Final Day of A Very Handmade Holiday — 2 Giveaways In One Post!

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Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

 

Merry Christmas Eve to those who are celebrating! I’m excited to go spend the evening with family and eat an amazing meal (seriously, Will’s uncle is the best cook and we always have filet mignon which is like the only time I eat it).

Today, for the final day of A Very Handmade Holiday, we have TWO amazing Etsy shops to highlight!! They both helped debut this fun event last year and I’m so happy to have them on board again this year!

 

First up is :

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Tiny Book Town

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A Very Handmade Holiday – Day 7

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Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

 

Today we have :

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NEVERMORE

If you love the classics and poetry, NeverMore is definitely your shop — Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Nabokov, Shakespeare & more! I want sooo many things from her shop!! Check out her website here!

 

Here are some of my favorites that I’m pining for myself:

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to winner will win their choice of a 12×16 print from Nevermore!

A few things:

  • Winner will receive their choice of (1) 12×16 print from Nevermore.
  • US & Canada ONLY!
  • You must be 13 years old or older to enter (or grab someone who is to do it for you!)
  • Giveaway ends January 6th. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked!

 

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Day 1 — book inspired candles — US only.
Day 2 — win a bookish mug of your choice — INTL
Day 3 — Win a custom quote necklace — INTL
Day 4 — Win a bookish mug of your choice INTL
Day 5 — Win a 11×17 print of your choice! US ONLY
Day 6 — Win your choice of an item $20 or less! US ONLY

A Very Handmade Holiday – Day 6

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Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

 

Today we have :

The Art of Young Adult

 

I featured Gillian’s amazing shop last year and I have loved all the new designs she has uploaded since! Gillian is one of my favorite people (and bloggers — her blog is a fave) and she is super talented. Her shop is full of loads of amazing and brilliant fan art turned into amazing merchandise. They are truly unique pieces of art and absolutely lovely in person, I can attest to that!! If you are a fan of Throne of Glass, the Lunar Chronicles, Stephanie Perkins, The Raven Cycle (and more!), you will want to just throw all your money at her shop.

Here are some of my favorites that I’m pining for myself:

I featured a whole lot of my favorites last year so I don’t want to repeat so here are my latest I love!!

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to winner will win their choice of an item $20 or under!

A few things:

  • Winner will receive their choice of an item $20 or less.
  • US ONLY!
  • You must be 13 years old or older to enter (or grab someone who is to do it for you!)
  • Giveaway ends January 5th. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Day 1 — book inspired candles — US only.
Day 2 — win a bookish mug of your choice — INTL
Day 3 — Win a custom quote necklace — INTL
Day 4 — Win a bookish mug of your choice INTL
Day 5 — Win a 11×17 print of your choice! US ONLY

A Very Handmade Holiday – Day 5

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Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

 

Today we have :

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ShaileyAnn Designs

I had the pleasure of featuring ShaileyAnn Designs last year and I was SO happy she agreed to be back this year! I adore her shop full of book/tv/movie/pop culture inspired prints, laptop decals, greeting cards and more!

 

Here are some of my favorites that I’m pining for myself:

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Harriet The Spy printHarriet the Spy print?? UM YES

House Stark decalHouse Stark for life!

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to win one 11×17 print of their choice.

A few things:

    • Winner will receive their choice of one 11×17 print.
    • US ONLY !
    • You must be 13 years old or older to enter (or grab someone who is to do it for you!)
    • Giveaway ends January 4th. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Catch up on the rest of the giveaways!

Day 1 — book inspired candles — US only.
Day 2 — win a bookish mug of your choice — INTL
Day 3 — Win a custom quote necklace — INTL
Day 4 — Win a bookish mug of your choice INTL

A Very Handmade Holiday – Day 4

holiday-blog-giveaways

Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

 

Today we have :

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Shannelle from The Art of Escapism

One of the things I love about the book blogging community is how I get to be connected with people of so many ages. I’ve always been so particularly impressed by the younger bloggers in the community and Shannelle is certainly no exception! I could have never juggled blogging and high school/university and all the other activities when I was their age — much less start my own small business! Shannelle’s talent for lettering is incredible and I’m so in love with her minimalist & beautiful designs. Her shop is fairly new so I’m DYING to see what new designs she comes up with next! Check out her blog, too!

Here are some of my favorites that I’m pining for myself:

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to winner will win their choice of a mug from The Art of Escapism.

A few things:

  • Winner will receive their choice of a custom book quote necklace.
  • Open internationally to wherever Society6 ships to!
  • You must be 13 years old or older to enter (or grab someone who is to do it for you!)
  • Giveaway ends January 3rd. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Catch up on the rest of the giveaways!

Day 1 — book inspired candles — US only.
Day 2 — win a bookish mug of your choice — INTL
Day 3 — Win a custom quote necklace — INTL

A Very Handmade Holidays – Day 3

holiday-blog-giveaways

Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

 

Day 3 brings us:

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Sarah is sooooo talented, you guys. Her shop is beautiful and I want to own everything for my jewelry collection! Plus she is a verrrrrry talented and positively adorable booktuber you should check out for sure!! I love all the books, pop culture and tv she picks and cannot to see what she comes up with next! Fans of Throne of Glass, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Divergent, Doctor Who, The Grisha Trilogy and more will be delighted by some of the things she has in her shop.

 

Here are some of my favorites that I’m pining for myself:

 

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to winner will win their choice of a custom book quote necklace. That’s right, you pick the quote to put on one of her book quote necklaces (or you can choose a quote she already has if you fancy one of those more!)

