Giveaway Thursday: Autographed Copy of Handmade Home

by jessicaturner on August 12, 2009

Yes, I know it is Wednesday and my title says Giveaway Thursday. :) I am doing Giveaway Thursday a day early today.

Angie and I are excited to both be giving away a copies of Amanda Soule’s new book Handmade Home today. (If you don’t own her first book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections, you are MISSING out. Order this book and thank me later. It rocks my world.) We are both huge fans of Amanda’s simple outlook on life, craftiness and pretty much everything about her and were honored to receive early copies of the book.

As soon as we received our copies, we decided to make one of the projects together. And what better project than these cute Mama Bags?

Before I go into details about our experience making the bags, take a few minutes to watch our video of us chatting about the project and the book.

Homemade Home from angie smith on Vimeo.

Like I said, Angie is a fabulous seamstress and I can barely sew a straight line (there are pictures below to prove it). Yet, this bag was totally doable for me – and it is labeled “intermediate.” (Granted, Angie did have to guide me a bit. However, now that I have done one, I could easily do it again. Now, if I could just learn how to fill a bobbin…)I think I may make several for Christmas gifts this year.

Here is my fabric with the pleats pinned. I was quite proud of my pleats.
And here Angie is hard at work on the sewing machine.
Angie was very impressed with my pinning skills. Also note my less than perfect pockets.
Of course, what sewing project would be complete without the involvement of a seam-ripper?

And just in case you didn’t get a good look at the bags, here we are holding them – and loving on sweet Elias.
I have two copies of Handmade Home to give away! If you would like a chance to win one, please leave a comment about your sewing experience – or lack there of, if you are like me. :)

For additional chances to win:
* Follow me on Twitter AND tweet this giveaway using this tweet: @JessicaNTurner & @angelac519 are giving away copies of Handmade Home. http://www.themomcreative.com (please RT) (include your Twitter handle in your comment)
* Become a public follower of this blog (if you are a follower already, that counts too!)
* Subscribe to this blog using a reader like netvibes, google reader, etc.

Leave a comment for EACH additional chance.

The winner will be posted on Sunday.

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Craig and Kristy August 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm

very cool…i would love a copy of the book. does it come with a sewing machine? ha ha

Kristy

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Craig and Kristy August 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm

oh and i follow this blog…love it!

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Leslie August 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I would love this! I just started sewing last week and I love it! I have been finding free patters online and making things out of fabric my grandmother had at her house. She has gotten too feeble to sew these days. She tried to teach all her grandgirls how to sew years ago, when we were tweens, but none of us were overly interested. But, that didn't deter her. She bought everyone of us a sewing machine and kept them at her house, in case we decided we wanted to sew. My sister and I have been the only ones to retrieve our machines and use them, but seeing my 79yr old grandma being proud of my sewing so far feels wonderful! You can check out some of my sewing attempts on my blog: lesliegbarton.blogspot.com

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Leslie August 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I follow this blog already!

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Karen August 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Jessica,
That bag is adorable! I would love to get a copy of this book. (Also, you look great!)

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Leslie August 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I tweeted!

lesliegbarton

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

What a neat looking book!! I am not a person that sews but I love to try new things and thought the Mama bag you made was super cute!! I would love to win a copy of the book to try that and many new other things!

Thanks!
Cindy R

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Amber, That's Me! August 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I don't own the first one either but have heard many good things about it!

Sewing experience….uh…. I own a sewing machine. I bought some patterns or handbags and aprons I wanted to make. I just don't quite know how to make the machine and the patters work together.

Thanks!

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Leslie August 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I subscribe via google reader.

lesliegbarton@gmail.com

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Amber, That's Me! August 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I am a follower!

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Amber, That's Me! August 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I also have you in my google reader! Thanks~ Have a great day!

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Robin in New Jersey August 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I have been sewing for 38 years. I have made some very complicated things: my wedding dress, a tailored suit, & men's shirts. But, I really enjoy sewing simple things that don't take a ton of time. I would love this book.

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Robin in New Jersey August 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I subscribed!

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Kelley August 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I'm a follower of this blog!

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Beth August 12, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I love to sew!! My most recent creation-in-progress is an Advent Calendar wall hanging….it's been fun! All homeade ornaments and such!

I'd love to win a copy!!

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

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Beth August 12, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I'm a follower!

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

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Leah August 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I am totally new to sewing but a bit envious of people who can whip things up like those cute bags! This looks like a great book to ease my way into learning how to sew :-)

Thanks for the opportunity!
leah@omommawrites.com

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Leah August 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I'm a follower via google reader!

Leah
leah@omommawrites.com

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Leah August 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm
Jingle August 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I am certainly in the 'lack thereof' category on sewing! LOL! I am trying though…it's just a slower process than I had hoped! The sad part is – my husband is pretty good at it! LOL!

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Jingle August 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I am a follower!

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Jingle August 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

You are in my reader!

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Mindy August 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I would love that book!

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Mindy August 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I have you in my reader!

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Jodilyn August 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I have quite a bit of sewing experience but I haven't done any sewing in years. I miss it but since I started working full time and also doing the mom thing, I have much less time for my crafts. Having ideas right there to inspire me does help though because it takes some of the work out of it for me.

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Melissa August 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Your video made me both laugh, and miss my old girlfriends – Love your bags, especially the pockets! :)

Melissa
Loudonland.blogspot.com

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Julia August 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm

OOOOHhhh!! i would love this book. i would say i am "intermediate"…. i can get the job done, but it's not perfect. i just made a tote bag, but this one looks WAY cooler!!

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Julia August 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Jacky August 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Oh, I looove that bag!! I honestly do not have a lot of sewing experience, but I have been able to make simple dresses and skirts for me and my littlest sister, so maybe I could pull that off. =) And I do have a sewing that works, currently. Thanks for the chance, Jess! =D

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Julia August 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm

i follow your blog!!

(by the way, your bags are so cute!!)

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Katie August 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm

The bags you guys made are super cute. I would love to win a copy of this book! Cute Video Too!

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Gene and Annie August 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I would love this book mostly because I just started learning to sew with my mentor from Church. It would be awesome to get some great ideas from this book!! Thanks so much!!

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Gene and Annie August 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I am adding you on to my google reader too!! Thanks so much, I look forward to reading your blog!!

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Alicia August 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Love the video! This book looks amazing! I am just learning how to sew and I love this bag – I think it would be the perfect project :)

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polly's path August 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I am a hobby-sewing class drop-out. Maybe this book will redeem me, and maybe not. I do love A. Soule's blog.

