12 November 2010

Giveaway :: Handmade Home

HH-giveaway

Good morning!
Today's giveaway doesn't need a lot of introduction. With two published books and a third book in the works, Amanda Soule clearly knows her way around handmade gifts. But still. I have to tell you about how much I love Amanda.

Soulemama is one of those women that you wish you could be more like without being too jealous of her. Wait. Scratch that. I'm toooootally jealous of the old farmhouse that her family has purchased and is currently restoring. Yes yes, very jealous. However, farmhouse envy aside, Amanda is pure inspiration. Through her blog she exudes such a strong voice from her corner of blogland that it seems like I've always known her. Her books are equally warm and inviting. I still flip through my copy of Handmade Home as though it were brand new, even though I've owned it for over a year.

Amanda is a mother. She is a knitter. She is a sewist. She is a photographer. And she is a farm-house owner. Have I mentioned that already? In her book Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures, she emphasizes the beauty behind giving vintage fabrics, thrifted notions, and worn clothes new life. As I learned from Amanda how to repurpose old materials I found that my crafting stash could grow without having to spend a lot of money and create a lot of waste. When I was putting together last year's Handmade Holiday, I was unexpectedly able to make many of my gifts at little to no cost because I began to think in terms of repurposing. I'm very grateful for Amanda's quiet lessons of sustainability, innovation, and creativity. I have a feeling that you will be too.

The Details:
TWO lucky Narrating Life readers will receive copies of Amanda's book: Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures.



How to Enter:
:: Check out Amanda's blog and just try not to be jealous of her new/old house. I dare you.
:: Leave a comment on this post: Where will you be for the holidays? Are you traveling or stauomg home?
:: Grab the Handmade Holiday button for your blog/website for an extra entry. Please leave a comment letting me know you've done so.
:: Comments will close on Monday, November 15th at 10:00 PM MST. The winner will be announced on this post so be sure to check back to see if you've won!
Closed!

Congratulations Charlotte and Jessica! Please email me to claim your prize!



Handmade Holiday: A series about making it happen.
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43 comments:

Hannah said...

I just checked her books out from the library last week. She is fantastic! And I'm jealous of her farm house too!

We'll be in the grand state of Idaho for the Thanksgiving holiday. Am very excited.

Hannah said...

Have your button.

michelle said...

I love her warm, comforting presence as well. Can't wait to check out this book!

We're staying home sweet home for Christmas, just the way I like it. However, I do wish we were going to be in Denver for Thanksgiving...

Hil said...

What a great book! We will be here for Thanksgiving (hopefully not in the hospital having a baby... he'd better be here by then!) and we'll be at the in-laws for Christmas. Party, party.

Staci said...

I'll be in San Antonio for Thanksgiving and right here at home in West Jordan for Christmas. No place I'd rather be.

Rendy Tucker said...

Wow! Jealous is an understatement! And we're going to Portland for Thanksgiving and Las Vegas the week before Christmas, Clarkston WA for Christmas. Jealous of that? I doubt it!

Laurel said...

She is just so awesome. We'll staying home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, for the first time since we moved to San Diego, though we have family coming for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I think we'll take a trip out to the Grand Canyon before Christmas (though not ON Christmas), since my family hasn't ever seen it.

Binki said...

I love Soulemama!

I will be staying home this Christmas.

Jessica said...

we'll be home for the holidays, just our little fam...or part of our little fam since husband is working on Christmas..boo.

Jessica said...

button

Charlotte said...

I'm going to be in Oregon for Christmas, my first Christmas away from my parents and siblings. Josh and I will be driving to Colorado the week after Christmas, so at least I'll get some quality time in my favorite state!

Charlotte said...

And I have your button on my blog!

paws said...

What a great looking book! We'll be staying here in AZ this year.

paws said...

Still got that button. I wonder if anyone has used it?

Jason & Makenna said...

We'll be stayng home for Thanksgiving and heading to Vegas during the Christmas holidays to visit with some family.

What a great looking book!

April said...

