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09 October 2015

Why you SHOULD TALK to Your Librarian!

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Libraries have always been a happy place for me. From devouring Sweet Valley Twin and Babysitter's Club books by the dozen on summer vacation to 30 lb. stacks of gardening texts in my 20's to the bags upon bags of children's books we buy at the yearly book sale; libraries are my happy place. Surprisingly, I did not review many books on A Nest for All Seasons for a long time. I stuck to gardening and craft tutorials for the most part with some food and photography mixed in.

However, once I started writing my first book, I started to focus in on how writers were promoting their books, how they organized their thoughts, how they choose to show their style through design and I wanted to support every book I possibly could. I started with gardening books, and have branched out a bit, though gardening is still my favorite. I hope you have enjoyed a recommendation or two from my reading lists over the past year or so (See all the Nest Book Club Posts HERE)and I am hoping to bring you more and more as times goes on. I encourage you to find these titles at your local library if you are unable or not ready to purchase them. If your library does not have them, REQUEST THEM! Library sales are so important to authors and YOUR requests are vitally important, especially for first time authors like me! TALK TO YOUR LIBRARIAN!

Onto my fall reading list -- Here are my recent favorites, some recently released publications sent to me for review, others I found myself and some that are older publications but new to me! Links are Amazon affiliate links and if you click them and purchase anything from Amazon, I receive a small portion back.  I thank you!! There is also a fun GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post of Maria Colletti's new Terrarium book!  Don't miss your chance to win a copy by commenting or tweeting!

Fall Book Reviews The nest Book Club by Amy Renea

Drawing, Meditating and Coloring

I have been enjoying quite a few "grown-up" coloring books lately, along with some simple drawing books. The simplicity of coloring is meditative and I love picking up a few new art skills along the way.  Here are the best I have found!

The time Garden by Daria Song, Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature

The Time Garden - I am going to start with my VERY very favorite coloring book. This one is special because it tells a story - a mystery actually.  I am slowly coloring in the illustrations, with the completed book to be saved for my daughter.  I think it is a fun keepsake that I can pass along to her...a beautiful story and beautiful art with a hand painted touch. The Time Chamber is another similar book by the same author (Daria Song) and it is next on my to-buy list.

The time Garden by Daria Song, Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature
See those BEAUTIFUL flecks of foil on the cover?  Stunning in person!
PS I use mixed media on my coloring -- colored pencils 
(pictured: Tombow -- they are Japanese and color wonderfully smooth!), 
gel markers and watercolors for the most part!

Beauty in the Bible...by {Paige Tate} is another adult coloring book that I have been using lately as a meditative tool.  The coloring of simple lines and pretty shapes surrounding biblical texts helps focus my attention on the words.  The end result are pretty hand-illustrated pictures that could make nice little gifts...similar to a color printable. One note: the pages are thin like a "normal" book or regular computer paper.  The Time Garden uses a thicker, more luxurious paper.  I definitely prefer the latter, but the thinner paper still works well when framing the prints.

Beauty in the Bible by Paige Tate, Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature
Those are the TOMBOW colored pencils on the left.

20 Ways to Draw a Tree... There are several different books in this series (and a TON of imitations that are NOT nearly as good - beware!), but this one is my favorite. I actually bought this book for my son, but ended up stealing it when he wasn't very interested and trying it out for myself. I love the simple illustrations and learning how to draw these basic natural shapes via imitation.

20 Ways to Draw a Tree Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature



Natural Play Books

The Stick Book - You might remember when I reviewed The Beach Book (Baths, Birds and The Beach post HERE if you are interested :)  The Stick Book is another great little book for kids by authors Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, focused on tons of crafts and outdoor activities you can do/make with sticks!
I know it is just mud and moss and a stick, but I LOVE the idea of natural "pom poms" -- see left!



Go Wild! 101 Things to do Before You Grow Up -  I requested this additional book, also by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield because I thought my boys would LOVE it.  I was right.  They were TOTALLY into the shelters chapters.

I was TOTALLY into the tepee-making section -- how cool!
The boys were much, MUCH more interested in this chapter:

They spent many, many hours reading and re-reading this chapter.  When we get back to PA, there is going to be a LOT of woodland exploration and weapon-making.  Heaven help us.

Design and Decor

The Bee Cottage Story... This is the story of Frances Schultz, House Beautiful columnist, independent writer and decorator.  From the book's description: Schultz taps into what she learned during her renovations of Bee Cottage—determining how each area in the house and garden would be used and furnished—to unravel the question of how a mature, intelligent, successful woman could have made such a mess of her personal life. As she figures out each room over a period of years, Frances finds a new path in life, also a continual process. She comes to learn that, like decorating a home, our lives must adapt to who we are and what we need at different points along the way. 


