DIY Book Reviews – Inspired You – The Handbuilt Home – Handmade Walls

I think 2012 could be named the year of DIY blogger authored books. So many fabulous bloggers have come out with phenomenal  books. Young House Love, Miss Mustard Seed, Ana White, and The Handmade Home just to name just a few.

For me this is a dream come true. Finally, the beautiful words and photos of my favorite bloggers are now in book format. Here’s a quick round up of three DIY books I think you’ll enjoy. You’ll surely want to add them to your holiday wishlist!

Inspired You. by Miss Mustard Seed, Marian Parsons

This book is such a treat to hold in your hands. The attention to detail is immediately evident. Linen book cover, with a half book jacket printed on cover stock so it doesn’t curl. The Miss Mustard Seeds graphic inside is a nice touch. (Can you tell I have a background in graphic design? ;-) )

When I opened the book I was greeted by scrumptious high quality photographs. It makes me think that this is how Miss Mustard Seed should always be read. Perusing blog posts is great, but the detail and image quality can’t compare with a printed photo.

Marian threw her heart and soul into this book and it shows. She included beautiful never seen photos of her home and she shares how although her home may look beautiful, there are angles that the camera doesn’t see. The kids’ crumbs and messes are there as well because she lives a real life just like you and me.

I love this quote from the book: “Throw out the notion that good design is expensive, must be carried out by a professional and can only be bought in a fancy story,” Marian said. “I live in a real home on a thrift store budget and have never taken a design class in my life.”

In addition to a book authorship this year, Miss Mustard Seed introduced her own line of milk paint. This gal is unstoppable!

You’ll find tutorials  detailing how she decorated and furnished her home.  The main message is that you can easily do the same for yours.

INSPIRED YOU (published by Thomas Nelson is available for $19.99)

Handmade Walls. by Ashley & Jamon Mills 

Have you ever struggled with your home? Struggled to make it feel more genuine… more like you? Have you ever felt inhibited from what you really wanted by ‘the rules’? What about your own fears? Have you ever been frustrated by the overpriced, overused selections in big box stores? We’ve all been there and had a desire to explore options beyond the expected. Handmade Walls is a simple, inspiring, and realistically approachable springboard for making your home your own. Everything you see in this book was created with the hope that you’ll learn to shake off those fears and love your sanctuary as you create it. Just for you.

Ashley & Jamin have poured their creative energy into yet another project. This time it is this wonderfully illustrated and designed eBook. One of my favorite quotes from the Mills is: “If it’s something you feel passionate about, you can find a way to make it happen. ” If you need the push to help make it happen, grab your own copy of Handmade Walls.

This ebook contains 22 projects, at over 250 pages chock-full of inspiration, creations, and plans for making it happen in your own homes. It’s a realistic, user-friendly fun approach on creating beautiful handmade pieces for your spaces. It’s available for $9.95 in a simple easy-to-use PDF format. Just click, download, and read. It’s that simple.

Three main sections: Frames, Art, and Functional: Handmade Walls builds on your personal skill level and has an easy learning curve. This means there’s something for everyone in this book. Whether you’re a DIY novice, weekend warrior, or just someone who appreciates a fun read, you’ll enjoy reading this eBook from the first to the last page.

Every plan in this book comes complete with step by step illustrations, photography, tips, and tricks. These are to help with those little known, frequently asked questions. Each one is even complete with a cut and supplies list, price bracket, difficulty level, and time required for each project. So you know exactly what you’re diving into before you even begin.

A note from Ashley & Jamon:Beautiful homes aren’t purchased in one day. They aren’t bought ‘as a room’, and they aren’t thrown together overnight. They probably aren’t even held in a collective grandiose round of applause, given their one of a kind unique nature based on who put them together. Maybe, one of a kind homes are only appreciated by the creator and those who dwell there. Truly beautiful homes are created over time. They’re crafted carefully by an artist who loves to tweak a canvas. They are an honest, illuminating reflection of those who live there. We hope you feel inspired to create a home of your own, and leave your stamp.”


Click here to purchase your own eBook copy of Handmade Walls for $9.95**

The Handbuilt Home. by Ana White

Ana White is my hero. She has inspired me in so many ways this past year. After meeting her at SNAP and Haven I can honestly say she is one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever met. And she has very similar goals when it comes to empowering others be able to pick up some tools and make their own furniture!