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Joelle August 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Great giveaway! I love to sew and just moved into a new house where I'm going to have my own craft room finally!! Have you heard of the angry chicken blog (http://angrychicken.typepad.com/)? She has a book, Bend the Rules Sewing, it's a great one for beginners too!

Joelle
http://www.djcannon.blogspot.com
(also a follower!)

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Katie L August 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Love the first book! I've sewn a quilt or two in my life, but am excited about smaller projects with two little ones running around!

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Erin August 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I would love this for a friend who is about to move away-she loves doing sewing projects!

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Katie L August 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I follow on Google Reader!

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Sue Krei August 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm

WOW…this sounds like a wonderful book!! Please enter me in your giveaway.
Sewing experience??? It's been awhile, but I've done some quilting, and making clothes for my daughter when she was little. Doll clothes…mending…all that good stuff.
I am now using my machine for some altered mixed media artwork. Such fun!!!

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Sue Krei August 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I am also a follower of your blog, so please enter me again!! Thanks a bunch!

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Becky C August 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Hi Jessica! i came across you from Angie's blog which i read regularly, and saw this video of you and her and immediately recognized you!!! I went to mercy from 2006-2007 when you used to volunteer on saturdays and one day you came in and did a special class with us and we made that really cool memory flip book and we all took our picture! anyway, i thought it was cool that you were on here so I thought i'd say hi! :)

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Harmony August 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I'm so happy to find your blog from Angie's! I think this book looks amazing and I don't know much about sewing but would love to learn! The bags are really cute and I loved the video! Great giveaway!

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brandiandboys August 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm

i've been holding off buying it… hoping to win!

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David and Kristin August 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I would love to get one of these. I have been working on a t-shirt quilt for my husband for about a year now (off and on), so this would get me to open up the machine again!

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Hicks Family August 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book! I teach FCS and am always looking for great ideas! Love the bags! Great job!

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Hicks Family August 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I already follow and subscribe!

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The Van Ordens August 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I would love this book! I could be classified as almost an intermediate level :o) I do lots of machine embrodery and love it!

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Stephanie August 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

My mom bought me a sewing machine years ago…but I didn't learn how to use it until just before my 1 year old daughter was born. Now I LOVE it and even have a little Etsy shop where I sell some of my creations. I would so LOVE this book!

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Cass August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

i'm trying to get back into more sewing … now that i have my mother-in-law's "old" machine … just finished all but the handstitching on a sweet vintage baby quilt. so proud of myself …. and now am all ready if this new baby is a girl!

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Stephanie August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted – Mom2Valerie.

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Carissa August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

How fun! I would love to sew more!

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susanv August 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I would love to have this book! I have been sewing for my children since my daughter (now 3-1/2) was 9 months old. I quickly became a pretty experienced seamstress. I would love to branch out into sewing something besides children's clothes!

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Stephanie August 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I LOVE following your blog – I've followed you since we were both pregnant at the same time with our now 1 year olds and just love all your momma ideas 😉

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susanv August 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I am already a follower of your blog too!

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Marianne August 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I would love a copy of this book. My sewing skills are very basic and my daughter (almost 10)is learning to sew and her skills are quickly passing me up. I would love to have some projects for us to do together.

Marianne

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Char Griffith August 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Oo. I love this bag. I just started sewing and this book looks right up my alley.

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Char Griffith August 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I follow the blog

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Char Griffith August 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I subscribe to the blog.

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aimee August 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I love your video! I am at your experience level with sewing. I took a class at Jo-Ann that taught the basics, and now it's time for me to jump in!

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Brittney Galloway August 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

What a neat idea for a book! My only sewing experience came about 2 months after I got married, when I though it would be a good idea to sew a quilt. Needless to say, it isn't finished yet!

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Brittney Galloway August 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I follow your blog.

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Joey and Elizabeth August 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm

My mother sewed EVERYTHING for my 3 sisters & me growing up. If I lived closer, I would make her teach me how to sew!
I tried an apron a few months ago with a friend…but then I moved, and I can't make myself start it again! I really want to though!!!

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Julia August 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I have been looking at sewing machines lately…I really need a good beginner machine. I have two daughters, and I'm DYING to start sewing for them!!

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Melissa August 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I'm very impressed. I have made curtains for my house, but I'm always so scared to sew because I'm afraid I'll mess it all up. I would love to win this book and learn how to make that cute bag. I think it's a great gift idea for new moms too!

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kristin August 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I don't sew too often, but I really enjoy it! I started sewing when I was 9 – made my first outfit for 4-H :) 21 years later I'm still sewing. The last thing I made was a bag/purse out of an old felted sweater.

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Melissa August 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I also begame a follower.

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KarenH August 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I loved the video and your bags look great.

I've been sewing for a LONG time and I can't wait to see the projects in this book. :)

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Amanda August 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

awesome giveaway! i'll buy the book if I don't win! I'm doing a quilt along and have made a few quilts, but I wouldn't consider myself an expert…. I can't gather fabric like you did! =)

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Amanda August 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I follow you! … on your blog, not in a creepy way!

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Shana Kent August 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I just love y'all! I read your blogs daily and y'all are so cute and funny! And I LOVE to sew, but can't by a pattern … so this sounds like it is right up my alley!

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Luanne August 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm

My sewing experiences have been traumatizing–7th grade home ec, making the top that I had to wear to get a grade, changing right before class and then making a Bee line straight to the locker room afterwards, with my jacket on so that nobody in the hallway would see!

P.S. I like the way you say, BAG–I'm from WI, too and am proud of the way we say our vowels correctly!!

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Luanne August 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm

I follow!

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Luanne August 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm

I subscribe!

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krislyn. August 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

loved the video!! your girls are so fun.

i'm a follower!

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Andrea August 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

The last time I did any sewing was when I was in Grade 10 and sewed a pair of pajama bottoms at school. They ended up looking more like MC Hammer pants with moons and sheep on them. I'd love to get back into it and have a great mother who can teach me lots!

andreapaetkau(at)gmail(dot)com

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Andrea August 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I'm a google reader subscriber!

andreapaetkau(at)gmail(dot)com

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

This book looks amazing! I do attempt to sew. My most recent project was 12 checkered flags for our church VBS. It is fun to attempt to sew clothes for my girls,too!

