficiency on the home front.