Book review and giveaway

I received this book in the mail last week and have been enjoying reading through it. It’s called, How to Build a Fire: and other handy things your grandfather knew, by Erin Bried. Erin also wrote How to sew a button, which I gave away last year. It’s a really great book too. Loads of very useful information in both! Check out this super cute video about the book.


This book covers so many great topics like how to fix things, save money, look good, be loving and so much more. She also did a few really cute videos on making ice cream, building a fire, and how to tie a necktie. It’s easy reading and would make a great conversation starter.

You can see all the grand dads that were featured by clicking HERE, which makes me think of my own grandpa and what a hard worker he was. I get my artistic genes from that man. Isn’t he cute!! He is now 88!!

Leave a comment and maybe share something about your grandpop(or just say hi), and I’ll pick a winner on Monday morning. Good Luck!!

***Update 12/13***
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments. I really enjoyed reading about your wonderful and sweet memories. This winner of this giveaway is Carrie S. of Out & About.

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31 Responses to Book review and giveaway

  1. Great Balls of Fire! I could sure use this…I can’t make a fire to save my life and it’s due to be the coldest winter in 50 years here! Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

  2. Emily says:

    My blog’s subtitle is Mediocre Homesteading. What more needs to be said? I loved handy skills even if I sometimes stink at them. This sounds like a book for me!

  3. Jaime says:

    How fun! That would be a perfect holiday gift.

  4. Samantha says:

    Sounds like an awesome book!

  5. heather says:

    I love the idea of the book. My Grandpa was a man who was always making things out of whatever was around him.

  6. Desi says:

    This would be a great gift for my husband. He seems to know nothing about fixing/building/doing just about anything a normal guy would’ve learned as a kid, because he was raised by his aunt. I do all the manly work around my house because I was the son my father never had! haha

  7. Kate says:

    My granddad has been a scout master for nearly 60 years…I bet he knows everything in this book! 🙂

  8. Michelle W. says:

    My Grandpa was a very kind soul. He was also a mailman, so he w

  9. Michelle W. says:

    OK, please disregard that last comment. Something weird happened and it posted before I was done….
    Back to my Grandpa.
    He was a mailman, so he walked everywhere. He was unfailingly kind, and one of my favorite people. I miss him every day.

  10. Judi says:

    Aren’t handy and creative grandpa’s and dads great?

  11. kt says:

    Oh I am Into the cover alone the book! Well, sadly both my grandpas passed away when I was 3-4 years old so I don’t remember them. But I have seen handsome photos of them which allows me to imagine what they were like.

  12. Alexandra says:

    Mmm, that book looks like fun!

    A few years ago when my heart was broken my Grandfather picked me a bouquet of roses from his garden, patted me on the back and said, “you’re gonna be just fine, Kid.”

  13. Darlene says:

    my maternal grandfather (who was filipino) couldn’t- or wouldn’t- speak English unless he’d had a few beers 🙂

  14. angela says:

    My Pop will be 90 years old on Monday. He’s a farmer and a bluegrass banjo player. Some of my most wonderful memories of spending summers on the farm are riding on the tractor with him as we fed the cows. He would call them and they would come running. To this day the smell of fresh hay takes me right back. Oh, and hearing bluegrass music. I just can’t get enough of it! Thanks for a chance to win this book.

  15. Andrea Q says:

    I lost my Papa in 1997. He used to make an awesome bullfrog noise in his throat and jingle the change in his pocket.

    Looks like a fun book!

  16. Cynthia says:

    My Grandad was a DIYer with depression era style- Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without! I grew up thinking he could do great things with practically nothing. I’d love a chance to win that book!

  17. Olivia says:

    I’ve been reading the “grandmother” version written by Erin Bried: How to Sew A Button! Unfortunately, I never got to meet either of my grandfathers but they live forever in my heart through the stories told by my mother and father.

  18. Ginny says:

    My grandpa came over to the US right around 1959 from England. He had wonderful stories to tell all the time. Was super smart & loved the bagpipes. Miss him 🙂

  19. amy says:

    My Grandpa Fred was an artistic soul and my Grandpa Don is a creative man too – the best carpenter I know!

  20. jjmcgaffey says:

    My grandfather was a DIYer before there was any such thing – he made my mother a dollhouse, including turning the staircase uprights from popsicle sticks. He made a working carousel. I have some of his woodworking tools – I use them when I can. I’d love to read this book! (missed the How to Sew a Button – I’ll be looking for that as well).

  21. Carrie S. says:

    I only knew one of my grandfathers and, once he retired, became a full-time artist. We used to bead and sculpt together. Wonderful things for me to learn from him! Such fun! I miss him.

  22. beth lehman says:

    Sounds like a great title!! My great-grandad – my paw-paw could carve fake teeth out of watermelon rind – we begged him to do it every summer!!

  23. Mary says:

    My grandfathers are both gone now, and they were both the silent scandinavian type. I remember being totally scared of them! but one of them had a money tree. occasionally it would bloom with dollar bills attached by clothespins. such magic for a little girl!

  24. Lauren H says:

    I only know one of my grandfathers, but he is a great physician and spent many weekends working in the free clinics just over the border in Mexico.

  25. My grandfathers are both gone now, but I wish I had the chance to know them better! 🙂

  26. kristy says:

    that sounds like a fantastic giveaway!

    needlegrrl at gmail

  27. Adriana says:

    I would love this book. My grandfather was awesome. Whenever I went shopping with my grandparents, grandma and I would walk the mall but grandpa would stay at the Sears shoe department. They had really comfortable couches and he’d often take naps (sitting up of course). Nobody at Sears ever said anything to him…

  28. Trinity says:

    This book seems so helpful, I need it! 😉 Thanks for the kind giveaway!

  29. Teresa says:

    What a super book! My Grandaddy Ike was a golden gloves boxer back in the 20’s…he was an avid gardener and would watch a baseball game on tv while he listened to two others on the radio…so fun…

  30. Lindsay says:

    My hubby’s grandpa is the sweetest man alive. Can’t hear that well, but his heart is as big as his smile.

  31. Jenna Z says:

    My husband and I were just talking about grandpas. I never knew one of mine, he is buried in France. My maternal grandfather was bedridden by the time I was born and kind of scared me, not because he was mean but because he seemed so frail and different.

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