Ana filled The Handbuilt Home with simple and budget-friendly plans for making some amazing furniture for your home. The book is divided into rooms and has all the information you need to get up and building the same day.

This is another book that I love holding in my hands. The color photos peak my desire to make every single project in the book. From Ana’s famous first build, her farmhouse bed:

To this beautifully rustic kitchen island:

The book even has a getting started section to help you learn how to use the tools and some of the terms used in woodworking.

I highly recommend this book to ANYONE who wants beautiful furniture at a fraction of the cost of retail. It is an all-in-one DIY guide for making stylish furniture. The lessons learned can only catapult you to start designing your own personalized pieces for your home.

The Handbuilt Home (Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House.)

Retail price: $22.99

** Disclosure: The Handbuilt Home and Inspired You were sent to me complimentary to review. I was not compensated for this post, nor was I told what to write. The Handmade Walls link is an affiliate link. I receive a small percentage of any sales from that link.

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Comments

  1. I’d love to win these books. I’m fairly new to your blog, but have enjoyed it very much. Still catching up on sow of your older posts.

  2. I’d love to win these books! I too am new to your site, and a new homeowner, and I’m looking forward to customizing my home on my small budget! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  3. Love these blogs (and yours) and can’t wait to read the books!

  4. I’ve been meaning to buy Ana’s book. I’ve already made a few things from her site. All the books look great, and I’d be glad to get any of them!

  5. I would love to have those books! Especially Ana White’s book. I really want to try my hand at furniture building!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win!

  7. Madeleine Goodner says:

    Big fan of Pretty handy girl! My husband is military.. due to retire this coming year after 23 years in!. We finally got our OWN house and I am constantly INSPIRED with the cool ideas and the “Yes I CAN do it!” I loved the tree cookie heart door wreath I made.. and I would love the opportunity to have these double dose of “How tos” Opportunities from Ana and Mis Mustard Seed!! Not to mention my hubbys is kept wondering what I am up to next!! Lol..

  8. what a great giveaway! I already bought Marian’s book (and love it!) but Ana’s book is on my wish list!!

  9. I have been a follower for a while and your can do attitude is just as inspiring as the authors you have mentioned. The blogging community is a source of inspiration and validation and I enjoy reading many, many blogs.
    Winning any of these books would be a treat, for sure. Got my fingers crossed.

  10. I would love to win one (or even both!) of these books :) they would be a great thing for a graduate student to have! Having a tight budget means more DIY and it forces creativity, which is so exciting.

  11. Traci Sherrill says:

    Thank you for offering this giveaway! You don’t know how much I would enjoy winning these; I have an entire home and yard to furnish only on scraps and cast-off furniture. What great inspiration these books must hold!

    I have been enjoying your blog for a while, now. Always a treat to see what you have in store for us! :-)

  12. Mary Stewart says:

    I missed seeing Ana at my local home depot recently but love her blog. I also follow Miss Mustard Seed. This would be a wonderful christmas gift for ME! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. My house is ready for some new life…these books would certainly inspire me to get to work!!

  14. Hi Brittany, I have been following your posts for several months now. I enjoy your pragmatic determination when faced with a crisis, the flood, the mould,being sick; all real life adventures. I also really enjoy your posts where you demonstrate tools. I am on my own and its hard to find someone to help. So anything i can do myself helps move things along. put my name in the draw for one of these books, they all look like a great read and I trust your recommendations. Hope all is well!

  15. If the thought of winning one of these books was any more exciting, I would be frothing at the mouth! I love PHG and definitely have some projects that need finishing (painting) and even some MMS supplies on hand, but too nervous to start! Fingers crossed!!! :)

  16. I thought my “gift” was reading about your adventures on your blog – but books? I’m in heaven! I follow Miss Mustard Seed and have told both my sons about Ana White and her easy plans. Thank you.

  17. I found your blog while following Donna from FJI during the Habitat project, and enjoy your projects and posts. I’m on a limited budget and would love to win Ana’s book. I’m determined to try to make some small projects, and the tutorials and photos would be a great help! Thank you!

  18. First of all, thank you for the giveaway! Second of all, my favorite diy is the one where you explain r to salvage the wood from old shipping palletts! But, my all time favorite post is Family Fun at Hanging Rock State Park,NC. I just love, love, love. To hear about how family-oriented my favorite bloggers are! I hope I win! These books look delightful to read!