The Bee Cottage story by Frances Schultz, Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature

From me:  Frances is just delightful.  Her spirit jumps right off the page into your heart and from a few short personal 
emails with her,  I must tell you that she is JUST as delightful in correspondence. She is just a flat out delight.

The Bee Cottage story by Frances Schultz, Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature
I love how Frances has a "thing" -- the bees -- but it is not trendy or overdone or derivative!

The Bee Cottage story by Frances Schultz, Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature

Of course my very favorite chapter...

The Bee Cottage story by Frances Schultz, Book Review by Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature

 It was a  great read and made me VERY interested in buying a cabin.  VERY. 
(If you think I am just exaggerating, check out my "ArrowWood" pinboard...I will let you draw your own conclusions, eh?)


Terrariums - Gardens Under Glass Designing, Creating, and Planting Modern Indoor Gardens by Maria Colletti Review fom Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature.jpg
So the cover got me on this one.  I cannot help but love a multi-paned glass terrarium.  
To be honest, the hanging globes and cookie jar terrariums -- I can just take them or leave them -- but these greenhouse-like affairs?  
They speak to me.
Terrariums - Gardens Under Glass Designing, Creating, and Planting Modern Indoor Gardens by Maria Colletti Review fom Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature.jpg

Now, if you want to learn about terrariums and do the job right, you talk to Maria Coletti, the resident terrarium expert at The New York Botanical Garden Shop in the Garden.  Maria shares not only excellent design advice, but practical advice on arranging, watering and caring for the light needs of various terrariums. Personally, I was really drawn to the design ideas where Maria takes a large landscape like this:

Terrariums - Gardens Under Glass Designing, Creating, and Planting Modern Indoor Gardens by Maria Colletti Review fom Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature.jpg

...and translates it into a tiny, indoor world like this:

Terrariums - Gardens Under Glass Designing, Creating, and Planting Modern Indoor Gardens by Maria Colletti Review fom Amy Renea of Crafting With Nature.jpg
The ideas just keep on coming the farther you get into the book and the references for plant selection are a resource I will be happy to have in my library for years to come. BUY TERRARIUMS: gardens Under Glass HERE! SPECIAL NOTE: Terrariums is our GIVEAWAY book this go around, so make sure to enter to win yours below!

Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier

First off, you guys, this is a serious coffee-table book.  It is heavy in hand, gracefully weighted and looks amazing on a freshly shined table.  THEN you crack it open and you must go immediately grab a notepad...

Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier, Book Review by Amy Renea

Here are a few of the pages I made sure to take note of...this is a small fraction of the greatness!
Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier, Book Review by Amy Renea
Those mirrors....right??
Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier, Book Review by Amy Renea
THAT SINK.
Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier, Book Review by Amy Renea
Pretty, pretty whites, but notice the window treatments!  Pretty, simple, darling, positively chic!
Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier, Book Review by Amy Renea
That GIANT and DEEP basket for a planter -- perfection.  I am stealing that idea!

Buy Positively Chic Interiors RIGHT HERE on Amazon!

Coming Soon...I know that Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess has landed on my doorstep in PA and I am SO excited to get back and get reading!  Lauren is an inspiration to me and I was blown away that she agreed to endorse my book. I cannot wait to share how wonderful HER first book is with you guys.  Read her post about the cover HERE-- I found it fascinating! You can order Habitat RIGHT HERE on Amazon! (It is the #1 Best Seller in Interior decorating right now btw - GO LAUREN!!)

...and I fully apologize up front, but I fully admit every reading list post is now going to end with MY BOOK (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! still very VERY fun to say!) If you like gardening or you like crafty DIYs, you are the perfect reader for Crafting With Nature.

 If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!

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! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!

One last reminder -- If you want to support authors -- TALK TO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARIAN and request my book or any of the books recommended that you are interested in!  THANK YOU!

NOW.  You want a free book?  Awesome!  Comment on this post or enter via the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!




Pin ItA fun treat for those of you that made it ALL the way to the end of the post. 
 See inside my favorite book from the fall list (The Time Garden by Daria Song -- an Adult Coloring Book)!

Adult Coloring Book


4 COMMENTS:

Nika M. Friday, October 09, 2015  

I love terrariums. I made one a few years ago that I was really in love with, but it died. I just have regular house plants now, but I think I will give it another shot soon.

Amy Renea Monday, October 12, 2015  

I have had a couple die on me too -- they can be difficult!

Maria Colletti Monday, October 12, 2015  

Hi Niki just a tip if lidded version do not add water if open terrarium use only mister to water. Wipe out any excess condensation. Hope that helps.
Amy thanks for the excellent blog post. Yes I love design garden decor you name it

Amy Renea Tuesday, October 13, 2015  

Thanks for the added tips Maria!!

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