A few things:

  • Winner will receive their choice of a custom book quote necklace.
  • Open internationally!
  • You must be 13 years old or older to enter (or grab someone who is to do it for you!)
  • Giveaway ends January 2nd. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked! As it is custom, she will need 2 weeks from the time she gets your choice to produce it 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Catch up on the rest of the giveaways!

Day 1 — book inspired candles
Day 2 — win a bookish mug of your choice

A Very Handmade Holidays – Day 2

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Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

Check out all the other Handmade Holiday posts here!

 

Day 2 of A Very Handmade Holiday brings us:

Evie Bookish Designs

 

Evie is another blogger (her blog here!) who I’ve known for a while! She’s awesome, guys, and her shop is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Her designs are so beautiful and droolworthy and I love that she is on Society6 so I can order up JUST ABOUT ANYTHING I WANT with the design. I don’t know how she comes up with zillion of beautiful and creative designs that she does…but my wallet runs away screaming every time I am on her shop. She’s got general bookworm goodness and also fandom specific stuff and it’s all so beautiful!! Did I mention how beautiful it all is??

 

Here are some of my favorites that I’m pining for myself:

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner is going to win 1 mug of your choice!! She’s got a lot of great designs to choose from soooo good luck with that, future winner 😛

 

A few things:

  • Winner will receive their choice of 1 mug from Evie’s shop.
  • Open internationally.
  • You must be 13 years old or older to enter (or grab someone who is to do it for you!)
  • Giveaway ends January 1st. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Did you enter yesterday’s handmade holiday giveaway? Book inspired candles, you guys!!

A Very Handmade Holiday Giveaway Series is BACK — DAY 1

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Hi friends! Last year I had this idea for a fun week of giveaways around the holidays and threw it together last minute. I was beyond psyched to have so many great Etsy shops and artists be down to collaborate and I was even more excited when the giveaways happened and y’all were excited!! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so this giveaway is hopefully a way to show my appreciation and to spotlight some awesome bookish businesses.

Kicking off the 2nd annual A Very Handmade Holiday giveaway is:

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Brittany from Novelly Yours

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Giveaway: A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston

I looooove retellings. LOVE. So I’m super excited to be able to offer my readers a prize pack for a book that is a retelling of 1,001 Nights.

 

 

 About The Book

 

 

 

A Thousand Nights Ek Johnston

 

 

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

A story threaded with shimmering vibrance and beauty, A Thousand Nights will weave its spell over readers’ hearts and leave them captivated long after the final tale has been told.” —Alexandra Bracken, New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series

 

Check out the first four chapters of A THOUSAND NIGHTS here.
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Pre-Order It on Amazon

About The Author

 

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E. K. Johnston is a forensic archaeologist by training, a book seller and author by trade, and a grammarian by nature. She spends a great deal of time on the Internet because it is less expensive than going to Scotland. She can probably tell you, to the instant, when she fell in love with any particular song; but don’t ask her, because then it will be stuck in both of your heads.

Giveaway

 

ThousandPrizeOne lucky winner will this Pretty Things In A Dangerous Place prize package:

 –  Copy of A Thousand Nights;

– Branded nail polish set & tea bag dispenser

Giveaway open to US addresses only. You must be 13 years or older to enter.

Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

 

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5 Questions With Leila Sales Plus She Interviews Me (GIVEAWAY TOO!)

If you followed my blog last year you know that Leila Sales’ This Song Will Save Your Life was one of my FAVORITE reads of last year. So obviously her new release, Tonight The Streets Are Ours, is one of my MOST anticipated books of 2015. If you want to check out what it’s about, hop down to the bottom of the post! So obviously I’m super excited to have Leila on my blog today because I adore her AND we have a fun interview post today — I ask Leila 5 questions and SHE turns the tables on ME and asks me 5 questions. And man, she asked some doozies! I have so much more respect for authors having to answer interview questions after getting the tables turned on me!!!

So, I’ll go ahead and hit Leila with some of my most burning questions!

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1. If you wrote a blog outside of writer-y things what would it be about and what would you name it? If Teen Leila was living in 2015 and wrote a blog, what would it be about and what would you have named it?

For many years I wrote a blog called The Leila Texts: http://theleilatexts.blogspot.com. I would still be doing it if I were still getting text messages from random strangers every day! When I was in college I wrote a blog that was about my thoughts and relationships—really just a journal, except anyone with the URL could read it. I wanted so badly to be understood (a desire that I think a lot of teens and adults share), and I felt like if people read my blog, then they would understand me.

If I were a teenager today, though, I bet I would start a book blog. You guys have such a cool community. I would have definitely wanted to be part of it. Plus I’ve always wanted excuses to tell people what I think about books I’m reading.

2. Tell me about one of your best spontaneous, crazy nights that you’ve ever had!

New Years Eve this year was pretty great. My friend Emily and I went to a friend’s loft party until 4am, got breakfast at the 24-hour diner, drove to Spa Castle (it’s this giant warehouse of saunas and pools in Queens), got there right as it opened at 6am, and hung out in the spa until mid-afternoon.
Oh, and then there’s Halloween a couple years ago. Emily and I dressed up as two-thirds of the British band the Pipettes (we didn’t have a third friend who wanted in on this group costume), and we went to an house party with a killer sound system, and then a warehouse party overlooking the East River and we hung out on the roof and took a bunch of photos with a dude who was dressed as a lobster (I don’t know), and then went to my favorite indiepop dance party.

I could keep going, but suffice it to say that most of my best spontaneous and crazy nights include Emily.

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