  19. These books look awesome. I would be thrilled to have either one of them. Thank you for the kind offer.

  20. I just started following you yesterday! I have recently been bit with the remodel/upgrade bug and am reading everything I can get my hands on. I am recently divorced and want to turn “our home” into “my home”. As a single mom, budget is limited so I love the wonderful ideas at a fraction of the cost. Also love the “can do” attitude for women to DIY as I have no previous experience!! Can’t wait to learn all I can from you and the other women DIY’ers!! What you do is truly a service!!

  21. Looking for new inspiration…thank you!!!

  22. Judy McPherson says:

    I’m 63 years old and about to retire. My husband and I have always been in ministry where our house has been provided. For the first time in our life we purchased our own home. So excited! Your blog and many others are giving me helpful ideas for my dream home. I would love to win a book, it would be so helpful (actually, I wish you could all come to my home and help me make it just as it should be).

    Thank you so much for this opportunity.

    God bless!

    Judy

  23. Tracy Myers says:

    This is so exciting, I have been following your weekly updates on your kitchen renovation. I am getting ready for a brand new kitchen and you have inspired me so much!! Thank you for this great give away, and I wish you and your family a happy holiday!!

  24. Just added these books to my Christmas list!!

  25. Love the ideas you have and I always feel inspired by you and the other bloggers you mentioned in this post!

  26. ANOTHER awesome giveaway – thank you, Brittany! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog – every day it’s the email I open first – and I sincerely appreciate all your advice and experience, as well as your inclusion of other bloggers and experts who share their ideas, inspirations and helpful advice. I’m a first-time homeowner at the ripe old age of, well, let’s just say I’m on the shady side of a century, and while my home is small, I LOVE it, and love the opportunity to make it ‘mine.’ I’ve been so inspired by you, my first project was – my wall! I ‘copycatted’ off your project in the ‘arts & crafts’ room, with the pallet wall. Never having used power tools of any kind, and never having ‘built’ anything from scratch, I was terrified, but your can-do attitude saw me through and now I’m hooked and can’t wait to start another project! I’m eager to learn about how to build furniture and structures, but a little (ok, a lot) initimidated when I’m in the woodworking hardware store, so the opportunity to learn from these experts is excellent. Thank you so much for always sharing, and happy holidays to you and yours!

  27. I’d LOVE {love} LOVE to win these two books! I am a fan of both of these awe inspiring women! What a great giveaway…thanks for hosting!

  28. I would love to have these books in my hands!

  29. I really have enjoyed your blog, again you have given us a chance to learn from yourself and others.
    Thank you.

  30. Like everyone else who has commented, I would also love to win these books! The ideas found in them are useful and I can see me putting them into action!

  31. Recently found “Pretty Handy Girl” while browsing DIY ideas on Pinterest & I’m thrilled! You have so many great ideas & are so inspirational. You make me believe even I can create some beautiful things. I purchased a fixer-upper a couple of years ago & I need all the help I can get. I’m on a very limited budget & having these two beautiful books would be a wonderful inspiration for me to save money by DIY. Thanks so much for offering these books & for YOUR wonderfully creative vision. Happy Holidays to you & yours.

  32. I recently discovered the world of bloging, pinterest, and all the rest of the wonderful DYI sites… I am sort of crafty but could never conceive of all the ideas I have found on these site. It is so inspiring to know I can do it myself. And I know I am not alone when I thank you from the bottom of my non creative heart for allowing me to find and learn how to create all of the wonderful projects I have done.

  33. Thank you for offering book contest…
    I read both those other blogs and their books look inspiring.
    I have to say though your blog is a “got to” of mine. I really enjoy your information on tools how to, it helps a lot as I add to my little tool collection..as otherwise it’s pretty overwhelming choosing.
    Have a lovely holiday season and maybe this time next year it will be a book of your own! :)

  34. Laurie Smith says:

    I recently attend a presentation hosted by Brittany at Cary Rehab store. Brittany had mentioned that people are afraid to try to do projects because they don’t know how to do it, and I am tired of waiting for my husband to find time to help. I determined to figure out how to use tools and get projects done myself. I would love to win these books!

  35. Aunt Theresa says:

    I would love to gift the Ana White book to my niece, a budding woodworker, and budding mama to be. She loves to build but hates to paint ~
    my favorite (and my husband’s favorite) project of yours is the craft room wood wall – gorgeous!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing all that you share ~

  36. Marietta Warkentin says:

    Thank you for this wonderful offer of free design books. I have enjoyed your blog and all the effort you put into your projects. I have learned some great tips to take away my fear of using more complicated tools. I refinished an entire bedroom set this summer, and my old kitchen table and chairs. What a difference this has made in my long term apartment home. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving, and looking forward to more of your blogs.I am glad that you are finally well again. Merry Christmas!!!

