Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Great Book Giveaway

Actually, this is just the start of the Great Book Giveaway, which is a fancy and more efficient name for the "Alison Needs Space on the Studio Shelves so She Must Part With Some of her Eight Million Books" Giveaway, and may or not be so great: right now, there are just 13 books in the giveaway pile, which I've put together in a few batches, but there may be more (I didn't say this would be easy for me!).

And since most of them are books I acquired while working on a how-to show, what better time to start the Giveaway than National Craft Month? This first batch of books, all three of which will go to one lucky winner, might look like decorating books, but are packed with crafty projects.

Print Magic: The Complete Guide to Decorative Printing Techniques
by Jocasta Innes & Stewart Walton

From Print Magic

From Print Magic

From Print Magic

Simple Trompe L'Oeil: 20 Stylish Projects Using Stencils and Faux Finishes
by Mary McCarthy

From Simple Trompe L'Oeil

From Simple Trompe L'Oeil

From Simple Trompe L'Oeil

The 30-Minute Decorator
by Eaglemoss Publications

From The 30-Minute Decorator

From The 30-Minute Decorator

From The 30-Minute Decorator

So enter a comment below and I will randomly select a winner for this first batch (and because I always miss giveaways, because I am always behind in my blog-reading, I'm going to leave the entries open until the end of the month - that is, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 31).

Blogger won't send me your email address, so please leave it in the body of your comment, or if you prefer, send it to my gmail account (paintandink), so I can reach you if you are the winner.

Also, I know that so many of you, my blogging friends, live outside of the United States, but unfortunately, because of the prohibitive cost of shipping books internationally, I have to limit the book giveaway to the U.S. I'm sorry! But I plan giveaways of lighter things in the future, so you will be included at some point, I promise.

And in the meantime, everyone, happy crafting, decorating and artmaking!


Rowena said...

My advice on purging books-- go over it once and eliminate what you don't want, won't read again, are ready to part with. Give it a rest for a month, go over it again. Repeat until your library fits in your bookcases.

It took me three years.

Now I need more books. :)
rowena dot murillo at gmail dot com

Angel said...

While I find the thought of paring down a book collection horrific, I do understand. When I sold my house and we thought we were moving overseas right away, I managed to get my own library down by half. I may have cried.

I love reading crafting ideas books, but I lack the actual talent to pull of stamping or trompe l'oeil ;)

Joanne said...

What a great idea - to gift others with books that you treasured at one time! Too bad I don't live in the States! I love your blog, Alison... will be returning regularly. :-)

Delilah said...

It's not so hard to part with a book if you know someone else will love it like you did.My art books are my treasures.

Moose said...

One can never have too many books!! I have too many but always could use more. What a fun give-away. Thanks.
PS...if you look at my blog, you see I can't read (it's for my human).


m debello said...

I say I would be rich if I would stop buying books. Those would be perfect for my high school students. silveredfern@gmail.com

paintandink said...

Hi everybody! Thanks for your comments and entries! I will do the drawing this week :) And a new giveaway will be up soon.