Thanks for the giveaway-
artandjen at juno dot com

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Amanda August 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I really do want to learn to sew! I have a sewing machine that my great grandmother gave me. It was hers and she had it repaired and serviced and gave it to me about a month ago… so I do need to figure it out!

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Amanda August 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I follow!

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KARSIE GENE August 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I think the book sounds great! I am in the novice-intermediate area…
Michelle

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KARSIE GENE August 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I also follow your blog!

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Amanda August 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted! twitter handle: alecVA

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Brooke August 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

In junior high, I made a skirt for my mom with major help from a friend. Made a skirt that never fit for myself with same said friend. Fortunately, I married into a sewing family and hand everything to my MIL!!!

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Mario and Debra August 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I would love a copy!

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Jess August 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

This book sounds great! I have recently gotten into sewing and really enjoy it. Currently I'm working on an apron…I've ruined one to many shirts cooking :( Thanks for the giveaway!

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Great job on the bags—I really like the fabric! I would love to test my skills in the beginner stage—I am not very talented with my sewing skills but would like to try again! Just need a sewing machine!
Thanks,
Rebecca

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Andrea August 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I (ampaetka) follow you on twitter and tweeted this giveaway.

andreapaetkau(at)gmail(dot)com

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Lisa August 12, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Like you I haven't figured out how to load a bobbin yet, but I'm trying to learn!

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Rebecca (Sam's wife) August 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

so fun! i would love one…going to have to check out the other book when i get a chance too!

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Jennifer August 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Perhaps the Home Ec classes will finally pay off….your bags look so much better than the country jumper I made back then! Would love the book.

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Brianna August 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

So cute! You two are adorable! I can see that you have a great friendship! I'd love a copy of this book. I'm trying to get into sewing!

P.S.- I subscribe to your feed.

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Mandy and Jack August 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Yay! Another crafty one!!

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Mandy and Jack August 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I follow your blog.

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Mandy and Jack August 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

And it's in my reader.

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Mandy and Jack August 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

And tweet tweet!! @mandyhornbuckle

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jcclifton August 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I used to sew…then had children. But I would love to get back into it. I have one grandbaby and what fun we would have when she is older :)

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I follow this blog already!!
Abi Byrd
http://www.babyhomepages.net/jebbie

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I just got a sewing machine from my amazing MIL my last birthday in September. I would LOVE this book!!!
Abi Byrd
http://www.babyhomepages.net/jebbie

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kristi August 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm

what a wonderful giveaway! I have a sewing machine and would love to have the book so I can make a cute purse!! :)

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Claire August 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I once had to sew a badge onto my karate gi, and my mom talked me through it. Simple right? Just whip stitch it on and bam, or not..I spent an hour on what should have only taken a few minutes, and then all proud, lifted it up to show my mom…Except I had sewed it to my pants..My mom went ahead and sewed it on after we got me unattached!

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kristi August 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Oh! And I'm a follower of your blog.

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Hailey August 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I can't sew a lick. Maybe this book would help! I would love to own a copy!

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Juel August 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I'm a follower of your blog

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heartchild August 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I have been wanting to get this book! Your bag turned out so cute, great job! I am a beginner/intermediate sewer and want to learn more.

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Laur August 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I have zero sewing experience but would love to learn- what a valuable skill to have!

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Kaitlin August 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

That book would so fun to have! I haven't done much sewing in my life because I normally hand things over to my dad. He's and Eagle Scout and is good at those sorts of things. I did once sew a pillow in the 7th grade and have done a few more simple pillows. That's really about it!

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Melody August 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I love those bags! I am determined to one day sew enough to do that! 😉

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sammiebell August 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Britt :) August 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Hopefully my sewing experiences will become many. My future mother-in-law gave me a sewing machine as a house warming gift. I'll be reading your blog via goodle reader. :)

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Kim @ Adventures of a SAHM August 12, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Would LOVE a copy of this book – great vido!

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Kim @ Adventures of a SAHM August 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I follow you on twitter and tweeted here

http://twitter.com/Kimmiekinkins/statuses/3267102834

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Kim @ Adventures of a SAHM August 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I subscribe on google reader!

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Kim @ Adventures of a SAHM August 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I Follow your blog – love it!

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Melissa August 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Love it! Love you and Angie. You two are too funny. I've been sewing most of my life. Not always a big fan, but I can do it. Made my mother a suit when I was about 14. It was quite good, but I think that was the beginning of my lack of fondness for sewing clothing, but I still like fun projects. Love any and all things crafty and wish I have more time to do them.

I follow your blog and twitter,(but usually only post one comment)…why yes, I'm a little bit of a stalker…but feel so much better since it's become known as following which makes it sounds such much less menacing. :)

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Angela August 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I can't sew…I would love to…but I can't. Love your blog!

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Melinda AKA medialady August 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

My mom is a seamstress and I tried to follow in her footsteps – that's a joke!!! I have problems with straight lines too! I sew only when the mood hits me (in other words, I would have to take the vacuum clean to suck off the dust since it hasn't been used lately). The book looks very interesting and I think I could get very motivated again.

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Melinda AKA medialady August 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm

I have been following your blog for some time now. Love it!!!

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harmonysong August 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm

My sewing experience includes a quilt, but I had A LOT of help on it!! I could never do it again without as much help!

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Jenn Becker August 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

You two are great on video together, SO fun! I would love this book…I have a sewing machine, but zero sewing skills, so this could be just the right inspiration to learn!

@jennbecker

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Oh my! Me & sewing?!?! I would love to be crafty & hope I win this book to help me along.

~Christi in California~
christiluvsbrandon@yahoo.com

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I love to sew!!!! I would LOVE a copy of this book! Thank you for this great giveaway opportunity!
Rachel

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I am a follower of this blog!
Rachel

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MaryBeth August 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm

i am pretty much a non-sewer…. but i would love to learn. this sounds like a great book! thanks for the chance to win.

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ANDREA August 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Thanks for all your tips. I'd like to win!

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grace August 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm

right before i was to model my 4-h project in the 5th grade (which had taken me 6 months, since i was not too adept with a seamripper), my mom pressed it and we started trimming tiny threads. on accident, we cut the bodice OFF the skirt. like, the whole thing. GONE. we had to restitch the whole thing in twenty minutes. needless to say, i didn't win. sigh.

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Emily August 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I have a sewing machine and in my mind would LOVE to be a great sewer – is that the right word?? If only I had a sewing room like Angie instead of my machine taking residence in a corner of my unfinished laundry room…not very welcoming!

