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A hammock giveaway, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, relaxing recipes, and this month’s Fresh Picks…

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August
The Short Storey for August!

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.”

— Natalie Babbitt

The start of the school year is upon us and a change of season looms. Why not defy the rush of late summer and celebrate relaxation? Whether you find sanctuary from busy lives by pressing fingers into pie dough, lounging on the beach, reading a good book, delving into a project, or spending time with loved ones, we’re here to remind you to take a moment, and enjoy the pause.

 

This Month’s Giveaway:
Enjoy the Last Lazy Days of Summer

This month, we’re giving away a beautiful cotton hammock, a picnic set, and a bounty of Storey books — the perfect excuse to kick up your feet. In addition to a Grand Prize valued at over $400, we’ve got prizes for First Place and five runners up! And as always, there’s a free ebook just for entering. Enter today, this giveaway ends on August 18. Full details available when you enter.

Thanks to Plow & Hearth, Lehman’s, and Inkling for providing many of the items in this month's giveaway!

hammock and picnic basket
Storey's Fresh Picks
Ebooks Only $2.99!

This month’s Fresh Picks offer proven methods for easing stress, from making the most of your time outdoors to breathing deeply. Reconnect with nature. Revisit a favorite pastime. Restore yourself.

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365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul

Relax into August with gentle tips and inspiration for self-care one day at a time, every day of the year.

The Bird Watching Answer Book

Peel back the mysteries surrounding the habits of your feathered friends at the backyard feeder and beyond.

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The Outdoor Shower

Use these design ideas and installation advice to build the perfect addition to outdoor living.

The Kayak Companion

Paddling the pond or the open sea this summer? Prepare yourself with expert wisdom on everything from equipment to technique.

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Picnic

Call some friends and pack a basket! 29 portable spreads for outdoor occasions and all seasons.

What’s New

Field Notes from the Berkshires and Beyond

 

News: A Well-Earned Retirement

It’s bittersweet to announce that Pam Art, longtime president and publisher of Storey, is retiring this month after 30 years with us. She began at the company in 1983 when John and Martha Storey first opened the doors of Storey Communications in Pownal, Vermont. Through her many roles over the years, Pam has helped turn Storey into one of the most respected and trusted publishers in the world on gardening, animal husbandry, equine, fiber crafts, food preservation, and the wide landscape of skills that define country living.

Pam has taught us the importance of creating good editorial content and the value in developing long-lasting relationships with authors, readers, vendors and, of course, coworkers. For more than 30 years, she has been a friend and mentor to all she worked with.

So, what’s next for Pam? Never one to slow down, in the next volume of her life, she plans to create an author travel program that teaches sustainable skills to communities in need across the world.

Pam, we wish you all the best in your new adventures.
We will miss you!

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First Look:
Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design

If you find inner peace by browsing antique stores and flea markets, this one’s for you. In her new book, Amanda Brown demonstrates the art of furniture transformation with detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions for upholstery projects from couches to accent pillows. We can’t think of a better guide to giving your furniture a facelift.

Coming to stores this November!

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Recipe: Watermelon Granita

Granita is a beautiful and refreshing dessert. Sweet enough for kids, sophisticated enough for adults — a hit for all ages.

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Project: Chilled Cucumber Tonic

Nose and shoulders a little tender? This refreshing skin tonic is the perfect solution for sun-burned skin (and a great way to use those extra cukes).

 

This August on Storey’s Blog: Chill

We’re paying tribute to last days of summer and encouraging you to kick back and enjoy what the season has to offer before it passes you by. Check in throughout the month for seasonal recipes, projects, and stories! Look for great posts like:

  • Flavorful Pairs that Grow Together
  • DeeDee Stovel’s Perfect Summer Lunch
  • Stephanie Tourles’ Relaxing Oil for Bath or Body
  • A Quilt for Wilco by Storey and Fans — A Progress Report
  • Heather Smith Thomas’s tale of a determined Hereford calf
  • Soothe Your Soles: Pampering Tips For Tired, Hot Feet