Want to win a copy of Eat & Make by Sweet Paul? We’re giving away 5 signed and dedicated copies… But first, I’m a friend and fan of Paul Lowe, we met once in New York City when I was teaching there and I wrote for his magazine last year. Bottom line – I really admire him; Paul is hands down the real deal and he has built his business from the ground up which I find so inspiring since I remember when he was just starting out online. He has always been consistently authentic, kind and supportive of the online community, and so unselfish with his time giving me advice and direction on things most people wouldn’t share so freely. I really have a soft spot in my heart for Paul as a person, but there is so much more to him than his relaxed and generous nature – he’s a terrific talent with loads of creative vision as we’ve all seen demonstrated in his issues of Sweet Paul magazine over the years — but now there’s even more… A BOOK. (swoon!)
His debut book, Eat & Make, drops today (April 1) and to celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Paul and his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to offer you a chance to WIN a signed and dedicated copy from Paul himself of Eat & Make. Here is a little video that he made just for decor8 readers…
Eat & Make merges cooking (loads of delish recipes, I’m definitely trying his fish taco recipe this summer) with kitchen crafting (salad bowl pendant lights, anyone?) for a creative spin on your typical cookery book. I love the combination of crafting with cooking and especially enjoy how personal this book is with photos from his own life and friends dancing around each chapter, I find it all to be quite endearing. I’ve written 3 books and haven’t had the courage to do that yet, to get so personal with photos of me throughout, so perhaps I’ll really bare all and be more like Paul in my next book. He can really pull this off so well because he is quite charming!
Another point about the book that grabbed my attention instantly was the book cover – showing his photo, recipes and crafts, it really told a story to me so I instantly new what the book was all about before even reading the title.
I also LOVE the watercolor-y illustrations by Susan Evenson throughout, I’m a big fan of watercolor so this was a big plus for me. The over book design by Joline Rivera and Nellie Williams is hands down stunning. I am so particular about book layout, and this one feels like something out of South Africa or Australia to me – very fresh like I found most cookery books from those parts of the world. The photography by Alexandra Grablewski makes the book because let’s face it, you can style and cook something wonderful but your photographer can ruin it with a bad angle or poor lighting – Alexandra doesn’t disappoint – the photos shine through and through. I also must mention that in addition to Paul Lowe (Sweet Paul himself) his collegue Paul Vitale worked on lots of the writing in the book, so it’s a real collaborative effort with a talented team of people.
If you want to win a signed and dedicated copy of Eat & Make, comment below with the reason why you LOVE SWEET PAUL! That’s it! (Originally I asked people to tweet but lots of you wrote in stating you don’t use/want to use Twitter so I want to take everyone into consideration and open this contest up to ALL.)
you’ll need to tweet and complete the following sentence and tell us why you love Sweet Paul’s style. Cut and paste the following, filling in your thoughts in the blank and make sure to end the tweet with @sweetpaul and @decor8 so we see them!
#ilovesweetpaul because _______ @sweetpaul @decor8″
Then comment below letting us know who you are and what you tweeted. The winners will be announced on April 8th!
Good luck everyone! And if you simply cannot wait to own a copy of Paul’s gorgeous book, click here to order a hard copy of kindle version on Amazon.
Update: The WINNERS are: #3 Lou, #11 Cintia, #15 Ann, Boheme Circus #26 and Sarah Lou #63. If you are listed here, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible and let her know what you would like for Paul to write inside of your book, in addition to his signature of course, along with your mailing address. Thank you!
(images: holly becker)
Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today is my birthday, our book releases in the UK (and it’s already #1 on Amazon!), and we’ve just opened enrollment for our super fab e-course that kicks off in April for four weeks called Blogging Your Way. March is also a special month because I celebrate FIVE years of teaching Blogging Your Way since we launched this time in 2009! I can’t believe I’ve been teaching the web’s first e-course on blogging for so many years, an honor and delight to me. For each course, I invite different co-teachers and for the next one, we have Tina Fussell teaching alongside of us and she’ll cover everything from how to write a DIY post that gets shared to travel and fashion/lifestyle posts that will definitely get your readers attention. For the complete curriculum, click here.