  37. You are not only great at blogging and creating, but you are quite the salesperson too! I’d love each of these three titles, and winning one would surely make my holiday so much better. I love reading all your posts, but a favorite series was about the Longest yard sale which started in my hometown…the big D. Thanks for your inspiring work on making the homes of those less fortunate shine with the beauty you left behind from them. You rock it girl, in my book and many others. Thanks!!!

  38. If I win, my husband will just have to figure out something else to get me for Christmas!! I love your blog, and dream of recreating your mudroom bench and coat rack. It is gorgeous! Of course, first I need a mud room to put it in. :) I used several of your creative gift wrapping ideas last year and they inspired me to come up with a few of my own. I can’t wait to see how you wrap your gifts this year!

  39. I love that you’re displaying these books on your recent dumpster table that you stenciled and distressed. The table, and the books, look wonderful!

  40. Laura Holte says:

    Thanks so much for a great website inspiring me to give it a try around my home! These books sound fantastic!

  41. I’d love to win a copy of each of these books. They’re on my Christmas wishlist. I love your blog & all your tutorials.

  42. Thank you so much for offering these book giveaways!! Would love to win these awesome books. I love all your blogs and look forward to each new one you post! Thanks again!

  43. dar foster says:

    These books look so interesting. Would love to have them.

  44. I have a ton of furniture and walls that I could use the techniques in these books!

  45. Thank you for offering this!!! I really want either book!! Or both!!!!!! I love your tutorials on electricity.. Anything having to do with rewiring, etc has been encouraging to me. I replaced a regular light switch in my garage to house entryway with a motin sensor light switch. It is SO great!!!! And you gave me the confidence to undertake it!

  46. Love all your great info! Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. These books look like they’d keep me busy for months! Your tutorials are so helpful – I’m about to give my kitchen cabinets the $20 facelift!

  48. Sarah Brown says:

    Thanks so much Brittany! You rock. I’m starting to “get into” Ana White’s blog, so I’d just love a copy of her book. XO, Sarah.

  49. Jacquelyn Wierzba says:

    Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful and creative ideas. My husband and I just purchased an 1821 farmhouse a month after having our first baby this past August so I am all about DIY on a flea market budget. We half-blindedly walked into a complete disaster and are amidst a huge renovation that will probably be forever in progress. These books would be a very welcomed addition to my collection of project ideas. Thank you for the opportunity to win them!

  50. I would love to win either of these books. I love both blogs as well as yours. It is great to see so much creativity. My husband & I bought a home that was in shambles & we are remodeling room by room ourselves. some days I get so overwhelmed but it is good to see what can be accomplished. thanks for this oppoertunity.

  51. I would love either or both of these books. They are beautiful!! ~Linda

  52. I would love to win! I love the creativity of these wonderful bloggers.

  53. I noticed that the books are pictured on your reprinted chalk paint table…my favorite of your projects!!

  54. Yes please yes please yes please!! Books + awesome DIY… what could be better??

  55. Debora Cadene says:

    Both of these books are on my wish list right now, so to win either one of them would be absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing these with us!!

    Debora Cadene.

  56. I’d love to win!

  57. I so desperately need these. Hoping to get inspired enough to actually do some of their fabulous projects.

  58. I really would love these books! I like how you present your tutorials on using power tools – you’re very inspirational.
    Thanks for the giveaway and pick me!

  59. Would love to have an early Christmas present….2 books….wow! Thanks

  60. I’ve been following these two gals for several years now. Every year they get better and better! I’d love to have their books. Thanks.

  61. Thanks for this giveaway! These books look so well done and seem to have great tips. I’m currently planning to re-do our home that hasn’t had an upgrade since the 60′s, so we could use the help!!!

  62. I’d love to have these books! My darling hubby lacks a handy bone in his body so all DIY projects are me and me alone. I’d love to have these books for more ideas and inspiration!

  63. Since I could use some inspiration right now, I would love to win these books.

  64. They are all so inspiring. Thanks for the opportunity!

  65. The books are icing on the cake- your site has so many great ideas!

  66. Astor Taylor says:

    I stand amazed at you AND these young ladies who are so unbelievably creative! Thanks for offering us a chance to win these fantastic books!

