06 July 2012

Of Books, Dragons and Birthday Giveaways

As you no doubt remember I recently announced the end of the worldmy second blogiversary and 100th post. Well, things have only gotten more exciting around here: I have a Very Special Awful Awesome Birthday coming up Quite Soon. I was born in 1952, the last year of the Truman Administration and a Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese Zodiac. Here is my favorite Dragon, Smaug from The Hobbit, illustrated by the author J.R.R.Tolkien.

Oddly enough, that's a pretty accurate depiction of Casa KC, so as you can see it is high time for a Giveaway.
Since taking up sewing again I have acquired (new) a number of lovely and highly recommended sewing books. Some I use quite a bit, but some just lie around the cave looking pretty. So it is time to give some of the latter away, one for each decade of my life so far, and here they are:

IMG 0535IMG 0536Pattern Magic (in English) by Tomoko Nakamichi;Shirtmaking by David Coffin;Leather Fashion Design by Francesca Sterlacci;The Complete Serger Handbook by Chris James;Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Schaeffer;
The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff.

If you would like any of these books, please leave a comment here. Tell me how to reach you by linking to your blog or leaving or sending me your email address. If you'd like a second chance to win, mention my giveaway on your blog and then link to that post in a comment here. The giveaway closes July 20, 2012 at midnight Pacific Time (UTC-7). I'll draw winners at random and offer each a choice of the remaining books until they are gone. I'll ship anywhere on this planet. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Your mileage may vary. Don't try this at home.


  1. I would love The Art of Manipulating Fabric! I have always been so intrigued by that book. Email is amity.hartman@gmail.com. I'm also a fellow lawyer in LA....small world!

    1. Cool! Do you practice? (Law, that is.)

  2. I would be delighted to help you clean your cave! My bookshelf even has room for another book!

    :::rubbing my hands in anticipation:::: :D

  3. I expect the postage to Australia would be prohibitive but I wanted to wish you a very happy Awesome upcoming birthday!

  4. Happy future birthday! I hope you get gifted with lots of shiny gold things. Maybe with some of those chunks of carbon, beryl or corundum

    I would love to have Pattern Magic. Please please please.

  5. Another 1952 baby here joining you in that awful / awesome birthday. Mine is a few months off and I am having a lot of trouble wrapping my mind around it.

    I also have trouble with sergers so please throw my name in the pot for a book, please!

  6. Wow, that's a lovely collection of books! I'd love to have a nosey at the couture sewing techniques book. Hope you have a wonderful birthday and congratulations on having a beautiful blog!

  7. I am delighted that you are approaching the age of reason. Happy birthday in advance!

  8. Happy Birthday and thanks heaps for setting this up! Count me in please.