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I’m in a Book! So Let’s Have a Giveaway!

Back in November of 2011, I received an email from sewing author & blogger Christelle Beneytout asking for permission to feature my sewing room in a book about sewing spaces and organization. I was beyond thrilled that anyone would think my sewing space & ideas were worthy of publication!

After many emails back & forth, I was able to get some decent high resolution photos of my sewing room to her (she even wanted one of me, hence the post title), and I eagerly awaited the news that her book was finished.

Well, yesterday, I opened the front door to find that a package had been delivered containing her book… and she sent me an extra copy!

Therefore, I’ve decided to share – by hosting my first giveaway!

Fair warning about this giveaway: the book isn’t in English (and I’m not sure if there are plans for a published translation), so you won’t actually be able to read it unless you can read French. But there are plenty of wonderful photos, and you can always use Google Translate for the parts you really want to understand (that’s how I’ve been “reading” it).

The book’s title translates to
Workshops & Sewing Corners: Organizing Space Dedicated to Needlework

The giveaway is open to all locations. To enter, just leave a comment on this post following these simple rules:

  1. Let me know that you want to enter.
  2. Tell me how you discovered my blog and what you like best about it. (You can make requests about what you’d like to see/read about in future posts – any feedback is welcome!)
  3. Share your own sewing/crafting organization tip (no one can ever be too organized!).
  4. Please only enter for yourself – not for your friend or family member who has never read my blog. (I really want to share this with one of my readers!)
  5. Deadline for entry is 11:59pm on Friday, February 8, 2013 United States Central Time (GMT –6). Winner was announced in this post on Saturday the 9th.

Even if you don’t want to enter to win the book, you can still leave a comment! =)

Thank you, Christelle, for saying such nice things about me and my sewing space! I’m honored you included my ideas in your lovely book!

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18 responses to “I’m in a Book! So Let’s Have a Giveaway!

  1. karen m. franceschini February 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Discovered your blog on Pinterest! Don’t read French, but would enjoy the lovely pics!

  2. Elizabeth February 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I’d like to be in the giveaway. I found your blog via Cation Designs. I’m particularly interested in your blog because of your costuming work. I’m involved with costumes with San Jose Youth Shakespeare (and other groups my daughters have been involved in.) My tip is for costuming for whole shows. I set up spreadsheets for each play which has really helped us to know who needs what which has helped us communicate better to the families of the actors and actresses. And we are then freed up to be creative in our costuming.

  3. Leila February 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats, Brooke! This is so cool! I’d love to enter the giveaway. I found your blog several times through google searches but I would say I became a regular during the 1912 project.

    I have spacial organization habits. It can be crazy messy but if something gets moved within the mess, then I’m in trouble.

    I’d like to see more posts about your favorite tools. I’ve enjoyed those a lot.

  4. tracihutton February 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Brooke, How exciting for you. Please enter me in your book giveaway.I always love a beautiful book, nice pictures always work for me.

    I have always loved the artwork on your walls. If I ever decided to do a new cutting table, I may have to copy yours. I love the cubbly holes for organizing and how well it utilizes all the space underneath.

    I enjoy everything about your blog….the fabulous pictures you take and how well you explain your projects. I love the quirky unexpected things you find and incorporate into your blog. I could go on and on. Just keep doing what you are doing and I will keep reading. T

  5. Stephanie Ramaekers February 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Dear Brooke, how nice for you to be in a book. I would love to enter the give-away. We’re looking to move into a bigger house and part of that bigger house would be an entire sewing room just for me, so I sure could use the inspiration AND I can read (and speak) French!

    I got to know your blog through the Twitter sewing community and I love all the tips and tricks you talk about and share on here.

    I’m very organised about my sewing (to stash my stuff at least) and what I find really useful are these little chests of drawers which you can stack. I also use organisers for screws to organize my buttons by colour and type.

    Hope to read a lot more from you!

  6. Amy Crawford February 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    HOW EXCITING! Congratulations! (I don’t even need to be entered to win the book – I just wanted to tell you how excited we are for you! Wahoo!)

  7. thevintagetraveler February 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations, Brooke! I’m in for the drawing. please.

    Honestly, I can’t remember how we found one another, but I’m sure glad we did. I love hearing about the trials and triumphs of designing for films and such.

  8. pmoppins February 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Oh Ms. Brooke! I don’t need to be in the drawing but I sure am proud of and excited for you! You’re world famous now! Congratulations!

  9. Orlene February 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Brookie, how wonderfully exciting!!! Since I love French, the fact the book is in French is so cool to me! So proud of my beautiful, creative, now famous daughter! 🙂 Love you, Mom (would love to see the book sometime in near future)


  10. Candy Culnane February 3, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Congrats I would luv to be in the drawing for the book, I follow your blog by email subscription. I probably found your blog via anothers blog by clicking on a linked story from my interest in costuming. Presently I’m looking to turn my spare room into my dream sewing room. I have a lovely sturdy cutting out table, which needs to be made higher, not my idea but I have seen catering coffee tins put under the legs to make table waist high, my clever partner is a welder though so he will somehow extend the metal legs to get the required height. Thank you for the chance.

  11. Athene February 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Really cool! I want to look at this book. I have always liked your sewing room because it is so full of natural light.

  12. Theresa in Mérida February 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations! While I don’t want to enter, I will answer the questions.

    I found your blog because of the 1912 Sewing Project. My favorite part is your style of writing, it’s friendly and well thought out, okay I admit I like the tips too, but I also like reading about your job.

    If only I had an organizational tip, right now my craft room is so bad that I open the door, advert my eyes, toss stuff in, quickly close the door so nothing can escape and walk away. My sewing machine is currently living in the dining room and my mannequin is in a corner of the family room. My tip is don’t let things get this out of control.


  13. Cation Designs February 5, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Oooh, how exciting is that! I don’t need more books, but I did want to let you know that I just love everything about your blog — the tips, the random stories about anything and everything from Gandalf to your organist at church, and of course all of the parts about what it’s like to be a professional costumer! I found you through the 1912 Project, where I fell in love with your style of explanation.

    I don’t have any particular tips for organization, since my sewing room is a bit of a mess right now, but I will say that I save shoeboxes for storing various notions. Since they’re rectangular and stackable, it makes it easy to have a tidy stack for buttons, seam binding, trims, etc. Plus, shoeboxes are cheaper than buying specific containers!

  14. Bird and Bicycle February 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    How wonderful to be included! You are going global – very high tech of you.

    I found you through twitter and

    I would love to see process photos of what you make (construction fascinates me.)

    Sewing tip: I use file folders to hold all my patterns. They hold a lot and you can even add notions or fabric bits to them.

    Congrats on your fame!

  15. Karen February 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    This is very exciting for you, Brooke! I’d love to win the book – so please enter me in your giveaway. I found your blog by searching WordPress for sewing sites, and I’ve read every one of your posts since then! My sewing tip is that I keep a lint roller on the ironing board set up in my sewing room, so I can try to keep it free of threads and snippets (sometimes not too successfully!). Congratulations!!

  16. pmoppins February 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Howdy! I’ve nominated you for a Leibster Award. Details can be found here:

  17. Ingrid February 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve got this book and that’s how I discovered your blog ! This is a very good book ! After Ordering it, I almost regretted because I thought that I was organized enough to make my own sewing room but then I received the book and I don’t regret at all, its full of pictures, very useful advices and tips. Your workspace is one of my favorite, organized, clear, lighted, just love it !

    • Brooke February 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      I’m glad to know that you found me because of Christelle’s wonderful book! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your compliments on my sewing space! =)

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