Giveaway – two paperback B&S Magazines

October is drawing rapidly to a close, the clocks go back tonight, the days are shortening and the nights are getting longer.  Soon it will be time to close the shutters, draw the curtains and forget the world outside, enjoying baking, sewing and reading, time spent curled up in front of the log burner or toasting my toes in front of the fire – until the Newfies tell me it’s time for their walk – and then it’s time to wrap up warm and head off into the great outdoors.

It’s not quite the end of October yet though, so here at Bustle & Sew HQ we’re still celebrating this month’s launch of our sparkly new website.  This weekend is giveaway time and I have the perfect gift for the darker evenings ahead, so if you’re planning to spend time curled up indoors with a jolly good read, here’s the chance to win not one, but two paperback copies of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

For your chance to enter please leave a comment below  – and just for fun I’d love you to share the title of your favourite jolly good read, whether it’s a classic like Jane Eyre or Pride & Prejudice, more modern fiction like the Da Vinci Code, or perhaps a non-fiction title instead?  I love to snuggle with a good book in the winter months, so any recommendations would be very gratefully received.

The winner will be chosen by random selection and the giveaway will close at 12 midnight (GMT) Wednesday 29 October.  I wil post worldwide.  And just to remind you the prize is not one, but TWO paperback copies of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – the issues shown above – that’s September and October 2014.  Good luck everyone!

Sorry, giveaway now closed, winner will be announced Sunday 2 November

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My favorite books vary from the classics (Jane Austin, Forester, Henry James) to cozy mysteries ( especially Agatha Christie), and lately I’ve found M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin to be fun reading. I’m always looking for new authors, but tend to gravitate to the tried and true.

X Linda B

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For a lighthearted read, I always love “At Home in Mitford” by Jan Karon. I’ve read it at least 5 times- and I love it every time- even more than the first! I also love a good mystery, and another favorite author for fun reading is Debbie Macomber- her Cedar Cove series is great!
I also just discovered your wonderful magazine , and signed up for the trial e subscription. However- I do see having to get an actual copy into my hands- it looks like the most absolutely sweet “magazine” out there!!
Thanks for the chance to win two of these beauties!

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I would be so happy to win your giveaway! I prefer nonfiction books and the first one that comes to mind is this: A Fine Romance by Susan Branch. The subtitle is: Falling in love with the English Countryside. For those of us who have never lived or visited your fine country, this is a wonderful book! Your new website looks great! Dawn

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I book I would really recommend in People of the Book by Geraldine Brooke (I think that is the surname of the author but it may be Brookes) Anyway a wonderful book to read and enjoy. Would love to win and read your books!

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I love reading mysteries – Louise Penny is a Canadian author whose latest mystery I’ve really enjoyed. I took a PD James mystery out of the library and hope to get to that one tomorrow. I don’t like them too gory or scary though. Cozy suits me.

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My favourite childhood book to the extent of now knowing it off by heart is E.Nesbit’s The Railway Children, but just lately I have taken to reading Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books and ejoying every reading moment.
Julie xxxxxxxxx

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I’ve just finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, which was a thoroughly enjoyable book, good enough that I needed to wait for a day or two when I’d finished it before starting the next book.

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I’ve recently discovered your website and Facebook page. I’d like the chance to win the paper book mags.

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Lesley Walker

I would love to win your magazines especially since my laptop now reuses to download anything, so I miss many of your patterns that I would like. I have been reading ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England’ It sounds ‘heavy’ but it’s not, simply fascinating. Blessings

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One of My favourite reads is “The hundred year old man who climbed through a window and disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. You just never see what’s coming next. A great read.

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I agree that the time is coming to pull out your sewing, kitting and books to enjoy under the covers, on a chair, with a cup of tea or hot cocoa, next to a fire, in the early evening when the sun has set. What better way then to start a new season with a new project. Would you please enter me in this drawing. I have been away for awhile but am back. I have always enjoyed your posts and will continue to. thank you for sharing your time and thoughts. – Monika

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I love to read and am voracious. The one set of books I have repeatedly gone back to over the years is the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein. Every time I visit that world, I get a different ‘take’ on the story (’cause I’m different, as Sidhartha observed:)

🙂 Linda

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Kathyrn Holmes

I’ve just signed up to your site and think it’s terrific. I’ve decided to get back into sewing and crafts after a long absence so I’m looking for relatively easy things to start with and I think your site will help me with that. Thanks.

