109 In Sewing

It’s Giveaway Day!

Happy Giveaway Day!  And welcome to all who are visiting today!

Today I am giving away this corduroy satchel. 

It is upcycled from a pair of corduroy pants, and lined with new fabric.

To enter, let me know what great books you have read lately! (This could be anything from fiction to a cookbook to the book you read to your kids before bed last night.)

The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada.  (Please check out my other blog for an international giveaway!)  The winner will be announced the evening of Dec. 16.

Thanks for stopping by!  And have fun entering all of the giveaways!

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    December 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I am actually reading Hugo Cabret right now – the latest Caldecott winner. I collect children’s lit and I absolutely LOVE it! jinglesells at gmail dot com

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    December 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    COOL bag!! Love upcycling! I love to read…but sadly haven’t had much time lately other than all of the children’s books I’ve been reading to my kiddos. I love anything from Iris Johannsen, but unfortunately finished her last offering in October…time to find a new obsession! 🙂 Thanks for the chance…have a great giveaway!

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    December 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I really like The Hunger Games.Thanks for the giveaway!

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    December 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Very cute! I love the new Waldorf book of Poetry. I’ve been reading that lately.


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    Becky Greene
    December 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    On the advice of my son, I read the Percy Jackson series and it was wonderful!!!! Much better than the movie (but aren’t they always!). Thanks for the giveaway – love the satchel!

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    Beth R
    December 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Love this bag!! We love all things Fancy Nancy here and Sandra Boynton! But I personally love Karen Kingsbury for my own reading pleasure!

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    Marie/Underground Crafter
    December 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    How sad. I haven’t read anything “real” lately so I don’t have any great works of literature to share. But I did read Crocheted Softies by Stacey Trock, and it was pretty fun :).

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    Christie S.
    December 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Haven’t had time to sit and read in a while, but THE HELP is on the list.

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    December 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I love it, and I love that it’s upcycled. Courdoroy is my favorite fabric.
    Recently read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for my English class and I LOVED it.

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    Stacey C.
    December 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Love reading my kids Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. So cute! And I love your bag!!

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    December 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I am currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and next on the stack is The Shack. Super cute bag, by the way!

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    December 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Cute bag! I’m reading Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.

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    December 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I like the Elm Creek Quilt series.

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    Kristi F
    December 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I have a 2 year old, so I haven’t had time to read anything in the last, oh 2 years. Unless you count “Goodnight Moon”, cause I have that one memorized.

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    December 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I love it! What a cool purse. I just finished reading to my 8 year old “The Magic Half” by Annie Barrows. We were both gripped – a great story.

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    Jamie lee
    December 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I am reading The Marriage Plot. I really loved Middlesex but this one is just ok.

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    December 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I love this bag! So neat! I read a book called “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon that was really good.

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    December 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    My favorite recent book is Water for Elephants.
    jessmusumarra (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    Lora W.
    December 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I just started reading “Bossypants” by Tina Fey. So funny!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    December 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Lately I’ve read and enjoyed “The Canning Season” by Polly Horvath. I’m also rereading “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen–one of my favorites.

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    Taryn Oakley
    December 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    cute! I just read IQ84 by H. Murakami and loved it!

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    Christy Dixon
    December 13, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I’m just about finished with 44 Charles Street by Danielle Steele and it’s wonderful! Very inspiring!


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    Desiree @ Wee Share
    December 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

    This is lovely. We jave been loving the kid’s book Little Star by Anthony DeStefano

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    December 13, 2011 at 1:17 am

    i got the book “dare to be square quilting” at the library and it’s pretty cool.

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    December 13, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I love this bag! Thanks so much for offering it in the giveaway! I’m reading Altered Art Projects now and am enjoying the creative inspiration!

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    December 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Bitter is the New Black. Such a good book. Love that purse!!!

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    December 13, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I just read “Spontaneous Happiness” by Dr. Andrew Weil. It’s fantastic! Thank you so much for the chance to win 🙂

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    December 13, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I love murder mysteries and horror fiction and just finished reading Stephen King’s newest book: 11/22/63. It was great.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Terri Sue
    December 13, 2011 at 5:39 am

    right now i’m reading The Christmas Quilt. i can’t remember who it is by and if i go look i might wake my husband as it is very very late, or very very early. however you want to look at it. i love the purse.

