10.25.2009

it's a GIVEAWAY...



The nice people over at Make Good: Crafts + Life recently sent Melissa and I copies of their new releases, Carefree Clothes for Girls, by Junko Okawa, and Felting for Baby, by Saori Yamazaki. I loved them: beautiful styling, great patterns, and best of all, INSTRUCTIONS IN ENGLISH!! They've kindly offered two copies each of the books for us to giveaway here, so make a comment and we'll do the random number generator on Thursday to select the lucky winners.



So far I've made the Coat with Scarf. I love the swing-style of the jacket and the high collar (it's hard to see under the scarf, but the neck is mandarin-style) and it took me just two hours to whip it up (the scarf took me a little longer to knit; I'm slower at that). Am excited to try another (I think the white melton hat must be next).



(Full disclosure: the six year old did admit - "I like it mom, but it turns out it's not good for scooterin'." Apparently the best outfit for that activity would be her bathing suit, underneath her ballet skirt. Not pictured.)



...and super excited to try felting. The slippers on the cover have new baby's name all over them. Whatever that name will be.



Good luck!

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N. said...

I would so love to see these up close and personal! :D

Inoureyes said...

The best books to be given away at the moment. Thanks for the giveaway, i would love to win a copy of both!

Suzy said...

Oh, those books look fabulous. Here's hoping my number comes up.

Annee said...

Everything you make makes me want to make it too (how many times can you use "make" in one sentence?). That coat is adorable and the books look full of inspiration. Pick me, pick me!!

Gina said...

I am currently drooling over everything Japanese-inspired and have been looking longingly at some of the clothing books... but didn't know there were any in English. So beautiful. And I'm always up for a bit of felting. Golly I hope I get a look in! Promise I won't *actually* drool on them...

nzgreenbuttons said...

oooh, count me in. They look great!

One Crafty Mumma said...

Such beautiful books. I would dearly love to win a copy of the Carefree Clothes book. Thankyou so much for the offer :)

Bek said...

These books look so lovely. Your coat with scarf looks really nice, despite the fact it is not good for scooterin'.

Christie said...

so excited when i heard about the ENGLISH translation, i have a couple of japanese sewing books, but it would be so nice to have one i can read!

love the coat & scarf even if they are not good scootering attire!

Charlotte said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

Liana Krissoff said...

Those look great. I would love to try them out!

katherine h said...

How lovely. I have been wrestling with Japanese symbols all weekend (ended up with a top instead of a dress - oops), so I would love some English instructions. Please consider me for the "Carefree clothes for girls".

Karen said...

Oooh these look lovely - I've just been trying my hand at needle felting - still much to learn I think!

Katherine said...

those books are beautiful...

Kerith said...

So sweet! Love it.

sk said...

Awesome! They both look fantastic...

J.M.S. Robertson said...

Count me in! I am loving the Japanese crafts lately!

liz said...

love them! i'm so happy that i'm starting to see english versions of wonderful japanese sewing books.
please throw my name in the hat :)

meisjesmama said...

great!!! Count me in!

Sanna said...

Both books look amazing, thanks for the giveaway! I'm in!

Anonymous said...

How exciting! I've sewn from some Japanese books--they have the most wonderful designs! And to have them in English... !

Tina W

zoeinda said...

Yes please, count me in :)

zoe

Anonymous said...

thankyou so much for the peek at her cute jacket! i just bought the fabric for it this weekend- glad to hear it sewed up quickly.

Jen said...

Oh my my I would LOVE to win this book. I've had my eye on it since it came out. Fingers crossed... all of them!!! Thank you!!!!

emily said...

what a great give away! i would love a chance to win the "carefree clothes for girls"!

Jenny said...

I was just looking at the clothes for girls book on Amazon the other day. I'd love to win a copy!
Thanks for the giveaway!
~Jenny~

Becky said...

This is a great giveaway! I hope I am lucky!!!

