Every once in a while I will come across an author that simply charms the heck out of me. Such is the case with todays entry in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival.
Today I am very excited to introduce you to Raleigh Briggs, the author of Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love and Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills. Oh my gosh – you are going to love these books and of course, one lucky ready will have an opportunity to win a copy of each of these two books.
So why do I love these books so much? First of all, they are hand written and hand illustrated. See what I mean by charming? But beyond that, it is what is under the covers that counts.
These books are chock full of tips and how-to’s covering everything from health and first aid to household cleaning, to gardening, repairing clothes and fixing all kinds of things around the home. Have a leaky faucet? The Make It Last book will tell you how. Need to wash your hair but are out of shampoo? Make Your Place will show you how.
I could go on and on but why not turn things over to Raleigh so she can put things in to her own words? Enjoy Raleigh and what she has to say then be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
A Chat with Raleigh Briggs
My books are Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love and Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills. Both are how-to books focusing on DIY domestic skills.
Make Your Place covers herbal remedies, making nontoxic house cleaners, and gardening. Make It Last focuses on home repair, food preservation, and mending clothes. For each book, I spent about a year or two researching, testing recipes, and writing. Both books are hand-written and illustrated by me.
I am hardly the first author to write about DIY skills, so I had plenty of resources at my disposal. I spent a lot of time at the library, and I then supplemented my findings with careful internet research. Then, I tested out the techniques I discovered and made adjustments as I saw fit.
I love learning new skills, so it was exciting to be able to share them through my writing. But also, I wanted to be an advocate for self-education and reclaiming the skills a lot more of us used to have. The skills the books cover are especially helpful if you’re trying to save money or want to be a more conscious consumer.
And they’re fun, too!
The Book Giveaway
A copy of each of Raleigh’s two books have been reserved for one lucky reader. Here is this week’s quiz question (you know how I like to make you think!).
What is your favorite, tried and true, nesting skill?
To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the following Sunday Survival Buzz. He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning books.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
The Final Word
My love affair with salves continues and Raleigh offers up a DIY herbal salve that I just have to try. And then there is a section on fixing a non-cooperating zipper. Who has not had that happen to them at precisely the wrong moment. Like I said, useful, practical stuff that, in all of its quirkiness, is a delight to read.
I hope you will enter the giveaway – I just wish that I could give a copy to everyone!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Items: Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
This is a practical guide to prolonging the lives of cherished items in the home. Tips for mending clothing, preserving the harvest from a home garden, drying herbs and meat, and other money-saving ideas are accompanied by humorous handwritten anecdotes and illustrations. This manual is a treasured addition to the library of anyone interested in keeping costs down, being more self-sufficient, and cultivating new skills.
This little book is a charming collection of illustrations and thoughts around what it is that makes a great DIY household—homemade cleaning solvents that aren’t made from poison, herbs that will heal you, and how to setup a great garden. These tips and tricks fill in the gaps for those of us longing to live this lifestyle but lacking the necessary know-how.
Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.
If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle. Prices start at $119 although a basic kindle is only $69. And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BOOK FESTIVAL 4.0 – NON-FICTION
Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BOOK FESTIVAL 4.0 – FICTION
Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances: Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BOOK FESTIVAL 4.0 – LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS
The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival
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