December 11, 2013

Release Day for Different Strokes, Giveaway Info & Some More Crafty Quickies!

Today is release day for Different Strokes. Woop woop! *tosses confetti* Of course that means one last cartoon from my lovely artist friend Natasha Snow:


And, yes, I freaking am IN LOVE with Darren's little face here. __ If you wanna find out what's in the little box, check it out in Different Strokes! To celebrate release day, I'm doing a giveaway of an ebook copy to one lucky commenter! A US winner will also get a little swag pack from yours truly. ;)

If you're looking for some gift ideas of your own, here are a few DIY quickie craft projects that I'd recommend. I'm a super amateur crafter, but I found these doable!

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1.  Rice Heat Packs


This project is the classy and fancy-looking alternative to the rice heat packs I posted this weekend. If you're interested in seeing the Winging It Rice Heat Packs version that I actually made last month, check out Sunday's crafty post.

2.  Puff Stitch Crochet Hat


I'm obsessed with this hat! I'm pretty basic with my crochet, and I found this one to be super easy to follow. The results are pretty awesome, too, and I've received tons of compliments on them already. Yes, them. I've made at least four at this point. *shameless grin* There's also a really helpful video tutorial to accompany the instructions.

3.  Unicorn Horn Headband


This unicorn horn headband is super cute and fun! Even though it's labeled as a Halloween tutorial, it'd be great for kiddos who love to play dress up. I know a certain *coughs* big kiddo who definitely enjoyed making and wearing it! Just grab some crafty materials from Jo-Ann and about an hour later, you have the beginnings of a really lovely and unique Fantasyland costume for you or the favorite kiddo in your life. :)

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Hope everyone's having a fabulous holiday season! If you have any other crafty projects to recommend, definitely let me know. :D



GIVEAWAY INFO! One commenter will win an ebook copy of Different Strokes, and, if within the US, I'll also send a swag pack via snail mail. :D Just leave a comment below with some means of contacting you on the web (e.g., email, Goodreads profile, Twitter handle, etc.). The winner will be chosen by a highly scientific metaphorical "names in a hat" method using an Internet randomizer. ;) Contest closes at 11PM (Pacific time) on December 15th!

Live long, craft prosperously, and happy reading!
NJ




30 comments:

  1. I so cannot wait to read this - it's in my library ready to go!

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  2. I want to know what's in the box so please put my name in the "hat".

    sabrinasmadrina@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Lynette! Tomas gives good box, doesn't he? :)

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  3. Sounds great! Love the unicorn headband too :-)

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! It was super easy, too, so don't be afraid to try it yourself. :)

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  4. I loved your Man-to-Man Coverage stories and would love a chance at this. Happy Holidays.

    lgrant1@san.rr.com

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, happy holidays to you too! :)

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  5. Oh! Can't wait to read it. Congrats on your release day!

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    1. Shirra, you won the drawing!

      I sent you a message via Goodreads, so keep an eye out in your PM folder. :)

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  6. A Magic Hat Drawing, awesome! Count me in please :)

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  7. OMG, the unicorn headband, love it. Congrats on the new book, please count me in.

    cojazzchick AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Thanks, goddess-issa! Can never have too many animal (or fantasy animal) headbands, right? :)

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  8. That comic is so cute! I need to read this now just to see what's in the box. :)

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! Natasha also provided a couple of other comics if you check out the previous two blog posts. She's so talented and makes me want to squish the characters and put them in my pocket. :D

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  9. I'm so not crafty I bought a rice heat pack very similar to the photo! It would be like an early Christmas present to win your book!

    Susan
    skadlec1@yahoo.com

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    1. Awww, that's so sweet! Shirra ended up winning the book, but I hope you get tons of wonderful Christmas presents nonetheless. :) Happy holidays!

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  10. Love the crafts. The books looks really interesting.
    dreamseeker331(a)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for checking out the blog and book, Dreamseeker!

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  11. Oooh! Enter me please =D Thank you oodles.

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  12. Would really, really love to read your book! Please include me. <3 (Love the hat, btw)

    josephinelitonjua@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Josephine! Shirra ended up winning the book, but there'll be another giveaway next week on Chris's stumblingoverchaos.com blog. Stay tuned on Dec. 19th!

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  13. I would love a chance to win your book. Thank you for the giveaway!!

    The Puff Stitch Crochet Hat look great. I've picked up crocheting several months ago and am still a novice. But I've been trying to decide on a hat design so I can continue testing my technique. Thank you for the link.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Thanks for checking it out, H.B.! The puff stitch hat was surprisingly straightforward, and I was able to do it with my newbie crocheting skills. The video was super helpful. Hoping you have good luck with your hat, too! :)

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  14. Congrats on the release! *pops champagne*

    And yay for crafty projects! I used to do a lot more of that sort of thing, maybe you'll inspire me to get back into it again. :)

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  15. Oops, forgot to add my email, and I am sneaking in just under the wire :)

    jeayci AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thanks, jeayci! And yes! *clinks champagne glass*

      If you get into crafts again, definitely share your ideas! :)

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  16. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for "Different Strokes." Shirra (commenting on Dec. 11 at 9:02PM) won the drawing! *blows party horn* Yay!

    There will be another giveaway on Dec. 19th at the Stumbling Over Chaos blog (http://www.stumblingoverchaos.com/). Be sure to stop by there next week for another chance to win. :)

    Thanks for checking out the book and the blog. Happy reading!

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