vintage-style leather sketchbook & giveaway!

by | Jan 22, 2021 | a slice of life, Art, Artistic Endeavors, Favorite Things, sketches | 574 comments

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I love having beautiful supplies and tools.  I’m always casually on the hunt for new or new-to-me things that will make working, creating, or making even more enjoyable.  Well, a couple of weeks before Christmas, I found this beautiful vintage-style leather sketchbook from a small shop that sells on Amazon – Leather Village.

These vintage-style leather sketchbooks come in several different sizes and a few color options for the leather cover.

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

I generally like to have a larger work area, so I have the 10 x 7 in Red Brown (above) and Weed Green (below.)  I also have the 13 x 8 in Red Brown.  Sadly, the Weed Green is completely sold out at the moment, but they will hopefully restock soon.

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

I bought one of these sketchbooks initially because I loved the paper with the deckled edges.  I was looking for some paper with deckled edges and, in my search, discovered it would be a better bargain to buy one of these vintage-style sketchbooks instead of the paper alone.

And I have loved the paper!  It has some texture and tooth to it, which I like.  It almost feels more like fabric.  I have used it for sketching with graphite…

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

…as well as charcoal…

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

…and I have used clear gesso on pages so that I can use oil paint on them.  The pages don’t buckle when the gesso is applied, so it will accept a light wash, acrylics, etc.

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

I love the tone of the paper, too.

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

And, the binding is so pretty as well!  The only downside to this vintage-style sketchbook is the sizes smaller than the 13 x 8 are so thick that they won’t lay flat when open towards the front or back of the sketchbook.  I have to use binder clips to hold the pages open.  The 13 x 8 will lay flat.  I prefer sketchbooks and notebooks to lay flat, but, in the case of these sketchbooks, I don’t mind having to use binder clips.  I like that they are fat and have a ton of pages.

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

Each sketchbook has a brass button to hold the leather wrap closure in place.  It’s nice for a sketchbook, especially if you like to tuck things inside.

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

And, they look great on a shelf!  I hope to fill out a bunch of them and have a whole row of sketchbooks at some point in the future.

vintage style sketchbook | art studio | miss mustard seed

vintage style sketchbook | miss mustard seed

I know this sounds like a sponsored post, but it isn’t!  I bought these sketchbooks at full pricee and the company doesn’t know I exist (although they may wonder why there has been a recent rush on their journals after I shared them on Instagram a few times.)

Since I love this vintage-style sketchbook so much, I’d like to give one away to one of my blog readers. This giveaway is for the 10 x 7 in vintage-style sketchbook Mocha.

To enter, just subscribe to receive my blog posts and leave a comment letting me know you have (or already are) subscribed.  That’s it!  I’ll pick a winner randomly from the comments.  The giveaway will close Monday, January 25, 2021, at midnight PST.  Unfortunately, I have to restrict this giveaway to US followers only.  I usually open to it to everyone, but I just shipped a padded envelope of books to the UK and it was over $70!  So sorry to my international followers.

Good luck on winning the vintage-style sketchbook!

Oh, and for those looking for a good notebook for writing, taking notes, and sketching (with line, bullet, and blank paper refille options), THIS NOTEBOOK is my favorite.

574 Comments

  1. Mary Ellen

    I have subscribed to your blog and am following you on Facebook. I enjoy seeing all the lovely things you create – you are very talented!

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    • Dorothea McNally

      I have just subscribed to your posts. I already follow you on Instagram and Facebook, I love your posts! The sketchbooks are beautiful!!!

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    • Gina Argo

      I’ve been following you forever! Love your posts/blogs. I’m a preschool teacher and I love to sketch, draw and watercolor. This book is beautiful ❤️

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  2. Heidi

    Love this sketchbook. Love the blog. I subscribed.

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  3. Susan Elston

    Hello, I am already subscribing to follow you due to loving your ideas and appreciating your skills. the sketchbook is a great find! I would love to use it for sketching and using mixed media. Thank you for your generosity and sharing your creativity. ~ Susan

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  4. Kathy

    I just signed up to receive your blog. Already follow on Instagram. Since retiring after 40 years of teaching, I want to take up painting. This notebook would be an amazing start!

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  5. Megan

    Those journals are everything! Love ❤️

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  6. Heather LaCoppolA

    A work of art in themselves! Love these natural beautiful sketch books! Have been trying to paint or sketch everyday and work on my style, which is nature inspired. Perfect for these sketch books!

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  7. Kristin

    I have followed you on Instagram for quite a while, and just subscribed to your blog. This art journal would be an excellent gift for my son who is a musician but who has recently started drawing as another way to be creative.

