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Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel are the founders and publishers of BUST magazine—Stoller is the editor in chief and Henzel is the creative director. Stoller is also the co-author of the BUST Guide to the New Girl Order and the Stitch ’n Bitch knitting book series. Stoller and Henzel both live in New York City.

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  • Series: Bust Magazine
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798963
  • ASIN: B0085S1H1K
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The books says right on the back that it is a collection of Bust's DIY articles through the years (The last reviewer didn't like that I guess).
But I disagree, and I'm in love with this book. The DIY articles of Bust are some of my favorites. And it's crammed with seriously, anything you could ever need or want to learn. Wanna learn how to buy your first house? No problem. Want to learn how to make your own deodorant from Eco-friendly and natural ingredients? This will teach you. How to put together an emergency kit? Not enough people think of that. I mean seriously, you can learn how to replace a zipper, Create Finger Waves, Make soap, make cocktails, make your own beer, start a business, do your taxes, fixing a flat tire....the list goes on. This is one hefty book!
I just got it from the library, and the thought of parting with it makes me so sad, I'm going to order my own. And one for my best friend, and my brothers girlfriend, and....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DatDCFrancochick on November 4, 2011
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I have been reading Bust magazine for years and it is one of my favorite magazines. I've been tearing out the crafts and recipes for years. I was excited when I saw the ad for this book, but it went far beyond my expectations. I'm a super busy person, but I find that if you go through there are a mix of projects that are appropriate for all levels of crafting, cooking or tips. For example, I've made the lamp out of books and it was super easy and I've received numerous complements on it. I know I won't be sewing my own clothes, but they have a skirt that you can make out of hem tape.

And cooking. Well, in my little bit of spare time I love cooking and the recipes are mostly handed down from grandmothers, mothers, aunts (which unfortunately, you don't always get the backstory in the book) and run the gamut from super fancy to super easy.

I promise you that if I, the non-artistic, almost type-A MBA working 60 hours a week can find time to do something from this book and love it, you can too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2014
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Confession time: I was horrified when I started reading this book. It's got crafts and sewing. Things I admittedly stay away from. Sewing, for me, usually involves blood and Band-Aids. Crafts - okay, maybe not glue sniffing - but I did once actually super glue my fingers together. (True story!)

But as I read, I realized something. I want to make things. I want to hang my own shelves without almost breaking my thumb. I want to plant something that actually grows and doesn't just look like I planted some dirt. I want to sew a skirt that doesn't look like something out of I Love Lucy.

Not only does this book give you the projects - it gives you the tools to do them without pulling your hair out. Whether you need basic sewing instruction like I do, or hints on more complicated stitches, it's in here. Need to know how to unclog a drain without calling a plumber or a convenient man, it's here. There are tips to organize and terrific cleaning tips I haven't read elsewhere.

It's my new manual for an organized, easier, and dare I say cool life. Yes, I said cool. The projects are hip, modern, some border on subversive, and not one of them looks like something your grandma's sewing circle would make.

P.S.

I sewed a skirt. And it rocks!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for review purposes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bohoknitterchic on December 22, 2011
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This book is perfect for any woman who wants to know how to do it all, and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. Every section had projects that I wanted to make or do, and I even enjoyed reading about the things that I might never find a use for. There are quirky projects for every type of girl, every aspect of your world, and every stage of your life. I mean, how many books teach you how to cook a fantastic meal, stitch the place setting and customize the plates to put it on, sew a dress, doll yourself up for the party, clean up the mess, tune up you bike, and then burn off the calories you consumed eating your goodies?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on June 12, 2014
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The overall idea of this book is great, I definitely love doing things myself. Unfortunately and obviously, they couldn't include lots of pictures on how to do a lot of the things. Especially the cooking section, there are barely any photos, some of the recipes have no photos at all. I think I'll reference a few tutorials in this book, but I don't see myself using it as often as I wish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeriA on July 18, 2014
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What ever happened to my subscription to BUST? I must have let it lapse - and I must renew ASAP! What a wonderful DIY guide that goes above and beyond the mundane daily tasks of life. This book would make a great gift for any young woman, along with a subscription to one of the best mags ever!
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I recieved an ARC ebook version of this title from the publishers via NetGalley to read and review; regardless this is 100% my honest review.

Overall I liked the tone of the book, kind of young, fun and sassy. I downed it one star because this does appeal to me, it may not appeal to everyone. This book is not for the overly serious! It does have a nice selection of craft projects that would be good for those who do not have any craft experience. I felt for me and my experience level they are not quite for me. I also dropped it a star because I could use a few more pictures to go with some of the written word, but that's my own personal opinion. Also since this was an ebook version I don't know if they limited pictures for that reason and if a printed version would have more?

There was also some good DIY home improvement tips, like how to fix a clogged drain. There was also some very nice and practical tips on how to live green. I could list everything here, but I recommend just checking the book out to see if it is something that interest you.

Again most tips I already knew, I learned a few new things from this book but with my experience level and having very hands on parents and grandparents I knew a bunch of this stuff already. I know that is not true for the rest of the world. I would highly recommend this to younger women just striking out on their own, fresh out of high school into a dorm room or first apartment! This would be a great high school graduation gift, or first apartment/home housewarming gift! I actually think my teenage daughter who is 14 would LOVE this book, though I feel some of the info is good for her now so I will wait a few years before getting her a copy!
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