GIVEAWAY: 3 Copies of Craft-A-Day

Think crafting is only for experienced folks with special skills, fancy tools, and plenty of free time? Come on. We all know that isn't true. Craft-a-Day, Quirk Books' latest crafting book, offers 365 (you heard me) simple and unique projects that casual crafters and everyday people will find easy and fun to make, all year long.

This colorful hardback collection of crafty goodness is full of easy-to-follow instructions that are accompanied by handy patterns and over 400 photographs. Author Sarah Goldschadt organized the projects into playful weekly themes, ranging from holidays and seasons to animals and shapes. Weekly themes include Ladybug Week (make ladybug pins!), Owl Week (learn how to make adorable stuffed owlies!), Cloud Week (make a cloud stencil notebook!), and more. Best of all, there's a Gnome Week early on that includes instructions for creating a gnome card, cupcake topper, and more.

I think the most important thing to know about Craft-A-Day is that the instructions are simple & the supplies are minimal, making it perfect for beginners & kids. BUT...the projects can easily be kicked up a notch by advanced crafters adding their own spin. Craft-A-Day makes a great gift for yourself and others because it will entertain you all year long & it will definitely kick-start your creativity!

Craft-A-Day

I had the opportunity to ask Sarah a few questions & her responses are below. Visit her website for craft projects & other tidbits, as well as her Facebook page. And, be sure to visit Quirk Books' site to download 6 EXCLUSIVE BONUS PROJECTS by Sarah! (above photo from Sarah's blog)

1. Please give us a short background description of yourself. I was born in Denmark, grew up in Minnesota, attended college and started my graphic design career in Iowa. Seven years ago I found my way to New York and currently live in a 5th floor walk-up studio in Hells Kitchen. I've worked in magazine publishing for 10 years and I'm currently a freelancer. I float around to different offices and work for various (print and digital) magazines during the day, but I try and take as much time off to travel between gigs. (photo by Tanveer Badal, from Sarah's website)

What inspired you to write Craft-A-Day? Margaret McGuire, an editor at Quirk Books approached me with the title (I was a contributing crafter for Microcrafts and Witch Craft) and we brainstormed various ways a craft a day could be done. I thought breaking down the projects based on weekly themes was more manageable and once you had the supplies it would be easy to make more projects.

What is your absolute favorite craft from the book? It's hard for me to choose! Some days I really love Whale week. Other days it's Gnome week. But I think my standard favorite is Owl Week.

Any other craft books or projects for us to look forward to in the near future? I'm slowly updating my blog with new projects and editing photos from my Bangladesh/Laos/Thailand trip in February. Since I work in an office during the day, my biggest obstacle is finding the time to make all the projects that constantly swim in my head. Someday I also hope to design my own craft app or digital magazine for the iPad.

What does handmade mean to you? To me handmade is the art of creating a project from start to finish with your hands.

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Megan, Trishden & Wendy! ***

PRIZES: Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Craft-a-Day! Continental US only, please.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post noting whether you would happily keep the book for yourself or if you have someone in mind who would love to receive it as a gift.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Share this giveaway at least one way - on Facebook, your blog or website, Twitter, etc. - and leave a comment on this post noting you have done so. Thank  you!

ENDS: 9pm CST, Wednesday, October 10th.

99 comments:

Karen said...

I would keep the book for myself -I'm so selfish...ugh! I love craft books....cain't help it!

Jen said...

I would keep it for myself. If I love it, I am sure to buy one for friends. The holidays are so close! :D

AlphaChick said...

i will read it, make all the things i think are so adorable, and then pass it to another crafty friend

Vanessa said...

This is awesomeness!! I would keep it for myself. Me & my girls love getting crafty this would keep us busy.

AlphaChick said...

i also shared on facebook

Jaimie archambault said...

I would love this book for a gift for my mom!

Vanessa said...

shared on Facebook

Jaimie archambault said...

I shared this wonderful giveaway on Facebook! Jaimie Lynn

taniamc said...

It would absolutely be mine. :)

taniamc said...

Tweeted the giveaway too!
http://twitter.com/dfwcraftshows/status/250996932292521984

Julia said...

I would keep the book through the holiday season so that I could use it for guidance in making ornaments. Then, I would give it to my craft pal, Christine, of whom I've been the beneficiary of many crafts.

Julia said...

I've shared on Facebook!

Daphne said...

I'd love to win! I'd keep it for myself and have my friends over for crafty fun!

Daphne said...

I shared on Facebook!

Ginger said...

I would soooo keep it, but since mom's an art teacher, I'd at least share it!

bldrnrpdx said...

