More Crafts! More Gardening! (And Some Decluttering, Too)

The current, May 15 issue of Booklist features our perennial (get it?) Spotlight on Crafts & Gardening—but we’re not done! Check out these new reviews of books on crafting, getting organized, and growing plants both indoors and out. And don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming crafts webinar, on Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m. Central.


Backyard Treehouses: Building Plans, Tips, and Advice, by Dan Wright

Treehouses can be much more involved than the simple platforms of yore; this book outlines the many possibilities one might contemplate before building one.


Creating Luminous Spaces: Use the Five Elements for Balance and Harmony in Your Home and in Your Life, by Maureen K. Calamia

In her combination home-decorating tome and treatise on the power of nature, Calamia dives into aspects of the five natural elements—water, fire, earth, metal, and wood—that define who we are and how we live and act.


DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water, by Tyler Baras

Hydroponics, the process of growing plants without using soil, has in its modern form been used for over 100 years and is now a fast-growing global market. This book takes the science developed by large hydroponic operations and adapts it for a home context.


Knitting with Beads Made Easy: Simple Technique, Handy Shortcuts, and 60 Fabulous Projects, by Liv Asplund and Jane Asprusten

As the authors admit in their introduction, knitting with beads can seem like too much trouble. Counterpoint: “beads are lovely.”


Organised: Simple Ways to Declutter Your House, Your Schedule, and Your Mind, by Sarah Reynolds

This Irish import delves more into the habits and emotions surrounding chaos than it does the physical aspect of tidying up. Though the word “simple” in Reynolds’ title is somewhat of a misnomer, she takes an effecvive psychological and analytical approach to decluttering.


Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space, by Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal

Cofounders of Melbourne plant-accessories shop Ivy Muse, Langan and Vidal believe that indoor plants are “a stylist’s best friend”—a relatively low-cost, versatile way to warm and soften any space.


A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plant and Place, by Marietta O’Byrne and Ernie O’Byrne

Many home gardeners dream of a sprawling estate where they could enjoy a variety of types of garden spaces, all of which feature a pleasing mix of plants that complement one another and appear to thrive with little effort.


About the Author:

Annie Bostrom is Associate Editor, Adult Books, at Booklist. She is a cat person, but also really likes dogs. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Annie.

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