How to Sew a Button
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How to Make Love Last

This past weekend, I watched my favorite movie, Love Actually for, oh, probably about the bazillionth time. Every time I watch it, I tear up during the opening monologue, where Hugh Grant talks about seeing love all around (but especially at the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport). I love the wedding scene, when the choir starts singing. The whole Liam Neeson story line is, of course, a heart breaker. The part where Hugh Grant finally finds Natalie? Water works.


If you haven’t figured this out yet, I’m a romantic. A sap, really. So when I was interviewing grandmothers for How to Sew a Button, in addition to asking them about cooking and entertaining, I made sure to also ask them about love. Since Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away, I collected their best advice on how to make love last. Here’s what they told me.

Bottom line: If you’re lucky enough to find love, hold onto it. Oh, and if you have any love advice to share, please type your heart out below.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo, Erin

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7 Responses to “How to Make Love Last”

  1. Mother says:

    Good job! To keep love you have to work at it.

  2. cindy says:

    I’ve only been married 24 years but my advice is to make sure you have your own interest or hobby.

  3. Susan says:

    It helps to have a sense of humor, and self-esteem without ego. The balance between self and others should be slightly tilted to others. You have to have faith in a higher power; and it doesn’t hurt to be situationally blind and deaf once in a while. Been married to the same guy for nearly 38 years and it’s still mostly fun.

  4. If your partner says something that can be taken two ways, and one of those ways will make you angry or sad, they meant the other way!

  5. Annie says:

    100 years ago, my beloved Gramma told her sister that she’d better go with her husband dancing even though she didn’t like to. Why? He’d find someone who would. . .My Mom, in turn, went with Dad to gun shows. In fact, “gun show” has become a code word in our family for the concept. I can happily report that after 8 years of marriage and lots of trips to “gun shows” like Home Depot & sporting events, we still get along great!

  6. Kathy says:

    Having only been married almost 12 years, one of the biggest things I have learned is to always try to see the other persons point of view. There’s alot to be said for the old saying of walking a mile in someone elses shoes. While you still might not agree, at least you’ve tried to see the other side of the issue. It’s in this trying that middleground can be found. Also…as my own mother is so fond of saying…This too will pass. Very usefull information, as we all need to keep things in constant perspective.

  7. Jenn says:

    Just found you while looking for great sewing tutorials to post to my blog. First I’m going to go watch Love Actually (again) because I love it. Then I’m posting your little video to my blog, then I’m going to buy your book. Why all this crazy fan-ness? I have been telling my friends for YEARS that everyone should know how to sew on a button. I feel so vindicated right now.

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