I can tell you from personal experience that the answer to many of life’s quandaries is often Duct Tape. It’s got magical properties. It holds up, it’s easy to cut, get stronger with every go-around and can be shaped into just about anything. If you watch Orange Is the New Black, you’ll appreciate what a fashionable pair of “silver” flip-flops can do to keep your image up!
All in all, duct tape may be the greatest can not only fix things, but create them from scratch. “Practical Duct Tape Projects” ($11, via Amazon) provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for making everything from a magic wallet, to a hammock. The book is divided into several sections — bags and totes, wallets, clothing, tech, home and furniture, and arts and crafts — with over thirty projects to keep you busy. And, since they now make duct tape in nearly every imaginable color, you won’t need to sport a messenger bag in shiny silver – unless that’s your thing, which is fine. Really.