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Emily August 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I love your blog, by the way…so much so that I am now following you publicly!

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Deanna August 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I would love a copy!!! Sounds terrific!

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Ashley August 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm

i am new at sewing but would love to win this book to help me along with some easy starter projects!

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Emily August 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Wonderful! Pick me!

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Emily August 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I'm now a blog follower!

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Mindy May August 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I just was talking about learning to sew. This book sounds wonderful and I would love a copy.

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Mindy May August 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

And I already follow you!

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Emily August 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Tweet, tweet… following you on twitter!

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Emily August 12, 2009 at 4:19 pm

And I tweeted (twittered? :) about the giveaway.

pittspilotswife

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Sara August 12, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Okay….so I follow both of your blogs, and Amanda Soule's. I love crafty stuff and I am such a loser because I have not bought either one of the books! Therefore….I need to win this. Bad. Thanks for sharing! Love ya'll!

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Sarah August 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Okay you two just cracked me up! I actually snorted – SNORTED – when you said "I know it's about repurposing old stuff but we just went to Joanne's." I'm in. I'm a big fan of The Creative Family and would like to do this one.

I used to sew and have a desire to really get better at it. I feel like I need to take a class or sit with someone who knows how to do it as my Grade 8 home ec class isn't quite cutting it these days. :-)

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Sarah August 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Oh, and I subscribe!

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Linny Best August 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I'm already a follower and you're in my Google Reader! And I RT'd…I'm @linny

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I would LOVE this book. I love to do projects like this, but since I had my baby I have not had the time but it is time to get back into it again and I think that this would spark that. April C. In Florida

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Michele August 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm

once when I was about 12 I was sewing a pillow and managed to stitch my jeans to the carpet I was sitting on! oops! Would love this book, thanks!

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Sheri August 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Love the video you girls made. How fun! It's been a long time since I pulled out my sewing machine. I need some inspiration! Would love to win a copy of this book!

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Sheri August 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I also just signed up to follow your blog via Google.

Thanks!

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Jewels Of Hope August 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I love those bags! I have took a sewing class in high school and dabble here and there with sewing.
I would love this book!

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Jewels Of Hope August 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I follow you on twitter and tweeted the contest :) Jewelsof Hope

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Jewels Of Hope August 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I follow your blog

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Amy August 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I don't sew but that doesn't mean I wont try if I win the book! Actually, my husband can sew. . .pretty strange right? Thanks!

Be Blessed,

Amy (Honestly)

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Jewels Of Hope August 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

oh and I have you on Google reader as well.

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Amy August 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Oh, and I just became a follower too!

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Meg 'N August 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm

I am now following this blog and I love to sew.I actually just bought a new sewing machine today. I will post pics on my site later. http://www.thoughtsnstuff.com I would love to be entered into the book give away.
http://twitter.com/megnstuff

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Meg 'N August 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I tweeted. megnstuff

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Brittany August 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

LOVE IT! Would love to win! (does that sound cheesy? :))

I follow this blog, love it, you, and your sweet Elias.
My mom has a sewing room and I would love to get this for her so we could have some mother/daughter time and make this together. Thanks for the awesome giveway Jess, you rock!

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Kendra August 12, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I have been wanting to learn to sew. This would be a great help! I tweeted about it too. ksterner

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Kathryn August 12, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Oh, please enter me. I definitely have a lack of sewing skills. I have a machine but honestly I do not know how to use it – hopefully soon I will.

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Heidi August 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I just got a copy of the first book and love it – can't wait for the second! My twitter handle is @slightlycosmo.

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Heidi August 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I also follow your blog in bloglines! :)

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jayfersgirl August 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I just found out about her blog yesterday! I just sewed a flower onto a shirt for my daughter using varying scraps of fabric in browns and blues…my first attempt at sewing anything, and it turned out pretty well, so I am going to get her other book now!:)

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Karen Deborah August 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm

me too I would love it, books are always the best giveaways.

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Rach August 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I have inherited my grandmother's metal sewing machine! I'm excited to start doing projects with it!

rachael(dot)lou@gmail(dot)com

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Rach August 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I also follow on bloglines!

rachael(dot)lou@gmail(dot)com

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Jill August 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I think you guys should do more videos together… crack me up!

Plus, I love the picture of you two holding your bags and looking at Elias. Too cute!

Maybe this book would motivate me to unpack the sewing machine my mother-in-law gave me 5 years ago for my birthday? (She had such high hopes for me.)

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

~Jill

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Jill August 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm

And I follow your blog on Google Reader too!
~Jill

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Sarah August 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I Love sewing and doing crafty things so I know I'd just Love this book! I loved your video too. :)

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I "tweeted" about this great giveaway! My Twitter handle is rnoelhaney.

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I follow your blog!

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I also read your blog in Google Reader!

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I would love to learn how to sew. As a matter of fact, I may be attending some sewing classes sometime soon. I have been looking for an inexpensive yet quality sewing machine on Craigslist but no luck so far! Once, I did sew a purse though! :)

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Sue August 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I don't sew other than mending hems or putting buttons back on. But I have always wanted to attempt quilting or some other art form of sewing. Maybe some day. Right now my comfort zone is more paper arts. But I love how sewing is now incorporated into paper collage.
Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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Sarah August 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Follower!! :)

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Pam August 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm

This looks like a fabulous book, and I loved y'all's video . . . so cute! Can't wait to see who wins. The bags you and Angie made are darling. Loved the pockets. : )

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Pam August 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Now following you publicly and in my Google Reader, too. : )

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Andrea August 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I have some sewing experience… as in I can sew a straight line = ) I enjoy sewing baby quilts for our local crisis pregnancy centre and would love to win this book!

andreaandtyler [AT] hotmail.com

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Neat book! I'd love to be a winner :)

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm

And I'm a follower!

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Rachel August 12, 2009 at 5:32 pm

And I follow you in Google Reader!

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Devin August 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I JUST started Sewing. And i LOVE this!

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Jennifer August 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I am a total 'wanna be' when it comes to sewing! One of those… 'some day' dreams. The bag you made is adorable… great job!

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I would love to have the book. I bought myself a sewing machine a year ago and I am hooked. This book would definitely give me some new inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway.

