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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Book Review- Prairie Girl's Guide to Life

Prairie Girl's Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl is a lovely book by Jennifer Worick. It's charmingly illustrated and engagingly written.
There are a lot of guides to a back to basics type lifestyle. This is one I enjoyed an awful lot. It's fun to read. The author talks about how much she loved the Little House books, and about rediscovering handicrafts and cooking skills from the past.
Rather than going deeply in depth on any subject, it offers easy projects and recipes to inspire and get women started in a DIY lifestyle. Side notes include sayings and expressions with definitions and examples and are just one more bit of charm in this sweet book.
Quilting, embroidery, candle making,soap making and sewing are all included. As well as how to make the perfect cup of tea and how to cook a turkey or a wonderful rhubarb pie. There is even a brief section on how to flirt!
The book is hardbound and just a bit over pocket sized (meaning a bit bigger than a standard paperback) which makes it an ideal stocking stuffer for preteen to teen girls who are interested in handicrafts and who loved the Little House books, or as a small gift for adult women who just getting interested in that sort of thing.
Since we are getting close to the holidays, I'd like to start a small series of gift ideas, and this book would totally be on that list. It's a too basic for advanced crafters and cooks, but it's so pretty and so much fun to read that I did give it to my daughter.
You can get it from the publisher, Taunton Press

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