I've been a fan of Rhonda Hetzel's simple living blog, 'Down To Earth' for quite a while, and couldn't wait to get my hand on her latest book.
I had thoroughly enjoyed Rhonda's previous books (Down to Earth and The Simple Life), so I had high expectations for this book - and it didn't disappoint.
In The Simple Home, Rhonda takes twelve aspects of home life that can be transformed by adopting simple living approaches, and assigns each one to a month of the year.
One of the things I like about the approach of one topic per month, is that it makes the transition to simple living more accessible to people who may be caught up in a very busy life, but are wanting to make changes bit-by-bit, over a year, instead of trying to overhaul their life in one go.
The reader can also choose to dip in and out of the book, reading the chapters that are most relevant to them, and applying the suggestions at a time that suits them best.
The chapter on sewing includes information on how to set up a basic sewing kit, and how to mend items using basic hand-sewing techniques.
January: Organise the Year Ahead February: Your Money and Your Life March: A Food Revolution April: Food Gardening in Containers May: Laundry Love June: Food Preserving and Storage July: Simple Home Bakes August: Domestic Crafts, Sewing and Household Linens September: The Home Dairy October: Spring Cleaning November: Health and Wellbeing December: A Time for Celebration
There are a number of recipes throughout the book, including Coconut and Raspberry Slice, Easy Cheese Crackers, Chocolate Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Cordial, Ricotta Cheese, Farmhouse Hard Cheese and Five-minute Bread.