Bernice said...

I have a little carefree girl of my own. I would absolutely love that book!

Mrs. R said...

I've been wanting to try felting! Those books look great!

Unfurled said...

The books look really inspiring. All the best.

Marie-Louise said...

That book looks sooo good. I would love to win a copy of it :-)

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Carefree Clothes for Girls sounds like it is riiiiight perfect for me and my little monkey. And the felting sounds fun, definitely something I've been meaning to try.

seemommysew said...

oh, I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

Em said...

ooh. we also have a new baby coming in december and the booties are to die for. hope i win!

All of Us said...

Thank you for the giveaway. The books look great!

La vida en Oak Grove said...

These books look fabulous. Hopefully luck is on my side and I win!

bethany said...

I need these books. everything is so adorable.

molly said...

wow! they look so great. thanks for the chance to win.

molly
acyder at gmail

CourtneyKeb said...

Ohhhh I'm giddy!! Yes pleasse!!!

Happy Together said...

What awesome looking books! I would love to have those.

Jess said...

What a great give-away!
I have been eyeing these.

kristi said...

ooh! i would love to win!

Leigh said...

Pick me, number generator! The book looks beautiful :)

Sarah said...

i am RIDICULOUSLY excited about these books!
fingers crossed...
THANK YOU!

Mist said...

A wonderful giveaway! I'm in need of some new inspiration.

The coat you made is gorgeous, BTW. I'd totally go scootering in it. ;)

Holly said...

I've been yearning for these books for a while now! It would be such a privilege to win. Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

Michelle W. said...

I can't believe they are in English! I look online at these books all the time. I would love either book. Lovely giveaway.

melissa said...

Oh I love your version of the coat. What fabric did you use?

Jeni said...

Those look like great books- especially to win!

Annie said...

Sweet! Looks like fun waiting to happen, thanks for the givecway, and I can't wait to see the baby slippers.

Alice said...

These look delicious, and so inspiring! I'd love a shot at winning. Thanks!

Sarah said...

ooh, count me in! I've had that sewing book on my amazon wish list since it was announced!

karichuckroryskylar said...

Looks like some interesting books.

Antoinette said...

They look like great inspiration! Thank you for hosting this!

Rachel said...

Ohh! I would LOVE this!

Lisa said...

would love to win these. thanks for the giveaway!

melissa said...

these books are so beautiful...i'd love to win one! fingers crossed!

Rachel said...

The titles alone are oh so tempting. Can't wait to check these books out! Thanks.

Karrie and Derek said...

Soooooo beautiful! Definitelt inspiring me to finish my current project and start something new!

Katie said...

I am TRULY hoping the numbers are in my favor this time. When I saw the book about the clothing for girls, my heart skipped a beat...

Shane and Becca said...

lovely! count me in!

ellen said...

I'd love to have the books!

Kathleen said...

Ooh, I'd love the Clothes for Girls book! I was just thinking I'd like to make some more things for my big girl (which will then be passed on to my little girl).

janna said...

Drum roll please. . . . . (my fingers are crossed!)

esther (chinny chin chin) said...

Your six year old makes scootering the sidewalks look amazingly chic!
the books are gorgeous and english directions to boot- hooray. here's hoping:)

The Hammonds said...

Love it, love it, love it. I want to win!

GreenStyleMom said...

Winning the book might be just the excuse I need to buy the new sewing machine I've been eyeballing!

Jill J said...

Wow, what a fun give away! Those books look lovely. Now, I just have to buy a new sewing machine... My old one broke. :( But knitting I can start now! Hello Christmas presents!

mrs boo radley said...

Wow, cute books!

Her fab outfit adds a whole new dimension to scooterin'...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Amy said...

I have been eyeing the carefree clothes for girls book, and the felting for baby looks like fun too! Thanks for the chance!

Rosie said...

Those books look like so much fun - thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Freckled Hen said...