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lifelaughsandlove August 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm

My MIL offered to buy me a sewing machine a few years ago, and I laughed. Me? Sew? Now I wish I would have taken her up on that offer. Ever since I had kids I have all sorts of stuff I want to sew. What is it about having babies that brings out the crafty/domestic side of women? I swear it's got to be hormonal! I've started dropping hints to her again about the sewing machine, so maybe I will get one for Christmas!

~Amy

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Carolina Girl August 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I just bought a sewing machine and am looking for some cute projects. I already sewed a curtain shut…so that you can't put the rod through! Need to get one of those seam rippers!

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lettie mae August 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Sorry, forgot to put in my name. Here goes again:
I would love to have this book. I bought myself a sewing machine a year ago and am hooked. This book would definitly give me some new inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

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KnitterPam August 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm

My mom is a fabulous seamstress, can do everything from suits to drapes to wedding dress alterations (mine anyway). But I got the knitting gene instead. I can sew a straight line and can load a bobbin (I think), but that's as far as it goes… would love to check out this book!

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DurhamDayz August 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Hi there! I came across your blog today. I love your creativity! The book sounds awesome! I love to craft and am trying to learn how to sew. The bag you made is great. I look forward to visiting your blog more often. Your son is adorable. Have a nice day and take care!

Tara :)

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Dawn August 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Pick me! Pick me!
Shameless begging here…
:)
Dawn @ (4:53 am)

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Rachel C. August 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm

My mom tried numerous times to teach me to sew. I got antsy after cutting out the pattern. I think I have more patience for it now so I've been thinking about asking her for some help again. She is a wonderful seamstress!

Would love to get the book!

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Makila August 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I can sew some. When I sew, I usually do baby blankets for gifts or for my kids when they are born.

Looking forward to learning more about this book!

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Makila August 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I just added this blog to my reader!

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Mrs. U August 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Hey, I'm a newbie to sewing! Looks like this book would be a great way to learn!! After all, Mr. U did buy me a really nice sewing machine last Mother's Day… oh dear…

May I enter, please?

His,
Mrs. U

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Andrea August 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I watched the video over at Angie's blog too, you both look like you had a lot of fun with the project! I would definitely be a beginner, my husband does all the sewing in the family!

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Misia Pepa Adventures August 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I enjoy reading your blog.
I would love a copy of the book. I'm learning my way to sewing. I love to make projects specially for my daugther. If you look closer they are nto that good but I'm getting better one project at time.

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Misia Pepa Adventures August 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I just subscribed to your blog.
I really enjoy reading it

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Angela August 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

This would be an excellent book for me. I am surrounded by people who can sew, but for some reason I never learned how to sew. I ALWAYS ask my mom, MIL, grandmothers, SIL, whoever, to sew something for me.
I would love this book because I can do it myself! (in the words of my 3 yr old son) I plan to buy a sewing machine for my birthday in October, so I can get started rather quickly and MAKE chirstmas gifts!

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Angela August 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I'm a public blog follower.

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Angela August 12, 2009 at 7:22 pm

tweeted

angelahanke

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KristiGilbert August 12, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I just checked her first book out from the library but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Would love to win the second book, especially with that cute bag as one of the projects!

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Suzanne August 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I actually don't have much sewing experience but always have wanted to learn. I actually got a sewing machine for my birthday a couple of years ago but have been too nervous to use it. Sounds like this book would be just the thing to get me to finally start using it.

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Suzanne August 12, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I'm also following your blog on google reader too.

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

very cool bags!!

ElizabethG

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Katie August 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I have like no sewing experience but I would love to have some! I love craftiness… and I am a crafty wannabe!

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Sarah August 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I have pretty much NO sewing experience, but it is something I have always wanted to do/learn.
I am excited to check out her other book too!
Thanks so much!

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cara August 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm

LOVE amanda's site!!! excited about her book, too :)

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Sarah August 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm

And I just became a follower! :)

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josh and annie August 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I learned how to sew when I was YOUNG but I just re-taught myself so that I could sew cloth diapers for my daughter! And now I am a very comfortable seamstress!

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natalie eve August 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Jess, this is my first time ever to your blog (via Angie's) I watched the video and heard you mention that you are from WI. Where? We live in Superior WI (but are really from across the bridge in Duluth MN) I found nothing weird w/ your pronoucing of the word "bag" 😉

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josh and annie August 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

And I tweeted as aeasterling…

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Mary August 12, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I love Amanda's work!! I would love this book. Pick me! Pick me please!!

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Sarah August 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Great job on the bag! I would love to win a copy of the book!

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Noah's Mommy August 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I do not sew but my sister does and I would love for her to make some of these bags. Too cute!

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Kristin August 12, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I made my first quilt when I was 12, started my last one about 15 years ago and I'm still working!

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amykiane August 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm

oh i would love this book! i love her first one. i sew quite often.

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I would love a copy of the book! My mom taught me to sew, but I haven't done it in a LONG time!

Melissa E.

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Marissa August 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

OH MY GOODNESS I almost bought this book the other day but since we just started with a nanny decided I would have to wait until I got more swagbcks. I WANT IT!!! I NEED IT!!! Please pick me!!!!!

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Marissa August 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I am also a follower of you blog!!!

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Marissa August 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

And I follow you on my google reader.

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Marissa August 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

And I am a twitter follower but have no clue what you mean about tweet this and leave your handle so if you tell me I'll tweet with my handle!

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Targetshopper: August 12, 2009 at 9:47 pm

fun video and super cute bags!!

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ParenteauFamily August 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I'm so inspired by Amanda (and I'm so lucky to live near her!) My Mom gave me her old sewing machine but I've never used it and I'd love to get my hands on this book. I follow your blog on google as well. I hope I win!
Cindy

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Julie August 12, 2009 at 10:07 pm

What a fun book! I sewed a little in 4H in my elementary days and took Home Ec in high school. But, I haven't sewed since but am inspired! My friends sew such cute things. Thanks!!

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Maura August 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I have problems with the bobbin, too. And pulling up thread from the bottom. Which is why a lot of my fabric has to go with off-white – it is already threaded and ready to go!

The book looks really neat. My daughter just started sewing and she will love the projects.

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Maura August 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm

This looks great! I love the idea of sewing, but have not gotten too far. I sometimes have to coordinate my project with the color of thread that is in my bottom threader. Can be too difficult to change!

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Mommy Bee August 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I would consider myself an inexperienced sew-er, but maybe this book would help me make a cute bag like yours! Yay!

luvmybabybees(at)gmail(dot)com

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Megan August 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Oooooo I loved her first book and would love love the next one!

