You can, I think, never own too many coffee table books. Books, which by definition demand a prominent place in the home. Always ready to be picked up, leafed through, notes taken. I find my own stash at home rapidly growing as more and more books catch my eye. Books on florals, design, photography, creativity and crafting. Books filled with incredible images, beautiful words and inspiring projects. Books which cause me to dream, to plan and to see the world differently. (See some of my other book reviews here, here and here).
Recently, I was happy to receive the second book by writer Louise Curley (of 'The Cut Flower Garden' fame), The Crafted Garden. With the promise that it would marry two of my great loves - crafting and flowers - I eagerly sat down to read. A little mention too must be given to my reading location. I was so happy to join in on my third Makelight weekend away with the lovely Emily Quinton and the spectacular location was just the place to settle down with my new tome. (More on the Makelight weekend soon!)
Arranged by season, each section is packed full of craft ideas for things to make using seeds, flowers, sprigs and twigs to celebrate the passing months. There is also a wonderfully helpful section made up of a list of crafting tips and kit, along with advice on foraging and aftercare. Each craft project is clearly set out with materials, ideas about which flowers or plants to use, and step by step photos. While they are all beautiful and inspiring, the projects are also accessible and I'd feel confident attempting any of them. (Pretty good for someone who isn't always the most adept at crafting!)
Despite the ever popular trend towards urban jungles (filling your home with plants and greenery) I am still yet to make my own terrarium. This unsealed terrarium tutorial is top of my to-do list come spring. Filled with beautiful fritillary, it will be a fun project that will herald spring's arrival wonderfully.
Autumn is so stunning, with its soft light and warm colours, and the tutorials beautifully reflect and celebrate this season. The winter squash vases DIY is so simple, and striking too. While gourds and pumpkins make frequent appearances on my social channels in the autumn and winter months, this fresh take on seasonal produce is most welcome.
Just to divert away from the book briefly, take a look at my reading spot - if only this was my own home! Reading in the warm autumn sunshine with a view like that was so wonderful. Oh to be back there again soon...
The Crafted Garden is a lovely book full of insight, inspiration and achievable craft projects. Louise's passion for nature and all its treasures is contagious, and will soon leave you wanting to forage in your own garden and nearby parkland. With year-round tips and a list of handy resources, it's a book I'm sure I'll be dipping in and out of as the seasons pass by.
The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley is out now, published by Frances Lincoln.
All photos styled and taken by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer.
Please note I was gifted this book for review purposes. All opinions are my very own!