Bloggy Book Tour: Day Seven. Whoopie!

April 9th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

016In my online fantasy world, I’d cover everything on this blog—loads of hands-on get-dirty projects, gobs of expeditions to local kid-friendly hangouts, endless recipes involving granola and fruity bits (and heavy cream…), a zillion questions you hadn’t even thought of to ask yet. This is exactly what my friend Sheri Silver does on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt—a blog that is an essential part of my daily intake. Today is my book’s lucky day. It’s visiting Sheri’s blog—gobbling up her handmade heart-shaped APPLE PEEL “TWIGS” and HEART-SHAPED WHOOOPIE PIES and visiting THIS place and THIS place! And, guess what? She is giving away TWO of my BOOKS! Just stop by right HERE and check in!

Mouthwatering Whoopie Pie photo courtesy of Sheri Silver.

Bloggy Book Tour: Day Six. Mmmmmm.

April 8th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

2305960907_9fdecefd86It is my firm belief that routine helpings of reasonably decadent desserts are the key to general success in life. In fact, it’s not my best quality, but I have a hard time getting through my day morning writing and sketching without some sort of sweet something vanishing in front of me. Today and tomorrow are no different for me. And, as I am not especially fond of spending excessive amounts of time in my kitchen (as my kitchen has just one single drawer in it), I am so very lucky to have met a greathearted local friend like Sara Schneider. Not only is she wise and resourceful beyond her years, she is also an extraordinary baker. If I were to sum up her baking talents (which I won’t because it would take too long, and I’m likely to drool), my synopsis would include a series of mouthwatering photographs such as THIS, THIS and THIS, with sugary, creamy, buttery thoughts of uber-moist goodness topped with pure artistry and slivers and splashes of colors—all remarkably captured by her oh-so-talented photographer husband Doug Schneider. Sara is pure amazingness. And, in just a few days, MY BOOK will visit with her. (Have fun, Book! And don’t forget where you came from!) Why am I telling you this? So I can lure you into to checking out the Sara Bakes Cakes scene right HERE and you can drool from now until Thursday. Update: HERE is the One and Only Sara making cackleberry sprouts with her kids–a project right from Chapter 5.

Have fun! And, don’t forget: there’s still time to enter my BOOK GIVEAWAY right HERE!

Mouthwatering cupcake photo courtesy of Doug Schneider Photography.

Bloggy Book Tour: Day Five

April 7th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Well, booky things are in full swing! Today my book has trekked all the way down to Rebecca Sower’s hobby farm in rural Tennessee. Check out Rebecca’s take on the book right HERE (plus the most adorable photos of her newly-hatched downy spring chicks), and visit her awe-inspiring Etsy shop as well—chock full of handmade and vintage goodness—funky journals, artisan aprons, jewelry, collage paintings—you will find it all HERE.

Since the book launch last Tuesday, I’ve had lively events HERE and HERE. And, somehow I finagled sharing the stage yesterday with noteworthy authors Jenny Rosenstrach, Karen Engelmann, Veera Hiranandani, and Patty Chang Anker right HERE before an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. Phew! This week, I’ll be making a very important pit stop HERE to make SEEDBOMBS with a handful of very important smallish friends of mine, and then will be heading to Pennsylvania for a BIG BOOK BASH. If you’re in the New Hope, PA area this weekend, stop by and see me! I’d love to share my book excitement with you in person. I’ll be at Artisans Gallery in Peddler’s Village on Sunday from 1 to 3. Not only will I sign books while there, but I (with my small nimble assistants) will magically transform wool sweaters into funky felted flowers right before your eyes. Viola! Hope to see you there!

Oh, geez! I almost forgot to tell you! A new artist friend of mine is hosting a GIVEAWAY of my book on her beautiful blog. There is still time to enter, but you better hurry up! Visit it HERE.

And, you can double your book-winning chances right HERE.

Cute chick image above courtesy of Rebecca Sower.