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm

I loved the video and I loved the bags and I am sure I will love this book!

Nicole
scrappymommy3@yahoo.com

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betseykerr August 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I learned tosew at age 11 or 12 and I have loved it ever since. Any new ideas are welcomed! I would love to have Amanda Soule's new book! She is so very creative and always has such great ideas!…I just realized I have been sewing for 25+ years now, amazing! It never grows old, always a new fun project to try. I love making quilts most of all!

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Ryan and Jessica August 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm

What cute ideas. I dread anytime I have to sew … thankfully I have my mom to help if needed which, let me be honest..often times it is needed! :)

Great video!

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dave and sarah o August 12, 2009 at 10:52 pm

It looks like an awesome book. the bag is adorable! Id love to win this book :)

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Ashley G. August 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I would love a copy of this book; maybe it would inspire me to take my brand new (yet 3 year old) sewing machine out of the box?!

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Penny August 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I would love this for my pastor's wife. She can really sew, not me. Then she could make me a purse, you know for entering her and all. =)

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Heather Allen August 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I'm glad you are a beginner sewer and were able to complete an intermediate project! I received a sewing machine as a gift last year…and it is still in the box. Haha! I am a follower and my twitter handle is heatherallen. Blessings!

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I can't sew a thing yet have a sewing machine for 17 years.
Would love to win!
Joanna Rummel

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Lindsey August 12, 2009 at 11:52 pm

My mom and both my grandmas are such wonderful seamstresses! And I can't sew a straight line to save my life.

My only stitching experience happens on scrapbook pages.

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Angela August 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

The book sounds so fun!

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Anonymous August 13, 2009 at 12:06 am

I would love to win this book! The bags you made are so cute! I think I need to take a refresher sewing class though. Thanks!
christy-wahl@sbcglobal.net

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erin V August 13, 2009 at 12:18 am

i have little sewing experience but enough to keep me working on projects and dreaming of being better, this book looks great and right up my alley!

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nanaandpapa1 August 13, 2009 at 12:22 am

I am currently drawing on every bit of sewing experience I have to complete a quilt for my first ever quilting challenge. it sure is nerve wrecking. wish me luck, I'm going to need it. does anyone know if it is really true that you have a better chance of winning if you hand quilt? I'd much rather machine quilt this thing. sigh…

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Hall Family in MD August 13, 2009 at 12:23 am

I sewed my senior banquet dress and a tennis dress in high school and a Southern Belle gown for a North and South Banquet in college, but have not sewn anything since. Would love this book as I have a 7 year old daughter who would lover her momma to be a bit more crafty =) Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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surfmomma4 August 13, 2009 at 12:24 am

Well the video couldn't be cuter..hope I win, but if I don;t I'm buying the book
susie
surfmomma4@aol.com

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Blessed Mommy August 13, 2009 at 12:41 am

I actually have a sewing machine but do very little sewing. My mom is a great sewer, but sadly I did not inherit that trait.

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Jessica August 13, 2009 at 12:49 am

I can handle sew in a straight line but this would be so fun to make!!

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Jessica August 13, 2009 at 12:50 am

I just became a follower….yippee!!

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mandiegirl August 13, 2009 at 12:57 am

I'd totally LOVE to win! I even have a sewing lesson planned for next weekend, so this would be PERFECT for me!

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Shannon August 13, 2009 at 1:07 am

I have ZERO sewing experience but I would love to learn. My MIL has a sewing machine and we keep talking about a sewing day. Thanks for this chance!

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Southern Gal August 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

I love Amanda Soule and her books look fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Southern Gal August 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

I'm a follower.

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Southern Gal August 13, 2009 at 1:13 am

I also subscribe!

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Kristy August 13, 2009 at 1:18 am

Oh too much fun. I am a beginner sewer too. I have sewn before but I dont do much of it. I would love to see all the creative ideas this book has to offer.

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The Goodyers August 13, 2009 at 1:27 am

I would love Love LOVE a copy of this book, i am a 'beginner' and think Soule Mama's guidance and inspiration would be a great place to start.

Thanks Jess!!

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Ross and Taya August 13, 2009 at 1:45 am

the bags are adorable! i can't sew a straight line either but i'd love to try. thanks jessica!

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Jaime August 13, 2009 at 1:54 am

This would give me an AWESOME excuse to get a sewing machine and learn!!! :)

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Jaime August 13, 2009 at 1:57 am

Following you on twitter and tweeted! :)

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Julie August 13, 2009 at 2:07 am

I am an intermediate sewer I think. I've ben sewing for a couple years now and am always learning how to make new homemade gifts for people. Winning the book would be awesome, but if not I'll probably have to go buy it :^)

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Heather August 13, 2009 at 2:23 am

You and Angie are a hoot! Love the bags and have teh itch to make my own!!! What a fun "girls night in" that would be.

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Leslie August 13, 2009 at 2:52 am

I love all things creative, that's why I love your blog so much! Would love to win this book to help my sewing skills get better!

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Leslie August 13, 2009 at 2:53 am

I also follow your blog and have google reader, and follow you on twitter (although I haven't figured out the tweetin yet:)!)

lhartmanfamily@blogspot.com

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Jennifer August 13, 2009 at 3:02 am

Sounds like a GREAT book! I love the bags that you both made! I also love that you can still be a beginner at sewing and use the book!

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Amanda C. August 13, 2009 at 3:04 am

I have maybe an ounce of sewing experience…. when I was younger I could sew pillow cases and then stuff them with stuffing. That was it. I cross-stitched a little, but maybe like 2 things.

I am reeeaally wanting a sewing machine! When we move into a new place I'm looking to get a used one and hopefully some awesome books like this one that would give me amazing patterns to follow!

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Jennifer August 13, 2009 at 3:08 am

So lacking in sewing skills, but want them so bad. My mother tried to teach me–it didn't work. We do not think the same way…I guess I need to take a class. :)

Jennifer

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Lacey August 13, 2009 at 3:18 am

This sounds SO FUN – and I love your bag (said with a northern accent). :-) I'd love to learn to sew, and I'd love a copy of the book!

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Lacey August 13, 2009 at 3:18 am

Also, I subscribe to your blog in Google Reader!

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Rae August 13, 2009 at 3:56 am

You guys are too cute! I would love the book! I haven't started using my sewing machine yet, maybe this is the reason to start.