My recommendation for a good read is Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel. Atmospheric and great insights into the workings of the Tudor Court. I couldn’t put it down. Similarly, the follow up ‘Bring up the Bodies’. Both are riveting.

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My favorite books are by James Patterson, right now I am reading “Invisible”. Also enjoy any mysteries or thrillers. I would love to win your magazines.

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The Tiger’s Wife is gorgeous, The Cloud Atlas, The Road is very harrowing but superb.
I was given The Liberty Book Of Home Sewing as a gift and it’s a useful and beautiful book to own as is the Merchant & Mills Sewing Book.

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Reading is a good thing at any time of the year. I like to read biography women in history as well as mysteries by Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tony Hillerman. Thank you for this great giveaway. Have a super great day!

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I love all sorts of books, I read anything I can get my hands on! I just finished ‘The Kitchen Gods Wife’ by Amy Tan. I also love craft books like the ones by Kirstie Allsop. I’d love to win your magazines to give me lots of inspiration for the cold and wet Irish winter evenings!

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Just finished Gone Girl which is a great read and one of my all time favourites is Dear Friend and Gardener – a series of letters between Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto

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Nina Clautice

I’m currently reading Sandra Dallas’ books about quilting — The Persian Pickle Club and Alice’s Tulips. She has a new book out, but I don’t know the name.
I always love sewing and crafting magazines — devour them voraciously. Would love to win two of your magazines. That way I would get to try them out before subscribing. Happy Halloween!

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Well, my favorite read are books/magazines with sewing, embroidery or other DIY crafts. They inspire me and let me dream of future projects and crafts. So your magazines would be a wonderful addition to my DIY library. Thanks for the opportunity! Angela

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mARY fRIDRICH

I just finished reading It’s Murder My Son by Lauren Carr. Really a good mystery! Also if you want something nonfiction. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly is excellent. I figure I want to balance my fiction with nonfiction!!!

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Teresa de graaf

Hello from Alberta Canada
Julia by Catherine Marshall
Irish country Christmas by Patrick Taylor
The angels of Morgan hills by Donna van liere
And for a good murder mystery…there are a couple good
Books by Ariana Franklin

Hope you have a wonderful fall and an
Easy winter. Meanwhile here….
Teresa de Graaf

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I read ‘Flowers in the Attic’ by V C Andrews years ago but I have never forgotten the story and would really recommend it. I love your new website Helen and I would be delighted to win your two Bustle and Sew magazines as I know they will give me much needed encouragement to carry on crafting and sewing through the winter, as I usually put away the sewing machine and get out the knitting needles!

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I have two passions books and stash… Books sometimes have relevance to my stash, but mostly my passions are for Me. I love to create and embroider and imagination grows with the adventure of reading someone else’s words.
My literary loves are Diana Gabaldon, David Mitchell, Michael Robotham, Deborah Harkness, as well as Jane Austin and the Brontes. I would appreciate the two magazines for the same reason that I read… The adventure of creative work!

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Linda Griner

I would love to win your magazines,I d o so enjoy the few that I have. I am collector of children’s books and I do believe my all time favorite is “The Secret Garden”. Over the years I created my own to enjoy with a 72 count rose garden , a cottage built with a huge flower garden with beds of wildflowers to guide you to the cottage f r on the main house. Such pleasure to spend many hours in the garden with sewing on my lap or a journal ‘ recording my thoughts. Many blessings on your magazine.

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I read many books and prefer mysteries. Right now I am reading
Wicked Autumn by Malliet – which is set in a small English town.
I was given a Kindle — and am surprised how much I like it and
have found many books that I would not have discovered otherwise.

