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Making Life Beautiful- Book Tour & Give AWAY

on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, recipes, sewing | 32 comments

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



  1. 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!


    June 12, 2012

  2. 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!

    Linda Pawlak

    June 12, 2012

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


    June 12, 2012

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


    June 12, 2012

  5. 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.



    June 12, 2012

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

    Sivje Parish

    June 12, 2012

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


    June 12, 2012

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


    June 12, 2012

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


    June 12, 2012

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

    Erin Hutchinson

    June 12, 2012

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


    June 12, 2012

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


    June 12, 2012

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


    June 13, 2012

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


    June 13, 2012

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

    Martha Raiford

    June 13, 2012

  16. Melissa is super talented and her photography is just amazing.


    June 13, 2012

  17. What a gorgeous book! Thanks for the giveaway!


    June 13, 2012

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

    LeAnne L

    June 13, 2012

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

    Carrie P.

    June 13, 2012

  20. what a fun book….great ideas…


    June 13, 2012

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

    Diann Cornell

    June 13, 2012

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

    Margaret Parks

    June 13, 2012

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


    June 14, 2012

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

    Laurie Sanders

    June 14, 2012

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

    Elizabeth Johnson

    June 14, 2012

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

    Karrie Smith

    June 14, 2012

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

    Pat Svitko

    June 14, 2012

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


    June 14, 2012

  29. 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.

    Jeanne G

    June 14, 2012

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


    June 14, 2012

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


    June 15, 2012

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

    Beth T.

    June 17, 2012

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