Count me in! Thanks for the chance...

gabrielle said...

sewing for girls looks wonderful

April said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

greenchickadee said...

Sewing for girls would be the best Christmas gift for me because then I could sew up some gifts for the family!

Eva said...

Looks lovely! (crosses fingers)

Lindsay said...

As a fan of both your blog, and those type of books, I don't mind if I do leave a comment!

Anonymous said...

you never know, this might be my lucky day! gigi

lunatepetal said...

ah!
would be perfect for my little girl!!

Johanna said...

Oh...Pick me random number selector, I am seriously coweting these books! love your blog.

PrincessMax said...

Woohoo! These are so whimsical!

Amanda said...

Those books look amazing!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful giveaway, I've never had the privilege of even thumbing through a japanese craft book.

Tasha T said...

These books are just lovely! I think it's my turn to win... ;)

Anonymous said...

yes please!

i love your blog.

cordovaduvet@yahoo.com

The Hillbilly Banjo Queen: said...

Oh! Oh! I would LOVE to win either one. I'm really hoping for the Carefree Clothes book. But that would take a miracle! I'll corss my fingers now. Thank you!

mon ami said...

oh, I've been eying up these books for awhile. Glad to hear they have your stamp of approval.

fingers crossed and thanks for sharing
xo

jill said...

I keep seeing those books and would love a chance to win. Thanks!

Leslie said...

This would be a great Christmas gift for my sister in law...it's right up her crafty alley!! ♥

Corinne said...

I'd be ecstatic to win Carefree Clothes for Girls. All the clothes I make now are so careworn and angsty. ;)

The Merk-ster said...

i've seen these books before and I love the hat!

The Burns Family said...

This looks awesome, i would love to get my hands on it...

6p010536d4e0bf970b said...

Now that I'm officially sewing (competently) I'm looking for new projects for the girl. Thanks for introducing these books. Fingers crossed.

Lesley said...

I'd love to sew up some of these things for all my friends with young children!

Anonymous said...

These books look wonderful!
S.B.

frogginette said...

Yay, how generous! I'm in!

Joy said...

OOOH...I would love to get my hands on those! (I bookmarked them last week) fingers crossed.

exgoatmilker said...

I've been eyeballing Carefree Clothes for Girls for a few weeks now. It looks like it has so many great patterns! Please enter me.

anne said...

Thanks for the giveaway and your wonderful blog. I would love to win Carefree Clothing for Girls!

Robyn said...

Carefree Clothes has been on my wish list for a while now. My four girls would look so lovely in some of these. How do you bribe a random number generator again?

uraniumcity said...

I want to try felting next, too! The coat is cool in a perfect understated way. Thanks for the giveaway!

karlee said...

How lovely!!!!

Corinne said...

I've been looking forward to seeing the sewing book up close. I'm still daunted by the all Japanese ones. Thanks!

michelle said...

I have two little girls to try this out on. Fingers are crossed!

Desiree said...

Great giveaway! The only problem with those types of books is that you want to make everything!

yvonne said...

ooh, i've been hoping to check these books out. my daughter would love them!

naginata said...

ooh! Here's to some luck with the random number generator! I'd love to check these out!

Samurai Mom said...

OOoh how lovely!

heatherinbloom said...

Ooh..those patterns look adorable and in english too! Pick me! Pick me!

Mona said...

I've been dying to try the book, so awesome giveaway!

km said...

i'd love to win!

QuiltyGirl said...

Oh, I've been wanting to look through these books!!

And that's such a sweet coat that you made :)

Ginger Derrow said...

I'm ready to dive back into sewing again, so these would be perfect!

halfandhalf said...

I'd be so psyched to win this, and would love to make stuff for our new little girl and two nieces!

Mama Urchin said...

Oh wow, I'd love the carefree clothes for girls!

Shauna said...

Oooh, yes please! These look amazing!

Terri said...

