Making Life Beautiful- Book Tour & Give AWAY

Welcome to the Blog Hop Book Tour for A Year of Making Life Beautiful.  I’m happy to share with you, my friend, Melissa Stramel’s first book!  Melissa is the blogger over at Lilac Lane.  You might also recognize her from her pattern company or her row in the Rockin Row Robin Quilt Along, which ReannaLily Designs hosted last summer.

She put together this lifestyle book with 45 projects.  That is ALOT of projects.  The book is broken into chapters, by month.  Wait ’til you see the table of contents- there is so much to this book.

Melissa and her family live on a farm in western Kansas and the whole book features her family, her interests and life on the farm.  Everything from cooking and crafts to garden and sewing/quilting.


The book is available in hardcover directly from Melissa or in spiral bound from  I know many craft/quilt/sewing enthusiasts like the spiral bound books because they stay open when you are working within one chapter- without cracking the spine.


If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of the book, simply leave a comment on THIS blog post.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site on Wed June 20th.  Good luck!


Be sure to stop by the other Blog Hop Blogs during the tour:

Monday June 11
Crafty Gemini- Vanessa Wilson
Lilac Lane- Melissa Stramel

Tuesday June 12

Sis Boom – Jennifer Paganelli
ReannaLily Designs- Jen Eskridge
Freda’s Hive- Nanette Merrill

Wednesday June 13

Quilting Gallery – Michele Foster
Sew Many Ways – Karen
Sew Pretty Dresses - Jenny Fish

Thursday June 14

Pat Sloan
That Crazy Quilty Girl- Lisa Sipes

Friday June 15

Fat Quarterly
The Undercover Crafter - Hollie Lobosky


32 Responses to “Making Life Beautiful- Book Tour & Give AWAY”

  1. Pauline says:

    Would love to win your friend Melissa’s new book. The projects look like they would be fun to do! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the drawing!

  2. Linda Pawlak says:

    I just love the look of this book. It is so fresh and inspiring. I can’t wait for a chance to dig into its pages and find all kinds of creative projects to while away the summer!

  3. Jocelyn says:

    This book looks amazing. What a nice variety of projects.

  4. Linda says:

    I would love to win a copy of your friend’s book.

  5. usairdoll says:

    Sounds like a super neat book. Can’t wait to see more of the beautiful photos and all the other goodies hidden inside.

    Thank you and Melissa for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  6. Sivje Parish says:

    I am excited about this book! Thank you for the chance. Melissa is wonderful and so are you Jen!

  7. MoeWest says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. It has all the things that I love in it.

  8. Hueisei says:

    Very inspiring book! I’d love to win a copy. Thanks!

  9. Katie says:

    Neat book & your blog is very inspiring. I need to start a quilt – soon.

  10. Erin Hutchinson says:

    What a neat book idea! I’d love the chance to win.

  11. SewLindaAnn says:

    I feel sure that it’s a beautiful book with lovely projects considering who wrote it!

  12. KatieQ says:

    The book looks beautiful. I love that their is a quilt pattern for each month.

  13. Mary says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book. So many ideas!

  14. Cherilyn says:

    I would love to look through this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  15. Thanks for the great giveaway. This book looks fabulous.

  16. Mary says:

    Melissa is super talented and her photography is just amazing.

  17. Sandy says:

    What a gorgeous book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. LeAnne L says:

    This looks like it will be a great book to have around for inspiration.

  19. Carrie P. says:

    Now this looks like my kind of book from all the other posts I have seen. thanks for a chance.

  20. Kathleen says:

    what a fun book….great ideas…

  21. Diann Cornell says:

    I’d love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

  22. Margaret Parks says:

    What a great looking book, I’d love to win.

  23. Sherry says:

    This sounds like a fabulous book. I love the idea of new quilt patterns as I am a fairly new quilter.

  24. Laurie Sanders says:

    love the looks of this book – will definately be getting the spiral bound version – thanks for your review and a chance to win :)

  25. Elizabeth Johnson says:

    I would love to win the book. The projects look so bright and exciting.

  26. Karrie Smith says:

    I’m so excited about this book! thanks for the chance to win!!

  27. Pat Svitko says:

    Looks like this book will be very popular. Would love to win it!

  28. Joan says:

    I love this book, but I really love that block you did. What a great idea! Now to get EQ……

  29. Jeanne G says:

    The ultimate fulfillment of a dream for her! Isn’t it so amazing when good things happen to good people. I believe she has a “skyrocket book” on board.

  30. helenmarie says:

    I would love to win this book….So many fun projects to try!

  31. Gill says:

    I already follow Melissa’s blog – this looks a great book! Congratulations to Melissa!

  32. Beth T. says:

    This looks like such a beautiful book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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