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Elizabeth Moyle

If you fancy reading some fantasy the book “Magician” by Raymond E Feist is the start of a compelling sequence of books. Keep up the great work I love to read your blog.

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I’m a big fan of supernatural books, one of my favourites is Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh, it’s the first of a wonderful series.

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I love to read an dam currently enjoying The Mistletoe Bride which is a book of short stories by Kate Mosse. My favourite all time book has to be Anne O Green gables by L.M. Montgomery, it still makes me smile. x

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I would love to win the copies of your magazine! I enjoy reading and have a book with me almost always. Right now I am reading a book titled The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate. It is pretty good but I haven’t gotten very far into it yet. I also enjoy books by Jan Karon, Francine Rivers, Davis Bunn, and many others. I think my faves are mostly historical novels. Thanks and blessings to you!

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pENNY O'DELL

You used to have such pretty pictures in your e-mails. I miss them. It’s kind of daunting to open an e-mail that’s solid small type. I tend not to ready those as much.

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Karen Heron

I have recently finished “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout. I really enjoyed how the author relates Olive to all the other characters in the book. I will seek out other books by this author now.

I thoroughly enjoy your newsletters and blog. Your writing style is fresh and uplifting. I have tried out several of your patterns with great success.

Thank you so much,
Karen

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I love the classics but recently read a book I would highly recommend , I don’t know the author but the name of the book is The Kite Runner , excellent read . Thanks for the chance .

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I like to read a good ‘whodunnit’ and one of my favourite authors is Michael Connelly.
Thanks for the chance to win your ‘books’. ^^

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Janis Slorance

I loved all of the Outlander series books. I would love to win your prize. xxx

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My favorite read is quilting books! I don’t seem to have the capacity to read and retain a book or story any more, so I love to snuggle under a quilt and leaf through a quilting book to see what my next project will be! I’d LOVE to win the magazines! Your new website is lovely! Thank you!

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I usually reread Pride and Prejudice once a year and love to rewatch the various series and movies made of it while I sew. Occasionally, I will reread Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, or Northanger Abbey. I started to read Lady Susan, but it is only one of Jane Austen’s novels that I couldn’t get interested in.

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Thank you for the opportunity to win ‘real’ copies of your magazine!

My all-time favorite book is ‘Gone With The Wind,’ which I’ve read over and over numerous times. My latest, fun reads, are Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum detective series books which are fun, hilarious mystery stories, which take place in New Jersey USA, beginning with ‘One For the Money’ (for which a movie was made).

Take care.

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Liza Kirschner

My favorite writers are Jan Karon and Louise Penney – and I have to add Jeanne M. Dams as well! Your newsletter is also a great read!

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I’ve just begun reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and enjoy her descriptive style – sort of a Dickens-type story with lots of shady characters and mysterious, lonely locations. If you like getting really involved, this might be the author for you.

Thank you for doing this giveaway…you have so many good ideas to share! I honestly believe I was born in the wrong century sometimes…if not doing some sort of needlework, I’d rather curl up with a good book!

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Hello,I too love M.C.Beaton Agatha Raisin,entertaining but clever.At the moment I am reading Recipe for Life Autobiography by Mary Berry,a present from my mum.xx

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Susan Lindeman

My all time favorite storybook is Charlotte’s Web. As an adult, my favorite book is Gone With the Wind. My reading genre gravitates to female detective/murder mysteries.
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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My favorite book is usually the one I’m teaching, so my current “fave” is Fahrenheit 451. Such an awesome read!
Thanks for your generous offer!

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Linda harper

I love the Mapp and Lucia books by EF Benson, and more recently I enjoyed Before I go to sleep, which has been made into a film (I never know if that is a good thing!!) Having a Kindle I tend to browse the free books and as such read books I wouldn’t normally think of and I am often pleasantly surprised!!

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Anita Keeton

I really enjoy all books by Debbie Macomber but her lately I am thoroughly enjoying “An Irish Country Village” series by Patrick Taylor. Listening to the audio book makes you think you are right in the village!
Even though you are located in a different part of the UK, your blog with it’s lovely photos transports me right into your lovely area.

