We’re back with another edition of the Urban Survivalist, our DIY, self-improvement series that focuses on around-the-house-stuff that you may not know how to do, but really should. (And these household tasks may intimidate you, but they really shouldn’t.) So why are we on an unrelenting mission to turn you into a scary Stepford wife? We’re not, we swear. (But won’t you please come in and have some of our freshly-baked cookies? April Fool’s.) Our goal is actually much less sinister: We want all of us to try to become more self-sufficient in our daily lives, because we’re pretty sure that doing so can only improve our state of mental health, and – maybe on some small level – increase our overall happiness. Plus, learning to do something new (however simple) builds character. And hell, we may even save a little money in the process. (And don’t think for one second that we’re above caring about that little detail.)
So this week, I asked Amber Matassa, Blisstree contributor, former editor of Threads magazine, and all-around sewing maven, to challenge our burgeoning home-ec skills, while still making the task doable enough for novices like me (so as to avoid a mental meltdown, which would kind of defeat the self-improvement aspect of this series). The result? Our how to sew a hook and eye video.
Of course, that’s easy for an expert like Amber to do, but what about the rest of us, who pride ourselves on doing as little as possible for ourselves when it comes to everyday chores? Well, this weekend, we plan to find out by threading our own needle and getting down to work. Let’s see – and then do.