Author(s): Amy Renea
<b><i>Crafting with Nature</i></b> offers an incredible collection of easy projects using natural materials you can gather or grow and form into beautiful and useful crafts.
Readers will love making and using items like the DIY Solid Lavender Perfume, or sewing beautiful Rustic Wooden Buttons they made from gathered branches onto a favorite sweater, or decorating their homes with a Lambs Ear Flower Stalk Wreath with lambs ear they grew in the garden. The book also includes gift ideas and recipes such as Amy's Red, White and Blue Jam using home-grown blackberries and Ginger Pickled Tomatoes with fresh-picked tomatoes from the garden.
Each chapter focuses on a different common plant, starting out with a beginner-friendly guide for how to gather or grow it (most are commonly found in home gardens), then ideas and projects for what readers can make with it. The book has a total of 58 detailed step-by-step tutorials and 44 quick-and-easy inspiration ideas and crafting techniques. Amy Renea is the founder of A Nest for All Seasons, chosen as the reader's choice best gardening blog in the <i>Better Homes & Gardens</i> Blogger Awards.
This book is an absolute treasure and complete delight. I, and many others I m sure, look forward to many happy hours crafting with nature. Frances Schultz, author of "The Bee Cottage Story," contributing editor to "House Beautiful "magazine and former host of the TV show "Southern Living Presents" In a world where everything is packaged and made for us, this book is a breath of fresh air that reconnects us to our roots and natural resources. It's about time.... This is how nature intended us to use it. Sara Bendrick, landscape designer and star of the DIY Network's "I Hate My Yard" The projects and photos in this book are so engaging! Crafting guru Amy Renea shows you how to make unique gifts you've never seen before. Amy Anderson, author of "Mod Podge Rocks! "and "Washi Tape Crafts" 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, owner of the crafty clothing company Grace & Lace and star of ABC s "Shark Tank" "Crafting with Nature" brings me back to my childhood and all of the natural products and remedies I used to make. The crafts look beautiful yet easy to do, and the photography is gorgeous! I cannot wait to dig in with my children! Truly inspiring. Lauren Liess, founder of Pure Style Home and author of "Habitat"" The Field Guide to Decorating" Pinterest comes to your backyard in this nature-inspired workbook full of beautiful handmade items. This book is a must-read for the creative folks who don't mind getting their hands dirty. Beth Bryan, founder of Unskinny Boppy This book has become "the" reference guide for how to maximize my efforts in being a better gardener and crafter. Amy has demystified the processes involved in sourcing supplies and provided simple, step-by-step directions to create usable art. This is garden and craft alchemy at its best! Jennifer Carrol, founder of "Celebrating Everyday Life" magazine This book takes reduce, reuse and recycle to the next level of beautiful. Making fun from nature is a great way to live a little greener a must-have book for year-round crafting. Shawna Coronado, author of "Grow a Living Wall" 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""
Amy Renea is a crafter, gardener and photographer. She is the creator of A Nest for All Seasons chosen as the best gardening blog in the "Better Homes & Gardens "Blogger Awards. She has written for Houzz, Hobby Farm Home, "Celebrating Everyday Life "magazine and Forbes.com. Amy and her family divide their time between central Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico."