Do-It-Yourself projects dominate websites, social media, magazines, and books. Honestly, it is not shocking. Things are not made to last anymore. At times, you’ll save more money-making things instead of purchasing ready to use products. Also, there is a deep satisfaction that comes from using your hands to create something for yourself and others. During the summer, Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel published The Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day. Bust is for real women. It is an uncensored magazine that doesn’t stereotype women. It’s been around since 1993 and is still going strong today. If you haven’t heard of this magazine, don’t feel bad. The magazine has a limited circulation. You can find it at Barnes & Nobels and Books-a-Million. Since, this magazine has been around for over twenty years, you have a lot of catching up to do. Don’t worry. The Bust DIY Guide to Life is a good place to start. It won’t cover everything this magazine has to offer. Instead, it’ll give you most of the crafty home maker articles with detailed instructions, supply list, and pictures.
The book is a collection of over 250 DIY projects. Be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart. The content is straight to the point with a bit of attitude. When I hear the word “DIY”, the first things that come to mind are jewelry, clothing, food, and crafts. Turns out, there is more to DIY then I assumed. As a matter of fact, Stroller and Henzel’s book is broken down by category. Generally, the woman of today is an independent go getter. As a result, home making skills of the fifties era are often frowned upon. Stroller and Henzel book shows that it is okay to be that “housey-girly” again. In truth, women held down the household; not the men. Plus, some women have made successful professional careers from these skills. So, Why should women give up these skills? I don’t see a good reason. Do you?
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It broadened my understanding of DIY. The authors kept the projects witty and fun with quirky titles and instructions. It’s a great lifestyle book gift. The book is available in print and for kindle. If you don’t have one, you can download the app. Change your life with The Bust DIY Guide to Life today.