I wanted to take a minute to let you all know about a new book coming out next Tuesday (March 22, 2016) that I think a lot of you will really be inspired by called “Crafting With Nature”. It’s written by my friend Amy Renea who you might know from the blog A Nest For All Seasons, and it’s the perfect book to dive into at exactly this time of year when spring is just about to start springing and we’re all starting to really enjoy all the little things that make spending time in nature so special.
She sent me an advance copy of the book so I could give you all a little sneak peek and share it with you if I liked it, which of course I did! 🙂
I really love how Crafting With Nature is sort of half garden book and half crafting book. She talks about different easy ways to grow your own crafting supplies, and what to make with the things you’ve grown, but there are also sections about gathering things from nature and even the grocery store for making your nature-inspired crafts! I love any book, blog, or other publication, where I can read it and learn something that I can put to use immediately!
Along with the book, Amy sent me some extra little goodies to get me started on some of the projects like some fabric scraps, some beet seeds, and some dried lavender. I can’t wait to spend a nice sunny few hours out on the deck playing around with some of these projects during naptime!
Some of the projects that stood out to me as things that I definitely want to try are the Spiced Chai Sugar Hand Scrub, The DIY Coconut Oil (seriously!), and the Frozen Rosemary, Cranberry, and Beet Juice Christmas Wreath. And then there are like a million more too. Really, this book is like an encyclopedia of naturey crafts, homemade beauty products, and recipes. It’s a little mind-boggling.
Oh! And there’s a section all about creating nature-inspired Christmas decorations! How amazing would that be?
And fairy gardens!
Oh, and did I mention that Amy photographed the whole thing herself? She’s got some serious talent with a camera, that girl.
Getting to check this book out was kind of extra-special to me, not just because it’s written by a friend of mine…
..but also because she worked with the same publisher that I’m working with on my book, Page Street Publishing. So getting to actually hold this book in my hands and feel the quality of it and see how beautiful it is and how easy it is to work from makes me just a little more excited about my own book coming out next year, which feels so far away!
If you’re a bit of a nature lover like I am, then you’ll definitely want to check out Crafting With Nature. If you go to the book’s page on Amazon, you can actually preview quite a bit of the book by clicking on the picture of the book cover. The book’s available for pre-order right now and it will be ready to ship out on Tuesday, March 22nd!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.