Posts Tagged ‘Amy Stewart’

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The Weekend: What I did, discovered, and sat on

June 5, 2011

Fair time

Throughout the countryside, fairground employees are gearing up for community showmanship, amusement rides, entertainment, and food.  For months, entrants—adults and youth—have been working hard at their particular craft, from wine making to hog rearing, constructing bottle rockets to canning pickles, and much more. Hundreds of people convey his or her skill in one form or another at the fair.  I am one of those people.

Friday, with my exhibits in the backseat, I drove to the fairgrounds with a smile on my face and hope in my heart. This is my fourth year entering amateur photography exhibits, and first year venturing into the craft arena.

Every year, I have blue-ribbon dreams and even though I’ve only won a couple, I still walk away pleased for having tried. Sharing one’s craft isn’t just about blue ribbons. It’s about creative thinking, goal setting, and staying up all night to finish what you started. I may not walk away a champion but I will have expanded my inventive juices and had fun along the way. I’ll let you know, when I know, if I won a blue ribbon.

Amy Stewart

If you didn’t make it through the rain to Amy Stewart’s presentation, you missed an enjoyable, educational afternoon. I’ve heard her speak twice now and Stewart is an excellent presenter.

While conducting research for her books, Stewart looks for little, or unknown, facts. As a speaker, she brings her research to life in a friendly, educational, but humorous way. One shocking fact that Stewart shared from her latest book, Wicked Bugs, is that the world contains 10 quintillion insects. That’s 200-million bugs per person. They out number us, and unfortunately, we can’t exist without them. After telling the crowd this shocking fact, Stewart went on the say that the good news is, most bugs can’t hurt us. Bugs are not physically able to penetrate the skin even if they wanted to. However, “There is a dark side of the bug world,” Stewart said, “but not much.”

You’ll have to read her book to learn more on wicked bugs.

Karma

Before Amy Stewart’s presentation began, I noticed a familiar-looking love seat at the back of the room. Upon closer examination, and after plopping on the cushion, I floated down memory lane. At one time, I was its first owner. I also had a matching sofa with throw pillows, and coordinating window valances. Country blue was the trend back then and I went all out.

Somehow, the love seat made its way from my garage sale (where I sold the set to a Lodi couple) to Concord, past Clements to Sutter Creek. You never know what, when, where, or how karma will surface. In this case, in the form of a love seat still wearing well despite a split up with its partner, the blue sofa.

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Meet Amy Stewart

June 2, 2011

Spend the afternoon with New York Times’ best-selling author Amy Stewart. She will give a presentation based on her latest book, “Wicked Bugs.”

All five of Stewart’s books will be available for purchase at this FREE event. After the presentation, Stewart will be available to sign copies of her current and earlier books.

The event is FREE! But seating is limited so please reserve your spot soon. Contact: Master Gardener Jerry Trottier at 209-223-9133 or visit the web at http://ceamador.ucdavis.edu/Master_Gardener/Master_Gardeners_Presentations.htm

When: June 4th, 2011, 2:00 pm
Where: United Methodist Social Hall, Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA.

Event sponsored by Amador County Master Gardeners.

See you there!

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We have a winner

July 29, 2010

DRUM ROLL PLEASE . . . the WINNER of In and Around the Garden’s First Book Give-Away Contest is . . .

VALERIE H.

Congratulations Valerie. Amy Stewart’s book is packed full of helpful information. I hope you enjoy it.

To those who participated, but didn’t win, a big fat thanks to each of you.

Before I post the next contest, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the first one, and on future contests. Without your suggestions, I’m guessing in the dark how you’d like to compete, what you would like for prizes, deadline timeframe, if the first contest requirements were too steep, or the book undesirable or if it even matters—not everyone cares what the prize is or likes to participant, and that’s okay. If you’re enjoying the read, then I’m happy.

You can leave your thoughts in the comment box or email me at, inthegarden@softcom.net. –Dianne

 NOTE:  Tomorrow, under “Country Buzz,” look for my thoughts on friendship entitled, A Tea Luncheon in the Country. 

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Contest Update

July 22, 2010

Things are steaming up with the FIRST EVER, BOOK-GIVEAWAY contest. There’s still time to get in on the fun, or keep going if you’re already participating. 

Here’s a recap of the contest prize and rules: 

THE PRIZE:  My mint-conditioned copy (autographed to me) of The Earth MovedOn the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart. Amy Stewart is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Organic Gardening, and the author of From the Ground Up, Flower Confidential, and Wicked Plants

New Announcement:  Amy Stewart has a new book coming out in 2011, Wicked Bugs, so now is a good time to start collecting her ever-popular books for your library. 

Here’s how you can win

  1. You must be a subscriber to play, so be sure to sign up. It’s FREE!
  2. Get 5 or more of your friends, family members, and co-workers to subscribe to inandaroundthegarden.net. To qualify, you must sign up a minimum of 5 new subscribers. Be sure to tell everyone that it’s FREE.
  3. Entries will close July 28, 2010 midnight.
  4. After all of your friends have subscribed, email a list to me at, inthegarden@softcom.net.
  5. After the deadline, I’ll verify that each person is, in fact, a new subscriber.
  6. The person who has signed up the most subscribers is the winner. In the event of a tie, I will draw one name.
  7. The winner will be notified by email. The winner’s name will be announced on inandaroundthegarden.net.

Questions? Email:  inthegarden@softcom.net with Contest in the subject line.

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Book-Giveaway Contest!

July 5, 2010

A FIRST EVER, BOOK-GIVEAWAY CONTEST for In and Around the Garden FANS.

The whole idea is to boost my readership. It’s a tough web world out there, and I need your help. I can hardly wait to see what you’re going to do.

THE PRIZE:  My mint-conditioned copy (autographed to me) of The Earth MovedOn the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart. Amy Stewart is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Organic Gardening, and the author of From the Ground Up, Flower Confidential, and Wicked Plants.

Here’s how you can win:

  1. You must be a subscriber to play.
  2. Get 5 or more of your friends, family members, and co-workers to subscribe to inandaroundthegarden.net. To qualify, you must sign up a minimum of 5 new subscribers. Be sure to tell everyone that it’s FREE.
  3. Entries will close July 28, 2010 midnight.
  4. After all of your friends have subscribed, email a list to me at, inthegarden@softcom.net.
  5. After the deadline, I’ll verify that each person is, in fact, a new subscriber.
  6. The person who has signed up the most subscribers is the winner. In the event of a tie, I will draw one name.
  7. The winner will be notified by email. The winner’s name will be announced on inandaroundthegarden.net.

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  Thanks for your ongoing support! It’s truly appreciated. Best of luck!

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