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    Cherie Searles
    December 13, 2011 at 7:20 am

    This bag is so cute! Love it! I recently finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It was really enjoyable.

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    December 13, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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    December 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Just finished “The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen

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    Ellen M.
    December 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I read Janet Evanovich’s “Explosive Eighteen”. I don’t know if it’s considered “great”, but it sure made me laugh! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    December 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

    i have been reading RAPUNZEL story book to my daughter almost everyday!!! thanks for the giveaways!!!

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    December 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Sweet bag! I haven’t read any good books but I got a new magazine yesterday. Canadian Living (Special Cookbook Edition) hoping to find a couple of new Christmas Recipes!

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    December 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I am currently reading the Haddesseh Chronicles.

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    December 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

    This bag is definitely right up my alley! I love small and casual purses! I don’t read all that much – three kids at home all the time and all. But…I have enjoyed a few Karen Kingsbury series in the past.

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    December 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve been reading The Game of Thrones series. pretty good!

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    December 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Any book by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid They write the best travel/cookbooks, I keep going back to read bits here and there

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    December 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    That’s a super cute bag!

    I’m almost done with a book called “Miriam’s Kitchen” by Elizabeth Ehrlich. It’s a memoir and it’s truly amazing.

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    December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Lots of children’s books read here! My daughter’s favorite right now is called Peek-a-who

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    December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve been reading the Little Women series. I’m currently on book 3, Jo’s Boys. The old classics are the best!

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    December 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I’m not usually a bag person, but I love this! Thanks for sharing it in your giveaway!

    I just finished reading a great book called “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner. A friend recommended it and I loved it!

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    December 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I’m reading Inheritance by Christopher Paolini right now. It’s good, but I liked the first one better (Eragon). My favorite book to read to my girls right now…If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. Fun Christmas book!

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    December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    What a great looking bag. My latest read was “The Art of Racing in the Rain” — a great read.

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    December 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I am reading all my favorite Christmas stories! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Oh I love it!

    Recent good reads: The History of Love (Nicole Krauss), Blood, Bones, and Butter (Gabrielle Hamilton), and The Lost City of Z (David Grann)

    Thanks so much!

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    Christina G.
    December 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Just read “The Night Circus”, “Alice I Have Been”, “Busy Busy Town”.


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    December 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    love corduroy, especially gray, and I love this bag! I think my most interesting read of the past year was “The Paris Wife.” Not exactly uplifting, but definitely fascinating.

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    December 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Let’s see.. Simply in Season- A World Community Cookbook. I made a recipe..therefore I read it… Ha. Other then that it’s been kids books. Berenstein Bears and The Big Road Race has been a constant companion for my 2 year old and I recently. 🙂

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    Kim T.
    December 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    cute bag! Love corduroy! The Bible is always my favorite book to read!

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    anne s.
    December 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I just finished “Water for Elephants” and I’m about to start “Doc” by Mary Doria Russell. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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    December 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar!

    It’s great even for non-vegans because you don’t have to worry about having butter and eggs on hand to make yummy cookies. My kids are making sugar cut-out cookies right now. 🙂

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    December 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I am reading “Wake Up and Cook”. I read it while I am on the treadmill. Thank you for a great giveaway!

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    December 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    That’s so cute. I read an apocalyptic vampire book called the passage that was pretty good. I also read odd and the frost giant with my son. It’s a great chapter book for begininning reader.

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    December 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    GREAT bag! I love upcycling.

    “The Help” was a really good book. Also, if you’re interested in writing at all, “Writing Down the Bones” is one of my all-time favorites. Reading it for the fourth or fifth time, now. Very inspiring.

    Hope you have lots of visitors to your site this week, and thanks for the chance to participate!

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    December 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I’m re-reading the Harry Potter Series again… for the umpteenth time… =D Wicked cute bag!!!

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    December 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    So pretty – this is my kind of bag! I haven’t read any books lately, as I’ve gotten busy with making stuff for Christmas (and I have to be careful when I read, as I tend to neglect my toddler in favor of the book!). The last book I read, though, was Still Alice. It was a book club choice and a decent one, though not my favorite.

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    December 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I am reading a book right now called “Without a Word” by Jill Kelly. It’s a great book to read and also heartbreaking at the same time.

