Good things come to those who wait, right? Well, now that you mention it, yes, they totally do! This particular ‘good thing’ came in the post, over a week after I’d expected it. What’s the deal, Australia Post?’
I was so relieved and so thrilled when the package finally arrived that I jumped about the house, even though I had an unpleasant head cold. Still, I was meant to be recuperating and what better way than to curl myself up on the couch, cup of tea in hand, and devour the beautiful words and images in Jean Van’t Hul’s book The Artful Year.
If don’t know who Jean Van’t Hul is, you’re about to thank me for telling you. She has the most inspirational creative blog, filled with lots and lots of crafty resources. I’ve been reading The Artful Parent since I started Mother Natured (even back when it was called Wildlife Fun 4 Kids). Yep, that long ago!
The Artful Year leads you along a gently winding seasonal path with hidden nature treasures like how to make a glorious beanpole in spring, sand-cast candle holders in summer, leaf doodles in autumn and a nature ice wreath in winter. It’s not all nature crafts though, there’s a variety of activities that suit different seasonal celebrations like Easter,Valentine’s day and Christmas. Best of all there’s also really lovely recipes in there too. The perfect way to make me want to cook is to think of food as a craft, nice work, Jean!
I may live a long way away from Jean’s lovely home in the mountains of North Carolina, but she’s captured crafts (and delish foods) that are suitable for almost every continent. I love that I don’t have to consider the difference between US and Australian dates and instead just flip to spring, when it’s spring in Australia.
Crafts we made with inspiration from the book
I adore how it’s written to remind us that crafts and recipes are perfect opportunities to share memories as a family unit and take notice of the seasons and celebrate them together.
The simple act of noticing and appreciating can be an act of celebration. We celebrate autumn when we go on a fall foliage drive, we celebrate spring with a nature walk to see the crab apple blossom in bloom and new life unfurling around us. It’s perhaps the simplest way to celebrate, but really noticing is at the heart of any celebration.
What I love about the crafts in The Artful Year is that although they give clear instructions, they still encourage families to use the materials they are most comfortable with or already have around the house. So really, the crafts are as adaptable as you’d like them to be.
I know you’ll love this book, because I did! I wouldn’t wait for this one; I already know it’s a good thing! I’d also encourage you to take a look at Jean Van’t Hul’s website The Artful Parent if you haven’t already done so. You won’t be disappointed!
Win it: Why not try winning one first!
I have one copy of The Artful Year to give away!
All you have to do is answer this question in the comments section below this post:
What is your favourite season and how do you celebrate as a family?
This is a game of skill, so I’m looking for creativity and fun. Good luck! Entries close 2nd March, 2015. Please see below for terms and conditions.
Competition Terms and Conditions.
- Entries close March 2nd, 2015 at midday Australian EST.
- This competition is open worldwide.
- You must be 18 + years of age to enter.
- You must provide a valid email address and entries are limited to one per household.
- Entries will be judged on merit and creativity.
- One winner will receive a copy of the The Artful Year.
- The winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post by March 3rd 2015.
- The winner must contact me within 3 days or the prize will be re-drawn.
- The winner agrees to have their contact details passed on to the appropriate PR company who will send out the prizes.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book review in exchange for this post. My opinions are my own. Please note that this post also contains some affiliate links.