Awesome books! I hope I win!!!! Thank you, Thank you for this great chance!!!! : )

Denise said...

What beautiful books! Thank you for the giveaway! (hopefully this doesn't come through a million times; I kept getting an error when trying to post.)

Deb said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win -- Lovely, lovely books!!!!

Candace said...

oh yes! please, please.

nicolecprevost said...

I hope Carefree Clothes for Everyone is next.

Larissa said...

oooh ooooh oooh oooh ooh! that coat! Love it. Thanks for the giveaway opp.

itzibitzispider said...

WOW ... adorable ... your jacket and scarf are cool ... I have NO talent what so ever for knitting ... *forcryingoutloud*

I thing the girl in the book looks alike to the son of my friend (here in Luxembourg) ... aaaaaaaahahahahahahaha

Kind regards from Luxembourg
Simone

misadventuresofkellyandkelly said...

these have been on my wish list, here's hoping.....

La maman de Loulou said...

Oh count me in please for the book on clothes for girls as this coat is so lovely.
Thanks a lot for this opportunity.

Tricia said...

I've been sewing from the same book too! Oh, and sewing from the most darling Sugar City Wanderings Coat pattern...see my blog for photos of Hannah's new coat...we LOVE it! Thanks again for the wonderful pattern and directions!

Lori said...

Yes, please. I need these!

Hadleys said...

Please, pick me!

sg said...

Adorable, this might just inspire me to break out the sewing machine for more than just curtains and pillows!
Sarah

Jillian L. S. said...

I already have the Clothes for Girls book and completely agree with your assessment. I'm sure the Felting for Baby is equally as good and would love to win a copy.

Thanks.

dana said...

Oh, what fun! I love the finish on your photos too.
Count me in please!
- dana
www.dana-made-it.com

Chris said...

Wow. Finally gorgeous Japanese sewing books in English. I've been tempted to get one to try before, but the language barrier stopped me...no excuses any more!

My Love is..... said...

lol.... I am sure my 3 y/o thinks the best way to ride his scooter is 'nakey' ohhhh my!! What a great giveaway!!

Christy said...

Wow, exciting books! I'm expecting my first girl and would just love to do some felting for her. Felting is super addictive, so beware!

Lexy said...

ahh, scootering. if only it were socially accpetable to wear exactly what one wanted.

Bloom at Home and Sea said...

please please put in the draw for such beautiful items x

Jurga said...

So great books! Thank you for this amazing giveaway and please count me in :) I really would love to make some things from these inspirational books.

Meghan said...

so excited to see these lovely books in english! (as much as i try, my beginner sewing skills just don't cut it when i'm trying to decipher the japanese...)

Lisa said...

I would love a chance to win! I could use some new inspiration and these look so lovely.

Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I have had my eye on this book for a few weeks now! I have my fingers crossed!

Jana said...

Hoping I win. They both look wonderful!

iska babble said...

Oh I'd love to win these books! Thank you for the giveaway!
Pick me, please!!

Cas said...

Hooray for super lovely giveaways!

Love your work. :)

Francesca Robledo said...

This book is on my amazon wishlist! I would absolutely adore it!

Neza said...

Wow, two books full of inspiration!
Thank you for this opportunity.

Becky Bean said...

What great looking books...I'm dying to look through them!!

Dara said...

Hmmm....I've had my eye on this book. It looks awesome.

Jessica said...

Please count me in. Thanks

Angeline said...

beautiful! excited about the instructions in english. :)

pippirose said...

The books look fantastic!
I'd love to win...
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

ooh I'd love to win a copy <3

erica said...

I've so been wanting these!! Crossing my fingers...

Lupine said...

I wanna win a book. I also wanna sew some of these lovely items.

Cherie said...

man oh man, I would so love these book! Just so I can make more clothes that my daughter won't wear, and that I will end up hanging on her walls like art ;)

Cherie

angela said...

oh, i have wanted to get this book since i saw it on soulemama! thank you for the giveaway!

