Saturday, October 16, 2010

Give Give Giveaway: "The Handmade Marketplace"

I've been planning this giveaway for some time -- I'm so excited.  101 readers on the blog, and nearly 150 likers on Facebook.  Yay!  Here are the giveaway guidelines:

:: Giveaway comments will close one week from tonight, around 8 pm New Zealand time on the 23rd of October.  The winner will be chosen courtesy of

:: I'm happy to send anywhere!  International readers most welcome.

:: Please be a Facebook liker and/or follower of the blog to leave a comment.

:: To make it interesting, I'm asking that you include your favorite arty/domestic/life tip in your comment.  For instance, I've recently discovered that you can use really fine-grain sandpaper to get rid of pilling on sweaters.  Awesome!  I'm sure all you brilliant folk out there have a lot to teach me (and each other for that matter.)

:: I won't respond to any of the comments in the comments section because it throws off the numbers for the ol' random number generator.  But please know that I'm reading and appreciating every one.  I'll choose a few of the most interesting and handy tips to publish on the blog when I announce the winner.

So, what am I giving away?

An autographed copy (new) of Kari Chapin's The Handmade Marketplace.  Such a great book -- I was given this as a birthday gift by my sister last April, and I found it so helpful that I bought a couple of extra copies when I traveled to Portland in August.  Kari Chapin had recently done a reading at Powell's Books, so it was a bonus to find that they had a stack of autographed copies.

Thank you thank you thank you, readers and likers.  I so appreciate your support.

Good luck! 


frangipani said...

Looks like a really useful book.I have never enjoyed cleaning windows and have never found a really successful way of cleaning them. I've read and heard of people using vinegar and water and recently decided to give it a go. It was brilliant! Just mix water and a splash of white vinegar in a spray bottle, apply to windows and wipe off with a microfibre cloth.

Stella said...

Awesome prize!! Okay, a tip. This is probably a slightly useless (or obvious) tip for some, but here goes. When stewing apples, rather than removing all the skin before stewing - simply de-core, quarter and then stew the apples. Before bottling/freezing/using, simply use a colander to remove all the skins. It seems obvious now, but before I knew that I found myself taking hours to complete this job...

Lindsay said...

Hmm a tip. I think my favorite house hold thing that I do is keep an air purifier in the bedrooms. It keeps that air smelling fresh and you would not believe all of the dust that it picks up.

Kelly said...

oh how I would love that book!

My tip is to steer clear of the spray cleaner section in the supermarket - instead buy a simple spray bottle and fill with water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. A multi-purpose spray cleaner for every room of the house. For tougher areas like the shower, sprinkle baking soda which acts as an abrasive similar to Jif but so much kinder.

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Seaside Siblings said...

Great giveaway!
My tip- tie buffers to your crawling baby's knees, so they polish the floor for you... just joking. Um, I think my best tip is to leave a little jar on your toilet windowsill, with a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil and a little water in it. Will keep toilet smelling lovely and fresh all week.

Relique Vintage Jewellery said...

Hey there ... great looking book. My tip is for jewellery. If you have a piece of jewellery that looks a bit new and you want to "age" it a little, pour some white vinegar in a bowl then suspend the piece just above the vinegar(over muslin or stocking)cover the bowl and keep checking over the next few days. Your jewellery will take on an aged vintage look!

Sally said...

WOW - that looks like a great book!
Mmmm... my life tip is courtesy of Kenny Rogers: "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run"

Thanks for the chance to win.

Amber said...

I love giveaways! And I'd love to win that book.

I've got a cleaning tip. Actually it's courtesy of my hubby. He loves a clean glass on the logfire, so he can see the flames:
Before lighting the fire, dampen a piece of scrunched-up newspaper and use it to wipe the glass clean (it can also be dipped in the ashes first).
(It doesn't work when there's black correosote of course - that has to be burnt off.)

Rose said...

I'd love to win the book, I am trying to create a handmade empire at the moment!

I've beening wracking my brain to think of some tips. The best I can think of is firstly that my mum has always used scrunched up newspaper to clean the windows with – wet it first of course! You can use window cleaner if you need it. The other I learnt from a Tupperware party. If you need to freeze leftover bacon, roll each piece up individually, and line them up in a container. Once they freeze you can get one piece out at a time!

Cherie said...

Oooo your book would be so very happy at my Grand-daughters house. She's about to embark on a home made, sewing etc business, with help from me, but a brilliant outside influence would be superb!
So thrilled to have found your gorgeous family and blog!
Huge amounts of luck in your new venure too ;)

Mahka Crafts said...

Every day when I first come home I spend 15 minutes doing some household chore, 15 minutes of dishes or putting away laundry or cleaning the sink. By doing it every day I don’t have to do big cleaning jobs on the weekend. I have found it works best if I do it first thing when I come in once I sit down it is all over.

DK said...

One of my favorite tips my carpenter father ever told me was to use mayo to get rid of old water marks on finished wood furniture (put real mayo over the old water mark and let it sit for a while until you wipe a little of it off and see that the water mark has gone) and also if it doesn't have a finish on it olive oil and salt can get rid of a lot of dirt and stains or hide a multitude of scuffs and scrapes (this one works great on wood cutting boards).

happy said...

great giveaway, i am follower.
tip: Clean hairbrushes or combs with baking soda solution, i use 1 part baking soda and 2 part water. I like baking soda, it is very useful to clean up everything.
thank you

beck said...

Hey, love your giveaway! I feel a bit naughty entering when this is my first visit to your lovely blog, but I am going to follow you and check you out on FB too! Now, a tip. Hmmmm...ok ... old panty hose are really good for tying up tomatoes on stakes! Here's another one, after cutting up garlic you can remove the odour from your fingers by rubbing them against a stainless steel sink. Something in the metal removes the smell. Weird but true. Bye for now x