Handmade Gatherings by Ashley English

by Grace Bonney

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It always makes me happy when people who have been a part of the Design*Sponge family have wonderful new projects to celebrate. Ashley English shared endless ideas for DIYs and recipes here and she’s been busy writing fantastic books about chickens, home dairy, pies, beekeeping and canning & preserving ever since. Her latest book is about to hit shelves and it’s about a subject near and dear to our hearts: entertaining.

Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties is full of great ideas – from recipes and party ideas to crafts and activities – that make entertaining easy. Instead of taking on every aspect of a party yourself, Ashley’s book celebrates the idea of dividing the work load among friends and family joining you at the gathering. I’ve always loved a potluck because I think it means your host can relax a bit more and spend less time running around the kitchen and more time visiting with everyone at the party. I love that Ashley has arranged her parties by season – there’s something for every time of the year and every age. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the next time I’m in North Carolina I can bring something to one of Ashley’s parties. Until then, you can check out Ashley’s book and order online here. Congratulations, Ashley! xo, grace

Click through for more images from Ashley’s book after the jump!

All Images below from Handmade Gatherings, by Ashley English, © 2014 by Ashley English. Photographs © Jen Altman. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA.

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