Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chic on a Shoestring Book Review & Giveaway! (now closed)

Congratulations to "Cloud 9": you won the book!



What it is:
Chic on a Shoestring is a craft book with more than 40 fun projects. It was released in the US yesterday, May 1st and in honor of its release, I get to give a free copy of the book to one lucky reader! (see bottom of the post for entry instructions)

Who wrote it:
Mary Jane Baxter, a BBC correspondent turned milliner who blogs here.

First impressions:
Chic on a Shoestring is the type of book I'd intentionally leave out to impress friends when they come over-it has pretty pictures, clear instructions, and fun ideas. I liked it right away.

Overall impressions:
There are so many great ideas in this book that I'm pretty sure pretty much any woman could find a project she was capable of making and would enjoy wearing. My favorite projects from this book are the pom-pom-less earrings and the slouchy top. I made a pair of the earrings, but I'm still on the look-out for a pair of pretty scarves to use to make the slouchy top! Her instructions were easy to follow and the pictures were cute. The only downside I saw was that some of the projects were definitely too trendy to wear around here-although I can think of a few artsy friends who live in a bigger city who'd probably wear them in public and rock them. There were also several projects that I thought would be awesome girl scout projects (or any group of pre-teen or older girls-they would be fun hall functions for college girls too!), like the flip-flops adorned with flowers made from plastic shopping bags. Some of the projects require sewing.

The Bottom Line:
Chic on a Shoestring is a creative DIY book I definitely recommend for anyone who loves vintagey accessories.

Buy it:
You can buy Chic on a Shoestring directly from Penguin or at any major bookseller (and many local ones!)

Win it:
To win your own copy, leave a comment telling me what your favorite accessory is. For me, it'd probably be a super cool pair of white gold earrings my husband got me.  Leave your comment by midnight on May 25th. I'll use random.org to pick a winner, e-mail them, and if I don't hear back in 48 hrs, I'll pick a new winner.

For extra entries, do any of the following and leave a seperate comment for each you do:
  • Subscribe to Mary Jane's blog
  • Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect (there should be a box on the sidebar to the right of this post)
  • Follow Mary Jane on Twitter as @MaryJaneBaxter
  • Follow me on Twitter as @CrunchyConMom
  • Like Chic on a Shoestring on Facebook
Thank you to Berkley books (part of the Penguin group) for providing me and the lucky winner with copies of this book. I received no compensation for writing this post other than a free copy of the book to provide my honest opinion of.

Check out Sew Mama, Sew for hundreds of other amazing sewing related giveaways going on from May 21st-25th!!

116 comments :

Clair said...

Right now it would have to be the ankle bracelets that my daughter and I have made for each other a few nights ago!

Clair said...

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Clair said...

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amyd said...

my necklace my hubby got me for christmas,has my 3 kids birthstones
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sweetteagrits said...

I wear my silver teardrop earring everyday!

Brooke said...

My favorite accessory is a Flexi-clip for my hair. It is like hair jewelry and makes it easy to put my hair up quickly!

Catherine said...

My favorite accessory: a pair of gold chandelier earrings with gemstone drops

Catherine said...

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Bailey said...

A vintage coral colored necklace that I got while on my honeymoon

Linda said...

Hello, My favorite accessory is my wedding ring - I've never taken it off. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

meghann said...

Is a necklace I wear every day an accessory, or just a part of me? :) It's really the only accessory I wear - a necklace with two charms that have my children's names and birthdates engraved in them, with both of their birthstones.

This book looks awesome—thanks for the chance to win it! xo

meghann said...

Is a necklace I wear every day an accessory, or just a part of me? :) It's really the only accessory I wear - a necklace with two charms that have my children's names and birthdates engraved in them, with both of their birthstones.

This book looks awesome—thanks for the chance to win it! xo

KD-Quilts said...

My favorite accessory is a diamond necklace with 3 diamonds on it that my husband gave me when we were expecting our first child and becoming a family of 3!

Mike and Jackie said...

My favorite accessory is my wedding ring.

