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Recycled Style Giveaway

Matthew Mead has done it again! RECYCLED STYLE is his latest bookazine featuring 256 pages of DIY inspiration just perfect for all of us vintage enthusiasts:

From Matthew~

“Each time I create a new publication my goal is to bring the reader as close to the process as possible. In my new bookazine, RECYCLED STYLE, I share my work space, my favorite products, style tips and step-by-step “how-to” shots so you can easily follow along. As we launch our revamped blog, we want to gear up and share everything there is to know and do about “recycling style” and bring the experience right into your home. Below is a quick synopsis of the book, and stay tuned in the weeks to come when we unveil sneak peeks into the issue and share chances to win prizes and hear about our upcoming projects”
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Matthew has graciously given me 3 copies of his bookazine to give away! Leave your name including email address here or on Facebook (or both) for a chance to win. 
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  • Heather - I love recycled decorating and new ideas. I know Matthew Mead will have some great ones so I am happily tossing my name in your hat and crossing my fingers Thank You~

  • Marleen Maguire - I love all Matthew Mead’s Talent…would thourghly enjoy to win this! :)

  • Linda - The new book looks wonderful and I would just love a chance to win. Thanks for sharing Carol! Blessings, Linda

  • Peggy - Love idea books – and Matthew! Hope it’s not too late!

  • Mrs. T. Alexander - Would SO LOVE to have this book. OHHHHHH looks so charming and the ideas…. WOW.

  • connie - please give this to my sister. I have no ideal what this book is about. But my sister loves this kind of stuff. She posted the link on facebook.

  • Conni - I would be so happy to win Matthew’s book!
    Thanks for the chance!

  • Stephanie Czibere - Wow this book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance at owning one.

  • Tina-Marie Hamilton - I love the simplicity of his books and would love to own this one. Carol, thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  • Lori R. - I love his books. What a nice chance!

  • Mz V - This is a FABulous giveaway! Thanks for your generosity in sharing the bounty.

  • jennifer - would love matthew’s book. right now it seems all i can afford to do is upcycle or create something from a mostly nothing. would love some honest-to-goodness inspiration from matthew. thank your for the chance to win.

  • Paulette - It looks amazing! Carol, thanks for a chance to win a copy. xo

  • Laurie - I imagine this book is full of great ideas!

  • Lisa Vogel - Free inspiration is great though I will buy it if I don’t win, rock on Carol and Matthew!

  • Robin - Oh pick me, pick me, pick me!!!! I am decorating each room of my home in the vintage style I soooooo love and this magazine would be a fabulous read.

  • Stacy K. - Oooo, I’d love to win this! I’m a huge fan of vintage style. :-)

  • Dianne Winters - Matthew Mead always has amazing ideas…would love this publication!

  • Jenny Bowman - Not sure if this is offered to we folk over the water, but looks a great publication, so thought I’d have a go anyway. Love the blog and the inspiration you give us with your styling.

  • Lynne - Carol, thank you and Matthew for the chance to win his new book. I love the quality and the content of his publications!

  • Jennifer - what a great prize!

  • Nita@ModVintageLife - Oh…I’d love to win this! I love Matthew’s style!

  • Sheila R - Love Matthew Mead. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Karen - Love Matthew Mead’s books. I would be thrilled to win.

  • Barb Langlois - I’d love a chance to win this book! Thnks.

  • Kimberly - Heartfelt thanks for the generous giveaway! Love Matthew Mead~

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Brilliant Reuse by Jeanne d’ Arc Living

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So excited to offer one copy of the latest book from my friends at Jeanne d’ Arc Living, Brilliant Reuse  

Giveaway details

Leave a comment here on the Blog or Facebook. Or both!

Winner will be announced on Feb 22, 2013

Book will be shipped in May when available!

Giveaway is now closed-Congratulations to  Cathleen Alyce of The winner!

  • Lori - Love, love, love your blog. And the book! Keep on!

  • Pamela Bendall - Would love the book ! Thanks for the give-a-way. I Love your blog, I learn something new everytime I open your page! And isn’t that a beautiful room on the front cover?

  • Carrie - Oh my… what a fantastic treasure!!!
    fingers are crossed!!!