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So many books, so little time. I’m currently loving Gone Girl, the surprising who-done-what, with twists and turns. I also love returning to loved oldies, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and My Family and Other Animals to name a few. x

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Stephanie B

I have been working in Middle School for the past 19 years and it seems that most of my reading is young adult. I tend toward the fantasy and mystery categories and really don’t have a current favorite. My fav as a young person was The Secret Garden and that still holds a lovely space in my heart!

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Jane Thomas

I lie in the bed laughing reading Janet Evonivich’s series of books. They are so hilarious. I would love to read through one of the magazines.

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I am really into reading biographies, and for the most part, about not-so-famous people. There are so many that have made an impact on my thinking, it’s hard to
pick a favorite. I just feel that if whatever you read makes you a kinder, more thoughtful person with a better outlook, it’s a “good” book!

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One of my favorite sets of books are the “All Creatures Great and Small” books by James Herriot. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Lori Kayser

I’ve always loved anything written by Ray Bradbury, But his book of short stories titled ‘The Illustrated Man’ was/is my most favorite of all time. 🙂

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Ooh favourite books – I loved “The Secret Life of Bees” by sue Monk Kidd, “the Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – anything a bit quirky – but I rarely read a fiction book twice. For repeat reading it has to be Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor – I see something new to inspire every time I open the book.
Thanks for a great giveaway x

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Dorothy Wilmot

Just read a lovely book by Lisa Van Alan called the wishing thread but I love anything that’s a little magical xxx

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Rhonda Desgranges

I would love to win copies of your magazine. I just read Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. I really liked it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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It would be so hard to pick: I love mysteries, but I love a good historical drama too. I think the book I have read the most times over would be ‘The Blue Castle’ by Lucy Maude Montgomery. It was a bit of a departure from her other books, but I loved it the best.
Jenn

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Jean Thompson

Right now I am reading about the Amish here in Ohio and Pennsylvania/Fiction. with Authors: Beth Wiseman- Seek Me with all your Heart, The Wonder of Your Love. another Author is Wanda E. Brunstetter, Shelley Shepard Gray, and many others, Of Course older books like Black Beauty, Gulliver’s Travels, Swiss Family Robinson,and a Thick book Tales from The Arabian Nights is great too.. and I get a lot of Fiction on Book Bub for my Kindle ( from Amazon) I love to Read and collect Crafting and sewing and Quilting books too.. and Cookbooks…

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Hi; I love fantasy books, and my favorites are the Tolkien books and the dragon riders of Pern books. I would love to win these magazines because I think your patterns are brilliant.

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Linda Larson

I just finished reading Nella Last’s War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49by Nella Last and Richard Broad and found it fascinating and am about to read Nella Last’s Peace, her post war story as I enjoyed the first one so much.

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My favorite reads are paranormal thrillers. I enjoy writers like Seanan McGuire, Jenna Black, Gena Showalter, and several others. I like the plots, and I love having something magical involved in the story because today’s society is so not magical.

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I love reading Jodi Picoult and the way she uses each character telling the story as it goes along…very clever. Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street, Agatha Christie and now I’m loving Enid Blyton again reading them to the grandchildren. Bedtime reading is my craft magazines as there is nothing like a bit of inspiration before sleeping… xx

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I love to read! I just finished The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith, (JK Rowling)
Also any needlework books, and to come and see what you are creating on Bustle and Sew. MaryAnn

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Hi and thank you for doing this, you are so sweet. The best book I read is the Holy Bible, I love the new living translation. I love reading all kinds of books, but the Bible just gives you the warmth on the inside. Thank you and GOD bless.