I would cheerfully keep it for myself, but I would happily loan it out to friends, and joyfully share it with colleagues - I work in a preschool special ed program.

The Roger said...

I would give ti to my wife. She is a new art teacher and is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.

Andi Burks said...

I would definitely keep it for myself!!!!

Jingle said...

That's a tricky question! I'd be tempted to keep it, but my cousin might really enjoy this one!

jinglesells at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would keep it!

sparkles7712@gmail.com

Katie & Michal said...

I used to be a crafty person, until I met my sister-in-law. She is way more crafty than me... and therefore, I would give this book to her as a gift if I won!
katiededrickson(at)gmail(dot)com

AmandaSue said...

I LOVE crafts, so I'd keep this book :)

Tracie Brown said...

I would keep it for myself, but share with others :) Tburchar(at)yahoo.com

Serenap95 said...

I would have to keep it for myself, but I would definitely make things from the book to gift to others.

serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

eclairre said...

I'd give it to my mom. She loves crafts. eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

Marija said...

I would happily keep this for myself but would love to complete the projects with others!

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Jennifer Corsillo said...

I would keep it for myself but let others borrow it (:

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I think I would keep it for myself. I have three children whom I homeschool. This would be really a lot of fun for us to do! :o) I would also share the book with my sister when her children are a little bigger! :)

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/KatyLMA/status/251599801618161664

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Anika said...

I would love to keep it to craft with my friends :-)

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/ani_bley

Julie said...

I would keep this awesome book so I could share ideas and projects with my classroom and art club!!

Julie said...

I shared this on my facebook page!

palette et ribambelle said...

Oh this book will be mine of course what a treasure to keep for ever and make some gifts!

saraj said...

This book is amazing and Sah-rah's work is amazing. I can't wait to have this book to do the crafts with my son.

Jacquelyn said...

I would probably keep the book for a while and try the crafts that look interesting to me, then I would pass it on to one of my friends:)

Jacquelyn said...

Shared your giveaway on Twitter!

anita b. said...

I would love to keep this for myself! I am not good at crafting and now that I'm laid off this would keep me from going stir crazy
imnotarunner at gmail dot com

Tory Bennett-Daggett said...

I would definitely keep this! I work for an after school program and this would be perfect for our kids!

Tory Bennett-Daggett said...

I posted this on Facebook also!

Wendy said...

I love crafts! I would keep it and share with my mom and sister.
hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

Wendy said...

Shared on twitter:
https://twitter.com/ArtsyChaos/status/251789553768206337
hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

Jenny said...

I would keep it for myself. I love craft books!

Melissa said...

I would keep the book for myself! hehe, but I would share it with friends and let them borrow it if they PROMISED to return it.

<3 Melissa
melissa.lynn.amaral[at]gmail.com
wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

beyond said...

i would probably keep this one for myself...
beyondthewindow at ymail dot com

KarenZ said...

I would keep it for myself ^^
niuniuzheng at yahoo dot com

trishden said...

Hello, I'm the crafter in the family so I would keep this for myself. Thanks for a great giveaway!

trishden948(at)yahoo(dot)com

trishden said...

I tweeted on Twitter here:
https://twitter.com/trishden/status/251888815810166784

Thanks!
@trishden

trishden948(at)yahoo(dot)com

Emily F said...

I'm craft obsessed and would love the book for myself, but I might let some friends borrow it.

efusty06 at yahoo dot com

Lindsey Gain said...

I would definitely keep it for myself. If I love it then I would buy copies as gifts for christmas :)
lindseygain@gmail.com

Michelle said...

I would probably keep it for myself, but it sure would make a great gift. Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

Shared on twitter: http://twitter.com/MrsMChappell/statuses/252264486482878464

mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

Anushka said...

The thought of giving away such a wonderful present such as this? Oh no! This crafty (get it, get it? ;D), hands-on loving person definitely intends to keep it for herself. .. I can just see myself getting all giddy and excited about the Owl Week crafts!

Anushka said...

Just shared this on my twitter (https://twitter.com/Cycadophyta9) as well. My "virgin" tweet, that too!

megan said...

My aunt and I get together at least once a week to do crafts of all kinds. I would share the books with her.

magspie9(at)gmail.com

megan said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/magspie0/status/252394800983207936

magspie9(at)gmail.com

Susan OBryant said...

How fun! I would definitely keep this gem for myself.

cloverpeach33 at gmail dot com

Susan OBryant said...

