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Inspire - The Art of Living with Nature [Hardcover]

Willow Crossley
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10 April 2014
'Garden centres and flower shops are two of my favourite places in the world - I feel calm the moment I walk in. The scent of the flowers, the greenery, the wholesome wooden tools, the exotic orchids...Throw an antique shop into the mix and I'm in decorating heaven.' Willow Crossley. In Inspire: The Art of Living with Nature, Willow combines these passions and shows how to use both flower-shop purchases, beachcombing bounty, home-grown harvests and hedgerow finds foraged on countryside walks to decorate your home. Divided into five chapters on Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Edibles and Beach, here are more than 50 ideas ranging from hellebores displayed in test tubes to a wreath made from hydrangeas, spring narcissi planted in wooden wine boxes, a tabletop display incorporating apples and pears, displays of pebbles, coral and shells, sea urchins fashioned into napkin rings, hollowed-out red cabbages used as vases, a colourful posy of chillies and a stylish wall display of antlers and feathers.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782490957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782490951
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'beautiful projects' --Homemaker

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Willow Crossley has a background in design. After a degree in fashion journalism at the London University of the Arts, she worked on magazines before moving to the south of France. From here she began her online business Willow Rose Boutique, selling her word art designs, fabric-covered books and bespoke jewellery. Her first book, The Art of Handmade Living, was published by CICO Books in 2012. Her popular blog is www.willowroseboutique.blogspot.co.uk

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST WONDERFUL BOOK 12 Oct 2014
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Not being naturally gifted in the 'craft' department, I need all the inspiration I can get, and this book is a sure-fire winner. Who would have thought that potting an orchid in a large clam shell could product something so stunning? (Not me).

This book offers just such guidance and inspiration - projects you would probably never think of by yourself. I particularly like the Peppercorn Wreath on Page 146 which is, in essence a small handful of twigs tied together with raffia, topped with small white candles sitting in proper, clip-on candle holders. The peppercorns are bought in their natural state (look like a small bunch of grapes) and are threaded onto the twig base. All this is then hung up via more raffia (but I used gingham (checked) fabric ribbon for a more Scandanavian look), and voila! (Note: if you have children and are worried about the health & safety aspect of using candles in this way, you can do what I did and thread battery-operated fairy lights through it, and use large pine cones (some kept their natural colour, others sprayed white and silver) atop the twig structure, and it still looks stunning).

Every single page has gorgeous photographs to illustrate the item being shown and the text is clear and simple to follow so if this type of crafting is new to you - or you simply don't have a crafting bone in your body like me - give this book a go.

A gorgeous gift for birthday or Christmas too for someone who is stressed or feeling a bit blue: making something like these projects will cheer their mind and spirit and give their home a sense of nature - and there's nothing better, is there?

This book is beautifully illustrated - stunning photographs - and easy to understand text for the novice to get going on a project of their choice. If I can master it, believe me, anyone can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspirational 19 Jun 2014
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I loved this book. Lots of lovely simple ideas which I am using for inspiration for home and also for work based projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love 4 Jun 2014
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Such a beautiful and inspirational book
Have to keep picking it up and thumb through the pages
Very informative for budding florists and wannabe's
Love it
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