Good day! I am Clarice Fox-Hughes, author of Storybook Woods
I am the mother of Auberne`, 20 and Chloe, 15. I love making a home, cooking, crafting and making the most of small moments. I started my blog five years ago and had the same goal then as I do now, to make the most of what I have been gifted with, to celebrate every day, and to teach my daughters these same skills and joy. This is what I share on my blog.
I never thought of myself as a writer, especially since I am dyslexic, but then I suppose writing is what blogging is all about. One day a dear reader mailed me a small handmade doll. I immediately knitted her a shawl and named her Wren Bay. I had a little story about her in my head and decided to write it out. Well, several months later I had a novel, Wren Bay, The Story Of Making A Home (link http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/wren-bay/13581847 ). The story turned out not to be about a doll but about a young newlywed named Wren Bay whose husband is off serving in WW1. As I started writing about Wren, I realized I wanted to take all the things I blog about and set them in a fictional form. I wanted to show the process of someone taking a house (a charming old stone house!) and turning it into a home. I wanted to show her learning how to cook, harvesting herbs, making things for her home, upcycling, fashion, self-learning, etc. but most importantly finding herself in this process.
“This is Bay Farm, a 200 acre dairy farm in Massachusetts. The front of the stone house looks down upon fruit orchards and a small lake as a drive curves its way up through apples, peaches, plums and pear trees to the sand colored, stone house. The house is not huge but it has grace and a simple grandeur as it overlooks its ethereal domain.”
We all make a home! Granted, I do it full time but we all have a space we live in and I think this is what the crafting/cooking blog world is about. All those little details fuel our passion and help us create a nest where we can be ourselves. So I took the ideas and recipes Storybook Woods is well known for, added lots of new ideas and 41 recipes to create Wren Bay. You can read a sample of Wren and reviews (which are also at the top of my blog) in my shop (link http://stores.lulu.com/storybookwoods ).
I would like to offer one CSI reader the chance to win a signed copy of Wren Bay, The Story Of Making A Home.
Promotional video for Wren http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQNHZUpsVCI
My hope is Wren Bay, The Story Of Making A Home by Clarice Fox-Hughes will encourage you to find your bliss, help you make your home more you, to see your blessings and celebrate the little things in life. I also hope Wren is an enjoyable read and a little getaway from your day to day life (as all good books should be!). Those of you who Facebook, Wren Bay has a fan page (link http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=107720769287938 ). I would like to thank you for taking time to read this post. Please come by Storybook Woods (http://storybookwoods.typepad.com/storybook_woods/) and say hello!
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