And I tweeted here:
https://twitter.com/cloverpeach/status/252569216002174977

cloverpeach33 at gmail dot com

Jenna@CallHerHappy said...

i would share with my mom :)

gail said...

i would keep it
gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

Erin said...

I would keep it at home, but it would be my girls who made the best use of it!

Karen Sans said...

I would love to gift this book to my sister.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I would probably keep this as I love to craft!

lauren51990 at aol dot com

Tana said...

I'd keep it for myself, and when I thought I was done with it I'd make sure to pass it on to another craft lover.

Mary Mac said...

I would have to keep this wonderful book for myself.

Michelle Frame said...

I would give this to my best friend who would make some of the things in it for me!
mframe00@gmail.com

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I would keep the book for myself.

navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

Mandy Justin said...

I'd keep the book and share it with the kids I babysit. I think it would be fun. :)

aandj8804[at]gmail.com

Mandy Justin said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/aandj8804/status/253830838230331394

aandj8804[at]gmail.com

Nia said...

I would use it first and then pass it along to my sister. I am new to crafting and would love to try this book. My sister is a mother and loves crafting with her daughter so I know they would love it.

TopHat said...

I would keep it for myself! It looks too fun to let go!

hrfarley at gmail dot com

Kristi Toler said...

YES! I would absolutely REVEL in the inspiration this lovely book is sure to provide. I'd have to keep it so I can make cool gifts for my family and friends. I shared on Facebook! Thanks for the opportunity!!

Monica Wile said...

I would keep the book. I LOVE to craft!

hockeyheaven7@yahoo.com

Monica Wile said...

I shared on twitter about this giveaway!

https://twitter.com/hockeyheaven7/status/254579641703079936

hockeyheaven7@yahoo.com

MaMa said...

I would have to keep it because I'm a crafter...but I would share!
Lisa
mistyfuji@yahoo.com

MaMa said...

I tweeted this lovely giveaway here https://twitter.com/Mistyfuji/status/254692307985629184

Dawn said...

I'd keep it
adjolly@ymail.com

puffpastryshop said...

I'd keep it for myself. Addicted to crafting!
puffpastryshop(at)gmail(dot)com

mightymouse75 said...

I'd use the book to make goodies for friends!

Dominique Cloutier said...

I'd keep the book for myself =) selfish selfish lol

Dominique Cloutier said...

retweeted here
https://twitter.com/MsMunster99/status/255059607985217536

Lisa Godare said...

I would share it with my roommate, then give it to my mother :)

Kathy Davis said...

I love to sew and make crafts so I would keep the book for myself but giveaway the items I make from it.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

nicole said...

I would keep it!!

Mollie. said...

It would be mine! All mine! Except, not really, because I am part of a big crafty family, so I'd be sharing with my mom and sisters...

This really looks soooo good, and whether I win or not, I'll be adding it to my collection. Thanks for the recommendation!

Mollie. said...

Tweeted about it! http://twitter.com/molliejohanson/status/255373504562737155

Donaville said...

I would keep the book for myself — I'm always on the lookout for fun crafts to involve my kiddos with :)

Heather Warren said...

Duh, keep it for myself!

Heather Warren said...

I tweeted it! https://twitter.com/RCHOTX/status/255509163608768513

Nicky Wilhoit said...

Would definitely be keeping it for myself!

Nicky Wilhoit said...

Tweeted, too


twitter.com/SnarkyPie/statuses/255559595295125504

Mommy T said...

I would keep it for myself, but gift the results! :)

M.j. said...

I would want to keep it for myself since I am the crafter in the family....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said...

I tweeted here.....https://twitter.com/ciaomjc/status/255844884152451073....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

allthingsdreamy said...

I love arts and crafts and would definitely keep this for myself! :) My family would def. appreciate a few cute little craft items :)

email: felicia.allthingsdreamy (at) gmail.com

coleeol42784 said...

I would be keeping it for myself and the little one ;-)
Thanks
Nicole Dunlop
Coleeol42784@gmail.com

KoreenaKoreena said...

Wow! I almost missed this contest! The book would me mine, all mine :) All of the cute things I made would likely be gifts though...

Koreen.

Sam Stamp said...

I'd keep it for myself but share it with my friends!

samimcsamsam@gmail.com

Sam Stamp said...

shared on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ffunkyfinds.blogspot.com%2F2012%2F09%2Fgiveaway-3-copies-of-craft-day.html%3Fspref%3Dfb&t=GIVEAWAY%3A+3+Copies+of+Craft-A-Day


samimcsamsam@gmail.com

Sharon said...

I'd keep it for myself -- but share it by doing some hands on events