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    Jane S.
    December 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I tend to read 2 or 3 books a week, so I go through a lot of paperbacks! I just finished reading The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver. It’s not a new release, but it’s a good read.

    Cute bag! I love bags that are repurposed from jeans or cords. Thank you for the chance to win it!

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    December 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Element In the Universe, by Theodore Gray. No joke. Awesome book, beautiful pictures, really interesting and humorous writing style. And I think I might have learned something. MIGHT have. I remember that I read it, though, so that’s something.

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    December 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    i just read the martha stewart christmas cookies book. and i’ve been making houses from the scandinavian stitches book-they’re adorable!
    also not becoming my mother and feeding the whole family.


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    December 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I just read Cutting for Stone, again, and loved it, again. Also just read Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and highly recommend it.

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    December 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Love your bag.
    Recently I’ve read “The Help” and The Lovely Bones”. Enjoyed them both.

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    December 14, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Boy, this is the cutest purse! Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

    It’s a dangerous thing to ask me what good books I’ve read. *grin-sigh* I’ll split it into several parts, here.
    Last three good books I read were: Bob Hope – My Life In Jokes, by Bob Hope; Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle; and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by John Joseph Adams.
    Favorite book series is the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (starts with His Majesty’s Dragon).
    My favorite kids books are: Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd, A Story For Bear by Dennis Haseley, Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio, and The Toughest Cowboy by John Frank.
    Favorite online comic is harkavagrant.com.
    Favorite graphic novel authors are Marjane Satrapi and Craig Thompson
    Favorite romance novel authors are Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, and Susan Johnson.
    Favorite classics are Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, and pretty much all the Sherlock Holmes.
    Could I go on? Yes. Shall I? No, for your safety. *grin*

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    Rhonda Greene
    December 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Eeep! This is so me, I love it! The last book I read was the new edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book, and it’s an incredible reference! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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    December 14, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I am currently reading the marathon book by runner’s world and it is fabulous 🙂

    I also recently read sarah’s key and that was really good!

    Super cute bag! 🙂

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    December 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    recent good book – conscious living – love the recycled part of this – it is what I try to do as much as I can too 🙂

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    December 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Great books.. hmmm.. the only thing I read regularly are school books for my daughters.. and the Bible..

    Thanks for this awesome give-away!!!


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    December 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

    On a plane trip recently I read everything Oscar Wilde had ever written! It was a long plane trip and his books are free downloads. Some were sad, but most had me laughing enough to bother my neighbor!

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    December 14, 2011 at 11:47 am

    The best book I have read lately is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, I should warn you I only read trashy romance so if thats not your thing don’t read it! Thanks for the chance to win the bag it is the first time I have seen one quite like that. It would go with so many things!

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    Deserae Fiedler
    December 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I love the Hunger Games!

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    December 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Great bag! I love using old clothes for new projects.

    I just finished reading the Night Circus. It was a lot of fun to read.

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    Candace Henderson
    December 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… .SO MUCH FUN! I am now on the prequel and will do the sequel when I am done… thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Kim S.
    December 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    100 Cupboards and Notes From A Tilt A Whirl. Loved them. Thanks!

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    Amy S
    December 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Right now my kids are loving the book the Little Blue Truck! I can recite it by heart! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    Christine Jones
    December 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve been reading the game of thrones series..right now on dance of dragons, they are really great!

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    December 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Hello, Neat way to re-cyle some great fabric. I’d recommend The Help or Sarah’s Key as good reads. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

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    December 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Yay, corduroy! I just finished reading Cherie Priest’s Ganymede and I’m in the midst of reading Phil & Kaja Foglio’s Agatha H. and the Airship City. We love some Steampunk reads around here!

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    December 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    i just re-read the golden compass (and the subtle knife and the amber spyglass) by phillip pullman. still as exciting and scary for me at 21 as it was when I was 12!

    thanks for the giveaway!

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    December 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    love upcycling. It is super cute!

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    Knittingdancer on Ravelry
    December 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I just finished reading The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.
    I also just read Debbie Macomber’s new book 1225 Christmas Lane.
    I am currently reading John Grisham’s latest book, The Ligitators.
    I have enjoyed all of them.

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    Amy Belote
    December 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I recently read The Help and now reading Zen and the Art of Knitting.