Bloggy Book Tour: Day Four

April 4th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

IMG_5484Oooo! Day FOUR of the Bloggy Book Tour! Today my book has ventured from Georgia to Upstate New York where Maya Donenfeld of Maya Made has cracked it wide open—check out what’s inside right HERE! And look what I just discovered HERE on Eco News Network! And, I’ll stop writing now, since I don’t want to hold you up from entering THIS FREE GIVEAWAY of mine where you can win AMAZING stuff including a copy of MY BOOK! Here’s the booky link again just in case you missed it: RIGHT HERE!

Bloggy Book Tour: Day Three and a GIVEAWAY

April 3rd, 2014 § 18 comments § permalink

Book CoverWell, well. Here we are! Bloggy Tour Day Three! The book has made its way down to Georgia where Ellen Luckett Baker’s blog The Long Thread is chock full of sewing tutorials and crafty ideas. I’m especially excited about this since one of her amazing BOOKS is my go-to guide to funky sewing projects. You can find her review of my book right HERE. And, look what I found on NY Metro Parents today: THIS! Very exciting. And on Inhabitots, lookee HERE! And I know for certain YOU are out there spreading the word, since Amazon book sales have skyrocketed this week to the top 1% of Amazon book listings. Holy moly! But, why so quiet? Don’t you want me to know you’re here? I’m not so scary, really.

And so, I invite you to join me. You may secretly think you don’t have much to offer, but you do. Write to me. I want to hear from you. And I will make you a deal. You see, we had this smallish party the other night at THIS PLACE to celebrate the book’s BIRTHDAY, and at that party each guest walked away with one of my BOOKS and a PLANTABLE BOOKMARK made by my friend Jamie—upcycled paper embedded with a mix of organic wildflower seeds. And guess what? I have five extra bookmarks and ONE BOOK looking for good homes—just itching to be put to good use in warm weather. But here’s the catch—you need to write a simple comment below this post about how you cannot contain your excitement about doing a dirty project in my BOOK. That’s all. By the way, if you are already convinced that you won’t win this GIVEAWAY, you can go directly HERE right now to purchase one. Still, it would be nice to hear from you.

You have just TWO WEEKS to enter. And on Friday, April 18th I’ll randomly select SIX lucky winners from the bunch. Good luck! And, from now on, don’t be so quiet. I know you’re out there rooting for me.

Congratulations to Mossy reader Mary Yockey for winning the big giveaway–a free signed copy of “This Book Was a Tree”–And congrats to 5 other readers for winning handmade plantable bookmarks: Sarah, Meg, Vasia, Shannon, and Leigh! I will contact you ASAP and send them off right away!

Bloggy Book Tour: Day Two

April 2nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

This-Book-Was-A-Tree-springHello there! Welcome to the second day of the tour! Today Micaela of Mindful Momma has cracked the book open and jumped right into the middle of Chapter 4, Spend Time Wisely—in this chapter you practice being present. Chapter 4 reminds you that, in today’s fast-paced world, we’re not letting things sink in. We’re disconnected from nature and its careful pace, and are out of sync with our selves. Chapter 4 helps you rest your brain and slow down enough to feel the moment of NOW. Check out Micaela’s incredibly resourceful site–on living thoughtfully, with the Earth in mind–and her take on my book right HERE.

Today is HERE.

April 1st, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

DSC_8839Today is the BIG DAY. Today is my book’s birthday! What does that mean, really? It means that now you can order the book and it will be shipped directly to your mailbox RIGHT AWAY! That’s right! No waiting around or anything! Just click right HERE. And, if you don’t have a book of mine in your hands quite yet, head on over to House Wren Studio where Charlotte Lyons takes a peek inside. Her blog is full of handmade goodness and fresh crafty ideas, plus she has a fantastic GIVEAWAY of a felted wool flower kit of mine!

Bloggy Book Tour

March 31st, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

1BookStackxWell, hello there. TOMORROW is the big BOOK LAUNCH DAY! My to-do list is quite long, and so I will not spend too much time talking right now, but I want to keep you securely in the loop.