  67. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!

  68. Autumn Foster says:

    I love your piped bench cushion & restore/seal deck tutorials! Thanks for the great giveaway!!! :)

  69. Oh, thank you for the giveaway! I just had to return Ana’s book to the library and would love to have a copy of my own. Thanks!

  70. Your Kreg jig tutorial helped me tremendously! Thanks!

  71. Mildred Roberts says:

    Would love to win ,Miss Mustard Seed
    was the first site I found
    when I started furniture painting DIY

  72. I really like your ladder display shelves. I look forward to each new post. I am inspired to try new things in my home. I would love to be a lucky winner of these two fabulous books.
    pamela

  73. I love your blog and all the different ideas you present for me to enjoy and hopefully use in making my home cozy and comfortable. I loved your remake of the dumpster table. It is beautiful!! I would so like to win this books. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  74. Wonderful ideas! I am definitely inspired and ready to make our home a work of art (and love!)

  75. What a wonderful opportunity! I’d love to have either (or both!) of these books to give as gifts this Christmas. What a wonderful way to teach the next generation to make things their own way.

  76. I am inspired by all of you! Would love to have these two books.

  77. I would love either of these, but both? What a great catch that’d be!

  78. DIY projects and books – two of my all-time favorite things (along with blogs!) .

  79. Lisa Kubin says:

    Love your blog! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Lisa K.

  80. I LOVE all of your blogs,. I look forward to seeing I have another one in my in box. Every single one is as good as the one before. Nice job. I would like to know where I can buy both books. Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks!

  81. Kimberly Bruhn says:

    I am thankful for blogs…I have been empowered to “try” and that is what’s important! Thanks!

  82. What a wonderful review and great giveaway opportunity! Thanks so much! :)

  83. THANK YOU!!!!!! I actually had a couple of these books on my wishlist already. It would be awesome to own any of these very talented peoples books.

  84. I’d love either of these books, too!

  85. Cheri Berry says:

    I was just (almost)drooling over “Inspired You” today! Almost bought it, but then decided I’d let Santa (ha!) know about it… I haven’t seen “The Handbuilt Home” yet, but would love to find it – or both- in my mailbox. :)
    You were so clever to have the photo shoot of these books on your lovely craftroom table. That’s my latest favorite of your tutorials. Thank you for the chance to win these great books. Love, love, love how you share your talent and your life through your blog. Thanks for that, too!

  86. I love, love, love your stenciled table. I’ve wanted to do simething like that and your table inspired me to go ahead with it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  87. I would love to win either of these books. They are ALL on my Christmas list and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

  88. These books look amazing! I’d love to win either!

  89. All of these books look fantastic and I would LOVE any one of them!

    Most informative and inspiring to me have been your posts on how to use a Kreg jig tool ( I have one but have never used it!) and your recent post about stenciling the farmhouse table. I have a very similar table and can’t wait to try something similar, thanks for the inspiration!

  90. I would love to win one or both (!) books. There’s nothing like that “new-book smell” that you can’t get from a Kindle….

  91. Pick me! Pick me! Or else don’t and someone else will be very happy :)

  92. Thanks for inspiring me to START the projects I’ve been dithering about! Just knowing you have wierd stuff happen, but work through it anyway, makes me feel like I can too. P.S. These books are way cool!!

  93. I love you blog and it inspires me to make my home more personal and not cookie-cutter. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  94. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m already planning on buying a couple of these because I feel like it’s a great opportunity for reference and to give a little back to the blogs I read daily.

  95. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I’ve been “thinking” about starting my own blog for over 2 years now, I think it’s time to stop “thinking” and start “doing”!!!

  96. Lisa GUTHRIE says:

    Im ready to start building beautiful furniture!

  97. Ann jernigan says:

    Wow, not only would I love to win, I really need to win! My husband and I had just recently discussed that we wanted to learn to build wood projects. This would be great.

  98. Wonderful! Two books I would love to win!

  99. Rhonda Cook says:

    I would LOVE to win these books! Thanks for the chance.

