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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/7 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s we are giving away two books from Nicole Smith: Fashion DIY: 30 Ways to Craft Your Own Style and DORM DÉCOR: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects

Fashion DIY (Sixth and Spring Books, 2007) highlights 30 different ideas to embellish items you already have in your own closet has 10 chapters, each showcasing a new technique. Topics include: beading, embroidery, appliqué, deconstruction, felting and more.

DORM DÉCOR: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects (Chronicle Books, 2009), helps you find best ideas to decorate on a budget without damaging your space? There’s more to dorm décor than posters and twin beds. Add some style, organization, and comfort to your room with bold rugs and lampshades, oversize floor pillows, embellished message boards and mirrors, custom bedding, curtains and more. The sewing projects in this book take a few hours to finish, some no-sew projects even less, so you can easily transform your whole room into a plush home away from home. Here you’ll find inspiring photos of decorated rooms along with detailed how-tos on how to get the look yourself. This item is perfect for college students or even those looking to decorate an apartment or other rented locale.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/7:
Whats your favorite way of embellishing?

We want to congratulate gedwoods on winning yesterday’s Antoinette Necklace from Chauncey P. Graham! His comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway!


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    Dec 10, 2009, 05.15 PMby rabya

    beading, sequins, glitter, shiny stuff!

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.42 PMby zbella

    I like to use small flowers.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 08.19 PMby elkie1005

    I like using different stitching styles. Sometimes just a simple running stitch can give something that extra touch!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.59 PMby mcgjean

    I love to applique, but nothing cutsie!

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.48 AMby lynda23290

    I like to add texture with self-fabric (or toning) knots, twists and appliqué…….tho’ I am partial to an unusual button, or chain, or a strip of leather, or some lace, a few beads………………….

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    Dec 8, 2009, 03.55 AMby beach650

    I think everything looks better with beads.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 01.13 AMby plazaro87

    I like to embroider words that are deliciously pronounced to my garments.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 11.42 PMby annafin

    I like to use embroidery and applique to update worn items, and hide holes and stains. People always comment on how pretty it looks- little do they know there is a sauce stain under that bird! I can’t bear to throw anything pretty out, so I also always have little scraps of lace and lonely buttons to add onto projects which require a little bit extra.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 11.04 PMby mammcasacat

    Great books! I would love, love them!!!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 09.35 PMby tsuyako

    I’d have to say hand beading and appliques that have been made on an embroidery machine. I like lace but in moderation.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 09.09 PMby tallykay

    defenetly embroidery and buttons. Also different lengths of fabric. Appliques are also fun. These books look really nice!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 08.54 PMby craftyjoe

    I like to use machine embroidery.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 08.50 PMby annawahnsinn

    So far I’ve only used very plain ribbons or a bit of beading lines or rows rather than leaves or vines, which I’d love, too!), and I’m planning to do some embroidery as soon as I get more practice! But I usually just put on beaded jewelry (read: necklace) and keep my clothes plain.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 08.41 PMby summernightsmiles

    I am not too big on embellishments, but I love to use cute little buttons to complete a project =)

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    Dec 7, 2009, 08.30 PMby vickles

    Bows and ribbons and rosettes. With a couple of beads in the centre, or perhaps a button. Although, I’m building up to adding piping to something. That would be excellent I think!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 07.42 PMby sarabclever

    i’m just learning, but I think making self-covered buttons is pretty cool!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 07.24 PMby ipsheeta

    texture :)

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    Dec 7, 2009, 06.55 PMby Kristina Ramirez

    applique and “lentejuelas”- I forgot how it is called in english :)

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    Dec 7, 2009, 06.43 PMby lizro

    machine top stitching

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    Dec 7, 2009, 06.25 PMby happybox

    Embroidery definately! And perhaps a few prints. And coming to think of it applique too.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 06.13 PMby bathina

    I love a mix between pearls , embroidery and materialmix-

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    Dec 7, 2009, 05.49 PMby eyeofthebeholder

    Beads and fiber (like loose roving)

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    Dec 7, 2009, 05.29 PMby petiet

    paillettes!! the more the better! hearts, stars, cicles,…cutted out of a cool printed fabric and stitched on your clothes…

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    Dec 7, 2009, 05.12 PMby slynnwat

    i just started getting into embroidery and I LOVE it! I like to add just a little touch of it, I like to keep things simple.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 05.11 PMby sewella

    Lace, beads, embroidery, brooches , applique – Did I forget something?? Hmmm…..

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    Dec 7, 2009, 05.06 PMby doitmomma

    I’m currently adding lace to the open shoulder area of a strapless dress to update it for this years Christmas party…it is my new favourite!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 04.46 PMby sewmuchthread

    Felting/needle punching, embroidery and beads.

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    Dec 7, 2009, 04.31 PMby goonybird

    Embroidery and buttons! I am making a quilt, and tying it with buttons. It really brings it all together!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 04.15 PMby machelefranklin

    I’m a lot into fabric painting, I painted a lot of t-shirts, hoodies and stuff in the past, andI was recently thinking I should do some again. Inspire me !

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    Dec 7, 2009, 04.09 PMby nenasew

    I love ruffles. Little ones and big ones.

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