July 18, 2008

Let's Talk About Books, Baby and a Giveway

If you girls are paying attention, then you know that I adore books. My addiction to them is only rivaled by my addiction to magazines. And anything lemon. There are a new batch of books coming out that have me in a tizzy and I thought, just in case your life doesn't revolve around books, I would share them with you.

French General: Home Sewn by Kaari Meng (pictured above and below)


Seriously, how could you not get this book? You have The French-Inspired Home by Kaari from a few years ago, right? No? What are you waiting for? Go order it too!


Country Living Storage Style by Lesley Porcelli

Country.Living.Storage.Style. What else really needs to be said? This appeals to me on so many levels and anything that might encourage me to continue on my quest to have an organized home, automatically goes on the list.

Stitched in Time by Alicia Paulson

Finally a book by Miss Posie Gets Cozy herself. Pinch me, I must be dreaming. If you aren't familiar with her blog then click on the link to the right and you will be so happy to lose yourself in her world for a couple of hours.

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

Love, love, love all of her books. If you only own 1 cookbook, it better be one of hers. The best birthday present Sweet Hubby ever got me is a handsigned copy of her french cookbook. Love that man for knowing me so well. I've promised Maddie a full library of the Contessa books when she gets her first place. I suspect she will have men lining up at the door when she starts cooking from them. Maybe I should rethink that.

Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle by Tone Finnanger

I received her Sew Pretty Homestyle book as a gift last year and I love it. I'm sure this one will be just as wonderful.


Now for the giveaway (drumroll please)

3 of you lucky peeps will receive a book from my personal collection, leaving me a little extra room on the bookshelves for the above mentioned titles. I will be giving away:

A decorating book:




A Craft book:


And a cooking and entertaining book:

Leave a comment on this post telling me which of these books you would like to win & what your favorite decorating, craft or cooking/entertaining book is by noon eastern time on July 23rd and you may the winner!

86 comments:

  1. Oh books, I love books. So when you start giving them away, it is time to come out of my lurking position. I would love all three books, but since I am from Europe, US cook books always require a lot of mathematics because of our metric system. So I´ll go for the other two. As for books I like. I don´t speak or read a word of Danish but I am so in love with the books from Jeanny D´Arc Living. Since I can´t read a word they are really pretty picturebooks for me, but so worth it. They have that Scandinavian-French country thing down to a tee.
    Greetings, from a Dutch fan,
    M

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  2. Wow! I'm the first comment! lol...

    Well, I would love the Southern Living Easy Cooking book because I am really starting to get into cooking homemade meals! I know. Sad, isn't it? I'm 23, a mother AND a Hoosier to boot but I am still sorely lacking in the cooking department. My husband and I recently moved into our first home and I have a wonderful kitchen that I would love to utlitize more.

    Yes, that's my full answer. Sorry it's so long! :o)

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  3. The scenery is gorgeous...and your boys are just so darn cute! A dinosaur museum?! Now how cool is that, especially for little boys?

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  4. hi, i'm totally another book addict! love 'em...can't get enough of them!

    ina's new back to basic's book looks lovely (and it's one that i don't have on pre-order :)

    have a super-duper weekend!

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  5. Cucina Cara MiaJuly 18, 2008 5:22 PM

    I love books, cookbooks, decorating books, craft books, i woubld be happy to win any one! I have all of Ina's cookbooks and can't wait to get her
    new one...is it in the stores yet?
    ENJOY your blog!!

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  6. I would love to win Country Living Storage Style. I have to say that my favorite book isn't a book at all. It's a magazine- Real Simple.

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  7. Oh boy a regifting event! I am fairly new to your blog and I am so happy I found it...I have on my wish list: a Cath Kidston book. I LOVE books,magazines,quilting and playing around in the kitchen, so of your selections would be wonderful!

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  8. Oh, wow! All those books look incredible. I love books like these, but rarely let myself spend the money on them. I've been wanting to make some of those darling little pincushions, so I would be very excited to win that book. Thanks for the opportunity. Love your blog!