Most importantly, I want to prepare you for the much anticipated Bloggy Book Tour. Tomorrow, April 1st, my book will be released into the wilderness. It will blaze a fresh trail through a top-notch collection of brilliant inspiring folks, making its way from its home in New York out to Minnesota and the to Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, then out to California, up to Ontario, and then back through Minnesota and back home. There will be special offers, surprise giveaways, and insightful personal commentary at each resting spot along the way as my clever bloggy friends share their take on my book. Here is the book’s itinerary:


Week One:






House Wren Studio

Mindful Momma

The Long Thread

Maya Made

Week Two:







Rebecca Sower

Sara Bakes Cakes

Donuts Dresses and Dirt


Resurrection Fern

Week Three:





Small Measure

Lil Fish Studios


Follow each post on the book tour as my friends share their thoughts over the next few weeks! At the end of the tour, I’ll be announcing a GIGANTO-GIVEAWAY on Mossy. But, to be eligible to win one of TEN really excellent gifts, you’ll need a COPY OF MY BOOK. Grab one right HERE.


Here we GO!

Where You Can Find Me

March 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Book CoverI thought I would keep you posted on risky and exciting upcoming events in my life. Following a vast desert of time alone, I am about to be thrust awkwardly out into the wild world. Starting a week from TODAY, I’ll be wandering around freely peddling my BOOKS. Look for me. I will need all the high-fives I can get. You can find a calendar listing the details of all of my upcoming thingies right HERE. But, here is a list of critical APRIL EVENTS. Mark your calendar!







April 1

All Day

Everywhere…. BOOK LAUNCH DAY!

Race to your local bookstore and grab your very own copy—fresh off the press! Preordered it? Good for you! It will be in your hands any minute now!

April 4

7:30 to 9:30


145 Palisades St., Ste 412B

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Toast the BOOK LAUNCH!

Get messy making SEEDBOMBS! Snacks, drinks, and live jazz. Pre-registration required via C-O-H website. Do that right HERE.

April 6


Art Academy of Westchester

145 Palisades St., Ste 404

Dobbs Ferry, NY


Join me and other locals for an exciting Rivertowns AUTHOR PANEL discussion including Jenny Rosenstrach, Karen Engleman, Veera Hiranandi, and Patty Chang Anker. Mediated by Christina Ha. Sponsored by RiverArts.

April 13

1:00 to 3:00

Artisans Gallery

35 Peddlers Village

Lahaska, PA

See the magic!

Come check out this spellbinding American craft shop and watch me magically transform an old sweater into a funky FELTED FLOWER! Voila!

April 22

6:00 to 9:00

Pretty Funny Vintage

80 South Broadway

Tarrytown, NY

Celebrate EARTH DAY!

This cozy place carries a healthy stash of my books as well as two grand floors of freshly-picked funky finds. Let’s toast Mother Earth together!

April 27

2:00 to 3:00

Greenburgh Nature Center

99 Dromore Road

Scarsdale, NY

GNC Arbor and Earth Day!

Roll up your sleeves and make a difference! Build a rain barrel, learn about composting, work on trails and gardens, and make some SEEDBOMBS with me!




Aww, Geez. Thanks!

March 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

DSC_5068In just a mere TEN days, my book will be here! A few busy bees have peeked at it already. And this is what they’ve said…..