Tawnda

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Rae August 13, 2009 at 3:56 am

I follow this blog religiously;o)

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Nana August 13, 2009 at 4:14 am

Love the video sat and giggled rightwith both of you!!!! xoxoxo Mom

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Christy August 13, 2009 at 4:27 am

My sewing experiences these days involve sewing my daughter's Brownie patches on her vest. I sewed a few projects when I was younger, and would love to get into it again. However, life (and my four kids) keep getting in the way!

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Katie August 13, 2009 at 4:27 am

I spent the day sewing bucket hats for our trip to San Diego!

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Megan August 13, 2009 at 4:28 am

I have very little sewing experience, but somehow managed to be dubbed one of the costumer's for a musical I was in this past spring! But I'd love to learn how to do more crafty things in the home =)

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Megan August 13, 2009 at 4:28 am

And I'm already subscribed! :)

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Sally August 13, 2009 at 9:16 am

I have only done sewing in school many years ago but would so love to get back into it now. Thanks for the chance to win.
Cheers Sally

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Bobbie August 13, 2009 at 11:09 am

I love to sew. I have never sewn purses though. Usually just quilts, blankets, curtains, and the occasional dress for one of my daughter. I love to sew though it helps me relax. The book sounds very interesting.

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Jacky August 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Tweeted this! And following (petuniasays)!
http://twitter.com/petuniasays/status/3285096499

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Jacky August 13, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I follow, too! I'd so loove to have this book, if only so I can make that adorable bag. =)

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George August 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I would love to win!! Love your video!

Thanks –

Heidi P.

h.polcaster@sbcglobal.net

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Teresa August 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I would love a copy. I've done some sewing, have a machine, but haven't touched it since I have had kids… Would be great to get back!

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~1/2 a dozen~ August 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I'm 29 now and have been sewing since high school! Cute story…
I married my high school boyfriend and my first sewing project back in high school was a pair of boxers (underwear) for him. They had teddy bears all over them. I couldn't figure out how to do the very necessary hole in the front so I just left it out! LOL! He still has the boxers today, although he doesn't wear them. I thought it would be fun to keep them to show the grandkids. I do have to say though, that my sewing skills have much improved since then!

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~1/2 a dozen~ August 13, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I became a public follower of your blog

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~1/2 a dozen~ August 13, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I have added you on my list of blogs to read on Google Reader

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Christi August 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm

You gals did a great job! That book looks great!

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SGreen August 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm

What a great giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win! Your bad turned out great!!!!!!

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Leigh August 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Cute book & loved the video. Not much of a sewer; crosstitching is more my speed. But maybe this book would bring out the inner seamstress that is lurking in there somewhere.

breezysmom123@gmail.com

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Valerie August 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I have a sewing machine, and have done some very rudimentary alterations to my daughter's pants (taking in the waist). I want to learn, however, and had my mother-in-law help with sewing on a cute applique on a t-shirt.

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Char August 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Looks like a GREAT book! Sewing experience? Got hooked in 7th grade home-ec many long years ago. I make costumes for the local community theatre, make quilts, sew skirts and dresses for me and my daughters (though at 13 and 14yo they are "too cool" for mom made clothes)and for friends who have cute little girls. I just recently got hooked on making purses.

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Anonymous August 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Oh my Word I need these books! I am a terrible seamstress, but I am willing to learn thanks for the chance!
Jessica
alysmom09@yahoo.com

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Anonymous August 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I am subscribed to your blog as well! Thanks!
Jessica
alysmom09@yahoo.com

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Angelica August 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I don't know how to sew…I want to learn and would love a copy of this book!

I crochet…does that count…:-)

I am a follower…

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Mindy May August 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I just tweeted about the giveaway. My name is MindyMay on tweeter. That just sounds weird … ha ha

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Angela Kim August 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I don't sew yet, but would love to *someday*!

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Angela Kim August 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

and I have you on my google reader

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Joy August 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

yay! i subscribed to your blog…I am certainly not a seamstress, but love the bags!

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Joy August 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

yay! i subscribed to your blog…your little boy is too cute and i love the bags!

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andrea August 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm

My mom was an expert seamstress, and since she passed away almost three years ago, I have had the urge to learn this craft she loved so much. I have taught myself the basics, and now just need to keep practicing! A few weeks ago, I actually went home and came back with HER sewing machine. I'm waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. I'd LOVE the book so I can get it out and use it!

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andrea August 13, 2009 at 6:39 pm

and now I'm a follower of you blog too. :)

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Mum of 4 August 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm

That bag is great. I am not a great sewer but can sew some. Would love a copy of the book. Thanks

thisday at ne dot rr dot com

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Mum of 4 August 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm

I also follow your blog!

thisday at ne dot rr dot com

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lovinsanta August 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I would love to win won!!! I am just starting to get into sewing and the prospects of what is out there, but a book would sure help.

I would be an intermediate but that is okay…everyone one as some point :)

Heather

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Emma August 13, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I've been sewing for a couple of months now and would love to learn how to re-purpose old material! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anonymous August 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm

i would love this book. this is my first time on your site, very cool! pretty please with a cherry on top pick me!
lindsey wolosiewicz
nlpwolo@yahoo.com

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Tracey August 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I made a quilt one time with ALOT of help from a friend. I would love to try and make this bag. Very cute!

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Raechel August 14, 2009 at 1:17 am

I love Amanda Soule! I took a few sewing classes in college but haven't done much since. This summer I've totally renewed my love for beautiful fabrics and lovely projects. I even made a little sewing "room" in our guest bedroom closet! It would be a lot of fun to tackle Amanda's projects in this book – sounds like a lot of fun!

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Ryan and Erin Russell August 14, 2009 at 3:06 am

I would love this. I'm glad to hear that you are as "ungifted" at sewing as I am and yet you could still make the bag (cute fabric choice by the way). Thanks for the giveaway.

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Ryan and Erin Russell August 14, 2009 at 3:06 am

I follow your blog.

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Anonymous August 14, 2009 at 3:49 am

Great purse sissy..you should make me one! Very impressive!

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Erica August 14, 2009 at 6:41 am

I wish I could sew, my Mom is an amazing seamstress but so far I have not been able to follow in her footsteps. Maybe this book would be a good start.

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Ioana August 14, 2009 at 10:59 am

it's nice that there are books that give you a boost so you can go over your limits and try new stuff. and i guess that's what this book is about. i would love it and treasure it.

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Greg August 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

I don't have much experience sewing but I would love to give it a try! Thanks!