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  9. OHMYGRAVY!!! Do I have to pick just one?? My 3 favs in the world. Decorating, craft and cooking books. Oh my!! I'll go with the Southern Living one since I don't have that one. One of my favorite books is The Home Decorator's Bible. So many how-to ideas!!

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  10. I would love to win the French General book...both Kaari's other books are so wonderful; I'm sure this one will be great, too.

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  11. home decor books, you are a girl after my own heart!! this is tough... probably the country living book cause i LOVE country living.... and i can totally sympathize with needing to get organized! or the barefoot contessa cookbook. i dont even own a cookbook so take pity, pick me!! hmm, reccomended reading.... pottery barn's home book is a thick monster full of full page pictures of the coolest houses you'll ever see (try ebays half.com- i got my $123 book for $3) or rachel ashwells shabby chic book. both phenomenal! thanks! karen

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  12. Oh my goodness, your book list is going to inspire mine as soon as I'm back to teaching in the fall and have a paycheck again! Details, details! I'd love the Pretty Little Pincusions for inspiration- I'm a military spouse, and am still unpacking from our latest move. This time, I just might be able to work a craft/sewing area into our guest room- a FIRST for me- so I'll finally be able to have my projects, materials, and equipment "out" full time. I'm going to need some pincushions!

    My favorite home decor inspiration book is Country Living's 750 Great Ideas for Decorating on a Budget-military housing varies from post to post...it varies GREATLY- I need all the help, suggestions, and inspiring photos I can get!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. wow!! you are so sweet. i would ADORE the Cath Kidston one. gosh my faves-my fave decorationg is white country by victoria and cookbooks are all by susan branch-fun recipes, beautiful watercolors and stories!!

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  14. I too am a big fan of decorating, craft, and cookbooks. I would love the Southern Living entertaining book. My favorite entertaining book on my book shelf is Martha Stewart's "Entertaining" from the 1980's. I bought it for one dollar at a church rummage sale!

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  15. Oh, fun! That Barefoot Contessa book looks pretty great. My favorite decorating book is anything by Mary Carol Garrity.

    Rhoda

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  16. Are you kidding??? Ina Garten all the way. Certainly that can't be her real name. Can it??

    Love your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

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  17. I love books as well. I think I buy way too many!!
    I haven't seen that Home Sewn before, looks great.
    Have a great weekend,
    Rosemary

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  18. I just love decorating books and magazines! I'm a sucker for anything with that romantic chic look.....or vintage garden.....or french..... OK, I like it all!!
    Love your blog.....Maggie

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  19. i love to craft so the pretty little pincushion must be mine!!!

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  20. While thay all look amazing, I think I'd have to pick the Country Living storage book. Of course, I wouldn't spit on the |Cath Kidston book either...

    This is so generous of you, Jen! I hope you are enjoying your summer reading!

    Linda

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  21. Does it count if I say 'Country Living Magazine' is my favorite decorating and recipe go-to? I have a serious list of books that I'd like to check out, since I began blogging, but I haven't, yet.

    I'd love to be in the hat for the Cath Kidston book.

    ~ Jennifer

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  22. I love Cath Kidston I think that would be my pick!

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  23. Great! I've added a few more books to my Amazon Wish List. Looking forward to those new releases. -- Michele

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  24. Cath Kidston for me...oh...or maybe the entertaining one...or maybe the pin cushion book...oh me, oh my, how can I decide. Any will be great! My go to book is...Cottage, America's Favorite Home Inside and Out by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman. I never tire of looking at it...floor plans and all.

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  25. Looks like I just found some more books to add to my wish list! I have too many favorite books to list, but right now, I am working on a list of things I want to make from the "Sew and Stow" book I recieved not too long ago.
    If I am one of the lucky three, I would wish to recieve Cath Kidston's book. My second choice is the Pretty Little Pincushions.

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  26. I love books and love to be surrounded by them! I would love to win the Country Living Storage book...I can always use some inspiration on organizing our home.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    God Bless You & Your Family!