“Marcie Cuff makes nature even more fun than the way you find it. This is a book about imagination and creativity – and getting dirty. The projects in This Book Was a Tree remind us of the dozens of ways we can all connect with the natural world on a daily basis. And since Marcie writes from the heart, you can just feel the satisfaction and even joy you’ll get from connecting a little bit more with the world around you. She has ideas that everyone can try alone or with friends or family. She’s going to make a lot of lives simpler, happier and more plugged into the world that’s all around us.”  –David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society

“It really is good to get dirty, and this is wonderful guidebook to exactly how!” –Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home

“This book still is a tree: to climb, survey and touch the simple wonders of nature. Marcie Chambers Cuff gives us back the physical world: Most of all, she returns it to our children.” –Adrian Higgins, Garden Columnist, Washington Post

“If orangutans, Asian elephants, and crows can improvise creative ways to interact with nature, Marcie Cuff shows us: so can we! You are very lucky that you have picked up this book! Now go get your hands dirty and have fun!” –Melanie Choukas-Bradley, naturalist and author of City of Trees

“Somewhere, in a book of advice on aging, I read a fine adage: Do something real every day. That’s good advice for people of every age. From the title of the book, through all of its pages of ideas and adventures, Marcie Chambers Cuff helps us remember what’s real and what makes kids and their families feel fully alive in a virtual age.” Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

“Whether you live in a 20-story building in the middle of the city or on a 20-acre preserve, this beautifully illustrated book urges us all to explore the outdoors like never before. Full of fun, simple ideas and endless inspiration, Cuff’s book will help all ages get creative and get connected – to nature, to the process, and to the world in which we live.” –Bernadette Noll, author of Slow Family Living 

“A book that wonderfully captures the wandering and wonderment of my youth – and brings it to life again.  Part project, part prose, what was destined for my niece in New England, has managed to linger on my desk for too long.  I might even keep it for myself!” –M. Sanjayan, Lead Scientist and TV Host, The Nature Conservancy

“Marcie Cuff’s book is a treasure! Even a diehard nature-lover like me found new inspiration and ideas for getting my kid to put down the screens and come outside and explore, ask questions, and get our hands dirty while learning about this magnificent planet we share. Any parent who is frustrated by the draw of today’s relentless gadgets should bring this book home.” –Annie Leonard, author and host, The Story of Stuff

This Book Was a Tree is full of sparks to reignite your curiosity and engagement with the natural world around you.” –Toby A. Adams, Director of the Edible Academy, The New York Botanical Garden

“If we forget where we came from, we are lost.  Marcie’s book offers a path home and endless opportunities to learn.  We love what we know, so we have to begin with the knowing, and this book can help you begin.  This Book Was a Tree can help anyone to begin to love the natural world around them and want to be part of it.” –Ellen D. Ketterson, Distinguished Professor of Biology; Executive Producer, Ordinary Extraordinary Junco

“Marcie Chambers Cuff’s book, This Book Was a Tree, is a strong and creative shout out to all of us who are artists, teachers, naturalists, parents and simply, humans. This book begs us to put down our button pushing gadgets and challenges us to reconnect to the nature through pages of timeless projects, creative acts, and deep thought. From guerilla gardening to pinhole cameras to phenology, Ms. Cuff covers it all with the expertise of a scientist and a mother. This is not another book of “nature crafts” you can do with a paper plate or a corn husk. The introduction alone may bring you to tears with an urgent message speaking of global damage, environmental degradation, and ozone depletion. The author invites us to keep a foot in both worlds knowing that we can come to our senses through purposeful and fun exploration of the natural environment around us, no matter where we live. I applaud This Book Was a Tree for being a tree first and giving the author the pages to share with us the most important message of our time.” –Amy Butler, Director of Education for The North Branch Nature Center and founder of ECO – Educating Children Outdoors

 “It becomes obvious early on that writing This Book Was a Tree was a labor of love for author Marcie Chambers Cuff.  The passion in her words and conviction in her messages are real, and comforting.  Her message is simple: Step away from the A/V technology of the 21st century and go outside to experience the natural world.  Overcome the inertia of home comforts and go out and get dirty, poke things with a stick (dead things; which is how all wildlife biologists get their start), look around, use that acorn between your shoulders and become creative; think on your own.  This book is not just for city folk, nor is it just for kids.  It’s something to be shared between parent and child, teacher and student.  It belongs at home and in schools. It’s projects and adventures to be shared for years and among generations.” –Michael J. Petrula, Research and Management Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, Anchorage, Alaska

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