I'm excited about a new book I found recently. What wonderful ideas; a real inspiration. It's MaryJane Butter's recent book called MaryJane's Outpost - Unleashing Your Inner Wild. Have you read it yet? MaryJane has reached deep into her inner-child, focusing on the good things of days gone by, making vintage fun, practical, and so very fashionable. It's a quirky mix of home crafts and decor, gardening, outdoor living, outdoor recreation, recipes and cooking ideas, and living with nature. Her goal is to help the reader look beyond the front door, reaching towards the romance of the outdoors. She says "why sit around indoors when you can invite your friends, young and old, to a unique picnic? Not only do people bond better without a roof over their heads, you don't have to vacuum the floor afterwards." Hmmm, good point. This book presents ideas that break all molds and is beautifully illustrated with photos that bring ideas to life. An outdoor kitchen established on a front porch, furniture made from twigs, ironing boards used for tables or displays, a bed made up with ruffles and frills on the back of a flat-bed truck (to be driven to a field for a night under the stars), tidbits of nature study, care for the environment while living wild (backpacking, believe me, is wild), setting up a 'story tree', and much, much more. This is the kind of book that I like to keep on a coffee table or bedside stand to review over and over again. See if your local library has a copy, or order one for yourself from MaryJane's Farm at www.maryjanesoutpost.org. Happy, inspirational reading!