When you’re a kid, it’s only normal to have a vivid imagination and drive to make and see things. Unfortunately, it feels as though that mindset is stifled out of you as you grow older.
I grew up near the mountains in Virginia. I loved playing outdoors until it was dark, looking under rocks for insects, and building tree forts and birdhouses with my dad. My dad is a sign maker, and he was always making signs or various woodworking projects in the garage. I loved going out there and helping him or just watching him create things. His work ethic and creativity inspired me, and I think it has a lot to do with what I value to this day.
I think back to those simpler times and it reminds me to appreciate the little things and to never lose that creative spark to make with my own two hands.
I’ve rounded up a few books that I’ve been reading that have inspired me to slow down and live simpler, whether it be making something myself, gardening, taking care of plants, etc.
House of Plants : I picked this book up a few years ago when I was just getting into growing my collection of house plants. The photos in this book are breathtaking, and the instructions are simple and easy to follow. It made me feel a lot more confident in taking care of plants. I killed quite a few when I got started!
Some of these books were gifts from loved ones and others I bought myself. But they are all worth the read.
Recycled Home: This book has crafts that you can make with things you already have around the house: leftover fabric, wood, etc. There’s a lavender cushion to put under your pillow that I’ve been meaning to make!
Home Sweet Home Grown: I bought this book in hopes that I would learn a thing or two about gardening. While I haven’t built a full blown garden in our backyard yet ( we rent, and I’m not sure if our landlord would go for it!) I did make a potted plant garden with success. This book is perfect for beginner gardeners and has times to plant seeds, plants you can grow together, and several diy projects as well! It may be small, but it’s jam packed full of information.
Modern Pioneering: You don’t have to live out in the sticks to start being more self sufficient. This book is geared towards even city dwellers. It has recipes, gardening skills, preserving food, and even goes into plants and flowers that grow wild that you can forage. How cool is that?
Make Your Place: Contains recipes for cleaners, essential oil basics, and even homemade facial cleansers!
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