  • Heather - Ooh, Me, me!! I’d LOVE to win this!! Thanks for the chance. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  • Marsha - Looks like a lovely book!

  • Theresa Smith - I would love a chance to win this book! Thanks!

  • Carol Casey - What a lovely way to welcome Spring. I’m crossing my fingers that I’m not too late.



  • Pamela - Thank you for the giveaway! Please pick me. . .

  • Laurie - It’s amazing how just the right words can give you an “aha” moment…brilliant! Thank you for the chance. Fingers x.

  • danielle muller - this book looks so lovely!

    thank you for the chance to win!!

    danielle muller

  • Pam Ballard - I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance.

  • Sally P - Count me in for this wonderful giveaway :)

  • Patty Page - I’d love to win the book!

  • Jean Elliott - Oh I would love to win this book! I get the magazine each month and have some of their books. This one looks like it will be loaded with inspiration. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  • Cathleen Alyce - What a wonderful giveaway, Carol. Just LOVE their books! I read them over and over. Thank you so much for this great opportunity!!!

  • Beth Cort-Voltmer - Hellooooooo Carol. Would love to WIN the bOoK. I purchased my very first copy of the magazine when I visited Raised in Cotton a couple years ago. Inspiring…both; the magazine and your shop.

    Here’s SHINING bright.
    Beth Cort-Voltmer

  • jenni - i cannot even say how much a little thing of beauty like this book…..and all the muses on each page…would mean to me right now in my life. thank you for the chance to win….such a thoughtful kindness….

  • Donna Kelly - OOOHHHH…..what a giveaway!!!! I bought the Easter book as a last ‘hurrah’ for me……hubby has just retired and we will be on a fixed income!!!! I thought…I will have the book for years to come and drool over it every chance I get!!! THEN…I found out about the Brilliant Reuse book(!) How exciting….and how exciting that you are having this wonderful opportunity to win!!!! I would love to win WIN W I N this book!!! Thanks for the chance and I really appreciate all you do! Donna K.

  • Lisa Thompson - I love your blog, store and photography. So inspirational. Would love to be the recipient of the new Jeanne D’Arc Living book. Thanks for being so generous.

  • Teddee Grace - Would love to win the Reuse book. Thanks for offering us the chance.

  • SuZeQ - Oh Carol (no, this is not Neil Sedaka singing!!!) … this is such a great giveaway. I’d love to have this publication on my coffee table! Thanks for the generosity.

  • winifred - I am inspired by your blog, website, shop, and photography. Brilliant Reuse could only offer more inspiration for me as I work on our farmhouse!

  • JoAnn Tyrrell - Love the look of this fantastic book. I am hoping to win and use reuse everyday in my life.

  • Lisa T - I would love to win your book! Thank you for this offer.

  • Melody - I am thrilled to have a chance to win the book Brilliant Reuse. Finding a new “reuse” for items makes me feel clever and thrifty. I look forward to reading this inspirational reuse book to add a new level of glam to my ingenuity. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Sue G - Thank you for this great giveaway, as well as this inspiration that you always offer us.

  • whitney - I would LOVE to win any book associated with J’eanne d’Arc – all of their magazines look so lovely!

  • Karen Taylor - What a lovely giveaway. Love you blog! I am so addicted to gorgeous photos! I can already visualize myself snuggled under a quilt with a cup of coffee while turning the pages of this gorgeous book.

  • Barb - woohoo!! I would so love to win this great book!!

    signing up all three places….

    thank you


  • Laura Marec - Dear Carol,
    What a wonderful opportunity you are providing to win this great guidebook for attaining the beautiful Jeanne d’Arc look! Thank you so much for your generosity by always sharing your thoughts, tips, views and creativity! I love your interesting and artistic blog. Thank you!

  • June - I would love it! What a wonderful giveaway!

  • jmeyersforeman - I love the idea of re-using, and this book would be a great addition to my collection.

  • carrie Gunning - Love it!

  • Mary - What a lovely book to add to my collection of favorite books!!! Thank you for the opportunity to maybe win this lovely!

