Wednesday, August 27, 2014

backyard meets seaside signed copy giveaway

It doesn't hurt to ask. The worst they can say is no. I thank my dad for that nugget of wisdom which seems to serve as my M.O. So when I got the crazy idea to approach Matthew Mead the celebrated stylist, writer, author, photographer, lifestyle editor and noted style expert with the idea to cross-promote our summer-themed books, I simply took a deep breath and figured: what's the worst he can say?

Not only did Matthew reply instantly but with the added suggestion to meet! A few weeks later he and his wife Jenny needed to be on Cape Cod (about :90 from me) and so we planned to have lunch at Sandwich's sandwichery Cafe Chew. Over delicious avocado BLTs on croissants we shared stories and laughs, and over an oatmeal raisin cookie hatched a plan to simultaneously host giveaways of signed copies of each other's recent books.

Matthew Mead's Backyard Style is an testament to the value of the printed page. While I enjoy scrolling around online as much as anyone, this book is a real hands-on treat for the senses. The paper is lovely, the design and typefaces are wonderful, but holy moly, the gorgeous depth of the photography captures every nuance from glistening fruit to glowing fairy lights to the soft petals of roses. And the ideas presented which range from crafts to decor to food are executed so beautifully with instructions that make them all appear very do-able. Spoiler alert: if you're a fan of hydrangeas, you're going to go nuts!
Matthew's post

Giveaway Details
To enter simply post about our contest on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, your blog) with a link back to us for tracking purposes. Matthew and I will each pick one lucky winner after Labor Day with a drawing to be announced on 9/2/14.
Matthew's winner will receive a signed copy of Seaside Tinkered Treasures
My winner will receive a signed copy of Matthew Mead's Backyard Style

Best of luck and enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!


after sorting through comments and shares here and on facebook, twitter and instagram, the winner has been selected and announced and tagged on facebook. thank you for participating!  xo

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

late summer blog tour: seaside tinkered treasures

Photo from Syl loves Elyse's tinkered treasures
Okay, so in my recent e-newsletter I referred to August as "the Sunday of summer" but the season ain't over yet and a second wave of a seaside tinkered treasures blog book tour is just beginning! My publisher has assembled an international list of creative bloggers who will be sharing reviews and more!

Here is the list of blogs that are part of the tour:

The classic surf film The Endless Summer was the image-inspiration for the tour badge I created
Warmest thanks to both CICO Books for putting this all together and to all my lovely tour hosts!

Want to summon a bit of summer right anytime? Click below, sniff a bottle of suntan lotion and close your eyes ...


Find earlier blogger book reviews and more here.