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Easter: Recipes, Gifts and Decorations - Beautiful Ideas for Springtime Festivities, with 30 Delightful Flower Displays, Traditional Recipes, Crafted ... 100 Evocative and Inspirational Photographs [Paperback]

Tessa Evelegh
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9 Jan 2007
The coming of spring has been celebrated since ancient times. Nature is at her most exuberant, and the glories of the reawakening natural world are there to be enjoyed. This beautiful little book draws inspiration from all this abundance to provide decorative ideas and traditional recipes in celebration of Easter and the new season. Easter captures the spirit of spring, with practical ideas and inspirational projects for the home. Abundant blossoms and the first flowers of the year can be arranged in simple posies or displays, and lush foliage and soft feathers collected on country walks make charming decorative effects. Eggs have for centuries been dyed and decorated as part of the Easter tradition, and there are creative projects in this book for treatments using natural dyes, decoupage, stencilling and gilding. The end of Lent means that convivial feasting plays a large part in the celebrations, and the final section of the book features an irresistible collection of traditional treats, including Truffle-filled Chocolate Eggs, Simnel Cake, Easter Bread and Pashka. Step-by-step sequences illustrate the projects and recipes, and exquisite colour photographs evoke the freshness of the emerging year. This wonderful celebration of Easter and spring will help you to capture the essence of the season and festival with glorious natural decorations and time-honoured foods.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Southwater (9 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844763404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844763405
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20.1 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

What a brilliant but busy summer/autumn I had in 2013!
As well as writing the latest Great British Sewing Bee Book ( which reached #4 Amazon Bestseller) to companion the BBC2 TV programme, I spent sunny days down at Mapledurham, the film location for BBC2's new programme, The Big Allotment Challenge, researching and styling that companion book.

A professional journalist and author of more than 30 books, I've been writing about all things home, garden and making for about 30 years. I've always believed everyone is creative and love to inspire anyone who wants to flex those creative muscles to have a go! I do this by showing-them-how through photographs, illustrations and words. I see myself as a kind of translator - taking what seems to be complicated and making it simple to understand and easy to do for the reader.

I'm loving the current resurgence of interest - passion, even - to acquire lost traditional skills and use them in new ways. I also think, once you have those tools, one form of creativity can inform and enrich another. I live in a particularly vibrant and creative neighbourhood in South East London, which provides me with a constant source of inspiration. I personally believe simplicity in design is often the most beautiful, and this is what I aim for in any projects I produce. I hope that gives people the confidence to develop their own sense of style and creativity.

For me, I've been sewing since I was five years old and my interest in gardening started not long afterwards as I trailed behind my horticulturally-trained grandmother around her vegetable garden and flower garden. I've been writing about crafts and sewing and gardening for more than 20 years in newspapers, magazines and books, and for about five years, I had a regular column in Practical Gardening magazine.

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About the Author

Tessa Evelegh is a writer, photographic stylist and craft artist specializing in home style, craft and garden ideas. She writes regular features on using plants and flowers in the home for several magazines as well as contributing to The Sunday Times, the Telegraph magazine, Inspirations, Period Living, Prima and BBC Good Food. She is the author of The Garden Room (Southwater), Lavender (Lorenz Books) and Herbcrafts (Lorenz Books). Her other published books include Country Inspirations (Southwater); A Year In The Country (Lorenz Books); Colourful Hanging Baskets (Sterling); Easter: A Spring Celebration (Conran Octopus/Simon & Schuster); Bringing Nature In: Summer, and Bringing Nature In: Winter (Southwater) and Table Magic (Lorenz).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little book 27 Oct 2011
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Well, it's just a nice little book with some ideas as to how to decorate baskets and eggs traditionally or not so traditionally. The project on the cover was the reason I bought it in the first place. It's not a disappointing buy but not the best either. The recipies are also rather too simple...anyway there are a couple of sweet ,rather romantic ideas. Cute, I'd say!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easter decoration guide 27 Nov 2012
By Anon
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I bought this to complement the Easter Egg painting guide, again its a small book that does not take up too much space and has lots of seasonal ideas.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I expected 28 Mar 2008
By M. Lyon - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for recipes and fun, different things to do with egg decorating. This book is not that. This book is about 50% floral arrangements and floral displays. The pcitures are very nice, though, and it is well laid out. There are 7 ideas for deocorating eggs - all suited more for adults than children (even older children - the designs are very sophisticated or very earthy). There are only 7 recipes. Three of them are for fancy ethnic Easter Desserts which I would never bother to try (even though I LOVE to bake), one for chocolate truffles, one for hot cross buns (been there, done that), one for Greek Easter Bread, and one for shortbread. It's not a bad book per se - if you are looking for some fancy ideas and you have no kids and LOTS of time on your hands around Easter, this book is for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easter 6 May 2010
By Debbra D. Fahnholz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was okay. Don't have the time or money for alot of the crafts though.
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