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Ann Simpson

I would love to win your lovely magazines, I have a whole host of craft books that I love, to many to mention and if I am lucky enough to get magazines I can never part with them, so yours would be treasured. I’m afraid the reading book I loved the most is on the tip of my tongue, I am sure it will come to me once I post this, so I am no help! Ann

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Love anything quilting and applique to look at but the best book i have read was called Emma and i about a chocolate coloured Labrador called Emma who became the eyes for a lady called Sheila Hocken who went blind at a young age it was a brilliant read..I read it a long time ago don’t know if its still available

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Jill Scholes

Hi Helen, I do so love your designs. They really are so quaint and cute. I miss out on many an opportunity as I live in South Africa and the exchange rate is hectic, as I am a pensioner it tends to make things difficult. I do a lot of applique work. Many thanks.Jill

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I would like to share a book I am getting ready to read the reviews are great. The book is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart , It is about a young woman that is said to be damaged and a passionate political boy. A group of four friends the Liars whose friendship turns destructive. I am looking forward to reading this book and hope you guys will too.
I so love your web site the graphics are so attractive. Thank you for sharing.

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I have just enjoyed a week of lovely warm autumnal weather in London. Walked lots through your wonderful parks. Just heading back to NZ. I have just found a series by Debbie McComber, Blossom Street series, about knitting and the people who frequent a knitting shop. An easy read especially on a device when travelling.

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nina Richards

Love all Jack Higgins, the Gertie Johnson murders by Deb Baker, Agatha Raisin by M C Beaton, all by J Jackson Bentley, Damien Boyd(local writer to Somerset, England)The Bronte sisters, Mac Faraday by Lauren Carr, Lee Child, Agatha Christie, Eion Colfer, Lesley Cookman, Susan Coolidge (most girls will remember What Katy did from their childhood), Andrea Frazer. Could keep going for a long time, as I love reading nearly as much as sewing, and would love to win . X

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I got the October online version of your Magazine and I love it !
As for books; I read any and every English or Dutch book I can get my hands on…. They are rare here in France. So I don’t have real favourites anymore.

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I have just finished reading Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Katie Fforde. Not my usual type of read but I really enjoyed it. Like most of us who follow you I love craft books and magazines and as I have only recently found you I haven’t had the opportunity to see your magazine in person. Would love to win this so I can browse at leisure. Thanks for the opportunity.

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I’d love to win two copies of your magazine, Helen! My suggestion would be Maeve Binchy’s latest book ‘Chestnut Street’, which was recommended to me by my mum, and I loved it. It’s cosy and good to snuggle up with during the winter.

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My favorite book series are: the Assassins Creed serie, those are stories about the past of one guy wich has several assassin ancestors in diverent time lines, its written by Oliver Bowden and based on a Game. And the other book serie of my choise is Dan Brown’s books about Robert Langdon, i love the build up in the books. it is always a challenge to see the story from two sides.

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Since most of my dad time has been with my little grandsons the best is “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” by Don Wood and Audrey Wood. Read that when their mom was little. Might even be some inspiration for an Embrodery pattern! God Bless

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My favourite author is roald Dahl, I love his fantastic mr fox! It’s a great read even if it is a childrens book. I just love it!

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aaaw so generously of yours to give a giveaway.
I’m still glad that i have learned you by Pam Harris her site. And i love your work.
I have told you that before.LOL (of the magazine cover with the picture of one of your work)
so i thought i will give it a try.
i love the gesture and as well all the idea’s you’ve shared allready. It’s very inspirational.
please don’t stop with your blog i will miss you too badly.;-D
so thank you for the years i have been a follower of yours, it is still a little gift to watch a new article in my mailbox.
How did you clean all the dirt of Daisy?
My sis has two dogs , one is huge, but it’s allways a big job to clean them, in every season i think.LOL
i love her dogs, she learned me how i had to coop with dogs. As a child ii was scarred of dogs, and latter more when i become a wheelie. Specialy those owners that had such big not well raised ones.
They allways made me scared because of all the sounds and by the same hight of my face.
i had to avoid to look at them.
And she told me how i could learn their body langues of their moods.
so it’s less scarring.
Her biggest one is for now my fave, he thinks i’m just an other looking like of my sis.LOL
So after being scarred to death of my wheels when we met the first time with watching a wheelie. i thought okay i must talk to him and because we having the same voice he thought it’s just an other sample of Karin.
But dogs aren’t for me. so i having my cats to join me.
it’s a real pleasure , but not allways when i want to sleep a little longer.LOL
i think you will regonize this as well.;-D

i hope you will having a beautifull autumn with your pets.
It’ here starting as well. But living nearby the seashore is the autumn starting much earlier then in the middle of the country.
And give your dogs some hugs as well,
jet XO

