Bust DIY Guide To Life and A Giveaway

Bust is the name of the magazine that describes itself as written “With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female.” Debbie Stoller, the co-author is of course, a familiar name to me at least, because of her “Stitch & Bitch” knitting series.

This book is a 367-page treasure trove of craft-tacularness. It is amazing. Instead of telling you what IS in the book, it would be quicker to tell you what is NOT in the book. I don’t think there are any chess tips. And I did not see any notes about changing the transmission fluid in a pre-70’s car. But other than that, this book has got it.

There are snowflake ornaments made from popsicle sticks, how-to grow your own potatoes in a bucket, and up-cycle your old t-shirt into a cami & pair of panties. I mean, this book has it all.

In my world, (blogging) crafts are so fashionable and time/season sensitive, they are best looked up on the web. I choose the books I purchase VERY carefully. And I am pleased to say this book would make the cut. Easily. There were more than 5 projects that I wanted to try right away. I am going to have to get my queue going!

This guide really covers the gamut of life itself. There are lots of crafts, sure, but there are cleaning tips, make-up lessons, and hair styling suggestions. While the book has an edgy lean, it is not offensively so. It is inclusive, and does not make me feel that I need to be younger, skinnier or hipper. (whew) I also appreciate that there are lots of practical up-cycle and recycle projects. I am always looking for those!


Here’s the best news of all: we’ve got a copy of the Bust DIY Guide to Life to give away to one of you. Just think of it as our little Halloween treat to our readers!

The winner will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, November 4th and you can have up to three entries:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us the best life advice you’ve ever given or been given.
  • Get another entry by tweeting about this giveaway then leave us a comment here telling us you did. (Here’s some easy cut and paste text for you to use “Enter to win a copy of the Bust DIY Guide to Life, its chalk full of crafty goodness! tinyurl.com/3kavjgs”)
  • Get another entry by liking the Just Crafty Enough facebook page then leave us a comment here telling us you did.

Good Luck!

The small print:

  • This contest is only open to people in the US and Canada.
  • You must leave an email where we can contact you when you comment
  • If the winner does not have get back to us within one week of being contacted, we will choose a second winner.

*Disclaimer: We were given a copy of the Bust DIY Guide to Life to review and giveaway by its publisher. We were not compensated in any other way.

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24 Comments to Bust DIY Guide To Life and A Giveaway
    • Seanna Lea
    • I cannot think of much in the way of advice. Just the forever adage of my dad: The more you learn, the more you earn.

      I think it is only true up to a point, but it has forever stuck with me (other dad-isms are not really as appropriate for a family blog).

    • DK
    • The best advice I’ve ever been given–not that I always follow it, mind you–is that if you wait until you’re ready to begin, you’re likely never to start.

    • Val
    • My grandmother taught me when I was very little to always treat others as you would like to be treated, even when they don’t deserve it. Because people come and go, but you’ll always have to live with yourself.

    • Jenny
    • My mom always said to me ‘don’t be in too much of a hurry to grow up.’ Now that I’m a mom myself, I completely understand what she meant, and I find myself saying it to my son!

    • Lori
    • What comes around, goes around. Both the good and the bad.

      I love BUST. I get their email of magazine highlights and I love it. Some pretty funny stuff.

    • Ashley
    • Nothing in life is easy. But it’s better to fight for the things that matter and work hard for them, then to sit back, feeling sorry for yourself and waiting for things to be handed to you and waiting for things to get better. You have to make them better.

    • Sydnie
    • Life advice… I had someone tell me once that everyone needs a wise woman in their lives. My grandma was my wise woman and lived out her whole life as an example of how to be wonderful! And wise, of course!

    • Jen
    • The best advice I’ve gotten? Always check to see if things are plugged in, and then check to see if they’re plugged in correctly. This is relevant in more things than just electronics, heh.

    • Jen
    • Hrm. Looks like my first attempt at advice didn’t post correctly. “Always make sure things are plugged in. Then check to make sure they’re plugged in correctly.” It’s not life-altering, but it makes things much easier when you apply it to a variety of things.

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