It’s not even Halloween yet but I’m already thinking about Christmas gifts. I like to make my own gifts if I can, because I believe homemade gifts are more thoughtful. But also because they’re less expensive.

Families across the country are on tight budgets. If you’re running one of them, you should consider entering this fabulous contest from Timber Press. You and your family could make some of your gifts this year and save yourself money.

The cool new book, Concrete Garden Projects, looks like this:

From Timber Press’s website:

If you like making things for your garden, you’ll love concrete. Durable, beautiful, and inexpensive, it’s also surprisingly simple to work with. Best of all, it weathers elegantly, softening around the edges to become more picturesque with age.

Concrete Garden Projects offers up an inspiring array of creative projects that can be made for next to nothing. Follow the easy, step-by-step instructions to make containers of all sizes, benches and stools, ponds and birdbaths, pavers and stepping stones — and even a barbecue.”


I already know from my cousin, Bill, about the rewards of working with concrete, so this book is right up my alley. I have three concrete planters that Bill made, and I love them.

For the contest, all you have to do is click here, and enter your email address. You could win a copy of the book AND a $25 gift certificate to Home Depot AND a set of rubber molds. The publishers need your email to communicate with you if you win – they won’t share it with anyone else.

Contest ends this Friday October 21st.

If you click here, you can see step-by-step instructions on how to make adorable little concrete tealights. It looks so easy! I think they’d make really nice gifts.

Timber Press “is a Portland, Oregon publisher of books on gardening, ornamental and edible horticulture, garden design, sustainability, natural history and the Pacific Northwest.”


I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.