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  8. Marcia A Heindl

    I am already a subscriber to your blog, follow you on Insta & FB. Thank you for this giveaway! What a fabulous sketchbook! 😍

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  9. Dru Van Campenhout

    Just signed up for your blog. Please enter me into the drawing for the vintage sketchbook. I’ve have lots of ideas for said sketchbook…
    Thank you Miss Mustard Seed!

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  10. Spring

    Your talent is inspiring and it encourages me to continue to create and embrace my artist life.

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    • Rosanna

      I have been following your blog for a long,long time… I love the variety,the unique things you do,&absolutely adored your “tent sales”(Lucketts)… I would gaze at those photos for a long time!
      I actually was introduced to your blog by my daughter, Rosemary, & have followed you since..

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  11. Candace

    I’ve subscribed and have followed you for years! This sketchbook looks like an artists dream!

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  12. Alexandra Littlehales

    I already subscribe to your blog. I love it!

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  13. misty Druce

    I just signed up for your blog! Please enter me in the drawing for the beautiful leather sketchbook! Excited to

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  14. Spring

    I am following and have been following your Instagram for sometime. I left a comment above also. Hopeful.

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  15. Kerri ward

    I subscribed to your blog recently and I’m a big fan!! I recently moved into a new house and I check your website and blog frequently. I constantly show my husband pictures from your website for inspiration and most nights I fall asleep imagining the things I’ve seen on your website and dreaming about the possibilities.

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  16. Eve

    I am already subscribed. These look so nice! Would love to win one.
    Blessings!

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  17. Kim

    Hello 👋🏼 Marian, I’ve been following you on instagram for some time now and I want to say i really like your aesthetic and use of colors! I’m looking forward to following your blog and the chance to win a beautiful sketchbook 💙
    p.s. really enjoyed following along on your painted floor project.

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  18. Jen

    Beautiful sketch book and love your blog and podcast!

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  19. Jesslyn

    Just subscribed to your blog and have been following on IG for a while.. I want to be artistic even tho I don’t feel very talented. The sketchbook is inspiring 😊

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  20. Susan Homeoad

    You’re such a great artist. My daughter is very good too! I’d love a sketchbook! ❤️

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  21. Tracey

    Have subscribed to your blog. I’m looking forward to it. Also, thank you for the giveaway drawing.

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  22. Lucinda Parramore

    Subscribed! Thanks for introducing us to these beautiful sketch books! Painting has been a refuge to me during the pandemic and very healing! These sketch books look like you could have found them on your last trip to France!

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    • Becky Reavis

      Ohhmygoodness! This is so lovely….I’d love to send it off with my art student daughter when she goes off to college next fall!
      Thank you so much for offering it to us, I love following you and your creativity.

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  23. Kelly

    I’m subscribed! Love your paintings!❤️

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  24. Jill

    Just subscribed to your blog. Love your Instagram. I haven’t painted in years, maybe this book is my motivation! Keep inspiring!

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  25. Deborah

    I enjoy your posts on IG and Facebook too! Always inspiring!

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  26. Sandra

    Just started journaling… Enjoy reading about all your creative projects!

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  27. Gilda Mata

    Hi Marian,
    I am a subscriber to your blog and Instagram. I hope to paint my garden flower and vegetables. Thank you

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  28. Kathy

    Subscribed, plus I follow on IG, as well. I enjoy your IG…photos of your home make it fell very welcoming. I’m loving your artwork. I would love to have your work displayed in my new home.

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  29. Marjorie

    I’m subscribed…again! 😋 I love, love, love the blues you use. Thanks for amazing inspiration and beauty!

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  30. Christina Edwards

    I’m pretty sure that I am already subscribed. Thanks for the chance to win . I love your taste in art supplies.

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  31. Missy Gandy

    Looking forward to learning to paint. I am subscribed. Btw, I loved your finger knitting tutorial. I made lots of little wreaths and garlands over the holidays!

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  32. Dawn

    Excited for the blog! I subscribed!

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  33. Billie Marrs

    I am following you on your blog and Instagram

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  34. Jacquelyn McMahan

    These sketchbooks look amazing! Officially on the wishlist….

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  35. Suzanne

    Beautiful sketchbooks! You always have the best stuff to share. 🙂

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  36. Sheila

    I have subscribed and I just love your leather sketchbook! Your post on Instagram are the ones I save and refer back to the most! So looking forward to reviving the daily updartes!

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  37. Brandy

    Love the sketch book! Signed up!