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  27. I'd love to recommend the following book to you for decorating inspiration: It is titled "Discovering Home with Laurie Smith; Find Your Personal Style". Laurie Smith is a designer whom you may have seen on the HGTV network. Her book shows how she decorated her mid-century American home in a kind of clean, modern style. Even though this is NOT the way I decorate my own home, (we love antiques) I find it tremendously inspiring to see her work. She has a fantastic eye, and through her I learned to appreciate the value of the SHAPE of objects and furnishings. I can't recommend it highly enough if you love good design.

    As for your books, the Cath Kidston one looks very attractive to me, as I have a vintage fabric fetish and it looks like eye candy!

    I am glad I found your blog today, one link leading to another. Lots to see here. --Andrea

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  28. This is so generous of you! I love your blog and thank you for the opportunity to win. I would love the Southern Living Easy Entertaining book if I should be so lucky.

    Some of my favorite books for ideas are the Gooseberry Patch Christmas books. I love them all and have all 10!

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  29. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win one of your books. If my name is chosen, I would love to have the Southern Liviing Book. :-) Debbi

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  30. I have stalked your blog for a while and am coming out of hiding for the giveaway. I love books too! Now I have some new ones to put on my list. I usually go for decorating books but, I think I would love the Southern Living book. I really enjoy your blog!

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  31. Wow what a great giveaway. I love all of the Barefoot Contessa's books. I usually check out decorating books from the library it's my free guilty pleasure!

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  32. Cath Kidston all the way! I love her style and use of color and vintage images - I would love to have her inspiration at my finger tips any day!

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  33. Hi Jen,

    Another book lover here -- even if I don't have one more inch of space on the bookshelves. I'd love to win any of the books you listed, but particularly the Cath Kidston.
    Many thanks and love your fun blog.
    Geroganna

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  34. As a Mommy to 6 lil cupcakes I would love to win "Stitched In TIme" to beable to make special pretty things for them My favirote book right now is "Grandmother's Book" it is a book about old fashioned fun for the family. I just love it and keep it next to my bed. Thanks for letting me share!

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  35. I love your blog and what a great way to make room for new books and have happy readers. I'd love to give the pretty little pincushions a new home.

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  36. Hi Jen...Love your blog. I'm also addicted to magazines. Have stacks sitting around "my" chair in the living room for whenever I get a few moments. Love the Barefoot contessa. She always makes everything look so easy.

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  37. I love books like these.You got me out of "Lurk-mode".I love your blog.

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  38. You are definitely a kindred spirit! I love books too! Your reviews help me notice more books for my personal library - so many have been purchased or are on my wishlist. I've enjoyed Mary Carol Garity books, Taste of Home yearbooks, and The Apron Book. I would love to curl up with Cath Kidson's book. How sweet of you to share your love of books!
    Marann

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  39. How can one not love books? I spend at least a half hour each night before bed reading or glancing at magazines. I would love to win the French General book. I love their website and am always looking at their website. I have their Flea Market Ephemera package on my wish list!
    Megan

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  40. I'm a book fanatic also! I have always loved them! Thanks for sharing all these neat books on your blog! My husband and I just love Ina Garten, too! If I had a choice, though, I think that little pincushion book looks awfully tempting! Smiles, Jann

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  41. I LOVE BOOKS, especially decorating books. I have lots of them and look at them over and over again. I always seem to find new ideas and inspiration. My favorite one is probably Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book. Of the books you are giving away (how sweet of you!), the one I would most want would be Southern Living Easy Entertaining. I could use help in that area! Please visit me at my new blog!

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  42. Oh how fun! I'd love the decorating book by Cath Kidston. I'm a magazine addict and don't really have any decorating books...all my money is spent on monthly magazines

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  43. Oh... I so enjoy reading your creative and inspirational blog! I love all the books... but I am a huge INA GARTEN fan... love, love her books! So I would have to choose her book if I was lucky enough to win the giveaway!

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  44. Wow, great books, I love decorating/cooking books. I will have to get the French General book and Ina's latest. Wow, a giveaway, you're so sweet. I have the Cath Kidson book (which I love) so I will have to choose the Southern Living book. Enjoy your weekend!

