Bookshelf: Makerie founder Ali DeJohn shares her selections

This Valentine's Day, we are thrilled to share some book selections from one of our dear friends in the Boulder community—Ali DeJohn, the lovely and inspiring founder of The Makerie.

Her creative retreats are held all over the world, and encourage attendees to take the time to make something handmade and nurture the creative spirit by connecting with others and ourselves. At her retreats, she often creates a quiet cozy area she calls a "creative lounge"—and Roost Books are featured in that space for inspiration and reference.

With a theme of love and connection, Ali's selections from our list highlight an emphasis on play, creativity and self-care—the same qualities that all of her retreats share. Here are some of her favorites:

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin

I absolutely love the healthy, delicious, creative recipes in this book, not to mention the beautiful photography on gorgeous matte paper. The Kale Slaw is one of my salad staples and I’m officially addicted to the healthy, homemade caramel popcorn. {Make sure you make a double batch!}

The Fountain Tarot by Jason Gruhl, Jonathan Saiz and Andi Todaro

These beautifully designed tarot cards are rich in meaning and are becoming a lovely tool when I need guidance and direction. Just pulling one or two out at a time on a given day can shift my thinking, perspective and guidance.

Creative Family Manifesto by Amanda Blake Soule

I love how you can flip to any page and be inspired (and reminded) how easy it is to add a special, creative, thoughtful touch into your family. Even though my children are growing up (now 11 and 13), I still find so many elements that I’m inspired to incorporate into our everyday, such as a simple, yet powerful, family deep breath before a meal, or taking the time to notice and capture a special part of your home or child’s corner nook to remind you of a feeling or a particular precious time.

Zakka Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi

I adore these modern embroidery designs and the variety of projects in this book. The motifs are created with only one or two colors of thread, which makes for such a lovely look. I also appreciate the smaller size of the book, as it’s easy to pop in your bag for an on-the-go craft.

Neighborhood by Hetty McKinnon

Being the salad fiend I am, this book fills my vegetable-loving heart. How wonderful to be able to cook so many one-dish salads inspired by various regions around the world.  Three cheers for hearty salads as a main meal! And Hetty’s huge smile always makes me smile too.

The Artful Parent by Jean Van't Hul

This gorgeous book is such a rich resource for all things relating to creativity and children. Not only will you love the approachable ideas for how to bring fun and inspiring projects into your family, but you’ll also love the creative side it brings out in you! I’m personally loving the shadow art project.

Handmade Gatherings by Ashley English

A meal is surely enhanced by the setting in which it is eaten and who it’s shared with. I love how this beautiful book not only provides wonderful, seasonal recipes, but also inspires me to add meaningful, thoughtful, handmade touches to really make a meal into an experience to remember.

Little Bites by Christine Chitnis

How fun to be able to hand my son or daughter this delightful cookbook and ask them to pick a recipe for us to make that looks exciting to them, knowing whatever they choose will be healthy and easy for us to make. My daughter loved this book so much that she made her own version of Little Bites for a class project (giving credit to the authors of course!).