Shannon said...

Ooh, I've been wanting both of these books, I'd love to win either!

Caroline said...

I've been seeing these book all over...how fun!

Paige said...

What an awesome giveaway - I've been drooling over those books. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

How wonderful! I'd love to have those books!

kristen said...

beautiful patterns!! oh, the things i could make...

Cherryskin said...

Oooh, yes please!

Melinda said...

Beautiful - I would love to win a copy of these.

emily said...

oooohhh . . . please count me in! i have 3 little carefree girls of my own!

courtneyb said...

I've been eyeing Carefree Clothes For Girls forever and can't seem to buy it. How nice it would be to have it arrive in the mail in time for some holiday sewing.

carrie said...

got these on my christmas wish list!

Susan T. said...

I love that these have English instructions. I've tried to use the Japanese versions of patterns before & have failed miserably.

elisa said...

So excited for this book!!!

elisa said...

So excited for this book!!!

anna said...

Those look so great. Baby to be will need some new crafty stuff!

Michelle said...

they look like awesome books...would love to win one!

Kathy said...

I've been wanting to buy this book! It would be so awesome to win!

susaninfrance/texas said...

count me in!

sweetb said...

here's to congratulating you on your impending baby and all of your fun and cute crafts! love your sensibility and am happy to comment, even if not for a prize, so you know that you're hitting a nerve with other swim suit wearing scooter kid moms. thanks!

kim said...

Would love to have those books! I'm a little too nervous to try the Japanese books that aren't translated, so this would be a great way to test the waters & work up the courage to go for the untranslated ones. Keeping my fingers crossed!

FurPig said...

The books look fabulous, and in English too!
So glad to see some more posting-not that you ladies have anything else happening in your lives!

Melissa said...

This book is on my wish list - thanks for the chance to win a copy!

JacRan said...

YAY giveaways rock! *fingers crossed*

emjay said...

Very excited about the Carefree Clothes for Girls book and now I see a felting one too. What fun. Thank you so much for the opportunity to possibly win. Too cool.

CMN said...

Ooooo... don't those look like fun! Even if the jacket isn't good for scooterin'...

Good thing we've been warned!
{wink}

13mimosa said...

Ohhh count me in, it's on my amazon wish list but I'd feel extra lucky to win it from you!

Anja said...

Is this possible??? The book I was thinking of asking Mister Santa to bring me???? I would be more than happy to win Careless Clothes for Girls. Best giveaway ever!!!! Thank you!

Oktavas ene s√łnnedatter said...

I would love to win:)

Tone, Norway

Miggy said...

MEEEEE Please!

Renee said...

I've been seeing these books on blogs and have been drooling over them...this would be great for my daughters and I to craft together. Oh beautiful random generator thingy, please pick me, pretty please with a cherry on top...I really want to win. :)

Carla said...

Sooo blissful! Cannot wait to seem them in real life.

meg said...

put my name in the hat!

lisa said...

I have two little girls and I'm dying to get these books!

Kimmi said...

Oh! Please! The books look so lovely, thank you for the giveaway.

acmcs said...

those books look great! thanks for the op!

myimaginaryblog said...

Either one of those would be great fun to own.

- Tracy said...

I have two girls and I promise to put the two lovely books to good use!

Brooke Rane said...

wow, talk about amazing. i'd love a peek at some of these great projects!

Happiness found said...

I would love a copy of this book. I saw it at the book store this weekend. Quite something.

Laura said...

I love both these books! Thanks for such a generous giveway.

hello there said...

fingers.double.crossed.

coffeechris said...

Have those books on my "wish list" would love to win.

Annmarie said...

Japanese craft books in English. HOORAY!

Hanna said...

Looks cute!

Mandi said...

What a great giveaway! I so want to win!

alittlemoore said...

Lovely books! I have a little girl and a baby so I would love either book!

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