To celebrate all of this, I thought I’d host a lovely giveaway! To enter, all you need to do is tweet this post and say,
If you don’t have a twitter account, this is a good chance to create one for free – twitter is such a terrific tool for bloggers to stay in touch. After you’ve tweeted, comment below to let me know that you’ve tweeted and also leave your twitter handle and mention why you want a seat. I will giveaway 3 FREE SPOTS ($149 value each) to the upcoming class (outlined here). These are not transferrable or redeemable for cash. If you’ve already registered and paid for this class, and you win, you will receive a full refund.
By the way… The above photos are from Tina, and are a great way for you to see just how talented she is (her blog is her own content – she styles and shoots it all!). I can’t wait to have her sharing her secrets with all of us. In this special class, Tina will give you a video tour of her studio space in Copenhagen. (first ever online!), too. If you love her blog and her style, you will LOVE learning from her in this class as she’ll show you how to create blog posts that range from travel to fashion and lifestyle. Space is limited, so if you want to register, please do so here.
I’m taking the day off, but I’ll see you all again on Monday with more Blogger’s Favorites posts, a new mommy update from me, a few of my favorite things and so much more! The winners of this contest will be announced on April 1st! Once it sells out, you won’t be able to register so please don’t delay. And remember, if you win this contest and you’ve registered already, you will receive a full refund.
Have a wonderful weekend!
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE >CLICK<
(images: tina fussell)
Hello everyone! Are you ready to win a beautiful book during this special 3 day FLASH Giveaway? You only have between now and Thursday to enter to win this beautiful blogger book (only available in German)… So get hoppin’! Earlier this Autumn, my German publisher Callwey, published the first ever book written by a team of European design bloggers along with Petra Harms. I was asked to write the foreword and also write the section about storage and to shoot and include photos from my home for this project which I gladly did. The book, “Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben“, launched this past Fall and has been a real hit here in Germany. In the midst of moving, I’m trying to clear out extra books that I have so I’d like to giveaway 5 copies of this book (29.95€ value each) to 5 winners. I will sign and dedicate each copy, beneath my foreword, if you would like otherwise your copy will come shrink wrapped.
1. Tweet “I’ve entered to win blogger decor book “Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben” on @decor8 from @callwey”
2. Then come back to this post and comment below with your email address, country, and twitter handle and of course, why you’d like a copy of this book.
This contest is only open to those living in Europe and the UK since I don’t have time right now with my move and a baby on the way to fill out customs forms and ship overseas (sorry, guys). I will choose 5 winners at random on Thursday, December 12 at 5:00 pm GMT +1 time (I will close comments on this post at that time) and all books will ship on December 13, 14 and 16 (only on those dates – I cannot ship books after that so if you win, you need to send me your mailing address ASAP). This way, you can receive your copy in time for Christmas too!
(images from Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben with permission from snug studio)
Thank you ALL for your lovely entries! I’m sorry to say that COMMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED on this giveaway because it has ended. THE FIVE WINNERS ARE: 1 Frau Schmitt, 21 Aga/Passion Shake, 28 Midsommarflicka, 86 Sabrina/Mikrogluck, 89 Jasmin/Life Design.
11/1 UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED. Winners announced on Facebook here. Hello everyone! It has become a custom for us to giveaway a few seats right before an upcoming Blogging Your Way e-course, so we can’t break tradition! Would you like to win a free seat to our upcoming Intention & Style e-course? I will choose THREE WINNERS on Friday, so this contest is only valid until November 1st at noon GMT +1 time – so get movin’! To enter, simply comment below with your twitter name after you have tweeted the following message:
I’ve entered to win a seat at #bywecourses to learn about blogging, styling and photography with @decor8! http://tinyurl.com/bywecourses
That’s it! For every tweet, you qualify to enter again and again and again, but only up to one tweet per day please!
We are giving away 3 seats to Blogging Your Way: Intention & Style! If you have already enrolled and paid, you also qualify to win – we’ll just reimburse you. If you don’t have Twitter, this is your chance to sign up. If you win, you cannot give your winning seat away or use it for a future class.
To learn more about this inspiring e-course for bloggers, please check out the full skinny here. We’ll be teaching blogging and business tips, photography and styling, photo editing and more! We have four teachers, including moi, to guide you along your journey from November 1-29. You will also receive a full 12 months of site access to use the student forum and access special materials for alum only after class ends! A $149 value – for free if you win! Yeehaw!
Thank you so much and happy tweeting! Don’t forget to post your twitter name below after you tweet….
11/1 UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED. Winners announced on Facebook here. All winners will be contacted today by email.
(image: photo of debi treloar and I by anna malin)