  100. Yes, I would love to win these, this would be a great Christmas gift…….TO ME of course !!

  101. Oh my! You are such an inspiration for me! Ana White is in the same league. I have been following her website on You Tube for about a year and she, like you, always makes me feel that I can do anything to make this house I call mine more my own. I would love to receive a gift copy of her book. But if it doesn’t happen this time, then I will simply have to purchase a copy for myself. Keep up the great work and thanks for the constant inspiration.
    A BIG fan :)

  102. Would LOVE,LOVE,LOVE these books! You have a WONDERFUL blog. Thank you for sharing such great info! BTW–when we get to see the after pics from the BOOST YOUR ROOST contest? So excited to see them!

  103. Laura Johnson says:

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! letters 4 laura at g mail dot com

  104. What great books to add to the wishlist! Thanks for continuing to inspire us along with those gals!! Another big fan :-)

  105. From blog to bling! I can’t wait to see what other knowledge I can bestow on my house. We love all your hard work!

  106. Both books are already on my Christmas wishlist! However, with my birthday quickly approaching (again), these beautiful books would make turning 39 a little less painful. PS- your blog is so inspiring and much appreciated.

  107. Inspiracija je ta koja me tjerala da otkrijem ovaj blog,želja za stavaranjem je sada kreativno tako jaka da nemam drugi izbor nego vikende pretvoriti u stvaranje.pronalazim vrlo sličnih stvari koje sam radila i oduševljena sam da smo istomišljenici a živimo tako daleko,ja u CROATIA-OSIJEK.Voljela bih imati vašu knjigu,ma stavrno bih je voljela jakooo imati,da rođena sam 29.11.969.god.
    Pozdravljam Vas sve.Dubravka,Croatia

  108. Loved the book reviews and both books look wonderful.

  109. Great giveaway, thank you! My favorite tutorial of yours is how to remove a popcorn ceiling. Which is exactly what I did to both of my bathrooms last week. It’s so much better now! If only I had the time and energy to do the rest of the house…

  110. Thank you for such a great giveaway! I love reading your blog and learn something from every post. The one post that really helped me, was the one about your laundry room. I have a small laundry room and could not figure out what to do with it. I loved the Flow system that you used and have been working on my own plans. Now that I have finished other parts of the house, the laundry room is next. I plan on using your ideas.

  111. Helen Anderson says:

    You have been a great source of information and inspiration for me. Recently separated and overwhelmed with taking care of a house by myself, you told me what I needed in my toolbox. I really enjoy your posts, and how fun you make things seem. You have given me the confidence to know that I CAN do it myself! Thanks for being there for all us newbies and for sponsoring this great giveaway.

  112. This giveaway has a lot of meaning for me. My mom passed away this year and left me a small inheritance. My first thought was to buy a dining room table since we don’t have one but they are so expensive. Then I thought that I could make my own from plans on Ana’s blog but I don’t have any tools. So I am using that inheritance money to buy tools and start making my own furniture. When I look at the furniture I create I know I will think of my mom and how a piece of her lives on in my heart and home. I would love both of these books to help me in my journey of making my home my own. Thank you for the giveaway and for everything you share on your blog. It too is helping me in my journey.

  113. Oh how I would love to win these books!! I am becoming a lot more confident with DIY projects and all of you ladies have been a HUGE inspiration to me! Thanks for the giveaway.

  114. Thanks for the chance to win! These book have been on my wish list! I love all your tutorials! I learn so much. So thankful for bloggers like you who share your little tips and tricks because I am a total DIY’er but just don’t know where to start sometimes!

  115. I love reading your blog. Thank you for the giveaway!

  116. Wow, what a great giveaway!

    I’m overwhelmed at how you are dealing with the challenges you have overcome lately with your kitchen problems.

    BTW, I found your site via Funky Junk Interiors.

  117. Hi Brittany,
    I love all your tutorials! You inspire us to try things ourselves.
    I really appreciated the post you wrote which gave us a chance to help out fellow crafter Colleen.
    I plan to try painting furniture thanks to you.

  118. I’ve got Miss Mustard Seed’s book on my Amazon Wish List! Thanks for this post letting me know about 2 other great DIY books I’ll have to add :)

  119. Nicky Young says:

    Several months back I came across your blog accidentally… I was desperately seeking an inexpensive, yet permanent fix to a horrendous black fireplace – yes, my husband (during his bachelorhood) painted our beautiful fireplace black – and Google happened to bring me to you! Gladly, I have been addicted to your blog ever since! I have tackled many projects around our house successfully and have done so well – (with your expertise and inspiration of course) that my husband has literally passed all of his tools on to me! The books you mentioned above will serve as further motivation to tackle my newest fascination… furniture!
    Thank you, thank you!!!