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What a fantastic prize this would be. There are many books that I have read, but if im honest the ones I enjoy the most are the children’s ones that I read to my grandchildren. The hairy maclary collection by lynly dodds being one of my favourites.a good lighthearted silly read 🙂

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My favourite books are Opal and Doctor Rose by Elvi Rhodes, Opal is about a housewife who sets up her own shop starting from her sideboard, this is based in the 1920’s when women were expected to stay at home and look after the children, her dream was to open her own store one day, does she manage it, well you will have to read the book to find out! Jo x

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So difficult to choose! So many good books out there, I do read and re-read The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, though you can’t go wrong with a Kurt Vonnegut, Slapstick maybe. Or Ubik my favourite Philip K Dick book…. aaargghh stop! 🙂

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The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlins has always been a favorite. Though I haven’t read it lately. When I see the movie on I watch it.

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Have you read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon or in similar vein ones by Sara Donati? Both of these are set in historical times but are so compelling you can’t even knit/crochet and read at the same time! Thanks for the offer, kind regard Jenni

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Hi,
Please enter me into your draw – I would love to have the two books. There is nothing to compare with a real book – the texture, the smell, the look of the pages and illustrations.
If you haven’t come across Elizabeth von Arnim, I do recommend her. She was an Australian who married into the German aristocracy early in the nineteenth century (hence the name!) and wrote wonderfully witty books about her garden and her children, and poked fun at the stodgy German aristocracy she had married into. Try the Caravaners (1909) or the Enchanted April (1922). You can download and read them for free at Project Gutenberg.
Thank you for your lovely website and newsletters – I love the mid-century children’s illustrations, and extracts from vintage children’s books.

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I’ve gotten into the habit of reading Pride & Prejudice on an annual basis; I just can’t get enough.
There are, however, some excellent reads out right now: Gone Girl, The Goldfinch, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?… There is nothing like curling up with a cup of tea, a good blanket, and a book – no matter what time of year.

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Rosemary Richardson

Hello ~ I love your patterns and reading in your blog about all your adventures. I would have to say my favorite reads are Jane Eyre, Rebecca, and Pride and Prejudice, all written by British authors! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us ~ I would love to be the winner of your Bustle and Sew magazines.

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I instantly thought of a book I loved reading a long time ago, but it is fabulous and you may have already read it, The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher – all of her books are absorbing and very satisfying. Enjoy. I would love to win two hard copies of your fabulous magazine thanks for the opportunity. Congratulations on the new look website too.
Pauline

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Sarah Smith

My favorite reads are The Harry Potter Series, as I am still a child at heart. But, my favorite winter read is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I read it every year!!

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What a super giveaway! My favourite read is Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon, it’s a time slip novel set in Scotland, which happens to be my most favourite place in the world!

This is my favourite time of year especially to read and from 1st Nov my mum, sister and I share our Christmas books, it’s sort a mini family book group. x

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Elizabeth McDonald (catskill quilter)

I am reading The Fifth Agreement right now — which is non-fiction and more or less a “lifestyle” book.

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Kath Dalton

LOVE HEARING FROM YOU ESPECIALLY ABOUT YOU DOGS AS I HAVE A STAFFY WHO MAKES ME LAUGH AND I ADORE ALL DOGS. I LOVE READING AND RE-READING ALL AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOKS ESPECIALLY THE OLD ONES. I ALSO LOVE WATCHING THE FILMS.

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Ooh… Terry Pratchett’s Wintersmith!!! Or any of his other books, or Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books…. I love books that capture your imagination and keep it, so that you can’t put the book down and you’re sad because you’ve finished it!! Then you just ‘have’ to go and get another one!! LOL

I agree over the winter nights, curled up in the sofa or the chair with a good book, or some crafty bits…. heaven!!