Courtneysews said...

fave accessory is my silver dangle hoop earings

Anita said...

I love my heart family necklace...I wear it all the time. I don't really change my accessories much at all.

Thanks for a chance to win.

Shayla Sharp said...

My sunglasses, I actually wear them!

ejricca said...

My Maui Jim sunglasses...I wear them everyday. Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway!

Desi @ Wee Share said...

first of all-- I LOVE your blog header!! The fruits of the spirit look so neat that way! favorite accessory... hmmmm... either my necklace that looks like three peas in a pod or a necklace that used to be my husband's grandmothers

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Ashley said...

I have a pair of gold gem earrings that seem to go with everything. I love them so much!

The Sunflower Patch said...

The pair of Sterling Silver Kokopeli earrings my hubby gave me for our anniversary this year :)

Stephanie Granite said...

I've never been a big jewelry person, so I'd have to say my favorite accessories are my sunglasses and a good book

handmadebytracie said...

A pair of anchor stud earrings that are always in my second hole. I just love them. They were a birthday gift that I bought for myself.

thanks for the giveaway opp!

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Laura Mae said...

I love a great brooch, or two, or three. They are the perfect accessory!

Renee G said...

My favorite accessory is a bracelet watch that my dad purchased for my mom when they were in high school.
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Lynn said...

...a wide leather and stitched cuff a dear friend made for me. thanks!

Lynn said...

i follow via cfc

sew4my3 said...

I feel shoes are the accessory that makes the outfit. I have several favorite pair but my go to are my brown TOMS shoes. Super comfy and goes with many outfits including shorts.

sew4my3 said...

Following your blog Crunch Con Mommy.

sew4my3 said...

I Like Chic on a Shoestring on Facebook

Lisa C in GA. said...

I wear my grandmother's wedding and engagement rings on a chain around my neck...never comes off :)

Girly said...

My wedding ring :-)

Charlene S said...

Right now my favorite is a hair clip I got at a Pow Wow.

Tricia said...

It would probably be the watch my husband got me for our anniversary last year.

Georgia said...

My wedding ring. Always and forever. :)
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Vicki said...

My favorite accessory is a scarf. It can dress up a plain top and/or keep you warm. And they can be fun to wear.

mab said...

My fave is a pair of funky blinged-up flip flops. And thanks for the great book suggestions on my giveaway post. I've been teaching myself to bake desserts from scratch for a few years and am getting ready to break into breadmaking. So, thanks for the great tips!

B Greene said...

Favorite accessory has to be my wedding ring - not much else that I wear matters :-)

B Greene said...

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B Greene said...

I follow Mary Jane on Twitter, too (@AlphaBecky)

aerialkabuki said...

A modern looking ring with my birthstone.

Tanya said...

I like earings, atleast until my baby is older and tries to pull them out.

Cloud 9 said...

I'm following on Google.

Cloud 9 said...

I have a pair of silver earrings my Mother bought in India.

Sue said...

I don't wear a lot of accessories, since most of the time I'm out with the sheep. I always have on two rubber bracelets that memorialize my daughter and her boyfriend, who were killed in a car accident 4 years ago. Never take them off (not even when I had surgery last summer).

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Karrie S said...

i subscribed to mary janes blog

Karrie S said...

i signed up for gfc karrie smtih

Karrie S said...

following mj on twitter

Karrie S said...

following you on twitter

Karrie S said...

liked chic on facebook

Danielle said...

My grandmother bought me a pair of real diamond earrings when I graduated high school; definitely my favorite accessory. Thanks for the giveaway!

Catskill Quilter said...

My favorite accessories - colorful earrings that match my blouse.

Catskill Quilter said...

I am a new follower of your blog!

Catskill Quilter said...

I like Chic on a Shoestring on Facebook.

Catskill Quilter said...

I am following Mary Jane's blog by email.

thehappycrochetchic said...

i follow you!

CarrieM said...

My favorite tortise shell barrette.

Lindsay said...

Purses are my favorite accessory.

Kayla Ott said...

My favorite accessory is my engagement ring. That's about all I wear. How boring is that?

