Chronicle Books #GiveBooks 2014

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With the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure most of you have already started eying potential gifts for your loved ones, and with all the wonderful books that have come out over the last few year, it would be a shame to not include a few to give.  Chronicle Books is launching their 3rd season of the Give Books campaign, where for every person who pledges to #GiveBooks via social media or here, you’re helping them reach their goal of donating 10,000 books to children in need through First Book.  You can also get 30% off + free shipping on orders at Chronicle Books (excluding personalized items) through December 31, 2014 with code GIVEBOOKS.

And as a special kick off, 1 of you lucky ducks gets a chance to win these 10 books that I’ll be giving away as gifts this season!  Keep reading for details!

 BOOK 1 CHEF

For my husband, who’s the epitome of a slow (and messy!) cooker, I’ll definitely be giving him copies of these 2 cookbooks.

Cooking Slow  |  Tartine Book No. 3

BOOK 4 ENGAGED

After years of having destination weddings back to back to back, I thought we were done, but low and behold, next year one of my bridesmaids is getting married AND I’m getting a new sister-in-law, so wedding books for everyone!

Handmade Weddings  |  All the Essentials Wedding Planner

BOOK 2 CRAFTY

You can never have too many craft books, and these are two of my favorites!

Paper+Craft  |  Pretty Packages

BOOK 3 HOSTESS

I know a few ladies who are quite the party planners, so an easy party kit and flower decorating book are top of my list to give them.

Decorate with Flowers  |  Pretty Paper Parties

BOOK 5 ARTIST-BABY

The 75 Artist Books I’ll probably keep for myself since I absolutely LOVE handmade books and these are stunners, and for my friends who are soon embarking on motherhood for the first time, having a guide to help you along the way is always appreciated.

75 Artist Books  |  The Baby Bump

To win a copy of all the books you see above, leave a comment below with what book YOU’LL be giving this year as a gift!  We’ll announce the winner on Friday.  Good luck, and #givebooks!!

[title image by Lisa Congdon, book images from Chronicle Books]

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Paper+Craft DIY and giveaway!

Thanks to this blog, I’ve been lucky enough to make friends with lots of the people I write about, and Minhee from Paper+Cup Design is no exception.  I had been a huge fan of her work even before I got to know her, and now having gotten to know her, Truman and even little TJ, has made it all the more special!  Which is why I’m so proud of Paper+Craft, the book she and Truman just released with stylist Randi Brookman Harris…its chock full of beautifully designed crafts that are super easy to make for any occasion.

Like the DIY project below…these would make for fun gifts or cake toppers, and its super duper easy!

Materials needed:
Photo
Black paper
Mini christmas tree or plant
Scissors
Cuttting mat
Metal ruler
Tape
Glue stick
Ribbon
Thin strips of wooden sticks
white ink pen

How to:
+ Place a piece of tape on top of the photo and stick it on top of the black paper
+ Take your scissors and cut around the photo shape
+ Place a piece a tape on a stick inside the black cut out shape
+ Cover it with glue stick
+ Place the photo on top to enclose the stick inside the 2 pieces of paper
+ Write a message on back with the white pen
+ Stick the photo stick inside your plant
+ Decorate with a ribbon

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Chronicle Books is letting me giveaway 3 copies, and I’ve got a special FOURTH copy that is autographed by Minhee, Truman and Randi to giveaway myself…you’ll definitely want to get your hands on this!  Leave a comment below about what you’d use the book for, and 4 winners will be announced on Monday.  Good luck!

[If you’d like to check out some pictures of their booksigning this past weekend at PaperSource, check out the pictures on Facebook]

[top image from C. Broussard, all others by Paper+Cup]

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Urban Wed event recap no.3

I’ve got to do some thank yous to the Urban Wed sponsors!

Thoughtful Day – adorable tote and logo design

Broadway Party Rentals – all the rentals for the event

Pop Champagne

Seven Sisters Wine

POP Beauty

Giftbag goodies:

Gifts for the Good Life

Bambako

Emersonmade

Footpetals

Nina Shoes

Lion in the Sun

Chronicle Books

9 Spot Monk

Purgatory Press

Rembrandt

Cosabella

Fresh

Whisker Works

Martha Stewart Weddings

And if you STILL want to see more pictures, click here, here, and here!

Thanks to everyone who participated and attended!!

[images from 1.artbeautylife.com and The Studiobooth]

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