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  45. I would love the book Home Sewn...I have some red vintage toile that looks like it should be stacked in that pile......
    I've been a bad girl...not blogging...but I'm back...and with a whole new "dress" at both of my posts...you will like

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  46. Can't get enough of books either Jen. I spend hours in bookstores & the library :-} I have lots of favourites on my bookshelf - Where Women Create, French General, A Shop of One's Own, Shabby Chic ...
    What a generous giveaway ~ I'd love to be entered for the Cath Kidston book, or the Pretty Little Pincushions. Thanks Jen!

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  47. OO la la. The Cath Kidston book looks dreamy. I'm not familiar with that particular one.

    I love Tracy Porter's Inspired Gatherings for all her entertaining ideas. Her taste may not be exactly mine, but I can take an idea of hers and put my own spin on it to come up with something fabulous.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Dawn

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  48. Jen I agree those books look fabulous! I'm def going to have to pick up the organizing book!!! Love those bowls on the cover, be still my heart.

    Should I be chosen I'd love to have either Southern Living's Easy Entertaining or Cath Kidston's book about vintage fabrics. Love her!

    I'd have to say my fav book in the deco, craft, cooking genre is How To Be A Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson. Her recipe for Molten Chocolate Baby Cakes has long been a favorite at my dinner parties. Deelish!

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  49. Books are like old friends but...I'd love to have a new one - Cath Kidston.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Gretchen

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  50. Cath Kidson's book sounds great! I would love to spend hours looking at it!

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  51. I, too, have a book fetish and would relish that Cath Kidston book!!! Pick me, pick me!!!!

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  52. I would love to have that Southern Living book! My best recipes are from that magazine, so I know that the book will be amazing.

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  53. Thanks so much for the book reviews! I'm putting the Home Sewn and Storage Style on my list, right now!

    I've also heard that the Contessa cookbooks are fabulously written and easy to follow. Keeping my eyes peeled for one of those, as well.

    Kimberly :)

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  54. I would love to have the Cath Kitson book-love her look. I have a book and magazine addiction, too. But I didn't know about the new Ina book-I have all of her others and love them. Going to have to check out several of the other new ones you mentioned. I don't have any of the French General ones so maybe I should start with those! :)

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  55. Oh I would love Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten.

    My favorite books are anything by Martha Stewart. I have her entertaining book and she has so many simple ideas and often with things I already have on hand.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Blessings
    Sue
    marklovessue@numail.org

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  56. Oh you are so sweet to share. Which one....well, if I win (G), please know that I would love ANY of your selections. I know we are kindred spirits for sure since I was reading along and thinking "oh, I would love that book and that book and that book". You get the idea. My fingers are crossed!!!! Annie from San Diego

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  57. Country Living, Storage Style would be my choice. I am always looking for creative ways to organize and increase storage capacity around my home.

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  58. I need to try your recipe for the blueberry cake recipe! Luv your blog.

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  59. I love books too and take out tons at the library just to look through...I have seen Cath Kidston on blogs before, maybe I should take a look as I have never seen her books-thanks for the heads up!

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  60. I had no idea Ina had a new book coming out. Can't wait for that one!!

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  61. Thanks for the book reviews...I have a few of the same and love them...Happy Book Shopping...Toni

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  62. I would LOVE the Cath Kidston or the Storage Style, whichever would be fine with me. :) Great giveaway! THanks!

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  63. Books, books, books - who can ever have enough? But then there's the whole "where will we keep them?" issue. Sigh.
    One of my favourites (it's almost like choosing a favourite child) would be the first French General Book.
    All you giveaway books look wonderful, but I would choose the pin cushion book.

    Lorrie

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  64. what a great give a way! I love the pottery barn books! and I have never seen a book by Kat Kitson and I have heard so many great things about this shop...you are so generous to give 3 of your books away...I am crossing my fingers!

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  65. what a great give a way! I love the pottery barn books! and I have never seen a book by Kat Kitson and I have heard so many great things about this shop...you are so generous to give 3 of your books away...I am crossing my fingers!

