Hello again, I hope you had a wonderful Easter! I was blessed to be able to sing at three services on Sunday morning and it was such a joy!! To worship God and be a blessing to all the folks who came out that morning was tremendous!! Leading His people in worship is a passion of mine and I continue to be delighted and amazed that God allows me such a privilege! I hope your Sunday morning experience was equally thrilling – HE HAS RISEN INDEED!!
I really wanted to thank everyone again who left a comment on my last post about overcoming disappointment. I am deeply touched and grateful for the community that we have created here in this corner of cyber-space. That I can share not just my creative ideas, and joys with you – but also my heartache and trials is very special, and I don’t take it lightly. Thank you for your true camaraderie in this place. I will share an update about the housing situation as soon as I have any news to share. Thank you for continuing to pray with me that God will swiftly do something.
Today though, I am sharing a book review that I’m REALLY excited about. Back when I had my Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll magazine, I met Amy Renea from the blog A Nest for All Seasons. She is an incredibly talented woman who is also an expert at making things GROW. Being somewhat challenged in that department, I was so grateful to find Amy, someone who demystified the gardening process and honestly helped me become a better steward of the tiny patch of terra firma I have. By following the detailed tutorials found on her blog, my garden has begun to blossom season after season. I was further blessed to have Amy as a contributor to my magazine, which allowed me to get to know her better. What a joy! She is kind, smart, funny, and oh-so-talented! I knew she would go far and it was no surprise to me when she emailed me a few months ago to tell me the wonderful news that she was writing a book!! And I am overjoyed to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment with her and all of you dear friends – I proudly present, Crafting with Nature by Amy Renea! (affiliate link)
The book is like an encyclopedia of knowledge that is broken down into steps that are easy to understand and follow and filled with images that inspire and encourage you all along the way. The page above is showing steps to make coffee filter flowers that are so delicate and sweet and they are tinted with, wait for it….. Beet juice! Amy tells you how to grow beets, how to harvest them, and then gives you several ingenious ways to bake & craft with them!
Love coconut oil? I know I do! From cooking to beauty treatments, it’s become a staple in my house. Did you know it’s actually pretty easy – and quite cost effective – to make your own? I didn’t, until I read Amy’s book! And, just like the beets – there are soooo many uses for it, and she breaks it down for us! YAY!
My daughter loves Tinker Bell and was squealing with delight when she saw the chapter on making your own Fairy Garden – this has now zoomed to the top of our must make Spring craft list. Again, Amy walks you through all the supplies and steps you need to create a magical woodland setting even if you only have a small pot to work with!
It’s never to early to start thinking of holiday gift ideas and sugar and salt scrubs are always welcome gifts for friends and they have the added bonus of being homemade but calorie-free since we don’t eat them! Her recipes will have you concocting your own luxury bath line faster than you can say Crabtree & Evelyn!
While I did receive a copy of this book for free, I can honestly tell you that this book is FANTASTIC! It is so much more than just another craft or cooking book to add to your library. It is a true resource. It’s brimming with ideas that will not just teach you, but honestly inspire your imagination. I know it has for me. I have learned new skills but have also gotten new ideas from it. It has seriously expanded my knowledge of what is possible with items that are already growing in my back garden. New ideas for herbs like rosemary, new plants to grow – beets are now on my list!, new recipes to try – hello potato candy! Even if you don’t have or want a garden, there is loads of inspiration for items you can buy right at your local grocery store.
I am tremendously proud of Amy and her hard work – she has poured her heart and soul into this tome and you can tell!! I can’t believe how comprehensive it is and can only imagine the hundreds of hours she must have spent to create this. I hope you will check it out on Amazon – where you can also see the complete Table of Contents (it’s very impressive!) and buy your own copy! (affiliate link) It’s worth it!!!