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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier are both wonderful reads for chilly nights by a fire.

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Angela Baker

I love the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series for an easy read plus craft and sewing mags of course!

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maureen murray

among my favourite of all time books is the wind in the willows, another who has seen the wind, I love to curl up with a good book when the wind is howling outside- I live in Chinook country and celebrate it every day

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I read a lot of mysteries and just finished The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler, which is truly a big book and weighs a ton. It’s full of short stories by authors like Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sara Paretsky, Ed McBain and Mary Higgins Clark. Some stories take place in Victoriam England, some in present day America and some in between., I really enjoyed it! Thanks for the giveaway, Helen!

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jenny palmer

Hi my favourite books have a supernatural twist with romance and a good murder investigation. My favourite author’s for this type of read is Jayne Ann Krentz and Christine Freehan. Highly recommend and to be honest I’m very traditional I love a good paper book or a magazine. But do appreciate the use of the Internet and love reading your Facebook posts and emails.

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Currently my favorite author is Timothy Egan. He writes historical accounts such as The Short Night of the Shadow Catcher about Edward Curtis a photographer who captured the rapidly disappearing life of the North American indigenous peoples.

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My favourite books are the “100 years of solitude” from Gabriel Garcia Marquez and “The Alchemist” from Paulo Coelho…but I also love to read Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple and travel books from Bill Bryson (amongst many others) 🙂

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I love little women but am making lots of dolls so I read read every night all the doll making art doll books and also books on self improvement. I also read about pin cushion making and small art peices. sherrypell

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To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time but more recently I read The Book Thief. If you haven’t read this yet, you should. I understand the movie based on this book is out but not nearly as good as the book is …. unlike the Mockingbird movie which was fantastic! By the way, I love seeing your newfies playing in the surf although I cannot fathom how you clean them up and dry them off even though you did explain that a bit. I have a blue heeler mix and she loves the water but has not seen the ocean yet so we wonder how she would do in the surf.

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My favorites are “Jane Eyre” and “Children of the New Forest” and “Little Women”. i have read them a dozen of times during my life. they were my childhood favorites and still are.

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Caroline Dalton

I would like to be entered in the draw…what a wonderful prize!
I love to read any Du Maurier.
Rosamunde Pilcher’s Coming Home
The Juniper Tree by Audrey Howard
anything by Rachel Hore
and
when is need of cosy nostalgic thoughts, re-reading my Famous Five collection!
I have only recently ‘discovered’ you’ and am inspired, entertained and comforted by Bustle and Sew.
Do Daisy and Ben help with emptying the tumble drier too? My cocker spaniel Jip does and it is often hilarious.

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Erica fletcher

My favourite book is one from childhood…The Weirdstone of Brisingamen which was set in my home village of Alderley. Many a happy hour spent searcing in the woods for the wizard Cadellin!!!

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Favorite book recently was “Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes” by Martha Long which is the first in a seven book series and non-fiction. Also anything by Jacqueline Winespear.

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Anne Perry, Elizabeth Peters, MC Beaton (Marion Chesney), and of course, Georgette Heyer and Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey (oh dear, you got me started!) Don’t like the hard-boiled detective writers, men or women! I forget who wrote The Toff series, and love the Nero Wolfe series..
Anyway, I envy you your cosy country cottage and time to do your handicrafts. I get it in dribs and drabs as I’m in my second life, working full time after widowhood. This too shall pass! Thank you for giving me some vicarious country living

Sharon in Colorado

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My favourite book ever is ‘West with the Night’ by Beryl Markham, she was an amazing woman, grew up with the Masai, first woman to have a pilots licence in Africa, she flew east to west across the Atlantic, first female horse trainer….a fascinating book.

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Gina Snyder

I’m not a big reader, except for craft, embroidery nooks. But my favorite book to read is my Bible.

Gina

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Laurie Nelson

I’m a Dorothy Sayers fan….just finished my last one of her original works and have been enjoying the continued adventures of her Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriett Vane characters in the new novels by Joan Patton Walsh!

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