We will be in Colorado from now until spring.
With four little ones, I find that traveling at Christmas and bringing santa with you is totally impractical!
And I really like just doing our own thing on Christmas, at our own house.

April said...

still have the button :)

Heidi said...

This is our year to stay home, since we make the trek to the midwest every other year to spend the holidays with the other half. I have lots of grand plans, I certainly am finding inspiration here :)

Heidi said...

I added your button to my fledgling little blog, Eat, Knit, Love. It's waay under construction, but when it grows up I hope it is as inspirational as yours and Soulemama's :)

Libby said...

This year we will be staying home...or at least very close to home. Hoping to enjoy some quiet and meaningful family time. Love Soulemama. Follow her AND you via Google Reader! Love her Friday photo reflection!! xoxo

maleahbliss said...

I <3 soulemama. And YES, totally jealous of her farmhouse.

maleahbliss said...

I'm not entirely sure what our plans for Christmas are yet. I'd LOVE to go home to Seattle, but it prolly won't happen. more then likely we'll be staying home and seeing the in-laws. (Like usual.) :P

beck said...

Would love the book! I just moved cross country away from all extended family and will be spending Christmas with my own growing family. Excited to start our own traditions.

Petit Design Co. said...

we're going to my in-laws (TX) for Thanksgiving and they are coming to our house(AL) for Christmas

Alyssa said...

I love her blog! I have to check it all the time!
I will be hosting Christmas supper at my house for my husband's family but am looking forward to trying out some new traditions for our own little family.

Kimberlee said...

We will be going to my sista's in Utah for Thanksgiving. And Christmas plans are still undercontruction. My sister is getting married on the 28th in Utah though, so there will be some travel for sure.

Kimberlee said...

button, button i've got your button

*Meg Larsen* said...

We're making the 14 hour drive to Colorado for BOTH Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wish there was a way to just stay through the whole season!

*Meg Larsen* said...

I have your button on my blog :o)

http://megmagic.blogspot.com

Julie@Contemporary Pluss Creations said...

Love this book! I got to peruse it last night at the bookstore. Would love to make the handkerchief curtain as I have beautiful handkerchiefs from my grandmother that need to be on display!

For the holidays, I'll be going to my aunt & uncle's house for Thanksgiving. For Christmas, my husband and I will be going to Switzerland with his family! My first Christmas as a married lady :)

Julie@Contemporary Pluss Creations said...

I have your button

Cassie said...

I have seen her books about but never paid a visit to her blog and I totally see what you mean about her house!

This year we will be at my husbands parents for Christmas.

xx

Craftstress Kira said...

Fingers crossed...would love to win this. Headed to my boyfriend's hometown for Christmas with his family. Much to craft before then! :)

JanetK said...

Soulemama is always wonderful to visit! thanks for the giveaway!

JanetK said...

sorry - i forgot to say that we haven't decided whether to stay home or go to Portland to visit family.

got your button (so no extra entries for my mistake!)
thanks!

Paula said...

I've been reading Amanda's blog for a long time and she is an amazing source of inspiration. This year we will be spending the holidays at home and we are looking forward to it as we too are living in the country like Amanda and enjoying every minute!
Thanks for the chance!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

debbientombstone said...

Love the blog and everyone of the previous comments are words out of my mouth. Thank you for the giveaway

Joan said...

I will be home for the holidays, with family coming here for the big day. Sadly, my son and wife won't be flying in from Colorado, and he will be missed. But we will Skype with him on Christmas morning - the next best thing! We will Skype with other relatives throughout the day, to give my 4 yr old grandson a chance to interact with family he rarely gets to see.

Joan said...

I grabbed your button!

delanequilts said...

I am loving your blog! We are staying home and are being included in our son's in-laws' Thanksgiving traditions and meal. So, no cooking for me (only taking an ambrosia salad) which allows me to participate in the local Christmas parade Thanksgiving morning!

dees said...

staying home, but having tons of family around!!!!

The Hungry Crafter said...

Cool -- I have been wanting this book for a while now! Staying home for the holidays this year -- nothing like New England for Christmas!

Christina said...

We'll be home for the holidays this year, and I'm so glad!

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