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    December 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I am reading my husband’s back issues of Backwoods Home. 🙂 I always enjou those. 😀

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    crooked whimsy
    December 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    i just purchased sewing school to use with my elementary students at school!
    gray is one of my favorite colors and i love corduroy; what a lovely bag! thanks for the opportunity!

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    Laura Hughes
    December 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve been reading a knitting book by Ysolda Teague “Little Red in the City”. It’s been a great book!
    laurahughes at charter dot net

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    December 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

    The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. An amazing read.

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    December 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I haven’t read any books for myself lately, so I’ll have to go with my children’s books. We read Flat Stanley, Snowmen at Night, and The Longest Christmas List Ever just last night!


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    December 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I’m a little behind the curve because I am only now reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which everyone else was reading a few years ago. It is a page turner! Love that bag…upcyling rocks. Merry Christmas!

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    December 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer (Amish tale with a twist). Love Corduroy.

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    Laila Ali-Sullivan
    December 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I just reread Eragon. It is a young adult fantasy type series, perfect for reading a few pages a a time while nursing my new baby.
    I love the grey curdoroy! Thank you for the chance to win that lovely bag.

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    December 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    gotta love corduroy !!!

    recently i have read this book several times, with a certain GrandBunny:

    Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose, by Dr. Seuss. It’s the copy I received for Christmas when I was about 5 years old.

    thanks for the chance to win,

    threeoldkeys at verizon dot net

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    December 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve only read one book lately, and that’s the latest Stephen King 11/22/63

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    December 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Lots of baby board books here, but I like Hop in the Garden and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, of course.

    Lovely bag!

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    December 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    i like this bag!

    at the moment, I am reading firefly lane by kristin hannah. It’s nice, but no must have.

    greetings, tina

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    December 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I’m enjoying “On Strike for Christmas”

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    Julia Carter
    December 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I am reading a vampire book right now..again

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    December 16, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Hope i am not too late to enter….
    I am reading The everything rice cooker cook book,
    you can make everything in a rice cooker even cake and pie.
    I did not know this. It is not the kind of book I would have bought
    it was a used book I had bought at a yard sale for a quarter over
    summer. It is good because I dont have to read it through I am to
    busy for that with 6 kiddos at home, a novel would be too much
    right now.
    Thank you for the great give away.

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    Vanessa Bershatsky
    December 16, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I am currently rereading Uncle Tom’s Cabin and getting so much more out of it then I did when I was in High School.

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    Holly Schilling
    December 16, 2011 at 4:52 am

    The Twilight series were the last books I read all the way through. However I want to read The Princess Academy

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    December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Ooh that’s really clever – I should try that! I think I have an old pair of pants lying around…

    Read lately: Ira Wagler’s amish book; Ann Purser’s Lois Meade mysteries (Tragedy at Two and all that); Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers; Isaac Asimov’s Secrets of the Universe; an old book called The Queer Little Princess; … all good. (I have diverse tastes.)

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    December 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Last night I was reading the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book with my son. He loves it when I read along with him!

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    December 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    This is the cutest bag ever! Never made a bag but this one just might make me try if I don’t win. I love the Chronicles of Narnia books!

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    December 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I LOVE the bag! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win 🙂 I have been reading book 5 in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, after this I have The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series to read. Of course my all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice and I will be reading that one again this coming year 🙂

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    December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Great bag, and just the right size. I recently read “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley. Apparently it’s a series. For kids, the “Mysterious Benedict Society” series is fun. Thank you so much for sharing. I will have to come back when there is more time and read all the book recommendations.
    (hrmaris at yahoo dot com)

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    Mama Bear
    December 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I discovered “Love You Forever” this year…it’s now one of my favorites!

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    The Hungry Crafter
    December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’m embarrassed to say I have read almost NO books this year! Too busy! I’ve mostly been reading blogs 🙂 I did get a few issues of the Brit sewing magazine “Mollie Makes” last month and have been enjoying looking through those. Ask me again for reading recommendations next year — I’m getting a Kindle for Christmas and I hope to vastly pick up my reading habits next year!!!!

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    December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Love the bag. I read through the Hunger Games books pretty quickly but they are sad. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    December 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Not sure what time you’re ending the giveaway – but thought I’d throw my hat in anyway! Great books I’ve read recently are the Hunger Games trilogy – I could not put those books down. Nice bag!

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