A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: April 2016

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21 April 2016

Makes*It and Moss Mountain

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Do you live in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virgina or DC?  Close??  Well, I want to MEET YOU!  I also want to invite you to a super fun event where you get to MAKE STUFF and hang out with other creatives that love makin' stuff.  Sounds fun, right??  IT WILL BE!

Here's the deal -- I will be at SWEET CLOVER (facebook here, website here, directions here) on Saturday, May 21st from 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM showing off projects seen in my book, Crafting With Nature, selling and signing books, demonstrating how to work with sometimes finicky coconut oil whips AND I am planning to make a whole bunch of wood coins for you to practise wood burning.  PLUS -- you will have a fantastic excuse to spend hours browsing the amazing vintage pieces at Sweeeeeeeeet Clover!  If you can't make it during the day, then check out Good Day PA on ABC27 Monday afternoon where I will be doing the coconut oil whips demo.

Then....THEN.  You will probably want to go have dinner with your friends and come BACK to Sweet Clover for the official Makes*It event.  Cassie (of Primitive and Proper) and Sarah (of SarahMDorsey Designs) will be there running the show  -- here is all the details:

Sign up HERE -- spots are limited so sign up now!

 Hanging out with me in the morning is completely free and sign up free :)

I also wanted to share with you a dream come true for me.
If you are a gardener, you know who P. Allen Smith is in our world.
He is basically our Martha Stewart.  ...and his farm looks like this:

...and I get to go.

I get to GO visit Moss Mountain, meet the sheep and the roses and chat with P. Allen and 20 some-odd garden writers.

Thrilled is an understatement.


He does weddings here -- is it any wonder why??

You are going to have to follow along on instagram because I will be oversharing the #MossMountain beauty madly!!

Speaking of beauty, I want to send you over to Jennifer Carroll's site Celebrating Everyday Life.

She wrote the sweetest review post of Crafting With Nature HERE and you should click through to at LEAST 15 of her articles over there.  Jennifer is the master of beautiful tablescapes and celebrations of yes, EVERYDAY LIFE!  She is an inspiration to me and I count her as a dear friend.  Go say hello!

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19 April 2016

Tea & Candle Pairings

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The featured candles below were provided by Glade for review by A Nest for All Seasons.

Candles, Rainbows and Tea.
Those are my afternoon luxuries.

The rainbow maker costs between $20-40, 
(but provides rainbows EVERY afternoon.)
Tea can be had by growing your own mint and stevia.  
Candles can be found cheaply in the aisles of WalMart.

Luxury isn't always expensive.

When I am preparing a cup of tea and lighting a candle in the afternoon, I like them to "match".
Yes, that is a bit nerdy, but stick with me.  Glade sent a couple of their new Spring candles to review 
and they matched up with some of my favorite teas.  Take "Be Energetic":

"Notes of juicy orange and green tea take your energy levels up, up and away. Hints of white peach,
 cedarwood and sandalwood follow closely behind, giving you your second, third and fourth winds." 

"Be Ravishing" pairs well with a pretty hibiscus or rose tea -- anything floral.

"Fall under the sweet spell of a completely alluring scent with notes of gala apple and lush florals." 

Tea and Candle Combinations

Refreshing Mint Iced Tea -- Crisp Green Grass Candle
Sweet Lipton Iced Tea -- Sugary Sweet Easter Candle
Deep, Spicy Oolong Tea -- Cinnamon Spice Candle
Spirited Christmas Tea -- Pine and Fir Candle
Orange Ceylon Tea -- Clear, Crisp Grapefruit Candle
Caramel Apple Tea with Cream -- Macintosh Apple Candle
Classic Earl Grey with a Sugar Cube -- Cigar or Woodsy Candle
Red Lavender Tea -- The Best Vanilla Candle (that you can afford)
Tropical Coconut Based Tea -- Pink Sands or Hawaiian Breeze Candle
Fresh and Energizing Berry Tea -- Radiant Berries Candle
The list goes on and on and on and on...but don't forget the rainbows.

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12 April 2016

The Summer Stack

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The following book selections are from my own collection and include personal purchases as well as publisher preview copies.
All book links are Amazon affiliate links -- thanks for supporting A Nest for All Seasons!

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons

As summer looms closer and closer my stack of books to read grows larger and larger.
 It is only April and already the stack is solid.  Let's start at the TOP, shall we?

