Giveaway of the week — Signed copy of Wren Bay Cottage

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 ). 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 ).


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



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!/group.php?gid=107720769287938 ). I would like to thank you for taking time to read this post. Please come by Storybook Woods ( and say hello!


Here’s how YOU can win:

  • “Like” Wren bay’s fan page on facebook. one entry.
  • Leave a comment on the fan page. one entry.
  • Leave a comment here. one entry.
  • Link up to the “Unique Gift Ideas” Challenge this week! each project linked up = one entry. {link goes up Wed. midnight  through Friday noon EST}

  1. Reply
    LaTeaDah May 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Congratulations to Clarice for a wonderful book! I would love to enter this drawing. Thank you for the offer.

  2. Reply
    LaTeaDah May 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I have “liked” Wren Bay’s fan page.

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    LaTeaDah May 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I have left a comment on Wren Bay’s fan page.

  4. Reply
    Lyndee May 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I join wren Bay’s fan page.

  5. Reply
    Lyndee May 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I left a comment on Wren Bay’s fan page.

  6. Reply
    Lyndee May 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I’m excited about this giveaway. I love the idea of this book.

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    NW Homesteader May 3, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I joined wren bay on facebook!

  8. Reply
    NW Homesteader May 3, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I left a comment on wren bay’s facebook page!

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    NW Homesteader May 3, 2011 at 3:05 am

    This sounds fantastic! I would love the opportunity to read it and be inspired!

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    Rebekah May 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I would love to win! thanks =)

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    Karla May 3, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Congrats on the success of this lovely book. I’m eager to read it so I’d love the chance to win!

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    Sharon D. May 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I would love to win Clarice’s book! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter your lovely giveaway 🙂

    Have a great day!

  13. Reply
    Brenda May 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Hi, I love Clarice’s blog, her book looks so lovely and would love to win it!

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    joann May 4, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Sounds like a wonderful book! My new goal is to surround myself with beauty and harmony.

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    Danielle May 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    What a sweet idea for a book!
    – Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

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    Paula May 5, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I would love to read this book!

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    Jen Y May 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

    here is my one chance to win your book. I love Storybook woods & I’d be thrilled to win.

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