I thought writing the book would be the hard part. I didn't realize that asking gardeners, crafters, artisans, writers, CEOs and flat out famous people would be the REALLY hard part. When I first signed the contract to write my book (Crafting With Nature!), the first thing I pictured was the book in hand -- how it would feel in my hands and how it would look on the shelves. I thought about the writing, the editing (I was scared!) and even the selling of the book. What I did not picture was reaching out to those who have inspired me and who have paved the way in the Home & Garden arena for writers, photographers and bloggers. I learned how to be brave real quick.
It was kind of like painting a room, on day 3. The first coat is done, the cutting in is complete, the rolling has been done and you just have to do this last part to make the paint job perfect. (I will take a second to stop here and say that I admit I HAVE stopped at this point painting a room when it should have had a second or third coat -- for shame! I know!) I could envision the end result, but breaking out the paintbrush (again) and laying out the drop-cloths (again) and cracking open the paint with the screwdriver (again) -- just seems like a lot. It seems like a large weight to be carried and if you procrastinate, the weight becomes a bit heavier. In painting your own house, sometimes you might just give up. When writing a book, the publishers will not allow you to. Endorsements must be had!
Thus, I sat and wrote and researched and looked up old emails and wrote and wrote and wrote. My dearest friends wrote back immediately with words of sweetness and vicarious joy. I could have kissed them all. Then...then. The waiting game began. Would the "big" authors write back? Nothing like waiting on an email to come in to throw you RIGHT back to 8th grade waiting beside a telephone for the boy to call or waiting for that college acceptance letter to GET HERE with results. The waiting is the true hard part. The phrase "quaking in your boots" felt quite apt.
The wait only lasted a few days and then the endorsements started rolling in. I was shocked and grateful and OH so happy. I'll admit that there were some blurbs that came in that made me jump around the room a bit. Nothing like a little celebrity-fever to make you act like a child, eh?
Those moments of "quaking"? They were worth it. The endorsements are in and finalized and the publishers have determined which they will end up using on the book jacket. Today, I want to share them all with you because I am grateful to each and every idol, friend and colleague that deigned this book good enough to write something about. I am proud of writing a book, but I daresay I might be prouder of this group of people standing behind me in support.
“This book belongs in the collection of every self-respecting gardener or crafter who takes great pride in creating something special with their own hands!.” Barbara Corcoran – Star of ABC’s Shark Tank
“So many people fail to USE the plants in their garden. Plants are so much more that just a bunch of pretty petals. Amy's crafty garden tutorials will help you discover a whole new layer of appreciation and pride in your garden.”
Rochelle Greayer - Founder of Pith + Vigor Quarterly and Author of Cultivating Garden Style
— Linda Ly, creator of Garden Betty and author of The CSA Cookbook
"As someone who grows lots of herbs and flowers, loves crafts and making natural products for my home, this book speaks volumes to me. What better way to be crafty than by collecting or growing the materials yourself? Amy has written a winner!"
Lisa Steele - Author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy Healthy Chickens and
"Crafting with Nature is perfect for beginner or seasoned crafters who not only enjoy the outdoors, but wish to incorporate natural elements into their crafting. From gifts to recipes to personal DIYs, Amy helps us recognize the supplies Mother Nature provides right in our back yard!"Julie Fiato of Redhead Can Decorate
"There's nothing like being able to make a project all the way from start to finish, including the materials! With the help of this book, you can do just that, creating masterpieces from things you've grown yourself or gathered from their natural source. It's a must-have for crafters of all ages." Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama
Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.
Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden. Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting and DIYing! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects that span crafting skills from beginner to expert.
Crafting with Nature is available NOW for pre-order on Amazon, with a price guarantee if there is a drop between now and March 22nd when the book officially releases. After that date, you will be able to purchase Crafting with Nature at Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, ibooks, Amazon and other fine booksellers.