I recently borrowed this smashing little book from the library - well not that recently as I've already renewed 3 times and should really return it by the next review date.
If, like me, you like growing things in the garden and then going one stage further to use nature's bounty for food, decoration, beauty products or even healing, then this is a great book. It doesn't stop there though, as it shows how you can turn your creations into beautiful gifts, be they practical or just pure indulgent. There are 100 present ideas included which means you'll find something suitable for absolutely everyone - from body scrubs to fabric conditioners, seasoned salts to eye compresses, alcoholic tipples to tasty jams and pickles, room sprays to biscuits to cat-nip mice - I could go on ...
|Home Made Mixed Berry Jam|
The projects are divided into Flowers, Herbs, Fruit and Vegetables and there are ideas for presentation and packaging. Wherever a plant is used, you'll get advice on growing that particular plant along with clearly written recipes, other handy tips and plenty of inspiring photographs. For instance, the page on Parsley Dog Biscuits has a colourful photo of the finished product, advice on the best way to grow parsley (without going into overwhelming detail) and a clever packaging idea.
I was inspired to make the Marigold, Honey & Oatmeal Soap as I already had the ingredients at home. Apart from the lovely photos, this page gave information on the benefits to mind and body of the ingredients used, as well as advice on drying marigold petals and packaging ideas for vintage style soaps.
If you're thinking of a gift for someone who loves their garden and likes making things, then this would be a perfect gift.