6.5.09

make good: crafts + life giveaway


A little while ago I posted about the new series of Japanese craft books in English, Make Good: Crafts + Life. I am pleased to announce that I am hosting a giveaway of two sets of the first two books in the series, Linen, Wool, Cotton by Akiko Mano and Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki. That is, two winners will receive two books each, thanks to the generosity of the books' publisher.


I am loving these new books! Suddenly I am seeing how charming the original text of the Japanese books is. Also, they are basic enough for people who are new to sewing, with simple but lovely projects that anyone can try (although there are more complicated patterns as well, including quilts). If you have always wanted to pick up a Japanese craft book but have felt intimated by the lack of English text, these books are perfect. I am excited to see what other books will be released in the future.


You can also try a number of free projects on the series website.

Please leave a comment to be considered. I will choose two winners at random on Friday evening.

Good luck!
ご幸運を祈ります。

107 comments:

  1. Here I am, little ol' me, wishing my heart away again. :)

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  2. Holy monkeys those are fantastic!

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  3. That would be awesome to win. I cross my fingers and make a wish. It is nice to you to have a giveaway. Catherine

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  4. This would be amazing to win! I've been looking for some crafts to fill up my spare time now that I'm done school. :)

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  5. i don't think i have to tell you how much i love these books. i would love to have a set!! thanks for this giveaway!

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  6. oh this is exciting! i love japanese craft books, and would feel so lucky if i won. thanks anabela for such a sweet giveaway!

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  7. Oh wow, your giveaways are great! These books look fantastic. :)

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  8. These look so lovely! I'm always wanting to try Japanese craft books, but I'm terrible at interpreting pictures without directions. I'm so glad they're being released in English now!

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  9. oh anabela...
    how do you manage to have time to move, work, create, and host such ovely giveaways? goodness me. you're so busy and so awesome! thank you (and to the publishers) for hosting this!
    i hope you and geoff and oreo are settling into your new home nicely! (and a happy belated to geoff too!)

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  10. Oh these are beautiful! I would love them.

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  11. I'm going to interfere with Anabela's giveway here but I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for wishing me a happy birthday through Anabela's blog/flickr/twitter. The sentiment has not gone unnoticed! It was a wonderful birthday this year.

    - Geoff

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  12. such a lovely giveaway! yay!

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  13. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

    I adore Japanese craft and culture. Hopefully I can put the beginner Japanese I've learned to... adequate use one day!

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  14. wowowow! so cute! I love japanese craft books!

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  15. wow, these look gorgeous! and absolutely inspirational.

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  16. i would love to be considered for this!

    <3 i am smitten with this blog.

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  17. elenagold6.5.09

    how very beautiful! thank you for hosting. :)
    elenagold (on flickr)

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  18. oh those look so precious!

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  19. japanese things are cool and so are books about japanese things.

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  20. Corinne6.5.09

    Are you kiddin' me?! This would be a lovely treat. Thankyou.

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  21. Oooh! So exciting! Consider my name added to the virtual hat, and thanks for hosting such thoughtful giveaways!

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  22. when i heard about these books, i was pretty excited! i hope they continue to translate these gorgeous books to english. :)

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  23. That is just so neat Anabela!
    I would love to be entered into the contest.

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  24. yes please yes please!

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  25. Exciting prize....fingers crossed. I could use a lucky win this week! ;)

    x Helen

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  26. wow! so pretty! i'd love to win! :)

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  27. Wow! What a wonderful giveaway!

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  28. Wow! I never win contests!

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  29. These look so beautiful! This is very generous of you

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  30. i've been admiring these books for some time
    how exciting! whomever wins will be very happy

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  31. Best giveaway ever!

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  32. oh oh you have such wonderful giveaways! this one is the best so far! i've noticed your images of these books in the past...they are so inspiring!

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  33. those books look fantastic. of course i'll throw my name in to win!

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  34. Hello! May I be added to the contest, please? :)

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  35. whao! this is amazing. pick me pick me!

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  36. I would love to make something from these books!

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  37. I would be so happy with just one of them....hahaha
    love it!

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  38. Japanese crafts have a "cute" personality. I have Japanese/Korean ancestry in my blood through my father and Korean through my mother. Japanese and Korean crafts are similar, but the Japanese love the simpler lines.

    The only Japanese craft I know is origami, which is so much fun!

    I would love to learn more!

    Thanks for the info!

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  39. Pretty pretty pretty. Sometimes the photography is enough inspiration!

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  40. I've been eyeing up Patchwork Style for quite a while! Thanks for the opportunity to win both of these lovely books : )

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  41. I am so excited about these books! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  42. Oh, glad I found your blog and this awesome contest!!!

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  43. woot woot! My fingers are securely crossed. Thanks for sharing
    xo

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  44. sounds fantastic!

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  45. I just found your blog via frolic! and am very happy I did as it's magical & charming! (And what a giveaway!)

