Today kicks off a Book Tour Blog Hop for Melissa Stramel’s new book- A year of Making Life Beautiful: 45 projects to bake, grow, craft, and sew throughout the year.
First I’ll start by mentioning the book comes in both spiral bound (love this especially for projects and recipes) and in hard copy if you prefer that as well. The book is full of sweet pictures of kids playing, yummy dishes, gorgeous flowers and of course… quilty projects!
I was really excited about reading through the book because it is something I can totally relate to! Family, farm life, cooking and crafts in one book? Definitely right up my alley. The book is arranged in months. Each month has a quilt pattern, a recipe, usually a craft, something from the garden, and there are several extra non-quilt patterns and some embroider projects as well. In other words- there is something for everybody.
I like that the book also has that homegrown feel to it. It’s like you had someone in your family put it all together and then made copies to hand out to the rest of the family. You know, like a family heirloom full of recipes and favorite projects.
I have to admit one of my favorite things about the book is the variety of recipes on preserving homegrown food. I am really interested in trying my hand at canning this year and the book has several canning recipes that I have to try… salsa, marinara sauce, plum jam…
My husband who looked through the book and didn’t get past the month of February section was pointing at a picture saying, “Yea, you gotta make these ASAP.” Wondering what he was all excited about in a crafty book like this one I glance over to see. As much as I wanted to believe he was talking about the adorable Love Letter cathedral windows pillow he clearly wasn’t. He was practically drooling over the Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. Ha!
So, like I said. There is something for everyone. I think this book would make a great little gift for crafty friends and family. And here is your opportunity to win one for yourself.
To enter: All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me what is your favorite month of the year and why. Easy enough? I think so!
Giveaway ends: Wednesday, June 20th at 11:59pm EST.
Prize: One copy of Melissa Stramel’s new book- A Year of Making Life Beautiful