  • Kristine - Carol:
    Well it is worth yet another try to win something and so precious and beautiful at that. Hope I win for sure. Think Spring and everything beautiful.
    Thanks for this great opportunity.
    God Bless
    Kristine T.

  • Kerry Kohrs - It looks like a fun book! Hope I win !!!

  • Melinda - I’m leaving a comment here as well, I would love to be entered to win this beautiful book!

  • Shirley - looks like my kind of book! Hope I win–have never entered one of these before.

  • Beth Rawling - Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity. I would love to be entered and am so excited to learn of this new book.


  • Robin - Oh my! Looks like my sort of book. Would love to be added to the list for the giveaway. thanks!

  • Julie Bolls - That looks wonderfully inspiring. Hope I win! Thanks.

  • Kate - Their publications are always fabulous! Love re-using!

  • Dottie - I would love to win.

  • Sue Koons - Looks like a gorgeous read! Thank you!

  • Lisa - What a fantastic giveaway! I’d be thrilled to win!

  • Debbie - What a wonderful giveaway. I love Jeanne d’Arc. Reuse is my middle name! Thank you for the generous offer.

  • Deb - The photos you’ve shared from Brilliant Reuse are gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  • Claudia - What a wonderful looking book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  • Kathy Hansen - Looks like another beautiful book, would love to win!!

  • Pam W - Carol, thank you for the opportunity to own such an amazing book. Looks like it holds an abundance of loveliness-like your blog!

  • Jennifer - What a wonderful new book! Looking forward to it. Thank you for a chance at this lovely giveaway.

  • Diane Kortuem - Love the inspiration, and her incredible talent,hope to be the winner!!!!

  • Angie - I was thrilled to see the subject matter for the newest book – I’d love to win one!

  • Jenni - the pictures you have here make me sigh. i can only imagine what wonder and deliciousness are found on the rest of the pages. i have wanted to subscribe to this magazine for so long. and now here’s a book that gives recycling such a grand and lovely name. i can’t even imagine the creativity that flows from one mind to another as each treasure is snapped up and lovingly given a new life. sigh. again. thank you for a chance to win this incredible book!

  • Lili - Thank you for the chance to win this JDL book. What a great resource it would be!

  • thyra - Ohhh goodness…I could sit back and dream a bit….imagine the possibilities of re-loving found objects!

  • Mrs. T. Alexander - Oh my goodness… this is wonderful. i love the look of it and can’t wait to open the pages and get inspiration.
    WOULD LOVE TO GET MY OWN FREE COPY! if not, will get on the waiting list at the library. OOOHHHH it looks like so much romantic inspiration and ooodles of re-purposing well loved items.
    Yes Please enter me…. thank you

  • Paulette - It looks like fun. I love to reuse things and repurpose them too. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

  • Rachel - Even the cover makes me happy!

  • Sandie Luck - How wonderfully generous of you to share a copy of this new book! It is so uplifting to find a reuse for the many things that touch our daily lives and then to have it looking “just right” with whatever life it takes on!! One can always use fresh inspiration!

  • Laurie - This promises to be a beautiful and useful book! Thank you for offering it in this giveaway!

  • sheenie - brilliant reuse! what a fabulous giveaway! please enter my name for the event! hugz sheenie

  • Loretta Kappmeyer - I loved my last copy I got from you at Bottoms Up! The glass box worked perfect for the little mannequin…see you March 1!

  • Betsy - This is so generous of you. Thank you. I can already imagine drooling over the pages of this book!

  • Tracie Gulit - Can’t wait to win a copy! Thank you!

  • Renee - Any way to re-use for decor purposes is up my alley. Looks like a great book! Love your style!

  • Melissa Himsel - It would be great to win this amazing book!

  • Julie Gibson - I have never won these contests before….but I do love the sytle of this magazine. They are not offered in TN and I am always on the look out for them in my travels. Thanks for having a contest for those of us to possibly get a chance to win!!!

  • jeannette - Would love to win this book, please enter my name. Thank you!

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Be True To Yourself

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A few years ago I went through the tragic loss of my Mom and two older brothers. The stress and everything surrounding their deaths was devastating. But over time, my heart did start to heal and with it came a renewed determination to lead an authentic lifestyle. Always be true to myself and grateful for the many blessings that come my way.  My hope is that each of you have the freedom to follow your own dreams and always be true to yourself.

