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HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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Handmade Gatherings Book Trailer

Someone recently asked me which of the books I’ve authored is my favorite. My reply was that having to choose one would be like choosing a favorite child, they’re all so dear to me (although, truth be told, maybe my Dad actually does favor one of the 5 of us, but, the thing is, I think that’s a truth he can keep “in the vault”, knowwhatImean?). Each book took considerable time and effort and sweat equity and time deferred from other projects and tasks and endeavors and are all, simply put, personal. But then, along came book number 6,  Handmade Gatherings…..

To date, this book marks the most personal project I’ve undertaken. Its pages are filled with my friends, my family, my home, my plates, cups, spoons, linens-my life, really. Glenn and I worked on it tirelessly, tossing ideas for recipes, crafts, and activities off of each other late into the night and over our morning cups of coffee. My mom and our dear friend Denise alternated taking care of Huxley while we shopped for ingredients, developed and tweaked recipes, and staged and executed the photo shoots.

The book officially publishes three weeks from today, on April 8th. My imminently talented friend Ian Urquhart put together the book trailer shown here. This is only a snippet of all he captured, but my hope is that it’s enough to give you a sense of, and a glimpse into, just how fun and inspiring these potlucks were. I don’t have a staff of helpers or assistants. It’s just me and Glenn, cooking in our kitchen, shopping for pumpkin carving tools, foraging for wild edibles in our yard, and otherwise doing whatever it took to make the 16 gatherings featured in the book happen. Like I said, it’s personal, and I feel immeasurably grateful to have been given the opportunity to nurture this seed of an idea to fruition. Huge, heartfelt rivers of gratitude are flowing in the direction of all who worked to bring this book to life. You’re the most mackenest!

13 Responses to Handmade Gatherings Book Trailer

  • KC says:

    Oh what fun! I love this new idea of book trailers. :)

  • Jen says:

    So excited! When I hosted our annual Pi(e) Day Party on Friday, I was telling friends that my recipes came from your pie book and then we launched right into the Handmade Gatherings book coming out next month. My husband was joking that our pie party turned into an Ashley English fan club gathering. :) We’re big fans of potlucks, so I think it’s going to get a LOT of use. Can’t wait! And Ian’s book trailer is beautiful!!

  • Paula M says:

    Looks awesome! The trailer is amazing! Congrats!

  • Eliza Twist says:

    Wow, that looks really wonderful! What with all this business-owning work that we do, we have precious little time for parties. This book would be a perfect way to jumpstart a new routine of quality fun with friends that doesn’t leave us busted. You’ve got my hopes up, thanks!

  • Georgette says:

    Congratulations, Ashley! I am having a potluck in two weeks and wish I had your book!!!

  • Stephanie says:

    Yay! This looks amazing Ashley and I can’t wait to get a copy of your new book! Just shared the trailer on Facebook :) xoxo

  • Joyce says:

    You are one talented lady ! And I do believe you cornered the market with this book. I love it! Congratulations on your latest baby.

  • Libby says:

    I am so excited! Do you know who is carrying your book in Canada?

    • Thanks, Libby! I don’t know, honestly. It’ll be distributed by Random House, but I”m unsure about where it will be physically sold. Pre-orders are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and other small, independent book sellers now, though!

  • Nancy says:

    I have had my copy of Homemade Gatherings on pre-order with amazon for months!!! Thanks for sharing your home and family with us.

  • Dawn says:

    Love the idea of book trailers and this one is just intoxicating. Your gatherings look so full of fun, creativity and, most importantly, love. I’m inspired just by watching the trailer that I can’t even imagine what reading the whole book will do:) I also can’t help but express love for the vintage record player in the first shot and your buffalo plaid jacket. LOVE!! Wishing you all the success in the world with this new book.

  • Kate says:

    How wonderful! Very inspiring! Congratulations!

  • Dana says:

    Love it!!! Can’t wait to get a copy!