Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Book, Project and a Giveaway!

I've been on a book buying binge lately. Not your novel type books, not educational books but books for their pure entertainment value. I told you about my latest lovely book titled Sisters on the Fly (here) and here is another book I'm really loving.

The New Handmade ...simple sewing for contemporary style. Its a fun book with simple yet really cute patterns. It has easy to read instructions as well and pictures (which is a must for this visual learner). I use sewing/crocheting as a way to stay productive in the evenings because I'm not a sit and watch T.V. kinda gal and my metal studio, being in the garage, is a no-mans land in the hot afternoons and evenings. (yes, it is hot here now).

Anyway, my first project out of this book was this cute little book bag. Simple to make, and a fun little carry-along to take to the park or local coffee place. The handles are long enough to put over your shoulders, a must for me, and big enough for several books, phone and wallet.

So, I am offering this to one of my lovely blog followers. There aren't many of you out there :-) so your odds are good.

Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite summer read, either one you have read or one you are looking forward to loosing yourself in this summer. Please leave me a note where to get in touch with you (as my last giveaway winner still hasn't claimed her prize) and I'll randomly pick a winner this weekend.


  1. Oh, how pretty!!! You did a GREAT job! I'm a self proclaimed 'bag-lady' so definitely count me in!

    Hmm, summer read? I don't know yet!!! I would like to read something by Randy Alcorn - not sure if he has anything new out. Hmmmm.ooooh, ohhhh, I know!! I want to read "In Defense of Food" I truly enjoyed the Omnivores Dilemma and would like to read the other one. :)


  2. That is such a cute bag! Love it!

    I have just finished up the semester, so I am now on summer break! *YAY!* (I'm a finally-returned-to-college-to-finish-my-bachelor's student.) Right now I'm reading a book by Beth Moore- So Long Insecurity. And after that, not sure what my next summer read will be.

  3. Ohhhhh!!! I love it! I hope I win. I could really use a new book bag! For some reason, I get the urge every summer to read Anna Karenina and Crime and Punishment. I don't know why, but I go on a Russian kick in the summer. I also like to read the Harry Potter series in the summer too. I am a prolific reader, and love to re-read books. Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Ooops! I forgot to leave a way to get in touch with me. Other than through my blog, you can email me directly at

  5. Too cute! Perfect for skipping out to sit in the park with a sammy and a good summer read. I love MaryJane's Outpost by MaryJane Butters. It's like a magazine in book form, and I bet you'd love it.


  6. Nicely done =) I remember when I first started sewing, I used to sew up new projects all the time and I havn't done this in forever. I miss completing a new project. I might have to whip out one of my books soon.

    As for the giveaway, I honestly don't read much.. So no books but I will be reading the newspaper daily as usual and magazines! You may contact me through ETSY should I be the lucky winner =)