A Recommended Giveaway

As some of you know, I write on a blog team for Saffron Marigold, a maker of fair trade, hand printed Indian Textiles.  Today, we are partnering with The Nesting Place for a giveaway of some really lovely items.  You can win either a tablecloth or two cushion covers.  These are truly beautiful, artisan made quality pieces.  I hope one of you wins! That would be so fun!

Click on the image below, and it will take you to our blog where you can enter the contest. (It’s a super easy one!)

tablecloth and pillowcase giveaway

Poke the Box (But Not Too Hard) – A Book Review of Seth Godin’s Latest

Over Halloween weekend, I read Seth Godin’s newest book, Poke the Box. I find it fitting that I read this tiny tome between bites of fun-sized Snickers and mini Reese Cups. Although full of little nuggets of wisdom, this book is not hearty enough to satisfy those with a deeper appetite for insight and motivation.

Book Review of Poke the Box

Please don’t get me wrong.  I like fun-sized candy.  And I enjoyed Godin’s book. Ultimately, though I was disappointed that he didn’t give more.  I suppose it’s a positive that he whet my appetite.  He just didn’t deliver the main course.

Seth Godin

What is Poke the Box about?  To borrow a phrase, (Nike’s phrase, to be exact) Godin tells us to “Just Do It”.

He makes a significant point – that what is lacking in our world is not education, talent, skill, vision, or creativity – but (my word) gumption.  He sees offices full of dutiful followers, universities pumping out fearful dreamers, and a culture which often confirms that risk is…well… not worth the risk.  Godin defines this risk as “starting something”.  He also emphasizes that truly starting something involves finishing it.  (Those who have been following my Good Idea series will know this is a stand out point for me)!

Seth Godin book reviewDo I recommend Poke the Box?  Yes, I do, as a starting point… and perhaps this how Godin intended it to read.  You’re sure to come away with an emotional sense of “Yeah, I really should just DO this thing that I’ve been thinking about for months/ years/ ever”.  This is not a bad thing.  Godin’s book cheers you on, (“You can do it, you can do it, rah, rah, rah”), but does little coaching (“Yes, you can do it, and here’s a workout you should do every day so that you can succeed on game day.  I’ll do it with you for a while”).

Neither a book – nor a blogger- can solve all of your problems, or walk you all the way through life’s twists and turns.  Godin doesn’t claim this, but his claims are a little too lofty for what Poke the Box delivers.

Read it?  Yes

Savor it?  No

 

 

And The Winner Is…

I’m so excited to announce the winner of the first ever Mish Mash Make blog giveaway! Yahoo!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  I like to give people things, and am looking forward to doing it again soon.

Our Super Top Secret Scientifically Calibrated Random Picking Machine

Here you can see my highly scientific method for choosing a winner.  I put the names on paper, cut them up, and my 6 year old, Miles, closed his eyes and pulled out a name.  One name only.  And that name is  (dah-dah-dahhhhh)…

Laura!

Laura!  Laura is a Finnish blogger who writes about living a beautiful country life.  (Her blog can be translated with the click of a button – how cool is that?) Laura, I’m so glad you won! I hope that you really enjoy both of the books, and that they spur you on in your creative journey.

If you didn’t win, but are still interested in these books, click on the thumbnails to purchase a download.


This is Miles.  Today, he is dressed up as Super-Bat-Ninja-Man.  We promise that he closed his eyes while picking the name, and did not use his x-ray vision.  🙂

Book Review and Giveaway!

THE  REVIEW

Melissa Michaels, of The Inspired Room, is someone I want to meet, visit with in her home, have coffee with and listen to.   In an unassuming but authoritative way, she nails (or shall we say “pins”) the trouble we get into when our desire for just a little more/ nicer/ better/ newer becomes a current that pulls us away from the things that are actually most important to us.

In her new e-book, Not a DIY Diva – How to Create an Authentically Inspired Life in a Pinterest World, she neatly and warmly packages much of the sentiment she’s shared at her blog over the years.  It’s very interesting to me how she weaves together the ideas of creativity, contentment, function and beauty in our homes.

You’ll find lots of inspiration in this little fifty-some page book, but most of all you’ll find a much needed contrast to the pretty-shiny-image-obsessed culture we live in.  Melissa is not an ascetic.  This is not an “either/or” book.  It is, however, a look at living authentically, and with substance – not appearance – formost in mind.  She’s put together a thoughtful, engaging read.  I’m quite sure that lots of you will enjoy it!  The book is launched tomorrow, October 25, so head on over to The Inspired Room to secure a copy!

THE GIVEAWAY

1.  This is my first giveaway on Mish Mash Make, and I’m SO excited!  I feel like a grown up blogger.  (Well, maybe an adolescent blogger…).

2.  I’m giving away not ONE, but TWO great e-reads!  First is Melissa’s e-book, Not a DIY Diva.  Secondly, I’m offering  Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process by Blaine Hogan.  (available on iTunes and Kindle)

3.  So how do you get your creative little hands on these goodies?  Just leave a comment on this post telling me why you’re interested!  It’s that easy.  I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Thursday.

– If you’d like your name to be entered twice, just share the link about this giveaway with your friends on Facebook.  (Please let me know you’ve shared it, so I can make sure to get your name in again!)

Let the Giveaways Begin!!