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  46. These look like so much fun! Thank you. Wishing all of us good luck!
    Cindy

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  47. Hi Anabela,
    I've never commented before, but I've had your blog in my reader for awhile now, and really enjoy it. And your giveaways are so generous! Keep up the good work!

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  48. Wow, 50 comments! These books look fantastic, please pop me in the draw! Thanks!

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  49. oh me me! these would be so great and resourceful!

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  50. Yay, more giveaway goodness!

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  51. oooh nice books!

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  52. SwanDiamondRose7.5.09

    how about one of these
    :)

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  53. i love japanese books so much!
    one with understandable instructions would be great!
    Thank you!

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  54. Can I enter the whole way over in Ireland?
    A

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  55. Oh, these look incredible! I'm a bit reluctant to enter as I don't want you to pay all the postal charges to Europe...

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  56. I really enjoy reading your blog and would LOVE to check out these crafty books! I am learning to sew and by the sounds of it, these would be perfect.

    Either way I'll keep reading your blog :)

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  57. Oh, what an amazing giveaway!
    Even if I already have the Patchwork Style's book in Japanese, I'll delighted to have it in english as there's a lot of steps that I don't know how to follow!
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  58. how sweet of you! those books are on my list of things that I must check out this summer!

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  59. these books are so lovely. a friend gave me a japanese knitting book as a gift, and i love it very much, but only for the beautiful pictures, as i'm not a good enough knitter to figure out how to make anything without english instructions. in other words, these books would be wonderful to have because i would be able to create some of the projects. thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

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  60. Who doesn't love Japanese craft books? De-lightful...

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  61. debbie7.5.09

    oh, what i wouldn't do for these lovely books . . . thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  62. so friggin awesome. i love to browse the Japanese craft books when i visit the Japan center in San Francisco but i never buy them :( boo hoo

    crossing my fingers.

    xoxo,

    sp

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  63. Thanks for the opportunity to win :) I just tweeted your giveaway!

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  64. Oh I must have that patchwork book - that quilt is TDF! I'll even make you one. (yes, that is called bribery. Ha!)

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  65. I've only just reccently heard of these wonderful books...and have yet to actually hold one in my hands!
    This is an AWESOME chance! Thanks for this!

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  66. Crafty, pretty books make my heart happy...

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  67. MEMEMEMEMMEMEMMEMEME!

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  68. oh how fantastic! even if i don't win i want to go out and buy these right away...lovely lovely....

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  69. Can't pass up such generosity! Crossing my fingers like all the other anxious ladies..!

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  70. oh this is such a great giveaway! thanks anabela!

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  71. these are so beautiful!

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  72. I have the patchwork book in Japanese and I would LOVE to be able to read the text, as I bet it's as charming as the pictures.

    As for the other book, it looks wonderful.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Anabela!

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  73. Wow! I've been trying to get my hands on these books for a while! Thanks for the chance!

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  74. oooh, what is that linnen one? tell me more. oh i wish we had a store that sold these here!

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  75. what a great giveaway - thank you for the opportunity!

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  76. these books look so awesome!

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  77. count me in! look like great books. Thank you :)

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  78. damn another giveaway! you are too nice!

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  79. Hi, This is my first comment on your blog :D
    The books look so cute!

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  80. Oh my, oh my. These books are like a dream come true.

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  81. Whoa, I'm in! I love these books!!

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  82. oh, man, i would love to get my hands on these books! thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. I love the photography in those books! Thanks :)

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  84. i didn't know there were english versions of these books out! count me in. i've always been tempted to get japanese craft books and have my dad translate them but i'm not sure how much he'd enjoy that.

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  85. Holy moly! What a sweet giveaway. Here I am entering and crossing my fingers.

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  86. Maisie1007.5.09

    These books look so lovely! I would love to win them and begin sewing again- I used to make doll clothes for my Sasha doll way back when.

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  87. how lovely, please count me in!

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  88. looove these kinds of books!

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  89. Please add my name to your long list... I shall keep my fingers crossed for luck.

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  90. How fun! I didn't know these were being translated to English.

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  91. Count me in as lucky #95! Thanks for sharing, lovely!

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  92. I am beyond excited that someone is going Japanese craft books, one of my great loves, in English!! Thanks for sharing the news and treats Anabel.

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  93. Anonymous8.5.09

    Here's my wish. These look lovely.

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  94. Ooooh!! Pick me! Pick me!!

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  95. Mandi8.5.09

    I'd love one! Such pretty projects.

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  96. This is such an amazing giveaway — so, so beautiful! Count me in. Honestly, Anabela, you have the most fantastic giveaways. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  97. Oh how I'd love to win! (all my fingers are crossed.)

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  98. I'm going to enter this one... for reals! I love that Japanese aesthetic!

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  99. you know that I'm addicted to this type of books ? Love them.
    You are such a sweet for making this great giveaways :) thank you

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  100. i would love to have my very own copies!

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  101. Fingers crossed that I get picked! Thanks!

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  102. oh wow-i hope im not to late to put my name down-i live a long way away -australia-

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  103. I want the books!

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