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  66. Anything magazine or books with a romantic feeling to it works for me... :)

    Hugs

    cielo

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  67. Oh, this is easy. I would love to win the Southern Living Book. I have so many decorating books and cook books that I love (even though I don't cook much). My favorite entertaining books are Williams Sonoma Entertaining and In Style Parties.

    Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway.

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  68. I would love the Cath Kitson book as I frequently have used her creations as inspiration for my own DIY projects!

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  69. NICE!!!
    Id like to be involved, sweet sister. I love me some o dem books!!
    Lisa
    coastal NEst

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  70. Ooo...my first choice is Pretty Little Pincushions, second choice is the Cath Kidston book.

    Thanks for the info about Kaari new books! Two of my favorite decorating/craft books are actually hers also: The French-Inspired Home and French-Inspired Jewelry.

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  71. I would love the Cath Kidston book, I almost ordered it from amazon in my last book frenzy, but unfortunately had to reel myself back in. To win it would be like fate ;) My favorite cookbooks are any of Ina Garten's books- she makes me aspire to something greater in my kitchen!
    Love your blog-
    Tracy

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  72. oooh! Thanks for the book tips! I'm gonna need to get the Alicia Paulson book!
    Sarah
    Vintage Lily
    http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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  73. oh...this is a giveaway...I didn't realize it. Well...then...the Alicia Paulson book. And...some of my favorite books to collect are the Martha Stewart cookbooks. Haven't cooked alot from them but I love the books!
    Sarah
    Vintage Lily
    http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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  74. WOW! What a great giveaway! I adore books so much! Lovely post! Jen! love all your new books! Enjoy!
    Hugs,
    Robyn

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  75. OHHHHHHHHHH I so want the pretty little pin cushion book, pretty please:)

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  76. I love books as well...especially decorating books. I have two old Martha Stewart books "How to Decorate" and "Good Things". I go back to them again and again. Especially the Good Things book...it has so many great ideas! I would love the Cath Kidson book because i love her cheery prints and colors! By the way I have no idea what the date is so I may have missed the deadline! I am a stay at home mom so I have no need for dates!

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  77. I love, love, love that little pin cushion craft book. It would be so cool to make my quilter friend in Australia one of those for our gift exchange.

    My favorite craft book is "A Quilter's Ark" by Margaret Rolfe. It has the patterns for 50 animals, later she came out with the book on CD which includes even more patterns.
    Happy Crafting!
    Osagebluffquilter

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  78. I adore books too. I always feel so bad for the people on Clean House when they ask them to sell their books! I would love to have the Cath Kidston book although the pincushion one is a close second. And my favorite book? That's a tough one...I like Interior Alchemy by Rebecca Purcell quite a bit so let's go with it. :)

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  79. I love decorating books! I love to stick them on a shelf and "find" them months later! The Cath Kidston book would be my favorite. I love to go to that site!!!

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  80. I would LOVE to win Country Living Storage Style!

    My favorite book at the moment is an old Betty Crocker cookbook that I found recently for 50 cents at a church's book sale. I love looking at the illustrations and recipes - it reminds me of my Grandmom's cookbook collection.

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  81. oh, goodness, I should NOT have read this post, because not only do I not need to spend more money on lovely books, but I have no time to read them! but, if I were to win your giveaway, which I won't, because I never win contests, I'd love the pin-cushion book. (I already have the Kath Kidston, and several SL Christmas books)

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  82. I love books, too. And I love all things crafty and sewing. As for a favorite craft, well, that's pretty hard to choose. Unfortunately, I know it is not cooking (although great cookbooks make me WANT to like to cook). I would love the Pincushion book, though. Maybe I will actually get some early Christmas presents made!

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  83. I am torn because I would love the Country Living Storage Style or Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle because I love to sew. My favorite is a magazine too, County living.
    meowgirl24@cableone.net

    Beth

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  84. Did I miss the deadline? I'm gone for a two days and whoosh, I'm missing EVERYTHING! I would adore Alicia Paulson's new book! It looks fabulous :)

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  85. I just bought the Country Living Storage Style (thanks for introducing us) and it is WONDERFUL! So much inspiration I am itching to store!

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