Thank You to those of you that have signed up for the online Mentoring Sessions. It is a JOY to work with each of you!

  • Carol Spinski - Time does heal but memories are always in our hearts~ (((Hugs))) Carol

  • Carol Spinski - It certainly makes us stronger doesn’t it? Can’t wait to see you at Kim’s and give you a (((Hug))) Carol

  • Jessica Bell - I lost my mom 2 years ago so I definitely feel your lose it will get better.

  • Maija Lepore - Im encouraged and proud of how you came through it all. I still struggle with the loss of my mom. The loss of my son to the world of drugs and the streets has been more than I think I can bear at times. It’s all just one day at a time.
    I can’t wait to see you in a few short months at Kim’s event!!!!

  • Carol Spinski - Thank you Stephanie, so sweet of you. Blessings, Carol

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita - Oh, I can’t even imagine losing a parent AND two siblings. My heart goes out to you. Even though it was a few years ago, the heart remembers. I’m so sorry for your loss, and so glad you came through it all with an appreciation for life’s blessings and to share all the beauty that you bring to us.

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Crafting Paper Arrows

So what do you do on a cold snowy day when you just want to stay inside? You craft paper arrows! I made these using basic supplies that I had on hand.

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The large arrow I crafted using a roll of tree wrapping paper found at Home Depot. I love the stuff because it is heavy and has a wonderful textural quality. The smaller arrows were made using crepe paper streamers and hearts cut from vintage book pages.


1. Tree Wrap

2. 12″ Dowel Rods

3. Crepe Paper Streamer

4. Tacky Glue

5. Brown Ink Pad

6. Vintage Fabrics and Papers


For the larger arrow-Double a piece of tree wrap and cut two hearts from it to make the heart point. Again double a piece of tree wrap and cut two long rectangle shapes. The size of the hearts and rectangles depends on how big you want your finished arrows to be.  Glue the dowel rod in between the heart and rectangle pieces at each end. Feather cut the rectangle shape at the edges of the paper to complete the end of the arrow. To add extra detail, embellish the heart points with the brown ink pad. For the smaller arrows, just repeat the above directions using crepe paper and vintage book pages.

The vintage bottles were embellished with hand cut paper hearts and wrapped with twine.

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Offering Mentoring Sessions

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On the heels of the successful Shine Workshop for Creative Entrepreneurs and the request to do more, I’m happy to announce that I am now offering personalized one-on-one Mentoring Sessions. Go to this link for more details:)

  • Carol Spinski - Thanks Julie:) You are awesome:) Blessings, Carol

  • Julie Bolls - Carol, excellent idea. You have so much to offer. Great use of your talents. I have benefitted from your help in many ways.

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A Joyful 2013

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Happy 2013 and Happy January! Just a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to still extend my wish that all of you have the best year you possibly can.

 I’m truly grateful for the many blessings 2012 has brought to me both personally and professionally. I’m just as excited about 2013 because my youngest Son will be marrying the sweetest Girl possible. I can’t begin to tell you what JOY my heart feels for this upcoming occasion.

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I hope you will not get tired of me sharing with you of some of the Wedding details.



  • Carol Spinski - Thank You so much Stephanie:) Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Oh Thank You Debbie:) I can’t believe how fast May will be here:) Blessings, Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Katherine and sending them right back to you:) (((Hugs))) Carol

  • Carol Spinski - Thank You Doll:) (((Hugs))) Carol

  • Anne Lorys - And a happy and blessed 2013 to you too, my friend!
    That first photo is just perfection, swoon. :-)

    Love you!

  • Katherines Corner - Its never to late to send well wishes. Sending HUgs and Happy new year wishes your way too!

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita - Not too late at all – I think it only seems like it’s been a while. This year is already moving fast. Congratulations on the happy news! May they have many happy and healthy years together!

  • Debbie Keady - My daughter just got married a week ago so I’m all ears to hear how excited you are about your son’s wedding. How happy! I just started following you on twitter as well! Have fun!

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