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  38. Lori

    I am a long time follower since your first book was published…I have a usa mailing address even though I am currently overseas! I hope to win and start painting again. My grama and father are good painters and I have always been intimidated by that.

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  39. Toni Syrmopoulos

    I’ve been subscribed for quite some time now! I love everything about your blog! I also love these sketchbooks! I’ve been eyeballing them for quite a while and had a couple different of them in my “lists”! Fingers crossed!

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  40. Marion

    I subscribed! I’m a newbie to art and drawing. I love your art! Your Van Gogh style painting is lovely! I would love some recommendations on classes. I haven’t tried oil yet but I want to soon!

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  41. Kimberly Conway

    I’ve Subscribed! Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful notebooks! I’m so excited!

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  42. Marianne

    I subscribed. Please enter me in the contest. I love following your instagram also

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  43. Gwendolyn Unruh

    These look so beautiful! I subscribed and would love to win one! Thank you!

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  44. Shaye

    Happy SUNDAY Marian 🥰These journals are so beautiful! I subscribed and and would be so blessed to receive one 💗

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  45. Marcelle

    I am subscribed! I love the idea of drawing in this sketchbook, the paper looks so luscious and tempting. Would be so honored to win it! 💖

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  46. Melissa Cassidy

    So excited for this giveaway! Perfect way to jumpstart myself back into creativity!
    Here’s to hoping I win!!!

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  47. Rachel

    Subscribed! I’ve been following you for awhile now on Instagram and Facebook. I love your line of milk paint and all of the colors. You are an inspiration and continue to inspire me to find those perfect pieces to save and give a facelift.

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  48. Teresa Rivers

    What a beautiful sketchbook. I’ve followed your blogs for some. The colors of your projects and those you chose for your hone are so lovely. Btw, I made the wool yarn pompoms this Christmas, so fun yet relaxing to make them. Fingers crossed I’ll be the owner of a vintage style sketchbook soon!

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  49. Emma

    I’m subscribed and love following along. This looks like a great sketch book. I love seeing what you will paint next!

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  50. Debbie

    Beautiful work and I subscribed.

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  51. Lynnette

    I’m subscribed! Can’t wait to dig in 😊 Thanks for all the inspo

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  52. Amy Manning

    I’m already subscribed. These sketchbooks are gorgeous!!!!

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  53. Marie

    I subscribed to your blog years ago and still look forward to it.

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  54. Tori

    I’ve been a subscriber for years! Way back in the Furniture Feature Friday days! 💙🤍💙
    Would love to win this journal.

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  55. vicki

    I have happily subscribed and love following along on Instagram. The sketchbooks are so lovely! Thank you for so generously gifting to a lucky someone.

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  56. Robyn

    I subscribed! A friend made a notebook like this in college for a project and I loved it!!

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  57. Jennifer

    I have recently started following you. You are interested in a lot of the same hobbies as me!!! I love seeing your inspiring work!!! I just subscribed

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  58. Alisa

    I subscribed! Love following you on Instagram and seeing all your beautiful work.

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    How lovely! I subscribed 💕

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  60. Jennifer

    I have subscribed and love following you on Instagram! ♥️

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  61. Theresa

    I subscribed! As soon as I finish up my graphic design degree (13 more weeks!) I want to learn to paint clouds. I am in love with your cloud and landscape paintings.

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  62. Missy

    Hi, I have been subscribed to your list for several years and I love the inspiration I get from you. I sure wish I could put out a blog post almost everyday like you do. The sketch books are beautiful.

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  63. Amy

    I just subscribed! I love your Van Gogh study on Instagram in these books. So beautiful!

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  64. Michele

    Love your artwork and the journal. Recently subscribed 😀

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  65. Amy

    Yes! I am a subscriber and been following you many years !

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  66. Sknoh

    this is really exciting! I’ve subscribed and I’m so happy I did even if I don’t win this sweet giveaway!

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  67. Mindy

    Signed up! Been following you for years and it’s been a joy! Painted my kitchen table French Blue and mixed it with one of the whites. Love love.

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  68. Kathy

    I signed up! I can’t figure out why I hadn’t before, as I follow everything you do! Thanks so much for the generous giveaway! 😍

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  69. Dani

    I love this! So beautiful. Thank you for a gorgeous giveaway

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    Subscribed! Can’t wait to read your bogs 😊😊😊

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    I am a subscriber and love seeing everything you do!

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  72. Alexis Newell

    Subscribed and rally enjoy when you share these great finds, it looks like a beautiful sketchbook.