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Laura Smith August 14, 2009 at 11:30 am

I just left the last comment, accidentally, as my husband :-). Greg actually doesn't sew at all, thankfully, but I think he would appreciate me learning to so I can stop spending ridiculous amount of money on handbags that I can make for $10 – who hoo!

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*Michelle* August 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Would love this book, I would like to think I am crafty enough to make one of those cute bags. they are too cute.

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*Michelle* August 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I tweeted also…
@mdy0608

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Isaac Dakota August 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I would love a copy of the book! In my 7th grade sewing class I made a pair of shorts that were WAY too big and a tank top that was WAY too small! I can sew a pretty decent quilt though.

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Bev August 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I love making things homemade…

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Amber August 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I have 0 sewing experience but have always wanted to learn!

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Amber August 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Oh, and I just became a follower!

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Brent and Kelli Hooyer August 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I made a quilt when I was in High School. It actually turned out quite nicely. Now I have it tucked away so it doesn't get ruined. Dumb, huh? A lot of good that quilt is doing me. :-)

Would love to win a book!

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Brent and Kelli Hooyer August 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm

And I just became a follower. Love your blog!

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The Reid Family August 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Love your blog. I too would love to have a sewing machine with the book as I have the craving, yet do not own one. About to have our fourth child in four weeks, so learning to make thing Handmade Home…would be great!

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The Reid Family August 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm

following your blog on Google Reader. :)

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sara August 14, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I have a sewing machine. That's my experience. Now my HUSBAND is the sewer in our family 😉 He sewed our little girls 100 good wishes quilt top! I am so proud!

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Mamastiks August 14, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I have no sewing skills…can't even sew on a button straight! BUT I would LOVE to learn!

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Everyday Thoughts August 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I tweeted about your give away!

gloriousSAHM

-Amy Starnes

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Everyday Thoughts August 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I follow your blog regularly!

-Amy Starnes

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Everyday Thoughts August 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm

LOVE those bags!

-Amy Starnes

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lcrmum August 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Wow sounds like such a good book! Would love to have one.

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lcrmum August 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm

ohh I get to leave two comments as I have you in my google reader!!

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Lindsey August 14, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I would love to win this book! I just got my first sewing machine, so I'm definitely a beginner. Up to this point, all I've sewn are buttons and seams. Kinda sad… So I would love to get ideas for real projects!

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Lollipoplin August 15, 2009 at 2:32 am

You are so cute. I love the way you said bag and you're from WI, I'm from MN, so you made me feel at home. About being creative, I'm not. I could cry. I try to be. But I live with boys so maybe they wouldn't even notice? I should do it for me. I hope I win, maybe I could start to be creative.

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Lindsey and Lee August 15, 2009 at 4:06 am

i commented on angie's blog, but since you girls said we could enter on both, i thought i would go for one of your "extra" chances. so now i follow your blog! i had been reading it some through angie's for a little while anyway, but now i can keep up even more :)

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Mary August 15, 2009 at 4:56 am

I love to sew and would be honored to win this book for my very own. I learned how to sew from watching my Dad and then while in 4-H then in home-ec. I make my own curtains because I can't find ones I like or can afford in the stores.

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Amy August 15, 2009 at 5:45 am

Want to learn to sew soon…love all the projects I see!
Amy in CA

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Anonymous August 15, 2009 at 5:59 am

I'd love one please!!:)

Jenn from NE

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April August 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Wow you and Angie have some dedicated readers! You have lots of comments to go through…I wondered how you did being a beginner because I am definitely not advanced either. Do you and Angie give classes? Ha ha thanks for posting free give aways especially for stay at home moms like myself living on one income this is pretty cool, even if I dont win!

In HIS Joy,
April

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mom 2 many August 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

just learning to sew and made a cute, cute dress with coordinating shorts!! love the bags y'all made!!!

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Kathleen W. August 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Oooh! I soo want a copy of this book!

I like sewing, though I'll admit I'm much more enamored of the final results than the process. I'm pretty good at making things look nice from far away, but my seams are never straight or neat. Curtains and table runners are my favorite things to make.

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Kathleen W. August 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I follow your blog

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Kathleen W. August 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm
Kathleen W. August 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I subscribe at katwalck at hotmail dot com

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Andrea August 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I did my first sewing project in July. I appliqued shirts for all three of my kids, and since then I've made an apron that I adore. We're planning on doing a homemade Christmas, getting away from commercialism and all of that, and this book would be a welcome addition to the ideas I have brewing! =)

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smiliesar August 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I have found that I like to sew off the top of my head without a pattern. Things seem to work better that way…though no matter how many times I measure it still comes out wrong. Oh, well!

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smiliesar August 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I also follow your blog

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smiliesar August 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm

and I subscribe to it. 😉

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Allison VS August 16, 2009 at 1:16 am

So cute! I am a beginner too–I've pretty much only ever sewn quilts, and I have a tough time sewing a straight line. :) It would be fun to win this.

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Shana August 16, 2009 at 1:33 am

I love Amanda's blog and work. I sewed a lot when I was in middle and high school…tailored clothing, no less. However, I find it a chore to lug out the machine these days, because i don't have a dedicated space to sew in in our current home. I hope to sew more when my toddler becomes a little more independent (starts school?—I hope I don't have to wait that long!). Right now knitting and crocheting are a little easier to fit into stolen moments, in the car on long rides or after baby goes to bed.

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sushi_noem August 16, 2009 at 2:02 am

I can sew pretty much anything square or rectangle shaped: curtains, pillowcases, blankets…and that's pretty much it:) But hey, I can knit a mean pair of baby pants!

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Naomi August 16, 2009 at 2:59 am

I am a rotten seamstress but my husband is very handy with the needle and thread. He is constantly putting me to shame!

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Mommyof3gifts August 16, 2009 at 3:54 am

I love projects! I'm definately a beginner… and need some motivation and inspiration which this book may give! Both these books look great, I'm going to look up the first one also but would LOVE a copy of the second! Thanks for sharing them (:

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Mommyof3gifts August 16, 2009 at 4:05 am

I became a blog follower (:

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Mommyof3gifts August 16, 2009 at 4:06 am

I am now following you on twitter and sent tweet for contest via @mommyof3gifts!

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Rachel August 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Great bags you made! I started learning to sew years ago, and then I moved to Alaska and didn't have my sewing machine for over 7 years. I finally have it again, and I'd love to re-learn how to do some easy projects.

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