Just a note before we get to the giveaway details… The Feels Like Home Launch Team is still open if you’re interested in joining! This is the last day to enter (Friday, Sept.3) and then we’ll start having some fun conversations, live events, and awesome giveaways in our private Facebook forum. Click HERE to join or HERE for more information and answers to FAQs about the launch team.
So, I have another fun giveaway to celebrate my upcoming book, Feels Like Home. When I started writing this book, I felt it was important that it wasn’t just a pretty decorating book. Those are so inspirational to look at, but they can also feel unattainable. You can see the what, but you’re left wondering about the how. In the book, I wanted to share as many of the how-tos as I could through tutorials, exercises, and sections filled with tips on everything from buying fabric to picking the right sandpaper for the job. My hope is that people will feel empowered after reading Feels Like Home and if they don’t already see themselves as a “maker”, they soon will.
So, this giveaway is for the makers or those who have always wanted to make things, but life has gotten in the way. Maybe having a few goodies will get you started, get you started again, or get you even more motivated. And I have a great collection of goodies for you!
monogrammed project bag & scissors case
Susan from Dunn by Designs is offering up a couple of items to help the winner with storing their projects and tools. First up for this Feels Like Home giveaway is a project bag similar to this one…
It’s a great bag for knitting, sewing, crochet, and so many other projects. It also makes a nice bag for toiletries when you travel. Susan will monogram the bag for the winner if they would like.
She does beautiful sewing and embroidery work…
Every piece I have from her is top-quality and her Etsy shop is my go-to for buying any pouches or bags.
Susan is also giving away a zipper case for embroidery scissors. She made one at my request (I was always poking myself on my scissor tips) and it is the best case I’ve found on Etsy. She makes ones for larger pairs of scissors, too. The winner can have their scissor case monogrammed as well.
my favorite pair of forged scissors
I have owned a lot of scissors over the years and this pair of Fiskars forged scissors is my absolute favorite for paper and fabric. They are nice and heavy and hold a sharp edge. Anyone who makes anything needs a good, reliable pair of scissors, so that’s why I included a pair of my favorites.
the “Marian” pinafore-style apron
One of the things I’m asked about most often is my pinafore-style apron and I am wearing it in a few photographs in the Feels Like Home book. The blue striped one I wear most often was made just for me by Linen Bee and they even named it the “Marian Apron.” What I love about this style of apron is that it doesn’t pull on your neck and it fully covers your front (and sides.) I can be a little messy when I work, so I wear my apron a lot. And, I just think it’s cute, too!
The one I’m giving away is made out of my favorite blue & white windowpane linen. I have several dresses made by Linen Bee out of this fabric.
The other thing I like about ordering pieces from Linen Bee is that they will make them to your measurements. They do have some standard sizes that are ready-to-order, but they will also make them custom if you have more specific requirements. We all have different body shapes and I love that I can order from them knowing that everything will fit perfectly.
a vintage french watercolor box
I bought this vintage French watercolor box from Maria of Dreamy Whites last year, but I’ve ended up using other ones more often. So, I’ve decided to add it to the giveaway to sweeten the pot! This is such a cool watercolor box that it’s hard to part with, but I like to use the things I buy and this just isn’t getting used.
The box includes an enamel palette and four enamel paint pots. (The watercolors, pencils, and brushes aren’t included.)
a kove bluetooth speaker
Now, music is essential for me when I’m creating or making things. In Feels Like Home, I share that I have playlists specifically for writing and painting and then I alternate between a “standards” playlist and a “musicals” playlist for when I’m doing projects and want to sing along. Having nice speakers is a part of that and I love this Bluetooth speaker system by Kove.
Not only does it have great sound, but the speaker splits in two, so you can really take advantage of surround sound. It holds a charge for hours, is water-resistant, and is easy to connect to your phone.
I hope this will provide hours and hours of musical motivation for the winner!
matchboxes & candles
My favorite candle scent in the world is Charlotte Brönte by Oldfield Society. I keep one on my desk and light it when I’m writing. It’s a simple hack that cues my brain, letting it know it’s time to focus. In the box, I’m including some adorable matchbox houses and a selection of candles from Oldfield Society.
I know the owner and she puts so much thought and care into each candle scent, how it’s poured, and how it’s packaged. This is the kind of small business owner you want to support!
german glass glitter
This is a fun last-minute addition and a throwback to the early years of my business. One of my former customers bought this jar of glitter from me and never had the chance to use it, so she wanted to send it along to put in the giveaway! This is a fun addition because I hand-mixed and filled each of these jars to sell in my retail space. German glass glitter is one of my favorite craft materials, specifically for Christmas, and I was excited to sell my custom blend.
If you’ve never used German Glass Glitter, you’re in for a treat. It catches the light like no other glitter and is beautiful to work with. You’ll love having it in your craft stash.
$100 etsy gift card
Aaaaand, lastly, a $100 Etsy gift card to spend on yarn, embroidery supplies, paints, brushes, fabric, antique paint boxes…whatever inspires you to make things or create. You can actually spend it on whatever you want, but I chose Etsy so the winner could buy some great tools and/or materials.
Of all of the giveaway packages I’ll be offering for Feels Like Home over the coming weeks (and there are some great ones), this is one of my favorites. I think because making things and creating is such an integral part of who I am. It brings me so much joy and I’m excited about sharing a box of goodies with a fellow creative or someone who needs some encouragement to create.
As a recap, this Feels Like Home giveaway prize package includes…
- Dunn by Designs Project Pouch (monogrammed)
- Dunn by Designs Embroidery Scissors Pouch (monogrammed)
- Fiskars Forged Scissors
- The Linen Bee “Marian” pinafore apron
- A vintage French watercolor box from my personal collection
- A Kove Bluetooth Speaker
- A collection of Oldfield Society matchboxes & candles
- A jar of German Glass Glitter
- A $100 gift card to Etsy
This giveaway is only open to readers who live in the US (or have a US address) and those over the age of 18. (The box is on the larger size and would be very expensive to ship, but there will be giveaways open to international readers soon!)
To enter, just leave a comment letting me know what things you like to make or would like to make in the future! The giveaway will close Thursday, September 9, 2021, at midnight PST and I’ll contact the winner. (So keep an eye on your e-mail!)
Good luck to all of my fellow creatives and to those who want more creativity in their life. I wish I could send this box of goodies to all of you!
If you haven’t preordered my new book, Feels Like Home, you can pick a retailer to order it from HERE.
If you have preordered and haven’t collected your preorder bonuses, you can do that HERE.