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  73. Kriss

    Thank you for doing this, I love your blog. I’ve learned so much about painting and color from you! 💕

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  74. Suzi Matteson

    The journals are beautiful. I already subscribe to your post and they are such a joy to read.

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  75. Tawnya Reiss

    Already subscribed! You are my daily check on my email! Most stuff so skip but check what’s new with you daily!! I must paint again with you on a video!! Love having that time to relax and make art! These sketchbooks are incredible! Thank you for all you do to inspire us and make us a part of your journey

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  76. Eileen

    I’ve been following you since almost the beginning and joined the group at the flea market in Raleigh. Fun day. I’d love to win such a beautiful gift.

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  77. Kit (Katherine) Thomas

    Love your blog and the sketchbook! I’ve been learning Norwegian Rosemaling. The book would be perfect for sketch inspirations!

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  78. Kathryn

    What a sweet giveaway. Love the sketchbook. I’m subscribed!

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  79. Arryn Parker

    I am already a subscriber! Love following all the stuff you do! You are such an inspiration!

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  80. Flora

    Subscribed to your newsletter! This is such a beautiful and thoughtful giveaway!

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  81. Karla Lindstrom

    I’m always impressed with the level of knowledge you have when I read your blog posts and see the results of your creativity. I’ve been subscribed for awhile now, and I’ve especially loved your oil painting tutorials! Super cute sketch book!

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  82. Hilary

    Hello, MP! I already get your blog posts emails and love the colors! The inspiration! The creativity!! So much to try. I jumped right into your live oil painting classes which was new to me. Love. I hope to finish this month exploring more painting! Possibilities.

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  83. Lynne

    Just signed up for your blog and am crossing my fingers and toes for the vintage-style sketchbook! Pick me!

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  84. Debra

    I love the sketch books. You inspire me so much. It was so fun to paint with you during Covid lockdown. What a great memory😀

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  85. Roxanne

    Those sketchbooks are amazing! Great find! I have subscribed! Can’t wait to see more of your work!! You are very talented!

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  86. Lynda Harley

    Lovely sketch books! I bought a deckle edge trimmer so I could fill my travelers notebook with watercolor paper. I signed up for your newsletters! I would love to win a sketchbook! Thanks for taking the time to post such lovely inspirational life! You are appreciated more than you know!

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  87. Kelly

    I have been following you for awhile on Instagram and just adore your style. Thank you this chance to win such a lovely journal💕

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  88. Cathy Garrett

    Hello, have subscribed to your blog now. I enjoy your post and everything you do. This is such a nice giveaway and beautiful sketch book. Thank you for the chance and have a great day!

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  89. Cathy Garrett

    Hello, have subscribed to your blog now. I enjoy your post and everything you do. This is such a nice giveaway and beautiful sketch book. Thank you for the chance and have a great day! I follow you on instagram too!

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  90. Wendy

    I’m a subscriber and long time admirer:)

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  91. Terri Smith

    I am a long time subscriber of your blog and admire your many talents! Thanks for sharing with us !

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  92. Tina Reif

    I am already subscribed. Join first because I wanted to learn more about milk paint. But….I have been inspired by SOOOO much more since that first read! Thanks for doing this drawing! If I were to win, this will go to my daughter who has her own art business…conducted all online.

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  93. Kathy

    I subscribed! Those sketchbooks are gorgeous.

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  94. Lauren

    Love following you. Just subscribed xo

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  95. beth

    Subscribed! Love your blog

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  96. Ashley

    Just subscribed. My sister has taken up drawing as a mind release after we spent the last couple of years caring for our mother. She passed away and drawing has been a life saver for her. Even if I don’t win, I am going to order her one as a gift. Thanh you

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  97. Amy Pike

    I miss YOU!! I am a retailer for your milk paint line, and your style/vibe it totally missed. Thankful to follow your blog…..you’re such an inspiration. Keep on Keepin’ on ✌🏽

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  98. Monica Duelley

    I would love to win this sketchbook! From the description it sounds like the perfect thing to practice most any kind of medium. Thank you for always encouraging us to try new things and to strive for “progress, not perfection.”

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    • Monica Duelley

      Oops! I almost forgot – I’ve been subscribed for years and yours was the first blog I ever followed.

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  99. Marilyn

    What a beautiful sketch book. I am subscribing now.

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  100. Amy Garrison

    I’ve subscribed! I love following you on Facebook and Instagram, your work inspires me! I would love one of these sketchbooks for my daughter, so if I don’t win I may have found a future gift purchase for her. She really didn’t discover her artistic gifts until college, and I’m amazed at how much she is evolving.

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