Saturday, January 28, 2017

Spring Thoughts in the Depth of Winter


By: Cora Chevalier
From: Cora Crafts Mysteries
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
           Book 1 Title: Death Among the Doilies

At the end of January, it feels so strange to be focused on the Spring, especially in North Carolina, where we have gotten more snow than usual. I’m from Pittsburgh and am used to the snow. But many of the locals are not—especially the local road crews. Talk about being snowed in!
I’m looking to my first spring in North Carolina, which I hear is spectacular with all off its blooms, birds, and wildflowers. Jane, Ruby, and I are so exited about this spring because we have plans for a “Wildcrafting Retreat.” We’re waiting for permission from the local park authorities to take a group of crafters into the park and find materials for crafting. They will, of course, inspect and catalogue each item we take and make certain we don’t take too much. I’m eager to get the permission. If we don’t, we’ll just have to come up with another plan. 
We have almost a full roster of crafters already. And I’m honored that Marianne Wolfe, a Cherokee basket maker, will be joining us to teach us how to make baskets. The Cherokee basket makers are my favorites and we are surrounded by them and their talent in Indigo Gap. Just another reason to love my new home. 
We are slowly but surely getting more rooms ready. Kildare House is an old Victorian mansion of sorts, and its bones are wonderful and sturdy. But it’s taking longer than we expected to refurbish some of the rooms. But it’s also a lot of fun—hard work, but fun!
If you’d like to see some fabulous wildcrafts, some of which we’ll be making at the next retreat, check out this Pinterest board. 


Also please leave a comment about wildcrafting and enter to win a copy of DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES.


Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries and a bestselling Kindle-World romance novella THE BEEKEEPER'S BRIDE, A ST. HELENA VINEYARD KINDLE WORLD NOVELLA. She just released a new series: "Cora Crafts Mysteries." The first book is DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES. She's also penned a historical fiction: MEMORY OF LIGHT: AN AFTERMATH OF GETTYSBURG. 

"Cozy Mysteries with Edge. Romances with Slow, Sweet Burn."

Stay in touch with Mollie Cox Bryan
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/molliecoxbryan


27 comments:

  1. Wildcrafting sounds wonderful, and your Pinterest board is great! You're just over the mountains from us in Blue Plum, TN. If you ever feel like a road trip, come over to the Weaver's Cat. I'll treat you to lunch at Mel's. Maybe you'd be interested in teaching a workshop for us at the Cat?

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    1. I'd love that! Love your Pinterest Board, too!

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  2. I have done this with items found on the beach. We found pieces of drftwood and used them for the basis.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. This sounds so creative and special. It interests me greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Wildcrafting is such a great and imaginative idea. I love it. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. I can't wait for spring to get started! That looks like so much fun and the whole family can do it.
    What a great way to get back to nature. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I've never been a crafter, however I like to see others' projects.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I have never done any wildcrafting. As close as I have ever come was picking up rocks and bringing them home. Unfortunately, once when we were planning to move Mr Wonderful made me leave them all.

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    1. Oh no! I just bought 2 bags of rocks to paint! LOL!

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  8. I have never heard of wildcrafting, but it sounds like a great experience. Would enjoy reading "Death Among the Doilies".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I have never heard of wildcrafting, but it sounds like a great experience. Would enjoy reading "Death Among the Doilies".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Wildcrafting is a marvelous idea. I'd like to read about it.

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  11. There is a lovely lady who lives not far from here who gathers willow branches for basket weaving.

    I have gone gathering for resources with my children too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  12. Wildcrafting is something we do with driftwood we collect on our beaches! seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  13. I never heard of wildcrafting. Learned something new. Thanks for the chance zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  14. We do a lot of recycled crafting- but this gives me great ideas for combining the two. A hike in the woods is needed! cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  15. This spring, I'll be making fairy houses with my grandkids. bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Spring is one of the best seasons since it is a time of rebirth. I am a crazy crafter. I enjoy crocheting, making jewelry, creating cards for loved ones, and painting with oils among other ones. Thanks for providing information on Mollie Cox Bryan's book, Death Among Doilies. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Sounds interesting, although I don't do much crafting anymore. jlueble(at)frontier(dot)com

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  18. One of the places we lived, there were wild grape vines climbing all over the trees in the woods. We used some to make wreaths. I think wildcrafting is wonderful!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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