  120. As a matter of fact, I would like to win! What a generous giveaway! Thanks!

  121. I just discovered your website and I’m really looking forward to following you! Thank you.

  122. Love your website!

  123. Thanks for this offer! I would love any of these books. I especially like your tool tutorials. You’re an inspiration!

  124. Love your tutorials! Would love to win one of your books

  125. You inspire me to go for it! May this be a winning post ; )

  126. I’ve had one of these books in my amazon cart for over a month…..I would love to win both of them!

  127. Rose Lauing says:

    Love your blog! I’m also a huge fan of both Miss Mustard s Seed AND Ana White ! If I don’t win, I’ll be purchasing those books for sure!

    All of you inspiring ladies are something I’M thankful for this year :-)
    Rose

  128. Can’t wait to read them! Maybe I can win them….woohoo.

  129. I have the Handmade Walls and it is wonderful. I have followed Miss Mustard Seed for a while and would love her book. She is so inspiring. I ran across Ana through the House of Smiths. My goodness, you girls are so fun to watch run with your talents. Can’t wait to read both books!

  130. oh man! would I love to get this!!! I just adore all your plans…. all of them.

  131. Love love love! Can’t wait to dive into these books!!!

  132. Thanks for all you do! Great blog!

  133. Thank you for the giveaway! I would LOVE to win!

  134. Love your blog. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. I thank all of you bloggers who inspire us daily. Yours is one of the blogs I must read on a daily basis. Love that it has become an income for many and the bonus that now have published some books. Well deserved!

  135. What a fun giveaway! I love the bloggers of the three books you mentioned. And I love your blog too. What you all have in common is that you 1. inspire me and 2. empower me. Thanks for all you do!

  136. It would be great to have these two books in my DIY “library”… Books like these are so handy when you want to do something but have no idea how to go about it.

  137. Me! I love these books and bloggers.
    You? I love your website, and it’s one of the earliest I got hooked on. Most recently, I’m in love with your reclaimed wood wall in your craft room. I’ve never been into the rustic look, ( I always thought of my style as more modern?) but I could just curl up in that room and hang for a long time. Fair warning if you ever invite me to visit from VA, I might not leave!

  138. Brian Mente says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the handbuilt home. My wife and I just bought our first home and it’s getting expensive!

  139. Heather S. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love crafting new things for my home. My husband and I are moving across the country this summer and we’re getting rid of most of our old furniture (partly because that will cut our moving costs and partly because most of our furniture is stuff we bought from the Salvation Army while in college and it’s falling apart now anyway). I’d love to craft some of the beautiful stuff in Handbuilt Home! Thanks again!

  140. WOW this is an amazing giveaway! I really need some inspiration and would love to get these books. I feel like I’ve lost my DIY mojo.

  141. If I win, I hope its the handbuilt home. I would love to have that book.

  142. I have been wanting Ana’s book since it came out in October. My mom just bought me a Kreg Jig and compound miter saw for my birthday. I would love this book and Miss Mustard Seed’s too. thanks for the giveaway Brittany.

  143. Adam Braidwood says:

    Some fantastic ideas for the less adventurous and experienced diyer amongst us. My wife and I love making items from reclaimed furniture and other items and the local reuse centre.

    More ideas and more re-use I say !!!

    Adam

  144. Tracy hoover says:

    Personally, I love your tool tutorials. I would love to win these great books to teach me things to build!
    Thank you for the great blog and giveaway.

  145. I just built the ten minute shelf from Ana’s blog and turned it into a mantle on the wall for my Christmas stockings!! I wish I had more room in my home for all the projects I want to accomplish.

  146. Gail Greerj says:

    would love to win a Miss Mustard Seed book. My daughter [a newlywed] would be thrilled to get it for Christmas! Just discovered your blog! Yey!

  147. HI!!!!!

    The books look amazing!! The illustrations are pictured, which always helps as you’re doing projects. DIY is best!! To have people comment on something that you’ve done yourself is so great!! With blogs such as yours and books like this one, we can do projects that we felt we couldn’t do before.

    So, I say a big THANK YOU!!

    Pam
    xox

  148. I still love it when your website opens and I get to see the craft room wall AGAIN…still love it, WANT it in my home…so having one or both of these great books to get me going would be awesome. Also a fan already of Ana White, so pllllllllllllleaaaaaaaase pick my number :)

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