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|Veggie and flower garden before tilling|
There are only two weeks left for Julia of school this year. I can feel my rush to get stuff done before she is around every day. Although she is older and more independent, she still craves my attention and wants to be entertained some. We don't generally go away on a family vacation - it is too hard to leave the animals alone. It has been years and years since I have traveled anywhere besides a free vacation at my family's or for a work destination. It's okay, really, but once in a while I dream of going to London again. This is happening in the Spitalfields area on June 7th. What a fun day in secret backyard gardens this would be. Or maybe a visit to The American Museum in Bath where Kaffe Fassett has a new exhibition. Check out the video here about the installation and design of the exhibition. It looks more than FABULOUS. On until November.
Heather had an unconventional childhood in northern Vermont. The book is mostly words but is also illustrated with her incredibly sweet paintings and includes some how-to project ideas. How to Catch a Frog and other stories of family, love, dysfunction, survival and DIY is mostly stories about her childhood. Heather is a great storyteller in words - as she is in her illustrations. Her fabrics look like little stories of childhood on a piece of fabric - a childhood many people dream of in the country. Heather does not hide the fact that growing up in a rural area is not exactly what city dwellers think it is. Let me just say that and you'll have to find out more by reading.
Heather runs Creative Retreats (including one in northern Vermont each summer). I have friends who have gone and had a fantastic time. You can check out her workshops here including an upcoming one on designing your own fabric in NYC in November.
There is a rather in-depth review of How to Catch a Frog on Quilty Pleasures here. And yes, you will learn how Heather catches a frog - I have always been a bit squeamish around amphibians so I was interested to read the technique. This book would be a great summer read and it is also available digitally for those who prefer reading on a device.
I have a copy of How To Catch a Frog donated by the fine folks at STC/Melanie Falick Books. Would you like to win it? Here's how:
Answer the following questions in the comments section:
What is your favorite biography/memoir/ or just plain old book you loved and want to re-read this summer?
Contest ends Sunday, June 8th at 11:59 p.m. As always, please leave an easy way to get a hold of you - Rav id, blogger id or email. US addresses only.
Good luck everyone!