A few disclosures, first.
1. Marcie Cuff is a fellow blogger, neighbor and dear friend.
2. I was planning on reviewing this book before Marcie asked me to participate in her book tour – that’s how much I love this book:
This Book Was a Tree is for anyone who feels a little (or a lot) disconnected from the outdoors.
And maybe a little intimidated too.
One would think, given that I have designed gardens for a living for many years, that I would be immersed in nature on a daily basis.
Aside from work I rarely venture out into the natural world – no walks, no scavenger hunts, no hikes in the woods.
And that is why I love this book so much. As Marcie puts it, “we live in a spectacular time of unprecedented digital connectivity. Yet never before have we been so disconnected from the natural world.”
So true. So Marcie has taken a bold step toward remedying this with her magical, wonderful “guidebook for becoming a modern pioneer.”
This Book Was a Tree is filled with beautiful prose, charming illustrations, and – most importantly – fun, inspired ideas designed to connect (or re-connect) with the natural world.
The projects range from felting wool, to making “seedbombs” (!!), assembling a nature junk journal from an upcycled book, and germinating edible sprouts.
Ironically, the first project I decided to tackle was probably the simplest:
In my birthday post I alluded to some private promises I made to myself – one of which was to try to get outside every day. And the chapter in Marcie’s book that spoke to this was just the kick I needed to get started.
There’s even a contract.
And I took the opportunity of the first beautiful day we’ve had in many months to prep my gardens and really look around.
I’m delighted to have a copy of This Book Was a Tree – along with a handmade bookmark – to give away to two lucky readers!
Simply leave a comment sharing how you connect with nature – no matter how big or small that connection is. Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment. The giveaway is open through Sunday, April 13th at 5 p.m. EST. The winners will be chosen at random, and announced on Monday, April 14th. Update: Nicole S. and Sara B. are the lucky winners! Thanks for participating!
If you’d like to read more, take a look at what some of these wonderful writers have to say about Marcie’s book – you may discover some new blogs to love as well (I know I have)!
Note: I was given two complimentary copies of This Book Was a Tree. No other compensation was received, and all comments and opinions are – as always – completely my own.