AnnaPK said...

My favorite accessory is a cowl, so i am mostly accessory-less in the summer.
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Tamara said...

I wear my pearls from my wedding a lot.

Emily said...

I love my big chunky amber pendant!

ELNM said...

I just got this book from the library and it is fabulous! My favorite accessory is a cameo pendant that belonged to my grandmother. Thanks for a great giveaway!

The Thompsons said...

Fun earrings are my favorite because they can jazz just about anything up.

Bethany said...

My cool handbag my husband bought me.

Sew Lovins said...

Lets just say if I leave early to catch a plane before the sun is up and realize I have forgotten my sunglasses, yes the whole world falls apart. :)

Sallie said...

a watch. Thanks for the giveaway!

usagypsy said...

A necklace my daughter got me for mother's day. I just love it and wear it every chance I get!

wilai said...

my engagement and wedding rings
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Kelsey said...

I am never without jewelry-- I think my favorite piece is an antique cut garnet pendant that I wear pretty frequently.

Emily C said...

My favorite and required item is my wedding ring. second favorite is my tinkerbell watch.

kt said...

My favorite accessory is a magnetic necklace that my husband gave me. Thanks for the chance to win!

Breanna S. said...

I love an elegant necklace and earring set.

Sis-O said...

Favorite accessory is a turqoise and silver ring my mom gave me.

Sis-O said...

liked Chic on fb. thank you.

lorraine said...

my watch :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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Alison said...

My favorite accessory is always pearl earrings. I have 4 pairs of pearl earrings in four different shades!

Elizabeth said...

My favorite accessories are earrings.

Elizabeth said...

I follow your blog via GFC.

Elizabeth said...

I subscribe to Mary Jane's blog.

Elizabeth said...

I like Chic on a Shoestring on Facebook.

Tina said...

My favorite accessory are earrings. I rarely leave home without them!

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rads said...

mu favorite accessory is a gold ring given to me by my mom

Anonymous said...

My gold necklace;)
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Richard Healey said...

Hum as a guy I pack a cell phone, wallet and keys not much more oh ya wedding ring.

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alehtse said...

right now, it would be a silver necklace that has silver dice pendant.

sandyandcosmo said...

My favorite accessory is a gold Ankh pendant that I've had forever!

lil'monkeysmama said...

My favorite accessory is a silver necklace that seems to make any outfit a little more fancy.
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Deb said...

A silver necklace - I switch out the pendants on it according to my mood.

prsd4tim2 said...

I don't accessorize much as living in Florida, the heat just makes everything sticky. But I really need to update my look, so this book would be great. Thanks for the chance.

ErikawithaK said...

My favorite accessory is a blue and silver beaded necklace that my boyfriend made for me. It and he are adorable.

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lemony lucy said...

Normally I'd say anything turquoise jewelry but I now have a pair of 5 inch neon yellow/green heels that are great. They scare me, but they're great.

Denise said...

My favorite accessory is a vintage brooch from the 1920's. I always get a ton of compliments when I wear it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Deb said...

My aqua/turquoise turtle ear rings that I got as a souvenir on my only trip to Florida a couple of years ago. I wear them a lot!

Carmen Nuland said...

My opal heart earrings and matching necklace my husband bought for me.

Margaret said...

a pair of grey crystal and tibetan silver earrings I made last year-they go with everything:)
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Margaret said...

Following you on twitter
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Margaret said...

Following Mary Jane on twitter!
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Margaret said...

following your blog through GFC
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Margaret said...

following Mary Jane's blog!
Phew- thanks for all the chances to win!
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Sangeetha said...

my earrings or scarves

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

My fav accessory is a simple pair of diamond studs that my sister bought for me - they match everything :)
Best,
Michelle
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ethyl said...

a green crochet necklace and earrings with amber beads that I made. They go with many of my clothes and it makes me feel good to wear what made.
Thanks for the giveaway
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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love to wear necklaces. I think they are the perfect accent to any thing I wear.

Newspaper Article said...

unfortunately, it closed. thank you