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.
TWO lucky Narrating Life readers will receive copies of Amanda's book: Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures.
:: 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!
Congratulations Charlotte and Jessica! Please email me to claim your prize!
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