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

Hiding on the top of the stack is a beautiful new children's book titled Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson.  The story is cute and quirky, but the illustrations are the real draw. I always love a well illustrated children's book because it gives the adult something to lean into while reading over and over and over again. Katy Hudson's work reminds me of Tasha Tudor's books -- full of charm and everyday beauty that makes you appreciate the little world around you.  You might be interested in Katy's studio space and work process in the video below -- I found her to be just as charming and sweet as her illustrations:

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

Next on the kid's list are two series for our 7 and 10 year olds.  
Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons for the Kids
Kids Picks at The Nest Book Club   :::    Artwork on the right featured in the book below "Follies"
The Nate the Great books have been perfect for our 2nd grader -- he reads them up like candy and they give him a lot of reading confidence.  We REALLY need our American libraries back for Nate the Greats because we are going to go broke buying them at the pace he is reading!  For our 10 year old, we have been introducing him to various chapter books (Eragon, Narnia, Harry Potter) and I heard the Wingfeather Saga Books by Andrew Peterson recommended on Tsh Oxenredier's podcast, so we decided to give them a whirl.  She recommended them as a read-aloud for the whole family and I haven't decided whether we will do that or just read it straight.

Now onto the adult books -- top of my list?  Gardening.   

The book on the left is my FAVORITE recent gardening book and the book on the right is my girl Jan Berry's title that she wrote with Page St Publishing.  Jan and I were writing our books with Page St. almost on the exact same schedule, so she and I were able to commiserate a bit during edits and such.  I consider her a friend and you should definitely check out her book -- FULL of really interesting homemade products from the garden!

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Gardens of Awe and Folly and Jan Berry's 101 Homemade Products

Isn't this pretty?  Just 1 of many beautiful lotions Jan shows you how to make in 101 Homemade Products.

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons  Jan Berry's 101 Homemade Products

Now onto Gardens of Awe and Folly.  Garden friends?  You will LOVE this one.  It is like taking a stroll with your favorite jet-setting garden friend and getting the DL on her favorite gardens.  There are 9 gardens featured, starting with Paris where a little 2/3 acre garden juts out in the very middle of the Seine.  Each garden walk is full of sketches, pointing out little details and mundane magicalities. I wish I had written this book -- not only because it is SO GOOD, but because it would also mean I would have traveled to these most magical gardens.  Reading Awe and Folly is the next best thing.

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Gardens of Awe and Folly

Then there is the Scotland part:

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Gardens of Awe and Folly

Scotland has captured my imagination lately and Vivian Swift truly makes this pocket of the world come to life (as does Ronald D. Moore, to be fair).

She describes Scotland as introverted and writes:
"I am a connoisseur of rain (all us introverts are), and Jaunary rain in Edinburgh is the rain of romance. It's for those of us who love
 the quiet of libraries, the minor third of a sad song, and the aloneness of a 4 o'clock twilight."  ~ Vivian Swift in Gardens of Awe and Folly

I didn't even know how much Scotland resonated with me.  I didn't even know.
I have convinced my husband to use our airline miles for a trip this fall to the land of my dreams. Je. Suis ALORS Prest.

Alba gu brĂ th

Last o' the stack is FOOD! Maggie Battista's new book Food, Gift, Love is first up.  I am going to admit that the derivative title made me slightly hesitant, but once I cracked open Maggie's beautiful book, I was hooked.  The photography is stunning, the recipes are tried and tested and the packaging ideas are that combination of simple and sophisticated that I always try to emulate. I am dreaming of a rhubarb and asparagus plot down by the creek so that I can make some of these rhubarb concoctions.

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Food Gift Love by Maggie BattistaSummer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista

Chocolate dipped spoons (REAL spoons) are also on my list of MUST MAKES along with about 20 other ideas -- note my liberal
use of dog-earring on the right. It is no sign of disrepect -- just a sign of love when I dog-ear a book that much!

Last title of the stack is the THM (Trim Healthy Mama) Cookbook.

Again, the title was a stumbling block for about a year on this one.  I really dislike "trim healthy mama", but it really does describe the plan accurately and I am really into the recipes in this new cookbook by Pearl and Serene. THM deserves its own post though, so I will end here by saying the following two recipes are on my MAKE TOMORROW, NO TODAY list:

Summer Stack Reading List at A Nest for All Seasons THM Cookbook

Happy Reading!

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04 April 2016

Crafting Lately?

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As  newbie author, it is REALLY really cool to see your work in other people's hands, on their picnic tables, on their stack of reading picks or as inspiration for cute crafts.  Here are three recent posts from some bloggers you should get to know if you don't already!

Susan of Organized 31 made the tomato pincushions from Chapter 11:

Susan is a military mom with TONS of great tips -- I like her home tips most of all -- SEE THEM HERE!

Melissa of The Happier Homemaker made the Almond Joy Sugar Scrub:

(Melissa also makes the most amazing wood stained maps -- see here!)

and Natalie of A Turtle's Life for Me made pretty Wood Slice Necklaces!

Natalie is the blogger you need to check out for recipe ideas!
She has an AMAZING series of posts on freezer cooking!

Now it is YOUR turn!  

Make sure you share your pictures and tag with #CraftingWithNature!

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 AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks 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!

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