Friends are there for us. They join our life's adventures and play with us. They bring us comfort, sometimes the only small pleasure we have, in troubled times. They bring us the gift–and the pleasure–of understanding. Susannah Seton sent out a call for stories about friendship and these are the themes that emerged. They form the backbone of this newest addition to her Simple Pleasures series.Dipping into this book is like dunking cookies in milk with your best friend. You'll share stories from childhood. Take a walk together and then enjoy a peppermint footbath–recipe herein! From shopping trips to poker parties–these stories will inspire you. And make you laugh and make you cry and make you want to call an old friend just because. Or make a play date for an at-home movie night–complete with Parmesan popcorn, recipe within.Dubbed the «antidote to Martha Stewart» by Booklist, Seton delights with her uniquely heartwarming approach to simplifying and slowing down to enjoy each day. Here, she has lovingly organized a guidebook to the joys of «friending» with stories, heirloom recipes, gift ideas, and inspirational quotes. Be inspired to give a friend a handmade cookbook, with room for a growing collection of recipes shared together. Or start an Eyelash Club of your own. Create handmade gifts. Cry–and then laugh–over missing wedding dresses and a St. Joseph statue buried upside down to sell a house. Share spa recipes for scrubs, soaps, and salts.Uncomplicated and eloquent, Susannah Seton has written a touching reminder that friendships are one of the prime ingredients in a life well lived.
"Home," writes Susannah Seton. «There are few words that carry such potent feelings. It's the place where we can let down our hair, loosen our clothes, put our feet up. It's where those we love most share in the ordinariness and extraordinariness of our days. It's the place many of us spend lifetimes trying to get back to. As the proverb goes, it's where our hearts are. Simple Pleasures of the Home is for everyone who has the nesting impulse – from passionate and accomplished home decorators to anyone who simply enjoys domestic downtime. Organized room by room, the book includes dozens of simple activities for bringing the family together, creative ideas for pampering yourself and loved ones, easy-to-follow instructions for making aromatherapy products, tips for candlemaking, and comfort-food recipes As the proverb goes, it's where our hearts are.»
Simple Pleasures of the Garden is a treasure chest of tips, how-to's, stories, and trade secrets gathered together in one beautiful book. Organized by season, the hundreds of suggestions and recipes present a profusion of ways to celebrate the bounty of the Earth all year round.Projects include handcrafted lotions and oils, baskets and wreaths, potpourris and floral waters, along with dozens of simple, inexpensive home decorations and easy-to-prepare recipes that utilize all of your garden's harvest. From compost tea to confetti corn chowder, Simple Pleasures of the Garden will inspire you to bestow the comforts and charms of your garden on family and friends.
Susannah Seton reminds us in Every Garden Is a Story that reader and gardener alike have much to learn from their gardens. The poignant and touching stories – from her father's quest for a seven-headed sweet pea to cancer survival and magical portraits of moon gardens –take readers on a journey through garden beds, along the way reinforcing how to care for themselves and their loved ones by caring for the Earth.From the book: Some of the most touching stories remind us that we don't have to have a big yard or a lot of money to have a garden.Every Garden Is a Story is a thoughtful and inspiring gift for any gardener. Did you know you can grow your own luffa sponges? * Contains dozens of recipes, tips, crafts and an extensive resource section of garden centers, online seed catalogs, and recommended reading.* Appeals to burgeoning eco-conscious readers with a desire to get back to basics.
365 Days of Self-Care Strategies Aim to be the best version of yourself year round with daily arts and crafts, recipes, and pampering ideas. Seasonal self-care. 365 Simple Pleasures makes it easier than ever to take care of yourself throughout the year. As the seasons change, so do these self-care ideas. Whether installing a low maintenance cactus garden in the summer or crafting scented candles for the holidays, these self-care activities take good care of the mind, body, and soul. Self-care made easy. Along with easy, daily activities, author Susannah Seton explains why we enjoy each of these simple pleasures and why simple joys really do go a long way. Inside, find self-care tips and learn how to: Release stress with lavender and rosemary craftsPamper yourself with a DIY spa dayBake comfort foods like bread and maple candy If you enjoyed books like The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care , The Self Care Prescription , or The Spirit Almanac , you’ll love 365 Simple Pleasures .